Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Serenity

I have writer's block. I've had it for a week now. It's not true writer's block because I could still whip out other posts, but I've been meaning to write up something about the Fourth Amendment for two weeks now and just can't do it. I really liked what I did with the Third Amendment and wanted to follow up a piece that is on par with it.

The Fourth is one of the most important Amendments to our Constitution and it's the one that has been weakened the most. That's why I'm looking very closely at President Bush's Supreme Court decisions. We need to see this Amendment restored.

So if you're wondering what ever happened to my Bill of Rights series, I'm trying not to neglect it. I just have writer's block.

In the meantime, I saw Serenity last night. Zombie Lama loved it, and I got some instant messages from people telling me I needed to see it. So see it I did. Here's my review...

Serenity was a story of the Alliance, a collection of planets settled by Earthlings, and its government that tries to be a Tipper Gore happy happy joy joy it's for your own good totalitarian state. Only, two big problems. One - not everyone wants to be told what to do. Two - there are sci-fi zombie boogeymen out there that the Alliance swears up and down don't exist, even though too many people already know better.

This is another movie that has so much going on that different interpretations are possible. Mine? I saw a love story. No, not some hokey boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back crap, but a brother's unconditional love for his sister. A brother who would risk death (and much worse) to free his "special" sister from bondage, a sister who is almost literally a walking time-bomb.

And a man who loves his ship. At first, I didn't like the Captain. But as the story progressed, I really felt for the guy. Here was a guy who's too complex to dismiss after first impression.

One thing you ladies will love is that the women characters actually have real roles and good lines. And depth. And character. And a lot of heart.

I'm not sure who Joss Wheedon is, but the guy could write. He wrote and directed this flick and did a wonderful job at both. Whomever he is, I'm going to do a backlog of his stuff and do some serious renting.

Wheedon directs the movie like a movie should be directed. No big name stars, yet nobody flubs their roles. The editing was superb as well and maybe Terry Gilliam needs to hire the guy who edited this flick.

Ten dead zombies. Keep in mind, this is coming from a guy who loves fantasy, is indifferent about sci-fi, and the movie didn't have gratuitous nudity (which we all know the Zombieslayer is a huge fan of). Go see it while it's still in the theaters.



By the way, one thing you will notice is that they used 20th century firearms. There's a reason for that. No matter how hi-tech we get, nothing will beat the reliability of a good old shotgun and a six-shooter.

24 Comments:

Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Now I'm really going to go see it. My husband and I have to be very selective about what we watch a theater. For one, it's expensive and for two--we have a new baby so getting the time to go to the movies is hard. This looks like it would be fun to catch on a big screen and I've heard nothing but good things about it. Thanks for doing this review!

10/11/2005 9:38 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I have no choice but to wait for the video, but I will rent Serenity when it comes out. I am a sucker for sci-fi.

10/11/2005 9:55 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Scott - It's visually neat, so it would be nice to see in a theatre. Not super high budget special effects, but Wheedon & his people really know how to get the most bang for the buck.

Sadie - One warning about the movie, some scenes might be frightening for small children. The boogeymen creatures are pretty scary. You might want to go with just you and Dan.

10/11/2005 10:29 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

ZS - Wheedon is the creator of your undead-fighting counterpart, Buffy. Of course, concentrating on Zombies yourself, it's easy to see why you haven't had much time to delve in Vampires. Zombies are a full-time job.

He created Buffy, and also Angel, and more recently directed a short series called Firefly which is what Serenity is based on.

If you want an interesting little read, try this interview with Wheedon and Neil Gaimann, who is also pretty brilliant...

Cheers.

10/11/2005 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Michele said...

Intriguing review. I must needs check it out.
Have you ever read CS Lewis' 'Space Trilogy'? It's his only Science Fiction work that I know of. They're wonderful, (although not quite as wonderful as the Narnia series) and pretty cool because they were written well before the Space Program, so they're based soley on the brilliant author's imaginings. Ransom is one of my favorite literary anti-heros of all time. In fact, I considered Ransom as a boy's name when I was pg.

10/11/2005 11:41 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Michele - No, never even heard of them. In fact, I've never even read Mere Christianity which I've been bugging my buddy Dave to let me borrow but he keeps forgetting.

Shawn - Ah. No wonder his name is popular. Zombie Lama mentioned on his blog that he enjoyed Firefly so I'm thinking of renting those. Currently reading your link...

10/11/2005 11:57 AM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Glad you liked it :o)

10/11/2005 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Michele said...

Never read Mere Christianity, one of the most lucid, rational discussions on the existence of God, of all time??!!!
When you come to our Blogfest party, I will give you a copy, if Dave keeps forgetting, (C'mon, Dave, what's up with that?) and you may keep it.
If you do read it, immediately read (and I know these are your favorites,) The Lion, the Witch, etc. aftewards and it you'll see Lewis' entire case presented in a fantasy world.

10/11/2005 12:24 PM  
Blogger Stephalupogus said...

Don't forget top read Lewis's "The ScrewTape Letters." That is 1 of my all time favorites.

10/11/2005 1:15 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Poor Zombie. All we ever do is push our book lists at him. Read! Read! Read!
Of course, he's going to start the Dark Tower Series first. You can read Mere Christianity along side it...

10/11/2005 1:29 PM  
Blogger snavy said...

I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer - obsessed may be a better word. I'm still a bit upset that it over. Angel was ok. Firefly was very good - I've seen every single episode - worth renting. And, hours and hours of Nathan Fillion - in my mind - yum! I cannot wait to see this movie. 2 great reviews by you and zombie lama!

10/11/2005 2:16 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Snavylyn - You're another person to say Firefly was really good. I'll definitely have to check it out.

I'm not sure how old your daughters are, but just warning you in advance, those boogeymen creatures are frightening.

