Monday, January 3, 2011

In appreciation of ever-evolving CGI graphics, actors and poems

So I rented the original 1982 film Tron.

I thought it would be easier to track down, since there's a new sequel in the theaters. But now I can see why they hope nobody finds it; the special effects look like they were created on a Commodore 64.
They are unbelievably bad, so I was obviously easily impressed back when I was 8 years old and seeing it for the first time.

Nonetheless, I did still enjoy seeing it again and it was cool to see an early rough draft of one of my favorite actors (His Dudeness, Sir Crazy Heart).

While the special effects and circa-1982 Jeff Bridges are incredibly dated, it was interesting to notice that office cubicles look exactly the same. Apparently, there have been absolutely NO technical advancements in the field of cubicle engineering over the past 28 years.

When I stumble onto my old poems:

Some of them are Commodore 64-rendered light cycles that bring embarrassment and shame.
Some of them are early-eighties office cubicles that make me wonder if I've ever progressed.
And then there are a few Jeff Bridges ones that have enough raw enthusiasm and promise to eventually become a Fisher King or a Starman.

But that's just like, my opinion, man.


  1. I've read a few that might one day qualify as Rooster Cogburns.

  2. It sucks when someone pees on the poem that really tied the chapbook together, man.

  3. Dude! How did you like how they de-aged Bridges in the new movie?

    I miss my Commodore. I played my first adventure game on it--Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, all text based!

  4. I haven't seen the new one, yet. I was waiting until I could first revisit the first. I plan to go this weekend, if it's still in theaters.

    That Hitchhiker's game must have been awesome. heheh.