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New Grit

True Grit was originally a book by Charles Portis.  In 1969, a year after the books release, a movie adaptation was made, this movie starred John Wayne as, a character with true grit, Reuben (Rooster) Cogburn.  John Wayne won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award (Oscar) for his performance; this was the only time, in his entire career, that Wayne got an Oscar.  Although the book was a standalone story, the movie had two sequels.  The first, of these sequels, also starred John Wayne and followed the same basic story as its predecessor.  The second, on the other hand, starred Warren Oates; this sequel was made-for-TV, which shows the decline in popularity from the first, which did so well, and its sequels.

The 2010 version is not just a simple remake.  It’s the reopening of a genre of movie that hasn’t really been explored in film lately; hopefully it will be more successful than when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought back Grindhouse.  Even if you’re not a fan of westerns, it’ll be interesting to see how modern technology affects the genre.

The movie is about a fourteen year old girl called Mattie, who hires Cogburn, an aging US marshal, to help catch Tom Chaney, the man that killed her father.  Mattie is determined to go along on the search, even though Cogburn tries to stop her.  A Texas Ranger called La Boeuf, is also looking for Chaney and goes along with Mattie and Cogburn, against Mattie’s will.

This version is closer to the book than the first one.  The book is narrated by Mattie, as an old woman who is retelling the events of how she avenged her father’s death.  The new movie is also narrated by an older Mattie, but this was left out of the original movie, possibly to leave it open for sequels.

The new True Grit, and its cast, has already been nominated for many awards, including the Oscar for best actor (Jeff Bridges is nominated).  Winning awards isn’t anything new for the cast, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges play La Boeuf and Cogburn respectively, both of which already have an Oscar.  The movie is already been released in the US, but it doesn’t come out in Ireland until the 11th of February, the day after it opens for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

What do you think of this movie?  Do you think this is the return of westerns?  If so, do you think it’s a good think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

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Tron: Legacy Review

In 1982 a gift was given to the world, this gift was called Tron.  Today the world received a second gift.  The receipts in the box, but you won’t need it.  Tron: Legacy is amazing.  It lived up to, and exceeded, my very high expectations.  It’s a sequel, not a remake, so seeing the first one adds so much to the story, but isn’t crucial, you’ll still understand what’s going on and you enjoy the experience.

One thing that really stood out for me, and I don’t usually notice this (unless it’s really bad), is the score.  At all times the music was perfect.  I’ve never seen it done better.  The sound is sort of old style techno and it just worked.  That’s the only way I can put it, it worked.

The acting was great, including the cheesy looking, air guitar playing, albino guy on the ad.  When I seen him on the trailer, I have to admit, I was worried.  Jeff Bridges did an excellent job as both Kevin Flynn and Clu 2.  The first Clu died early on in the original Tron, Clu 2 wasn’t made long after.  So since programs don’t age he had to look like Flynn did in the original.  Special effects were used to make Bridges look younger.  At first I thought, ‘this isn’t working, he looks fake’, but quickly it got better.  There were a few times that he didn’t look quite right, particularly around the mouth, but these were brief.

The movie looks beautiful, but we all knew that was going to happen.  The graphics far out pass any I’ve seen before, Avatar included.  Everything looked flawless.  The light cycles, which were one of the things I remembered most from seeing Tron as a child, look great.  I want one.  Actually five Tron bikes are being made.  They look like the new light cycles, except they can’t do the whole ribbon of light thing.  Oh and they probably cost an arm, leg and a pair of… shoes.

Actress Cindy Morgan was absent from the film, as were her characters.  She doesn’t even get mentioned, but viewers, that are familiar with the first, can assume that she’s either married to Alan and just is not shown, or that she is Flynn’s, unnamed, dead wife.  Personally, I like to think she’s still alive, plus if Flynn had stolen Alan’s girlfriend I doubt he, or his program counterpart, Tron, would be helping Kevin or Sam.

I really love this movie and it won’t be long before I’m seeing it again.  It’s the best movie of 2010, sorry other 2010 movies the title got stolen right at the end of the year.  Do you agree, vote or comment below to let me know.


Tron Legacy

In 1982, Steven Lisberger’s brainchild, Tron, was released in the cinema and became an instant hit.  John Lasseter, head of Pixar and Disney’s animation group, said the film inspired him and helped him see the potential of computer generated imagery in the production of animated films.  Over the years Tron has gained a cult following and rumours of a sequel have been around for a long time.

Due to the film’s large fan base, there was speculation in the late 90s that Disney was planning a sequel.  Then in 1999 Pixar admitted that they were considering making either a sequel or a remake of the hit film.  There were reports about planned sequels, but the next big leak wasn’t until 2005 when it was reported that Disney had hired Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal to write the sequel.  At Comic-Con 2008 a trailer was shown.  In the trailer Jeff Bridges reprised his role as Kevin Flynn.  Later, Bridges revealed that the footage seen in the trailer would not appear in the finished film.  Finally, in 2009, Tron Legacy was announced.  Legacy was written by Steven Lisberger, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.

The film is set in 2010 and follows Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) son of the original lead Kevin Flynn.  Kevin mysteriously disappeared 20 years before the film starts, but one night a mysterious signal is sent from his old arcade, Sam goes to investigate, is pulled into the world of Tron where he is reunited with his estranged father, and the two must fight to escape from the now much more advanced world.

The movie is set to be released on the 17th of December, but before then we can look forward to the game which will come out on the 7th of December.  The game is titled Tron Evolution and is intended to bridge the gap between the two movies.  The story in the game is canon with the movies and the events of the game will be referenced in Tron Legacy.  The game will be cross-platform.  Versions will be released on windows, PS3, Xbox, PSP, Wii and Nintendo DS.  It will also have both single and multi-player modes, and post release downloadable content.

Tron has proven that it is truly unforgettable.  With thousands of pre-existing fans teamed together with the new fans, that the extravagant trailer has brought, success is almost guaranteed, and if the movie is anywhere near as good as the original then DVD sales should rake in a more than respectable sum.  Whether you’re a fan of the original, or new to the series the movie looks amazing and is sure to be a visual masterpiece, if nothing else.  It has a solid story and fans should be glad that the original has not been forgotten.  With a little luck this may be the must see movie of 2010.

Tron Legacy Trailer

Tron Evolution Trailer