24 June 2007 @ 12:47 am
SERENITY  
I just got back from seeing Serenity (didn't just finish seeing it but I just got back)!!!! I have insane amounts of love for Joss Whedon and that movie.



My friend Karen and I started watching Firefly some time in the late fall. I'd already seen it through multiple times but she'd never seen it before so I set out to convert her. It took us forever to get through all the episodes (we only just finished a few weeks ago) but I thoroughly enjoyed watching it through again. I got excited when I heard there were going to be benefit screenings of Serenity that nicely coincided with the completion of the series.

The screening was at a theater in West Seattle, The Admiral, that I've never been to before and we ended up being 10 minutes late. That sucked, but at least there will still a few open seats. Unfortunately for us, two open seats together could only be found in the very front row. I've never watched a movie from that vantage point and now that I know why front seats never appealed to me I hope to never again. But, it was still wroth it 'cause the movie's awesomeness helped make up for the cricked neck.

I saw the movie 3 times while it was in theaters and have also watched the DVD a few times. Even after repeat viewings I'm still thrilled by it. It was so fun seeing it with such a receptive/fanatical crowd. It was awesome to hear the uproarious laughter when Jayne said something stupid, the applause when Serenity lead the reavers into attack, and the emotion when Wash died (even though most of us knew it was coming).

I still feel heartbroken when Boook and Wash die. I'm still worried for the rest of our heroes when they're fighting the reavers, even though I know they'll win in the end. By the time Simon get's shot I still feel like I can't take anymore and that Joss is one crazy bastard even though I KNOW they'll all make it through. I still think the Operative is an awesome baddie (and that Chiwetel Ejiofor is great, and has an AWESOME name) and that Mal is one of the most bad ass heroes ever. Even though the show ended too soon (that's an understatement) I'm still glad to have the ability to re-watch the show and film and feel the same elation I felt the first time I saw them.

I think Joss needs to make all our lives better and come back to television. I miss not having a Joss show to watch, TV is a much duller place without him.

Next weekend there's a sing-along showing of Buffy's Once More With Feeling at the Egyptian Theater. I'm really hoping (and am tentatively planning) to go to this for two reasons. One, because it's Buffy, duh, and OMWF is AMAZING and two, because I've ALWAYS wanted to go to a midnight movie at the Egyptian (to see Rocky Horror, Monty Python, any awesome movie they show) but have never actually done it. Hopefully it will be as gratifying and seeing Serenity on the big screen again was.

 
 
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[identity profile] riverdresses.livejournal.com on June 24th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
& here, she shall quote back to you!

It was so fun seeing it with such a receptive/fanatical crowd. It was awesome to hear the uproarious laughter when Jayne said something stupid, the applause when Serenity lead the reavers into attack, and the emotion when Wash died (even though most of us knew it was coming).

YES! My crowd was TOTALLY responsive to almost everything - & we cheered & hollered like CRAZY at certain parts!

& as I said, I totally screamed when Wash got killed - it was a reflex! How did YOUR crowd react?

I still feel heartbroken when Boook and Wash die. I'm still worried for the rest of our heroes when they're fighting the reavers, even though I know they'll win in the end. By the time Simon get's shot I still feel like I can't take anymore and that Joss is one crazy bastard even though I KNOW they'll all make it through.

& another huge YES! to all of that - I was literally holding my breath through HALF of the film, especially the Reaver battle against the Alliance - I just kept breathing in these great whooshes, I was so engrossed!

& SIMON! I generally cry when I watch Serenity, though I didn't tonight, but I DID get super misty-eyed when he got shot. O, Simon! You'll break this girl yet!

and that Mal is one of the most bad ass heroes ever.

I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. ::nods:: Mal, as I said in my recap, is truly my hero. I want to be more kick-ass & brave like him & River! ::nods::

I ♥ being a Browncoat! ::squees::
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 24th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
Our crowd didn't freak when Wash was killed but there were definitely sad/shocked noises. I was mostly interested in my friend's reaction (she'd never seen the movie before) and she freaked out a little (which I TOTALLY understand).

