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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

“Computers and the programs will start thinking and the people will stop."

As we all know the next big thing to hit theaters will be “Tron Legacy”. So I thought it would be a good time to revisit the original. Many people today have never seen it or don’t remember it. I definitely remembered it but it had been awhile and it deserved another look. This movie is visually spectacular. In fact, even today, while some aspects look dated, the “wow” factor still rivals that of modern movies. No film before it, or since, used these exact techniques. But despite all of its technological wonder and originality, it is a flawed masterpiece. Although I didn’t notice it as a kid, this film borrows heavily from many films before it. It also may not even be as good at telling those stories. But even though it borrows from other films, likewise, many films have since borrowed heavily from “Tron”. Let’s take a look! (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Martin Keller]

"I'm having a hard time describing what I'm seeing right now."

With this look at the new Steve Carell comedy that is making big bucks at the box office, we welcome brand new contributor Martin Keller!

Quirky is funny. Perhaps that’s the message of the film. Or maybe: It’s funny because it’s different. Aside from the best (and only) stuffed mouse dioramas I’ve ever seen (such as the Mousa Lisa), some funny one-liners from Steve Carell, and some quick banter between Carell, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis, this film subsists on weirdness for laughs. Rudd plays a financial analyst climbing the ladder to the proverbial and literal seventh floor of executives, in hopes that his girlfriend will accept his proposal of marriage. Rudd positions himself to reach the next floor with an exceptional pitch to the boss, but must first pass one test. His boss hosts a monthly ‘dinner for exceptional people,’ in which each guest must bring an eccentric moron to be mocked. The most ‘exceptional’ by the end of the night wins. Enter Paul Rudd’s ambition, his girlfriend’s disapproval, and Carell – the schmuck. (more…)