Monday, May 30, 2005
"There's no place I can be, since I've seen Serenity"
On May 26th, I worked from 8-12, went to my best friend's house and piled my stuff in her car. We made the drive from Mobile to Atlanta in pretty good time, checked into a hotel, and found the movie theater. There was already quite a line of Browncoats waiting to get in. The atmosphere outside the theater was festive, with a charge of excitement in the air. You could tell this was a group of people who were getting the treat of a lifetime! We waited in line for about an hour and were finally let into the building. During that hour, I noticed that people who were coming to the theater to see other movies were looking at us with curious interest. One girl even asked if we were in line for Star Wars. We laughed and told her about a little movie called Serenity that would be released in September. I think she thought we were geeks, but we didn't care!
The movie started at 10 p.m. and we cheered to see Joss Whedon appear on the screen. His message to the fans was heartfelt and funny. So funny. The man is a comic genius. He said the movie was made in part because of the dedication of the fans. He said "we've done the impossible and that makes us mighty" which is a favorite quote from Firefly. The fans cheered when he ended his speech with the words, "welcome to Serenity."
I'm afraid I can't say much about the movie itself, because to say anything about the plot would spoil things, and that's the last thing I want to do. This movie is complex yet simple, beautiful yet gritty, and emotional yet hilarous. Seriously, the comedy in this movie is the best! Snarky humor is my favorite anyway, but even if you don't like snark, you'll love it in this movie. Whedonesque humor has a unique quotability. You will find yourself quoting it often, in fact.
So how does a TV show translate to the big screen? Flawlessly. Nathan Fillion's Captain Malcom Reynolds plays much better on the big screen. He's a larger than life conflicted hero who makes choices that are not always popular, but are made to ensure the survival of his crew. Another character that is enhanced on the big screen is Adam Baldwin's Jayne Cobb. The man relishes each line. He plays Jayne with so much fun and flair that you know he's playing his favorite role ever. It is a rare and beautiful thing to witness, but the actors in this movie love their characters and that love shows on the screen. The chemistry between the actors is phenomenal, and, even though the story is much darker than any of the stories in the series, the humor is just as funny, perhaps funnier.
The version I saw was unfinished and had place holders for music and effects. However, it was practically perfect just the way it was. I hope they don't change anything other than polishing up the effects and putting in the original score.
Joss and Co. keep saying it is up to the Browncoats to help promote the film, so here I am, doing my part. GO SEE SERENITY ON SEPT 30!!! You will not regret it. You will see a film with action, drama, sci fi, adventure, mystery, humor, love, relationships, space ships, gorgeous people, and an awesome script!
It really does have something for everyone.
Go to www.serenitymovie.com for more information on the movie.
To find an advanced screening near you, go to www.cantstopthesignal.com There's one on June 23. Tickets are on sale now!
Monday, May 16, 2005
"Well, here I am..."
Well, here I am. I enjoy my life very much, but it's not much of a life, if you know what I mean. I go to work, I come home, I play around on my computer while watching TV, I go to bed, I get up, I go to work, etc. On weekends, I spend time with my family, which is good, but I don't do anything else. Not really. I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can shake things up a bit. You know, just force myself to change. I need to step out of my comfort zone and really challenge myself to be in new and exciting situations. I found a church I want to visit. I have never been very comfortable going somewhere by myself. I don't eat alone in restaurants and I don't go to movies alone. For some reason, the idea makes me feel like a pathetic loser or something. But it's not true. Losers are people who let the fact that they are not with someone keep them from doing the things they enjoy. I will not allow that to happen to me anymore. Just because my friends are in different cities or are unavailable, that doesn't mean I can't go to a movie, to a play, or visit a new church. So I'm going to go to that church. And this coming Thursday, I'm going to go see Star Wars III by myself. Just because no one in my family likes Sci-Fi doesn't mean I should miss out. :)
So hopefullyl in a month or so, I will be posting about all the exciting things I've been doing instead of the fact that I'm just "here." We have such a short time on this earth, so why should we waste that time sitting around at home when there is so much to do, so much to experience, and so many people to meet? I, for one, do not want to miss anything.
Friday, May 13, 2005
"No child should ever feel the pangs of hunger or the pain of hopelessness...
These words were spoken by First Lady Laura Bush in support of the efforts of food banks and other hunger relief organizations in the United States.
I bring up the above quote because June 7 is National Hunger Awareness Day. There are some things that individuals, churches and organizations can do to help fight hunger in America. This is an issue close to my heart because I work for one of those food banks that work so hard to feed the people in our community. For information on what you can do to help, visit www.hungerday.org and take some time to look at the events in your area. If there are no events in your area, contact a local food bank and see what you can do for them on Hunger Awareness Day. If you can't contribute in any other way, wear an orange ribbin on June 7 and tell people it is to remember that hunger in America is a problem and that there are people working to solve it.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
"My life, on occasion, happens to suck beyond the telling of it."