I always have a little freak out when Simon gets shot, even though I KNOW he's going to be all right. I think I just remember the feeling it evoked in me the first time I saw the film (me freaking out and totally shocked) and I have the same feeling every time I see it now.

Browncoats FTW! :)
[identity profile] bluefuzzyelf.livejournal.com on June 24th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Joss Whedon rules my world, he really does. That movie is just the best ever, I've seen it too many times to count. You should watch the director's commentary on the DVD, it's really fun.
OH GOD GO. Go to the showing, go go googogogogogogo! Sing along! Laugh! Cry! GO TO THE SHOWING.
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
Joss rules my world too. I haven't watched the commentary on the DVD yet, I totally need to do that.

I very much am planning on going to the showing. I don't know how much actual singing along I'll do but I want to be there. :)
[identity profile] caesaria.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
*just randomly comments with firefly icon to join in with the the firefly/serenity love* <3
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
Awesome! They're so cute in your icon! :)
[identity profile] tomonwheels.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
I need to watch "Serenity" again. I've only seen it once. Come to think of it, I need to buy the "Firefly" boxed-set for myself. I purchased it as a gift for someone a few years ago, but haven't purchased my own copy yet.

I wonder if Joss is still attached to the in-development big-screen version of "Wonder Woman?" I thought I remembered hearing that he had dropped out of the project.
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 26th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
You should definitely buy Firefly and watch Serenity again! :)

Joss left (or was asked to leave) the WW project. I think his ideas for WW and the studio's ideas were clashing.
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on June 27th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
OMG, THE EGYPTIAN IS DOING A SING-ALONG OF OMWF????

I AM SO TOTALLY GOING!!!

I've been to a few midnight showings there and it's always fun! Actually, I saw Serenity at one of them. Heh. :D

Completely agree with everything you said about the film. It's amazing that it can still affect us so much even when we know all the plot points. Joss is my hero. And YES, he needs to come back to TV. I'm kicking myself so hard that I didn't get into his work until after everything was off the air.
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 27th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Yes, the Egyptian is doing a showing! Karen sent me this link last week and I'm totally planning on going. OMWF is my favorite episode.

Joss is boss. :)
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on June 29th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
That's awesome!! Which day are you planning on going?
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 29th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
I'm still not 100% sure that I'm going (I really have some kind of serious aversion to planning anything in advance) but I'm hoping to go Friday night/saturday morning (I wasn't entirely sure if it was being shown thurs/fri & fri/sat or fri/sat & sat/sun...things at midnight are hard to plan).

I hate LJ right now. It's not sending me comments. :(
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on June 29th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Heh! I'm pretty sure the Egyptian midnight shows are always on Friday and Saturday nights. I'm gonna try and make it to the Saturday show, I think, because I'm working that day and I don't particularly want to go to a midnight show the night before. Let me know if you decide to switch days. :D

Grrr, me too. :| (Um, except this one apparently?)
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 29th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
I thought Fri. & Sat. night made more sense but I still think the dates they list (being at midnight and all) make it confusing. I, personally, can do it Fri. or Sat. but I've been talking w/Karen about going and I don't know if she can do it either night. I'll probably know more by tomorrow afternoon (at a more sensible hour then this!).

I seem to be notified if someone comments on a comment I made in another journal. I'm just not getting notifications of comments left in my journal. Stupid LJ.
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on June 29th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
I emailed Karen and we've decided to go Saturday night (between the last time I talked to her and yesterday, she begrudgingly agreed to go to coffee on Saturday morning so she doesn't want to be out all night Friday).


*Obligatory "stupid LJ" comment here* I miss my notifications. :(
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on June 30th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
Cool! Both of my RL friends who watch Buffy are out of town right now, so I'll probably be going alone tomorrow night. When I went to Serenity, the line was pretty long, so I'm thinking I'll try to get there early-ish since I don't have tickets yet. Perhaps I shall see you there, then! ;)