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January 1st, 2011

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10:48 pm - Tron: Legacy
First off, it's really, really pretty – that's by far its biggest appeal. It's also yet another story of a young man coming into his manhood, meeting his long-lost father and getting the girl. We've all seen thousands of these stories and this is merely n+1, and dear gods I'm tired of them. Making the Grid an analog of Wiemar/early Nazi Germany was interesting, and I loved Michael Sheen playing a character who looked exactly like a fusion of Ziggy Stardust & Billy Idol, and closely resembled Joel Grey from Cabaret, but I'm sick to death of the obviously queer characters almost always being evil – that crap needs to stop now. Also, it was a typical US "post-racial" (hah) film – you can't have people of color as major villains, since that might be seen as racist, you can't have people of color as major protagonists, because that might mean that white people won't go and see your movie, and so the only people of color are the most minor background characters.

Movies are often much prettier than TV, but for at least the last 15 years, likely to be far more vacuous – I can find plenty of wretched and offensive TV these days, but also much good and highly progressive TV, including brilliant shows like In Plain Sight or bizarrely good ones like The Vampire Diaries. Some day Hollywood movies will cease being far more regressive and limited than TV, but I'm not expecting this anytime soon. However, if you don't mind turning off your brain and watching really impressive light-cycle races, it's actually quite fun.

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Date:January 3rd, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
On another note, we were watching *something* last night and were all pleasantly surprised when the speaker said, "...gay, or lesbian, or bi..." - now I'm frustrated that I can't remember more than that.

But it was a very "casual" piece of inclusion that was pretty damn nice.

I'll see if I can remember what show it was (or if anyone else can).

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