Posts Tagged ‘movies

26
Jan
13

The Reward

The Reward is an awesome little animated short film — a student project from The Animation Workshop — that neatly encapsulates much of the fun and wonder of gonzo old-school play in the so-called “Galactic Dragons and Godwars” style. Watch it, love it, let it bring a smile to your face.

Enjoy!

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09
Mar
10

Tron Legacy and the Old School Revolution

I loved Tron as a kid. The script wasn’t anything to write home about, but the graphics got under my skin and into my dreams. The brilliant colors contrasting with dull grays and midnight blues, the alien angularity of the Recognizers, the trippy psychedelic whirl of the MCP, even the goofily bleeping “bit” that followed young Jeff Bridges around: they made computers seem interesting back when all we had to work with were TRS-80s.

Tron, like original D&D, was a seminal product. Cyberpunk literature and movies—Neuromancer, Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix—drew inspiration from Tron’s computer world. And now, 28 years later, we have a sequel: Tron Legacy.

If the trailers are any indication, the new movie neatly integrates visual and auditory cues from successor products; for instance, the muted greens and oversaturated blues of The Matrix‘s computer world and real world are swapped around for Tron Legacy‘s real and computer worlds respectively. But these new elements are used in service of the original Tron‘s idiom.

This is an Old School Revolution movie.

04
Mar
10

i’m going to hell for saying this…

…but I like Milius-Conan better than Howard-Conan.  By a pretty wide margin.  Everything about that movie is awesome.  But James Earl Jones is especially awesome.  And Mako is extra-especially awesome (in this and in all things).

If a movie has this in it, I am okay with trademark dilution




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