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‘Serenity’ (2005)

‘Serenity’ (2005) I used to think Joss Whedon was a genius.

No, start over.

Joss Whedon is a genius, but he’s going through an interesting stage of re-development. I was one of those people who might have seen ‘ Buffy:the Movie ‘ (1992) on it’s initial release and greeted the series with an attitude of ‘meh’, only to see it grow into the trenchant occasion of ‘ The Body ‘ during its 5th Season, before the show became bored with itself.

I also watched ‘Angel’ grow from its dodgy 1st Season to the kick-ass triumph of its early cancellation by the WB network. While both of those shows were interesting and ‘important’ in that parenthetical way that takes old ideas and recasts them in surprising new ways, the thing that REALLY sold me on Whedon was his ‘ Alien: Resurrection ‘ script. [Read more →]

‘The Constant Gardener’ (2005)

No spoilers!

‘The Constant Gardener’ (2005) O.k. you pinko, librul ‘Murica-haters and anti-Capitalists — this is your movie. Why? Because screenwriter Jeffrey Caine and Director Fernando Meirelles reveal that the 21st c. is built as much upon the commodification of the 3rd World as it is Oil.

All of those ‘miracle drugs’ that you buy over the counter and through expensive prescriptions HAD to have human trials. Yes, those trials are often expensive and setbacks often run the cost of those trials up, but by the tens of millions of dollars. [Read more →]