The Fan Expo Vancouver Journals & Movie News Tidbits

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


The organizers of Fan Expo Vancouver have done one right thing for their third show and that’s to expand the hallway space to allow attendees to flow quickly from exhibit hall to panel room. As for back and forth, I have no complaints for the exercise everyone is getting since the path is like navigating the many one-way streets back in Seattle. It will no doubt get some people fuming, but I guess part of the reason is due to Fire Marshal regulations.

But on day one, this discovery does not mask one huge annoyance: the lack of knowledgable volunteers who can direct fans to where they should be standing in line to gain entry. I already made the leap in judgement when I studied the map, but as for whether it was known by anyone else, maybe I was far too nerdy than any of the volunteers. Only the senior staff could direct me and I followed their directions.

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Tron Legacy. The Franchise and The Future in Jeopardy

Tron Legacy lives up to everything the first film defined and goes even further.

Tron Legacy new Imax PosterThe one lasting influence the movie TRON placed upon the world of pop culture is its neon stamp. The CGI design is still hip to this day, trendsetting and back then, who did not want to play glow-in-the-dark Frisbee? TRON Legacy lives up to everything the first film defined and goes even further.

Original director/writer Steven Lisberger tapped into the same mythos that embraced a Star Wars generation. Instead of a lightsaber, there is an identity disc. There’s no doubt of some copycat moments, and this film is simply recognising what audiences are already familiar with. In this film, the relationship between two individuals, Sam (Garrett Hedlund) and his father, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), is explored. Pops disappeared off the face of the earth and when a page arrives on Alan Bradley’s (Bruce Boxleitner) cell phone, that’s when Sam’s world gets turned around.

In the digital domain both Flynns come through as arrogant, and what happens next is an attempt to look at the consequences of playing God. The senior believed he could create a perfect system, and in his arrogance he got more than he bargained for. He did not realize what he opened up is just a Pandora’s box. Some of it was of his own making, and the rest is a Frankenstein tale where his creation is fighting back, just wanting to be loved than ignored.

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