Sadie, Steph, and Michele - Don't worry, I'll get around to all those books. I read in spurts. I'll go months without reading anything, then read like ten books in one month.

ZL - Well, thanks for the review. I wouldn't have even bothered seeing it. Sygyzy mentioned the movie once but never said if he saw it or not. Where is that guy by the way?

10/11/2005 2:33 PM  
Blogger sygyzy said...

Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer, of mostly Sandman fame. Thanks for the review link.

Serenity is an amazing movie as I've said before. Currently in the Top 250 movies of all time according to IMDB voters. (Changes daily, goes between 110 and 125)

10/11/2005 3:01 PM  
Blogger sygyzy said...

Want to catch up on Firefly?

Click here

10/11/2005 3:46 PM  
Blogger Moni said...

Thanks for the review ZS. I'd love to see it. Is Ewan McGreggor in it?
As for the writer's block...I hope the creative juices start flowing soon. ;)

10/11/2005 4:05 PM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Wow how impressibve. OK gotta go see it....Bridg

p.s. have a joke for ya. Here goes...

President Bush was visiting a primary school and he dropped in on one
of
the classes.
They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their
meanings.

The teacher asked the President if he would like to lead the
discussion on
the word "tragedy".
So the illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a
"tragedy".

One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a
farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills
him
that would be a tragedy."

"No," said Bush, "that would be an accident."

A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children
drove
over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."
"I'm afraid not," explained the president. "That's what we would call
a
great loss."

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Bush searched the
room.
"Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally at the back of the room a small boy raised his hand. In a
quiet
voice he said:
"If Air Force One carrying you and Mrs. Bush was struck by a "friendly
fire" missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic!" exclaimed Bush. "That's right. And can you tell me why
that
would be a tragedy?"

"Well," says the boy, "It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly
wouldn't
be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be a f___king accident
either."


heh heh hehe

Bridg

10/11/2005 4:20 PM  
Blogger bsoholic said...

LMAO Bridget!

Serenity sounds pretty good from yours and everyones desriptions. I love movies, and now I have another to add to my list of 'want to sees'.

10/11/2005 4:58 PM  
Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Your post is interesting - we obviously disagree on the merits of this movie. But more importantly, I think I need to add more details in my movie reviews - they pale in comparison to yours. :-)

10/11/2005 5:12 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Notta - Wow. First person not to like it. I'll have to read your review.

Bsoholic - Yes, definitely see it and let me know what you think. Hope your hand gets better soon.

Bridget - Heh. heard that one before but with Jesse Jackson as the guy. I guess it all depends on who you hear the joke from. ;)

Definitely see the movie if you get a chance though.

Moni - No, don't see him in the credits. I've never heard of any of these actors before.

Sygyzy - Thanks for the link. I'll check it out from the internet cafe either tonight or tomorrow night.

What gets me is it's so high on the imdb.com all time movie list, yet the sales aren't that impressive. People need to see this flick. It's a good movie.

By the way, we'll rent Firefly episodes.

10/11/2005 5:15 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

ZS, thanks for stopping by sweetie..I wanted to give you a link that is hilarious..and about cronyism, which you mentioned on my blog..

http://cronyjobs.com/

its a delightful site that someone put a LOT of work into. fill out the application with a phony name to see the end result..

I never go to the "movies"..i cant stand people's lack of thoughtfulness towards others. so i will see it on video :)

your leaving SB?? where in Northern Cali you going ??

10/11/2005 11:07 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Dusty - We have a house in Chico and I'll be going back there. From there, either San Francisco or Sacramento. Santa Barbara wages are too low, about 30% lower than both S.F. and Sac wages, yet the average home value in Santa Barbara is $1.2 million. It's ridiculous.

We've decided it's time for Mrs. Z to finish college. We've delayed it for too long, and I really feel bad that my job has delayed her education. If we stay in Santa Barbara, she'll never finish school.

I'll check out the crony site.

By the way, yes, it's rare we go to movies nowadays because of the other people there. We usually just buy the DVD when it comes out.

10/11/2005 11:35 PM  
Blogger Liquidplastic said...

They should hire you to do reviews Zombie ... reading this review make me want to run out and see it, which I will this weekend I hope. Usually I will wait until it come to Cable, but this time I think I should get out and meet it.

Thank you so much for all your kind words and insight my friends. I have missed blogging and glad to be back at it.

There is so many wonderful things to read --- I can't seem to catch up, but I am back on a roll.

I can't believe you have writer's blocks? Take your time on the Bill of Rights. I have copied the others and share them with my grandchildren. One thing about feeling bad is that my children bring them around more often, thank goodness ---.

Be well and know that this old one is thinking good thoughts about you and your love ones.

Be well ...

10/12/2005 5:16 AM  
Blogger Slade said...

I've heard that the hot black chick from Alias is in it...that's why I want to see it.

10/12/2005 8:35 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Slade - She's in it, yes. None of the chicks in it though are "hot" in the movie, because everyone's straggly. These are people that are on the run from the law and fighting those sci-fi zombie creatures at the same time, so no time to look nice. She performs her role really well though, and don't tell Mrs. Z but I wouldn't kick her out of bed.

LP - That's too cool you actually save the Bill of Rights series. It means a lot to me.

I love America and what it stands for. The problem we have is that sometimes our Rights get violated, and our Constitution gets abused. If everyone were aware of what the Constitution really said and fought tooth and nail to keep it safe, we wouldn't have these problems.

As for the flick, it's worth seeing in the theatres. They did great for the budget they had. Instead of paying big bucks for overrated actors, they used a bunch of no-names and spent the money on effects and editing and it shows. A good director could make an average actor look good.

10/12/2005 9:21 AM  

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