I feel like one of the characters in The Sims, the computer equivalent of playing with dolls. It's a truly remarkable computer game that everyone should try, but I digress. I feel like one of the characters because they always have a little meter that tells the player what levels the characters have of different important needs. There are bathroom, hunger and rest meters, but there is also a social meter. Right now, I feel like my social meter is completely red, which is a very bad thing. I need to interact with people and that's just not happening right now. I don't know what to do, apart from going somewhere and trying to meet new people.
Okay, this is getting to be a stupid little rant by a stupid little girl. Sorry about that. I should go now before it gets any worse.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
"Lord turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted." Psalm 25:16
David's psalms always speak to me. He cries out to God in such a real and tangible way. Sometimes I use his words to pray, simply because they say exactly what I'm feeling. It's ironic that my devotion ended up being about loneliness tonight because it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately.
I have friends, family, a church family, and many people I enjoy being around, but sometimes even in the midst of the crowd, I feel lonely. This devotional says that often single people feel ashamed of being lonely, but why should that be the case? Loneliness is perfectly normal. Even Jesus felt it during the last days of his life on Earth.
One thing I know for certain, I have never felt abandoned by God. He has always been there for me, even in my darkest times. So even though I feel lonely and even mildly depressed about my lack of a love life right now, I know that my Father is going to help see me through it. And maybe one day, when I am ready, my Father will send that special someone my way.
Kingdom of Heaven - Bloom's triumph
In a time when eyes are again turned to the Middle East, as they often are, this film is relevant and important. It tells a compelling story and entertains at the same time. And, speaking strictly as a woman, Orlando Bloom looks great even when he's scruffy and dirty from battle!
Monday, May 09, 2005
"O me! O Life!" by Walt Whitman
"That you are here. That life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on and you will contribute a verse."
What is your verse? What is mine? I used to think my verse would have to be grand and sweeping, like a starring role in a Broadway play or a Hollywood movie. Or a best selling novel. While I have not given up my ambitions, especially that last one, I have changed my idea of what my verse may be. I have decided that every day I can find a way to contribute a verse in a unique and wonderful way. I can be kind to someone. I can offer encouragement. I mentioned in a previous post that I think the world would be a better place if we all showed more compassion. I believe that with all my heart. If I am the only one shouting the message of love and compassion from the hilltops, I will continue shouting. It is a message the world needs. So no matter who you are, no matter where you are, you can contribute a verse in the powerful play.
I think the reason I feel so strongly about showing compassion is because I am a Christian who tries to live the way Christians are supposed to live. The message Jesus preached was one of compassion and love. It's time for us to show that love and compassion for each other.
More Serenity screenings...
This whole advanced screening thing made me think about marketing techniques. Sci Fi is a hard sell among mainstream audiences, so they rely heavily on word of mouth. Star Wars has become a mainstream hit and it started out with unknowns and a cult following. Serenity has the potential to become as successful as Star Wars because it is the same scenario. Also, it is a compelling story with very good characters that have been well written. Not to mention the actors had a great deal of time getting into the characters' heads since they played them on the short lived TV show. For those of you who have not experienced the brilliance that is Firefly, pick up the DVD sets right now. Those who have seen it are most likely fans already. Go see Serenity. I will have a non-spoilery review on this blog after the screening, but I have a feeling my opinion of the movie will not change after seeing it. I will go in to the movie as a fan, but will write about it as a critic, so expect a (mostly) unbiased review after May 26.
Until then, Keep Flyin'!
Friday, May 06, 2005
Update on Serenity screenings
I would also like to add that if they decide to do more screenings, I will be there come hell or high water! No matter what I have to do, I will be there!
One poster at the Browncoats site (link provided above) said Serenity is this generation's Star Wars. He said he knew what it must have felt like to leave the theater after seeing the first Star Wars. What a great comment, considering that they are actually quite similar, both being gritty sci fi movies with relative unknowns as the stars. Hopefully, this film will take off (no pun intended) and will create so much interest that they will do a trilogy. This is a strong possibility if the film does well, so please go see this movie in September. It will be the best film you've seen all year. I'm sure of it.
