• Agony Booth review: Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

    25 days ago - By Great Little Known Movies

    This review is of a film that, like Hollow Man , has cool SFX, but just doesn't hold a candle to The Invisible Man (1933).
    If any actor can be considered as having fallen from grace over the decades, it's Chevy Chase. He became an instant star thanks to his work on the first two seasons of Saturday Night Live. His success, not surprisingly, prompted him to leave the TV show that made him famous and try for a career on the big screen. Unlike David Caruso, however, this move proved successful for a time. During the late ‘70s and into the '80s, Chase had success with films like Fletch, Three...
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  • Agony Booth review: Tron (1982)

    Agony Booth review: Tron (1982)

    25 days ago - By Great Little Known Movies

    This is the first part of a six-part review of this classic from 1982.
    I've written articles about films where I've made a point to note other movies that were released in the same year. To me, this has been relevant because the 1980s was a pretty great decade when it came to science fiction, fantasy, and even horror movies.
    Many critics have stated that the apex of that illustrious decade was 1982. That was the year that gave us E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which became the year's biggest moneymaker. But the year also produced equally classic works such as Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The...
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  • Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 2

    Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 2

    25 days ago - By Great Little Known Movies

    This is the second part of my review of Tron.
    Previously on Tron: We learned that the computer world is becoming more and more advanced. A certain program that calls itself the Master Control Program pretty much dominates it. However, after it gets rid of a program that looks like Jeff Bridges, the MCP sends for someone called Dillinger, who isn't the gangster.
    We see Ed Dillinger being taken to Encom, the computer corporation of which he's the CEO. The cool glow in the dark helicopter where we first see him reminds us of the perks that come with being a CEO. Dillinger enters his office...
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  • Agony Booth review; Tron (1982), part 3

    Agony Booth review; Tron (1982), part 3

    25 days ago - By Great Little Known Movies

    This is part three of my Tron review.
    Previously on Tron: The Dude was trying to hack into his former employer's computer system to prove he was screwed over. But he ended up getting punked in the most electronic way possible. The good news is that there's no Ashton Kutcher around, so what happens next won't be all that bad.
    After the MCP digitizes Flynn down into tiny little electronic pieces, it sucks Flynn into the laser. We then see what's pretty much a computerized version of the star tunnel from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    Flynn is then rematerialized inside the computer world, now...
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  • Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 4

    Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 4

    25 days ago - By Great Little Known Movies

    This is part four of my Tron review.
    Previously on Tron: Flynn discovered that he'd arrived at a place that is, essentially, Ready Player One before the Ernest Cline book. He finally met the movie's title character who, along with another program, helped Flynn kick some ass playing video games where you only get one try.
    Flynn, Tron, and Ram escape the game grid in their lightcycles, which lose their trails as they make their way through a crack in the wall. It's a good thing, too, as our heroes would've instantly smashed each other up, making this a very short movie.
    As our heroes haul...
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  • Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 5

    Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 5

    25 days ago - By Great Little Known Movies

    This is part five of my Tron review.
    Previously on Tron: Flynn, Tron, and Ram escaped the Game Grid, but were later separated when Sark's tanks blew up their lightcycles, which eventually killed Ram. But Tron pressed onward with his girlfriend Yori, while Flynn tried to do the same with vehicles that ended up crashing before a skirmish caused him to camouflage himself as one of the bad guys.
    Tron and Yori are making their way to the I/O Tower. They deal with several guards before having to climb up skyscraper-height poles to get to a secret entrance. A Recognizer is patrolling the area...
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  • Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 6

    Agony Booth review: Tron (1982), part 6

    25 days ago - By Great Little Known Movies

    This is the final installment of my review of Tron.
    Before I get into the impact Tron has had on pop culture in the decades since its release, let's discuss how the movie itself stands up.
    Video game-based movies are usually received with not much enthusiasm by most audiences. The recent Rampage, while not exactly a bomb, has reinforced the notion that movies based on video games are almost uniformly awful. The poster child for this perception is perhaps the 2003 film House of the Dead, based on the awesome zombie shoot-'em-up series of the same name. That movie is rightfully regarded as...
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