J and I are both vegging this week. He's been mostly entombed in his room playing the X-Box or PS2. I've been catching up on dvds (Smallville, Blackbooks, Harry Potter) and re-reading the Dresden Files.
At the moment I'm not so patiently waiting for the bit torrents of Lost and Veronica Mars to come online. ::taps foot repeatedly, whilst refreshing website again:: Even then I'll have to wait till tomorrow to watch them - I could watch on the computer but I'll wait till tomorrow when I've burnt them to dvd (although I'll probably break and watch a little VM). Glad you enjoyed the first ep of Lost caraway_, hopefully the next dvd will be mailed tomorrow. Also have to d/l the new Smallville tomorrow - pretty boys all in a row. Debbi, thy name is hypocrisy.
Serenity opened here today - I really hope it does well. Our local cimema is showing it four times a day, so that's a hopeful sign. ETA - Just read this really good review in The Sydney Morning Herald, so there's more to be hopeful about -
Serenity Reviewed by Richard Jinman September 29, 2005Joss Whedon has seen the future and it looks ... familiar. Five hundred years from now many men will still be emotionally unavailable and many women will continue to find solace in small oscillating devices. As a female mechanic called Kaylee says in Whedon's debut feature film, Serenity: "For a year I ain't had nothing twixt my nethers that didn't run on batteries." It is exactly the kind of tart, witty retort you would expect from the creator of the Zeitgeist television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Whedon's characters may inhabit supernatural worlds or, in the case of Serenity, speak in archaic Wild West accents. But we can always relate to them - they seem very human, very real. Serenity is based on Firefly, Whedon's television series about a rag-tag group of outlaws who inhabit a universe controlled by an Orwellian federation called the Alliance. It was cancelled by Fox TV after only 11 of its 14 episodes had gone to air, but its memory was kept alive by a band of devoted fans. Whedon has rewarded their loyalty by enlarging Firefly's genre-splicing mix of science fiction and Western into an exciting, thoughtful big-screen adventure that employs most of the same characters and actors as the television series. Serenity is a decrepit spaceship inhabited by a gang of outlaws led by Mal (Nathan Fillion). A former soldier who hides his obvious decency behind a thin facade of cynicism and selfishness, Mal is guided by a mysterious svengali called Shepherd Book (Ron Glass) and distracted by the gorgeous courtesan Inara (Morena Baccarin). His crew includes the troubled young telepath River (Summer Glau), the macho, foul-mouthed mercenary Jayne (Adam Baldwin), and the nerdy, anxious pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk). Mal and his gang are petty criminals. They spend their days carrying out rather inept bank heists and keeping one step ahead of the law. But when they are targeted by an Alliance assassin called The Operative - played with the sinister charm of a self-help guru by Dirty Pretty Things star Chiwetel Ejiofor - they realise one of their number is hiding a dangerous secret. None of this is startlingly original, of course. The director Michael Crichton successfully spliced the sci-fi and Western genres in 1973's Westworld, which cast Yul Brynner as a rampaging robotic cowboy. Whedon also plunders Star Wars, Alien, Mad Max 2 and Blade Runner, as well as an entire video store of classic kung-fu flicks, zombie movies and spaghetti westerns. Odd, then, that this endlessly referential film feels like a breath of fresh air in a genre in which characters and story usually play second fiddle to meretricious computer effects. Compared with the kind of ciphers that prop up films such as Resident Evil - or the more recent Star Wars films, come to that - the depth of Serenity's crew seems almost Shakespearian. "We're going for a ride," says River early in the film and, just for once, it's well worth buckling up.
Long weekend coming up. We have to collect a wardrobe that I bought this week (hugs eBay). Unfortunately the purchase of said wardrobe leads to major tidy-up with a dumpster involved. The old wardrobe in J's room is just about trashed (the boy has issues - he better not try it with the new 'robe or he'll end up with a broken hand). So clothes, shoes, motor bike odds and sods, and the remnants of the old wardrobe will all have to be sorted - keepers, charity or binned. Ahh, the pleasures of spring cleaning. All I have to do now is persuade J that the empty box collection (PS2, Nintendo Gamecube, X-Box, Nintendo 64, Metal Gear Solid, Pokemon etc etc etc - it's like a box history of J's life) that currently resides on the top of the old wardrobe has GOT TO GO!!!!!!