December 21st, 2010


poem by me (a repeat from last winter solstice)

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. KJV, Genesis 8:22

This is the bottom of the year:
we have skidded,
(through no fault of our own)
until we reached this place,
this moment
in the

And now
(through no merit of our own)
we begin
climb back up towards summer and daylight and the peak, that moment at which we
once again
begin the descent toward winter
and the

review: tron legacy

If you're trying to decide whether to see Tron: Legacy, do go. The story is predictable and the characters all color-coded, but that's part of what makes it so enjoyable, like hearing a familiar and well-loved story over again, with new pictures and different voices. It's a good kind of story, about love and duty and becoming a man, understanding what has true value. And visually, it's one of the most gorgeous movies I've seen--that alone would make it worth watching, even if the story was rubbish.

Compared to the original movie, Legacy feels a bit more substantial, less arbitrary, although I must confess that it's been several years since I watched the original, so I may be misrepresenting it. The character motivations are clearer and better developed, although the characters themselves run very close to being simply the predictable stock--hazard of the genre and the necessities of pacing, I suppose.

So: fun, pretty, satisfying. Worth a rewatch or several.