“TRON: Legacy,” an epic film of epic proportions


Moviegoing lesson number one: Just because you’ve purchased your tickets ahead of time does not guarantee you a seat. You’d think as an avid moviegoer and as someone who works at a theatre, I’d have that figured out by now. But every once in a while, IMAX theatres decide to rope off huge sections of seats for no reason, leaving us mere peasants to all cram into a section with far too few seats for the number of tickets sold.

Moviegoing lesson number two: Due to the aforementioned unfortunate events, sitting in the very front row of an IMAX theatre causes some serious back/neck pain. But if you’re seeing a movie like “TRON: Legacy,” it’s more than worth it.

Why?

“TRON: Legacy” is a special effects extravaganza set to an outrageously spectacular techno soundtrack courtesy of Daft Punk.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, “TRON: Legacy” features Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a character first introduced in 1982’s “TRON.”

The film opens with a flashback from 1989 where Flynn, the CEO of ENCOM, a multinational computer technology corporation, is tucking his son Sam into bed before leaving for work. That night, Flynn disappears, leaving Sam to be raised by his grandparents.

Twenty years later, we’re thrown into the present day where Sam (Garrett Hedlund) finds out that one of his dad’s co-workers received a page from his dad’s office. Sam returns to the arcade where he discovers his dad’s secret office, but the hidden workshop is the least of his discoveries. As Sam is launched into the digital world where his father has been trapped for the past two decades, he uncovers more than he ever expected.

I’m going to stop there with the synopsis because this is a film you need to see for yourself.

“TRON: Legacy” also co-stars Olivia Wilde as Quorra and features a guest appearance by Daft Punk, the duo responsible for this film’s amazing soundtrack.

I will tell you this, though: one of the film’s best scenes comes in the form of Jeff Bridges conversing with a 20 year younger CGI version of Jeff Bridges.

However, taking my word for it would be a mistake. I highly suggest you drop whatever your currently doing and go see “TRON: Legacy.” Make it in IMAX 3D if at all possible.

Bottom line: 3 stars

“The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they traveled through the computer. Ships, motorcycles. With the circuits like freeways. I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then, one day… I got in.”

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Best (and worst) pop culture pumpkins

It seems like a good 90 percent of the population will be dressing up as Lady Gaga or a member of “Jersey Shore” this Halloween.

I myself will be avoiding both trends like the plague, but I might incorporate some pop culture into my celebrations in a different way: with pumpkins.

Pop culture pumpkins are a nice change from the plain ol’ jack-o-lantern and much more creative.

Check out some cool (and not so cool) ones here:

 

Pro: The Death Star from Star Wars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Con: Death to democracy, a.k.a Sarah Palin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: Iron Man!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Con: Wolfman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: Ridiculously talented musicians, R.I.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Con: “Musicians” who owe their careers to 12-year-olds ’round the world

Top 10 Worst Pop Trends of the Decade

In honor of the decade coming to a close, I have decided to compile a list of the worst trends from the past 10 years.  I figured it would be a bit more entertaining than the best moments, and a change from the best artists and albums lists everyone else is mashing together.  So, without further ado, here is my list of the Worst Pop Culture Trends of the Decade:

10.  Mind numbing reality television

  • Come on, people of America.  Are your own lives so boring you’ve reached a point where you will WILLINGLY watch shows like “The Hills” and “The Real Housewives of Insert City Here” for entertainment?  This show here is the real winner…

9.  Hideous hairstyles

  • What do the headband worn over the forehead, Bump It and Amy Winehouse styles have in common?  They should cease to exist.

I bet the creases this leaves on your face once you take it off are quite attractive

8.  The Razor Scooter

  • Fun outdoors?  More like death on wheels.  Don’t believe me??  See for yourself…

7.  Trucker Hats

  • The ever classy Britney Spears and funny guy Ashton Kutcher led this trend, and America’s youth shamelessly followed.  I sincerely hope we were being Punk’d.

6.  The Day the Music Died

  • Due to the horrors that are Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, High School Musical, etc.  My ears are starting to bleed at the mere thought…

5.  Crocs

  • I do not care how comfortable they are.  You look like an idiot.  And I bet they’re not too cozy when you almost get eaten by an escalator at the mall.

Not so practical now, are you?

4.  Bluetooth devices

  • Yay, I can talk hands free while roaming the supermarket!  Boo, people in the supermarket think I’m asking THEM how their day is because I have to be at just such an angle for them to see the PHONE IN MY EAR.

"Hi honey, how was your day? No, not you!"

3. iPhone Apps

  • This is getting ridiculous.  Exhibit A:  “Hold the Button,” where you do exactly that.  For how long?  You decide.  You sit there.  And hold your thumb on the screen of your phone.  Until you choose to GET A LIFE!!

The timer is there to count the number of brain cells you're killing...

2.  Uggs

  • I would like to take this opportunity to make a public service announcement.  Ladies, if it is warm enough that you are wearing a skirt, it is not acceptable to pair FUZZY WINTER BOOTS with it.  Also, you may think it is attractive to wear spandex with your Uggs and a shirt too short to cover your bottom, but I am here to tell you it is not.  In the least.

