Joss Whedon gets a lot of praise for his writing, often at the expense of his skills as a director. He is able to get creative and varied performances out of his actors, though some of that can also be attributed to his writing ability. However, seeing Serenity on the big screen again reminded me how creative he is with a camera. So I decided to take today’s Friday Favorite to go beyond just my usual one item and instead highlight all of my favorite shots from Serenity. Some of these are great examples of Joss’s use of visual storytelling, others are creative or unconventionally framed, and some are just ones that I like the way they look. And while some of the credit has to go Jack N. Green, Serenity‘s cinematographer, when you listen to Joss’s commentary on the film and read his script it becomes apparent how many of these shots he planned far in advance.
Generally speaking, I’m not big into arts and crafts. Writing is my creative outlet, and my hands shake too much for most kinds of artwork. However, cross-stitch is something I can do, and it’s something relaxing and fun that can be done while watching a movie or TV show in the evenings. However, I often get bored with most cross-stitch designs, because there’s not a lot out there that interests me. So I set out to see if I could find one based on the TV show Firefly. (I previously did one based on the Dick Tracy poster, which I might post sometime in the future.) Continue reading →
I had every intention of writing an article exploring Joss Whedon’s treatment of sex in his various works, and then I started doing some research online. When I write articles like the one I was envisioning, I worry about unintentionally copying someone else’s ideas, so do a bit of searching to make sure that I still have something new to say. Sometimes I find that someone else has put out an essay that says exactly what I wanted, only better, and I’ll simply abandon my idea. Other times, I’ll find an article arguing the opposite of what I want to say, but in a way that allows me to write my opinions as a rebuttal (this worked really well for my Star Wars prequel analysis). It’s important to read a variety of opinions, because challenging ourselves is the best way to grow, both as a writer/blogger and as a person.
But something different happened to me when I started searching for articles about Joss Whedon and sex. I still have a lot to say, and maybe I’ll write that analysis soon, but for the moment I’m giving up on it. Continue reading →
How do I become friends with Joss Whedon? If this is how he spends his vacations, filming Shakespeare adaptations at his absolutely stunning house with a troupe of enormously talented actors and friends, then sign me up. Much Ado About Nothing is damn near perfect, the melding of two brilliant minds across 400 years. It’s clear that both Joss and his cast have a deep understanding both of the subject matter and the Shakespearean dialogue, and I hope we get to see a lot more of this sort of thing from him, once The Avengers 2 is done filming.
Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of two romances that take place as a prince comes to stay with a local governor. Continue reading →
Just in case you needed another reason that Patrick Stewart is awesome, there’s this video, which has been making the rounds lately. Many people tend to criticize celebrities who speak out in support of or in opposition to an issue, a cause, or a politician, though most only seem to criticize when the celebrity supports a position they themselves are opposed to and have no problem when a celebrity supports their side. Aside from the fact that celebrities have the same right to voice their opinions as any other person, they also are in a special position given their fame. And in no way is violence against women or empowering women a “political” issue, no matter what some people may try to say. Take a look (Click here to read more from the woman who asked the question on her blog):
Are Patrick Stewart’s opinion and views more important than yours or mine? No, of course not. However, they are in a special position because of who he is. Celebrities can reach a much wider audience than the average Love Pirate with a blog. Continue reading →
Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off. Beatrice, who was recently inducted into the Dauntless faction at the top of her class, is on the run with Tobias and the survivors from the Abnegation massacre. They managed to stop the “simulation” mind control that the Erudite were using to control most of the Dauntless, but at great cost. Many of Beatrice’s family and friends are dead, and she has seen and done things that haunt her every thought.
If Divergent was all about finding your own path when the world wants you to fit in a particular slot, then Insurgent is about coming to terms with the choices you’ve made, and how to relate to paths chosen by others. Continue reading →
If I were to ask you to name your favorite movie, would that be easy for you to do? I feel like for the general populace, the answer is either easy, or “I don’t know.” But for a film buff the answer becomes a lot more difficult. At least, it does for me. I tend to change my answer depending on a number of factors, including the identity of the questioner, the way the question was phrased, and who the audience is. Here are some of my favorites, and why I will sometimes give them as my “favorite movie.”
If I’m in a situation where I’m being completely honest, my answer is usually that Hook is my favorite film. It’s my de facto favorite movie, as it were. It’s the movie that means the most to me, and that I connect with in a way that surpasses all others. I think it’s a brilliant and remarkable movie, with some of the best sets ever created for the screen. I could (and probably will) write an essay about Hook’s brilliance, but I’ll save that for another time. I feel like Hook has been unfairly maligned through the years (it has a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes), though it does have a cult following. Even Spielberg has said critical things of it. I’m pretty defensive when it comes to Hook, because it does mean so much to me, so I often will name something else if I feel like there’s going to be an argument about it. On the other hand, I like defying expectations, and for a film buff to pick a critical flop from the 90’s as his favorite film often surprises people. I give this answer a lot when people who know that I’m a film buff ask me the question. But it is, in fact, my favorite film, even if it’s not always my answer. Continue reading →