Bruce Boxleitner

“Silver Bells” getting GR premiere and TV debut

November 12th, 2013 at 9:10 pm by under Entertainment
"Silver Bells" courtesy PureFlix

“Silver Bells” courtesy PureFlix

“Silver Bells” gets a West Michigan premiere and national TV debut  

The made-for-TV movie “Silver Bells”, that filmed in Grand Rapids, Ludington, and Manistee will get its premiere here ahead of its national TV debut next month.

The holiday family movie starring Bruce Boxleitner revolves around a hyper-competitive father and his journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas and hope.  The story focuses on the mission of The Salvation Army and features the Kroc Center, The Salvation Army brass band, Fulton Heights & Booth Family Services.

The screening is one night only: Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00pm at Celebration! Cinema South.  Tickets are free when you bring a new, unwrapped toy ($10 value) to the Kroc Center or any local Kregel Parable Christian Store between now and November 20th.   Tickets will also be available at the door with a toy donation.

“Silver Bells” is directed by Michigan filmmaker Harold Cronk (“The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure” (2013) and “Jerusalem Countdown” (2011)), and is based on a story by Andrea Gyertson Nasfell.  In addition to Boxleitner, the cast includes Kenton Duty as his son, Antonio Fargas as a Major from the Salvation Army, Bridgett Newton as his wife, and Laura Spencer as his daughter.

My sources aren’t expecting any of the cast, but the director, Cronk may be in attendance.  Manistee based 10 West Studios joined with Rebel Forge to make “Silver Bells”, its being distrubuted by Pure Flix Studios, a Christian multimedia company that also produced “What If…” (2010) starring Kevin Sorbo, John Ratzenberger, Kristy Swanson, and Debby Ryan.

If you can’t make it to the screening, “Silver Bells” will debut nationally on Sunday, December 1st at 7:00pm ET on UpTV (formerly Gospel Music Channel).  UpTV’s website describes Boxleitner’s character Bruce Dalt as “an ambitious, gung-ho father and local TV sports anchor who approaches the holidays much like he approaches life – competitively”… his catch phrase is “for the win!”

Earlier this year, “Silver Bells” was approved for an incentive of $177,655 on $591,213 of projected in-state spending.  Local crew was hired for the project.  10 West Studios also led the post-production efforts on the project, keeping the entire project in Michigan.

Interview with Bruce Boxleitner about “Silver Bells”, “Tron”, “Scarecrow & Mrs. King”, and more

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‘Tron Legacy’ is perfect for IMAX 3D

December 17th, 2010 at 7:42 am by under Entertainment

 ”Tron Legacy” is a visual masterpiece, the 3D movie of the year… a perfect movie for IMAX 3D.

If you’ve been looking forward to this movie, than consider yourself part of the group that should see it in IMAX, because you’ll be happy you did.  The action sequences are cool, but there could be more, and the visuals are awesome and perfect for IMAX… but the story could be a little better.  Which is why those who haven’t been looking forward to this movies for the months since we saw the trailer or clips at a special screening… might want to see it at the regular ticket price first before spending the IMAX ticket price.  Just know that the real visual impact of this movie is only truly accomplished when seen in IMAX 3D.

(My spoiler-free review)

28 years after the original “Tron”, filmmakers are once again breaking ground with new technology and a look at possible technology of the distant future.  The suits, discs, lightcycles and effects are not just upgrades, they are what you would expect of 28 years of upgrades to the technology inside the grid.

Most of the scenes in the real world before we journey inside the grid are shot in 2D, but a couple are in 3D… so when Sam Flynn is transported inside the grid, its a “Wizard of Oz” kind of visual impact.  When Dorothy (in Black & White) opens the door of her Kansas home and steps into the world of Oz (in briliant Technicolor) your eyes and your mind immediately know that she’s “not in Kansas” anymore.  In that same way, “Tron Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski gives us a visual cue that we are not in the real world anymore by immersing us in 3D as soon as we begin our journey inside the grid.

And those visuals are amazing… a dazzling 3D spectacle that immerses into this high tech futuristic computer generated world.   The suits look so much cooler, the recognizer vehicles look more high-tech, the disc games are awesome, the lightcycle battle is amazing, and the air battle that makes the lightcycle look like child’s play.  All scenes that are truly worth the IMAX experience.   Its funny, at the screening I heard some younger audiences refer to it as “a little like “The Matrix” (1999)”… when in actuality, “The Matrix” at the time was a modern version of “Tron” (1982).

In aadition to some weaknesses in the story, I thought that the motion capture of Jeff Bridges as the 1982 version of himself is a bit distracting.  The computerized 1982 Bridges its acceptable inside the grid, but in the real world it is distracting from the story that is trying to be told.  The technology is clearly evolved, its close to replicating what people look like.. but not close enough to fool you.. or keep you from focusing on the face of younger Bridges (Kevin Flynn) and why he never came home to his son Sam, a scene that is important to the development of both characters.