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Another long night of sleep and dreams, which is at least better than a long night of insomnia, dozing, and dreams. But the dreams were especially vivid last night. It all ended in Manhattan, or at least some place that wanted me to believe it was Manhattan.

I think we're going to spend the whole day on housework. These things cannot be forestalled forever.

Regarding To Charles Fort, With Love, the following from the Subterranean Press website: "We're down to the last 10 copies of the Limited, so don't delay if you're interested." The clothbound trade hardcover edition shipped last week, for everyone who'd preordered it. The limited hardcover is leatherbound (there's that word again), traycased, has coloured endpapers, and comes with the chapbook, The Little Damned Book of Days.

Spooky and I saw Serenity yesterday, and it was, truly, frelling wonderful. I have virtually no complaints — I was sorry to see that Richard Brooks' character, Jubal Early, from the last episode of Firefly, "Objects in Space," had been replaced with a somewhat less fearsome and less interesting unnamed assassin, and I wish we could have had a flashback to the Battle of Serenity Valley. But these are very small complaints. This is easily the best thing that Joss Whedon's done to date. It's no secret that I've never been an out and out Whedon fan. I didn't like the original Buffy movie and only enjoyed the last three seasons of the series. I liked Angel more than Buffy, but only the last season was really impressive. I had mixed feelings about his script for Alien: Resurrection, mostly because of the dumb jokes that kept stopping the story cold ("Must be a chick thing," etc.).

Firefly was, I thought, Whedon's very best work to date, but, I think now, Serenity is even better. It's certainly far and away better than the last three Star Wars films all rolled into one. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but I was pleased with the story, the script, the visual style of the film (which beautifully reproduced and improved upon the look of the TV series), the acting, the direction, and the fact that Whedon is willing to put cherished characters in genuine peril and even allow a couple of deaths. I was especially pleased that Whedon's comic timing is, in my opinion, improving by leaps and bounds. Summer Glau stole the show, and those were some of the best fight scenes from American cinema since the original Matrix film. In short, I simply, shamelessly adored this film and will likely try to see it again in theatres, which virtually never happens these days. All the magic of Firefly is distilled into one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in ages. I was dazzled, and I want more, please.

Latter, we watched Peter Cushing in Night Creatures (aka, Capatin Clegg; 1962). A peculiar film, that.

I never did get around to listing the lettered copy of The Five of Cups yesterday, but I'll try to do so today. However, the second $2.50 Silk auction has begun.

P.S. — Happy Halloween the 2nd.

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robyn_ma
Oct. 2nd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
I really wish I'd enjoyed Serenity more — or at all. I truly do. It gives me no pleasure to sit here with such keenly felt disappointment in it.
blu_muse
Oct. 2nd, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
I saw Serenity on Friday and LOVED it. Apparently a fan group or a group of gamers that were fans , were in attendance with me. They had about a dozen people there and they griped about the lack of turn out, complaining about the not-full theater until someone pointed out, "dude, this is the 10:30pm showing, you know." At least I had responsive fellow audience!

The movie was unbelievably fun with just the right amount of humor and suspense. The one unexpected death took the breath out of me and everyone else in the theater in a large unison gasp. God what I'd pay to have such writing on other shows... I can't get enough of smart lines. To that, I think I love Jayne's character. He's kind of like an oversized puppy. He means well, really. Summer's character was impressive. The fight scenes were beautiful and graceful. I was mesmorized.
happyspector
Oct. 3rd, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
"To that, I think I love Jayne's character. He's kind of like an oversized puppy. He means well, really."

The consistantly sneaky thing about Jayne's characterization is, the deck is usually stacked so he looks like a prick to the audiance, yet his point of view is valid, and quite often the voice of reason, later vindicated ("Sure would be nice to have some GRENADES right now, don't you think?" LOL). Much as I'm in love with River, I really can't blame his attitude towards her or Simon, especially since I tend to share his reaction to people with Simon's uppity, rich-boy attitude.
emrecom
Oct. 2nd, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked Serenity. Please tell people, cuz it's doing zip at the BO.
sfmarty
Oct. 2nd, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
I saw Serenity yesterday with a friend from out of town. 2:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday in a theater near Stanford where a football game was on. Almost full house for us. All the really small children were elsewhere. Us tall kids were in rapt attendance.

After the show I talked with a few people who had never seen (or heard of) Firefly. They were on their way to buy the DVDs.

I loved the movie and will see it again and again. Probably buy it in DVD too.

styggian
Oct. 2nd, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
I needed a new copy of Sily.
I loaned mine to someone and never got it back.
I never knew that Joss Whedon wrote A:R, I guess I just thought that the director wrote it as well.
I like the director much more.
lou_sytsma
Oct. 3rd, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
Saw Serenity twice over the weekend. Loved it! Whedon is a master of dialogue. I almost weep at the thought of Whedon being given the opportunity to do a rewrite of the SW prequel scripts.
lunablack
Oct. 3rd, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
Saw Serenity and was quite pleased that it didn't suck. Andreas picked up the DVD set of Firefly, so now we're watching them *gasp* in order.

Whoever decided to air the show in random order needs a good thwapping.
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