October 9th, 2005

Whale fluke

"I am a leaf on the wind; watch me soar"

Nicely done, Serenity; I saw the film on Friday night, after I realized I hadn’t been to a movie since the end of August. I was an utter newbie, never having seen the original show Firefly, but went to Serenity on the vociferous advice of many people I trust. I’m not (as we geeks say) “having a geekgasm” over it – the movie didn’t truly grab me until its second half, when the drama really kicks in and the stakes for the heroes become huge – but there’s a lot to impress.

I love how the film takes unexpected twists and turns from the opening sequence onward, playing tricks with both the visuals and the soundtrack that would seem almost experimental if they weren’t effective. (Just the film’s first nine minutes give you hundreds of years of history, a glimpse into the dreams and memories of a psychic – and possibly psychotic – main character, a neat fight/escape, and a glimpse of the film’s philosophy – which you don’t really realize is its philosophy until much later. Compare what kid-River says at school to what Mal says to the Operative at the climax.) Yes, there’s a LOT going on, and kudos to writer-director Joss Whedon for pulling off the feat. He’s knocked me out before (especially with the Buffy episode “The Body”); parts of Serenity knocked me out, too. I’m liking the film better as I write about it more. “I’m gonna show you a world without sin…”

In a very heterosexual-but-still-appreciative way, I’m in love with Alan Tudyk’s character Wash. This entry’s title is one of his key lines. It’s his mantra, in fact, at, shall we say, a stressful time.

Plus, hey, like most of Whedon’s other projects, the film’s full of sexy people. Always a bonus.
Whale fluke

Catching Up

Business about me and surrounding me:

My fellow Sellwood House resident Rebecca is preparing to move to New York City next month. She spent this weekend selling as many of her belongings as possible; she plans to go with two suitcases of stuff and that’s it. So I bought several CDs, a book, a tape measure, a cushion and three black-and-white photos which she shot, and I’m thinking hopeful thoughts for her. Damn and wow, that’s an adventure – especially considering she’s never been to New York. Her good friend (and Sellwood House manager) Jill has family there, though, giving her at least one point of contact (and a couch to crash on).

While Rebecca sold stuff, I washed stuff. I went to Dundee, visited my folks and my Aunt Nancy Weare, and did four loads of laundry. We also figured out some more details about the trip we’re all about to take, to Lake Tahoe for Stephanie and Paul’s wedding Saturday. We’re all a little stunned how soon it’s going to happen. I leave Friday; Mom and Dad start road-tripping Wednesday afternoon. Yes, they can afford the gas.

I saw Serenity Friday night, and enjoyed it. My other entry tonight is some attempt to explain why. ;-)

I began my workweek today. I’ll work through Thursday, to get to 40 hours or nearly 40 hours in the office this week and still have Friday free for my plane trip to Reno.

This entry is jumping around, like my thoughts. Maybe it’s time to go to bed.