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  • Not Playing with Lex and Dan cover art
    Not Playing with Lex and Dan July 29, 2022
    8.3 Tron

    We’re past the halfway point in our abbreviated season and this time hotshot programmer Lex Friedman has been sucked into a computer where he meets heroic program Dan Moren and they watch 1982’s Tron.

    Hot topics include glossaries of computer terms, frisbee playing, and the power of metaphors.

    Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

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    Unjustly Maligned March 23, 2015 “Tron”
    4 "Tron" with Wil Wheaton

    Actor and supergeek Wil Wheaton joins Antony to protest that the original “Tron” movie from 1982 is unjustly maligned, to explain how its very existence created a rift among animators, and why he’d happily go on the game grid.

  • The Incomparable Mothership cover art
    The Incomparable Mothership December 13, 2010 Tron Movies
    15 My Computer is Powered by Frisbees

    Greetings, programs! It’s time to talk about “Tron” and the new sequel, “Tron Legacy.” Also, what’s the appropriate use of CGI? When should creators go back and use computers to “improve” their work? And does Jeff Bridges’ CGI doppelganger fall right into the middle of the Uncanny Valley?