Can’t Stop the Signal: Flashback to a Meeting with Joss Whedon and the Firefly Cast

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Seven years ago this week, I stepped into a room in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for what would become one of the most memorable experiences of my film-reviewing career. I'd been invited to a press event for the release of Serenity, the long-awaited feature film written and directed by Joss Whedon that would give fans of the prematurely canceled television series Firefly a last, bittersweet visit to that fantastic galaxy far, far away. I joined a small group of journalists for … [Read more...]

Look! Spielberg Teases Lincoln; Clint Eastwood: Conservative?; Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare; Steven Greydanus Sings to Babies!

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Look! These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another. Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on. … [Read more...]

Heed the Whedon.

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We're at the 2/3rds mark in 2012, and something doesn't feel right. Normally, I have a pretty solid "top ten list" of favorites by now. But in 2012? I look around and I see a bunch of "corporate spectacle." But I can't recall many movies that have meant anything to me. I've spent some enjoyable air-conditioned hours in the theater watching some better-than-average superhero cotton candy. But stories that surprised and challenged me? Performances that captivated me? Cinematography that took … [Read more...]

Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye … and Me.

On Monday night, April 31, Anne and I sat in the middle of a crowd of comic book superhero fans and film critics. And we had a fantastic time, as the crowd cheered and laughed and celebrated throughout The Avengers' 142-minute running time. But then, what you feel while you're watching a movie can be very different from what you think about after the movie. I've written a review that includes all of the exclamation points that were exploding in my head while I watched the movie... and yet … [Read more...]

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Before I go any farther, please accept this caution: If you don’t want this movie's surprises to be spoiled, you would be wise to avoid almost all reviews of The Cabin in the Woods. Here’s my promise to you: I’ll strive to avoid spoiling any significant surprises beyond the opening act — in fact, you’ll have more surprises spoiled by the film’s trailers and TV commercials than by this review. But regarding the movie's imaginative set-up... yes, I'll describe that. So be advised … [Read more...]

For all Firefly fans suffering from PTSD…

For those fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly who are still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder over FOX's unforgivable cancellation of the series, here's the show for you. It's about a doctor with qualifications to address your miserable condition... … [Read more...]

Shepherd Book Returns, Firefly Fans Weep for Joy

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There were quite a few loose ends left dangling when Joss Whedon's brilliant TV series Firefly was abruptly canceled by FOX. The follow-up big screen film Serenity tied up some of them.  But some things remained mysterious... … [Read more...]

Browser, 11/6

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Browser, 6/25: Hancock han-cuckoo?; Whedon and Fillion reunited!; McSweeney’s Lit 101 Class; “The River Why” – the movie!; shop at Buy-n-Large!

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. - Thompson on Hancock Variety's Anne Thompson: Based on seeing Hancock the other night, I can tell you this. Todd McCarthy's early negative review will be one of many. The knives are out, and they are sharp. When this movie opens July 2, it will be eviscerated. I'm trying to keep my hopes up, but I'm hearing more and more cries of dismay and even disgust. This could be a sad case of Great Trailer, Lousy Movie. … [Read more...]

The Browser, 6/2: Aimee Mann’s Christmas show; Buddy Miller update; Paste’s Jackson blogs; Garfield(less)!; Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. - Peace on earth, goodwill towards Mann. Aimee Mann. Watch Aimee Mann look for special guests for her Christmas show! The candidates may surprise you... … [Read more...]