Beeps Pick: Tron: The Original Classic
Why I picked this film: I like to torture Apes with old "sci-fi" movies. But seriously though, We're planning on watching Tron: Legacy pretty soon, and I'm all about knowing my roots.
Beeps: It took all my self control to keep from shutting this off after about 10 minutes. Not because it was terrible, but because it made me realize that you could say anything about computers in 1982, and no one would know or care. I find this to be a recurring theme in lots of popular shows with "computer specialists" in them, and it enrages me just as much today. Tron is the story of computer programs fighting off a super program that wants to add their uniqueness to its own. Think The Matrix meets the Borg from Star Trek, only one tenth as cool or exciting. The movie is hard to watch 30 years later, no doubt about it, but I actually sorta liked the story. Those effects aren't very special anymore though... 2 Stars!
Apes: Wow... WOW... WOW... Things really have come along way in 30 years. Now we demand good acting, solid plots, less neon, and a little more SPECIAL in our EFFECTS! For the age of the movie I wasn't expecting anything crazy awesome in the technology I knew what I was getting my self into, but the story its self is TERRIBLE. I'm a big fan of watching the original before a new version or a sequel come out, but in this case just skip it! The neon space invader pacman mash up just isn't worth it. My mind has been turned to mush by the flashing strobe lights, poor story, less than stellar plot, and mediocre acting. I give it 1 1/2 stars for um... because its old and because you really should watch the old version to truly appreciate the new ones.
Overall we give this film 2 stars.
~Beeps and Apes