"So why don't we go, somewhere only we know"
This picture is of my sister's daughter. She (and her two brothers) are the lights of my life. The above quote is from a Keane song. If you haven't discovered this band, you should. Anyway, I thought of this song today when I was at the beach with my sister's three children. We had a great time playing in the sand and the water. The kids posed for pictures and built sand castles. The above picture was not posed, however. It was simply a 2 year old girl's moment of reflection. I thought it was the perfect moment to capture. I guess this place, this moment, was the "somewhere only we know." I looked at this picture later this evening, after giving the kids a bath and putting them to bed and I realized how important it is to spend time with those we love. I mean, I knew it was important, but you know what I mean. This little girl who is looking so intently at the sunset in this picture was just a baby only a few weeks ago, and in a few months, she'll be a young lady. It's amazing how time flies. Geez, can I throw another cliche around? It's amazing how philisophical I can get at 1 a.m. I'd better stop now before I start saying "It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" or something equally tired. I'll spare you that.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
JJ Abrams does it again... Lost and Alias shine
One big reveal in this episode has to be the fact that Locke hit Sayid on the head way back in the beginning of the series, when Sayid was trying to get a signal on the transceiver. It has been a mystery since that episode and now it is solved. Many fans were surprised. Another surprise was the fact that Shannon went after Locke to avenge her brother's death. She shot him, but not fatally. In fact, it was only a flesh wound. Oddly, it was Sayid that kept her from killing Locke. The episode ended with Sayid insisting Locke show him the hatch that Locke and Boone have been working to uncover. The set up for next episode was amazing, and the next few weeks are going to be incredible. Stay tuned to Lost for more excitement.
Directly after Lost, another of my favorite shows comes on. Last night's episode of Alias was the best I've seen in a good long while. Jack Bristow was suffering from radiation illness because he exposed himself to radiation in order to save Sidney's life. Sidney found out about it and wanted to help find a cure for him. He was having hallucinations about something that happened in the past, about someone who could help him in the present, and Sidney had to pretend to be her own mother in order to get the location of that someone from Jack. It was heart renching. It was the most emotional hour of TV I've ever seen. Jack was telling Sidney (who he thought was Sidney's mother) how much he loved Sidney and wanted to be at home with her. He said he was going to quit his job so he could be with Sidney more. Sidney had to stand there and listen to this, pretending to be her own mother, crying and wanting to tell her dad that she loved him too and she understood. It was so well done. Of course, they got the location of the man who could help Jack and at the end it appeared that he will be cured eventually. It was an awesome episode and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Wednesday nights have never been better with the powerhouse team of Lost and Alias. I just hope ABC realizes what it has and doesn't mess with the formula next season!
Monday, May 02, 2005
"Could you not do that while we're.... ever??"
Mine are pretty standard, bad drivers, rudeness, people who are unkind to others, especially when the others are less fortunate, people who are fake, personal habits that are annoying, etc.
But there is one pet peeve that really upsets me more than the rest. I can't stand when people generalize. The other day my dad said something that amounted to "all women are bad drivers." That got me so angry that we had a tremendous fight about it. My dad is not a sexist person and the context is important because he had just been cut off by a woman who was driving with her cell phone at her ear. She wasn't paying attention to what she was doing and almost hit my dad. The thing that irritated me the most was not that he was generalizing about women, but that he was generalizing at all. It's like people who say that all Christians are narrow minded and hate everyone who is not a Christian. That's just not true. I have had to face that most of my life; the attitude that because I'm a Christian, I can't be loving to people who don't share my beliefs. That is totally stupid and every time I see that attitude I want to just show that person that I can love even those who are narrow minded about me and my beliefs.
But that's not the rant I want share today. Today's rant is about generalizing. People are individuals, unique and special. They should never be put into little boxes because of one trait or another. Don't generalize. Treat people the way they were meant to be treated, as unique and special individuals, worth your time and consideration.
Climbing off the soapbox now.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Serenity News: Screenings Sell Out!
So on May 5, I will not be watching Serenity, but I will try to find a review online to post here. I will wait (impatiently) for September 30 to see my favorite heroes on the big screen for the first time.
Until then, Browncoats unite and help market this film in any way you can. We will make sure our Serenity keeps flyin'. (Serenity trilogy, anyone?)
Go take a (hitch) hike
The movie is very good. It is bizarre, funny, and visually interesting, just as expected. Unfortunately, some of the humor from the books doesn't translate well into the movie, and it leaves people who haven't read the books at a bit of a loss about certain key plot points. For instance, my best friend saw the movie with me. She hadn't read the book and was very confused about some of the characters and their pasts, as well as their motivations, etc. Some plot points escaped her too and I'm sure it's because of unfamiliarity with the source material, since she is actually a very sharp person who is usually able to spot things in movies way before I do!
For fans of the books, this movie will be the ultimate geek fest (and I say that in a good way, being somewhat of a geek myself) If you haven't read the books, you might want to do so before watching the movie. Or if you don't, the movie might inspire you to read at least the first one so the details in the movies will be a little easier to understand within the context of the richly detailed book.
What's happening in the world?
What is happing in the world? We read newspapers, watch 24 hour news channels, and surf the Internet and get all this news. Mostly bad news. Now maybe I'm just feeling a little philosophical today for whatever reason, but I often wonder if we would have a better world (and better news) if we would stop concentrating on what's happening in the world and would ask a different question: "What can I do to make the world better?"
What can we do? Not to climb onto a soapbox or anything, but I think if each person was a little bit kinder, showed a little more compassion, we would not see so much bad news when we seek the answer to the question: "What's happening in the world?"