Archive for October, 2005

Serenity Now!

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

I went to see Serenity yesterday. Having just come out this weekend, this movie is one of those things where either you don’t know much about it, or you went to see it opening weekend. Twice.

The movie is based on a TV show called Firefly that first premiered on Fox back in 2002. As series creator Joss Whedon so eloquently puts it on the movie website, “Firefly went on the air a few years ago and was instantly hailed by critics as one of the most cancelled shows of the year.” Fourteen episodes were filmed, and only eleven actually aired before Fox pulled the plug.

Mistake. Big, Big Mistake. Huge. Mistake. Somebody-Fire-Somebody Mistake.

To make a long story short, the fans went nuts, writing lots of letters and taking out an ad in Variety. Fox in response quickly released the entire series on DVD. Sales of the set were so brisk, largely due to word-of-mouth advertising that grew the fan base hugely, that Joss Whedon had little trouble convincing Universal Studios to buy the movie rights and let him make a movie.

Cue Serenity.

Joss Whedon was pretty well known before the Firefly series for a little thing he put together called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I used to watch that show for a while. It was Pretty Good. Firefly, in turn, was Great.

Serenity is Incredible. It’s the best movie I’ve seen in years. It’s what the new Star Wars should have been, (or as one commentary I read stated, it reminds us of why we so loved the original Star Wars, and just what was wrong with the new trilogy).

Go see this movie. You won’t be sorry

P.S. — Smallest Minority has an interesting post somewhat orthogonal to the movie. You should only click if you have seen the movie, but it is an interesting read.

Anatomy of a Photograph

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

This is interesting:

Anatomy of a Photograph