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Tron: Uprising – Season One (2012)

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Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I’m erring on the side of a higher rating for Tron: Uprising based upon style and likability, more so than, necessarily, the quality of the series narrative. I don’t know that I would consider Tron: Uprising a great television series, but it is consistently entertaining, and I found myself more or less marathoning through the season whenever I could find a block of time to watch the episodes.

To be certain, I’m not specifically using the word “entertaining” in the way that, say, a bunch of stuff blowing up in a summer blockbuster is entertaining. Though Tron: Uprising is, to be sure, never short on kung fu, chases, and stuff blowing up, I think there is real substance to this series based upon character, themes, and lore. It does have trouble, however, rising above its episodic constraints.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I can’t believe you gave this film two stars and Into Darkness three stars. This movie was way better and more entertaining, in my opinion. Then again, this movie was trying to be little more than a b-level sword and sorcery film while Into Darkness thought it was epic sci-fi in the tradition of Star Trek. I’m a fan of the original Solomon Kane stories, and while this wasn’t very faithful, it was at least as faithful as any of the adaptations of Conan have been. Anyway, I thought it was fun.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      heh. I dunno…I didn’t like it. When I rate these films, I just try to come up with some sort of formula based upon how much I was entertained + how successful the film accomplished its goals + the craft of the filmmakers. On all of those fronts, I didn’t think Solomon Kane was very successful.

      But you should totally write a review and I’ll link to it below in the Second Opinions section. 😉

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I guess the thing with me about Solomon Kane is that I felt a little bored while watching it. Say what I will about Star Trek Into Darkness, I don’t remember being bored.

  • fuwalda says:

    Into Darkness bored the shit out of me. I actually fastforwarded through the last twenty minutes or so.

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Solomon Kane (2009)

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Why do I keep watching movies like this? I’m always disappointed. If the IMDb rates something a 6, I should really just assume it’s going to be a waste of my time. But there’s always this voice in the back of my head that keeps saying, “Maybe the masses just didn’t get it!”

I’ll tell you why I watched this one, specifically: because Robert E. Howard invented some really neat pulp fiction characters (not, merely, Conan the Cimmerian)–I really appreciate his unique mix of sword and sorcery; and because it stars James Purefoy, who was so brilliant as Mark Antony in HBO’s Rome.

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Some microreviews of a bunch of stuff I’ve streamed lately on Netflix.

redhoodCOVER[1]Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I haven’t read the comics upon which this film was based, but I put off watching Under the Red Hood, because as I recalled, the Red Hood plot line hadn’t gone over very well with some fans. I can’t speak to why, however, because I felt this turned out pretty well for all characters concerned. There’s a very problematic plot point with regards to the ulterior motive behind the Red Hood’s actions, but it’s forgiveable.  The narrative delivered a twist when, perhaps, it didn’t need one, but at least it helped get the story to its logical conclusion.

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