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TRON: Legacy (2010)

I happen to like the original TRON. It’s nothing if not dated, but the experience of seeing the film in the theaters back in 1982 must have been a special one.  The filmmakers threw themselves earnestly into the creation of this computerized world, and despite the intervening years there’s still something graceful about the look of the film.  And so, despite TRON: Legacy being one of those films you hear about endlessly for two years before it finally arrives in theaters, I remained intrigued.  This type of overwhelming ad campaign is a tenuous scenario for any filmmaker to deal with, the hype certain to both fill seats and raise expectations to nearly unachievable levels.  An Avatar-sized budget, a score by Daft Punk, and the kind of franchise building we haven’t seen from Disney since Pirates, TRON: Legacy is quite evidently a BIG DEAL.  So how is it?  Well, that’s a complex question.  In some ways this is pretty standard stuff, the kind of holiday fare kids and parents can munch popcorn to.  In other ways, this is one of the most remarkable films I’ve ever seen.

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The Queen (2006)

First off, let’s get it out of the way. Helen Mirren is outstanding. I’ve always been impressed with her ability to remain youthful as she ages, to maintain at least some element of sexiness in her age. Here though, she dispenses with all that and embodies a kind of inhuman stoicism you can only imagine coming from conservative royalty. Her inability to grieve or even consider the possibility of grieving is both maddening and impressive. Michael Sheen‘s Tony Blair is great too. In the end I think I found myself identifying with him the most. Caught up on the favorable side of a political battle, Blair remains true to his country and its best interests.

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