Save some dough! Or save your dignity and just say NO.

1.  Twilight

  • I truly don’t understand this craze.  All this “Team Edward” “Team Jacob” nonsense is driving me insane.  And apparently Edward sparkles in the sunlight?  What.  The.  Hell.  Plus, it looks like he hasn’t washed his hair in about 290 years.

Robert Pattinson, meet shampoo.

Well, there you have it.  These are, in my opinion, truly the most heinous pop culture-y trends that have consumed the general public within the past 10 years.

What do you think, did I leave out anything important??

fred flare wants you to “stay cute!”

While taking a study break and perusing fredflare.com, I have decided that this site has the most random assortment of items ever.

The Brooklyn store

If you’re looking for maple flavored toothpicks, a holiday scented pencil set or a squishy sushi keychain, this website is for you.

As far as I can tell, the price range is pretty large for a variety of somewhat pop culture-y, eclectic items.

To give you a visual, here are my “Top 5 Random Items From fredflare.com”

1.  “Waxed Salad Floss” I’m trying to think of an occasion where one would want lettuce flavored floss.  Perhaps if you’re on the go and don’t have time to both snack and brush?  Nothing else is coming to mind…

Lunch, anyone?

2.  “Blinking Rudolph Lipgloss” I can’t speak for all the ladies, but I might be just a tad embarrassed if I whipped out my BLINKING RUDOLPH LIPGLOSS in public.  Perhaps this item is for those 10 and under.

Red looks good on you...

3.  “Mattress Wallet” REALLY?!  A mattress wallet??  This was found in the “top sellers” section.

Now your cash can sleep snuggly...

4.  “Crazy Cat Lady Game” Another best seller.  Probably you shouldn’t brag if you own this…

Grab your 402 felines and get crackin'!

5.  “Jonathan Adler shoe butter dish” For $64.  I’ll take my butter out of a $3 plastic container, thankyouverymuch.  Butter not included.

The butter that lived in a shoe

As you can see, fredflare.com offers a variety of items that you probably would never actually need. However, if you’re looking for bacon band aids, an ice cream lamp or wasabi lip balm, now you know where to go.

There are undoubtedly more than just these 5 odd items on the site.  Check them out for yourself at fredflare.com.

Captain Jack and John Lennon: Pumpkins with pop culture flair

I have a confession to make.

This is the first year I have not carved a pumpkin since I was old enough to wield a knife.

However, I am very much in the Halloween spirit otherwise, and I did find some pretty cool photos online of pop culture pumpkins.

Check them out below!

Dwight from "The Office"

The "Star Wars" Death Star

Captain Jack Sparrow

Barack Obama

John Lennon

I’m impressed…what do you think??

Want to be a zombie?

Although I haven’t had a chance to see “Zombieland” yet myself, I hear it’s getting good reviews.  The only reason I’m hesitant is because I’m a huge “Shaun of the Dead” fan, and I feel like I would be betraying Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg if I see it…

However, the film’s official site has a special treat!  It allows you to upload a photo and “zombify yourself.” There are a pluthera of gross mouths, wounds and more to choose from.

It sounds disturbing, and it sort of is, but it’s all in good fun.

I know you’re curious to find out what you’d look like if you were a zombie (who isn’t!?), so click here to check it out!

Here is my lovely photo…

Charming, huh?

Charming, huh?

The DVD Clinic

If you’re like me, then your iCal is equally full with exam dates and DVD releases.

I found a handy website that lists such dates according to month, or you can search by movie.  While some of the results only give you the month, it gives you an idea of when to look for your favorites.

I’ve now got The Hangover penciled in my calendar for December 15.  It will give me something to look forward to because I also have two exams that day…

Check out the website here.  What movies are you most looking forward to owning on DVD??

All The Single Babies

So far this weekend I’ve watched a couple ‘Veronica Mars’ DVDs, and I just got back from seeing ‘Love Happens’ at my local theatre.  It was nothing to write home about, so I figured I would share something better with you.  Of all the things I’ve watched so far this weekend, this has got to be my favorite.

If you enjoy the musical stylings of Beyonce and/or adorable children, this video is for you.

I’ve seen my fair share of “Single Ladies” parodies, including an Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake duo, a disturbing Joe Jonas performance and an overweight man in a too small leotard.  (Stab my eyes, I’m still trying to forget ever having seen that last one…)

Although I’m a huge Samberg fan, this baby wins by a mile in my book.  He’s just so cute!  I dare you to not crack a smile.

Check it out here:

I Love You More Than __________.

“I love you more than sweedish fish and popcorn.”

“I love you more than heart shaped sunglasses and toothpicks.”

“I love you more than you hate sharks.”

All of the above statements come from the website iloveyoumorethanblank.com

It’s kind of like Post Secret, but these messages are supposed to be like a personalized greeting card, and are sure to make you smile.

Visitors to the website can post by providing an email address and categorizing their post.

Check out the website by clicking below…