Posts Tagged ‘Serenity’

Totkranker Camper

Donnerstag, September 6th, 2012

Diest ist das Dach von Serenity am Morgen des ersten August. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt wollte ich eigentlich in Darwin sein, war aber noch unterwegs. Und ja, das ist Frost auf dem Dach. Frost, der mir an jenem Tag nicht viel ausgemacht hat. Aber vorher, nun vorher hat mich die Kälte so richtig erwischt.

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Die lieben Reisegefährten

Montag, September 3rd, 2012

Wenn man zwei Jahre in einem Land hauptsächlich mit Reisen verbringt, trifft man eine Menge Leute. Die meisten sind nur oberflächliche Bekanntschaften, die ganz schnell vergessen sind. Die meisten vergisst man auch gerne am nächsten Tag wieder, den leider gibt es mehr nervige Leute auf dieser Welt als nette. Aber man findet immer auch Leute, die einem sympathisch sind und deren Gesellschaft man schätzt, zumindest für eine kurze Zeit. Und gelegentlich gibt es sogar Leute, die zu echten Freunden werden und mit denen man auch liebend gerne gemeinsam reist und von denen man sogar weiß, dass man sie wiedersehen wird, wenn sich die Wege Down Under getrennt haben. Die beiden Engländerinnen, Rosie und Nikki, die in Adelaide in meinem Auto Platz genommen haben, gehören nicht zu dieser Sorte. Sie sind vielmehr das genaue Gegenteil: die schlimmsten Menschen, die ich hier je getroffen habe.

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Fünf Tage Südaustralien

Montag, Juli 16th, 2012

Gestern habe ich mit meiner Ankunft in Port Willunga am Dienstag Abend abgeschlossen. Jetzt folgt der Bericht über meine fünf Tage in Südaustralien. Wobei ich ja noch nicht wieder aus dem Statt raus bin. (Schreibt er 24 Stunden vor der Veröffentlichung, als ob er so etwas wissen könnte.) Fünf Tage, an denen ich irgendwie nicht viel gesehen, aber trotzdem viel erlebt habe.

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Wie bin ich denn hier gelandet?

Samstag, Juli 14th, 2012

Es ist 22:15. Das wäre nicht weiter relevant, wenn es nicht bedeuten würde, dass es in Deutschland jetzt 14:45 ist. Ich bin jetzt nämlich in South Australia und damit in einer anderen, etwas abwegigen, Zeitzone. Ob ich mich jemals an 7,5 Stunden Zeitverschiebung gewöhnen werde? Wahrscheinlich eher nicht, aber es sieht so aus, als würde ich diese jetzt eine ganze Weile “genießen” können. Und nicht, weil ich langfristig in Port Willunga bleiben will. Moment Mal, Port Willunga? Wo bitteschön ist das denn? Habt Ihr noch nie gehört? Ich bis Montag auch nicht, und jetzt bin ich seit Dienstag hier. Und das kam so:

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Auszeit

Mittwoch, Juli 4th, 2012

Seit einer Woche bin ich nun offiziell arbeitslos. Beide Jobs bin ich los. Die Nachtschicht los zu sein trifft mich nicht hart, auch wenn der Abschied vom Melbourne Metro YHA und meinen Kollegen schwer fällt. Um meinen “Blog-Job” tut es mir schon mehr leid, aber die sechs Monate, die ich maximal für einen Arbeitgeber arbeiten kann, sind vorbei und damit werde ich wohl bis zum Ende meines Australienaufenthalts kein Einkommen mehr haben. Was auf einmal in den letzten Wochen ganz schön bedrohlich klang und bei mir nicht gerade für Begeisterung sorgte. Dann kamen noch ein paar andere Sorgen hinzu und plötzlich fühlte ich mich mal wieder völlig überfordert. Meine Lösung? Zeit für eine Pause, eine Auszeit.

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Man soll gehen, wenn’s am Schönsten ist

Dienstag, Juni 26th, 2012

Man soll gehen, wenn’s am Schönsten ist. Nach diesem Grundsatz hätte ich Melbourne schon vor einigen Wochen verlassen sollen, als es mir so gut wie nie ging. Allerdings gab es dann doch noch gewisse Verpflichtungen, auch bekannt als Arbeit, und außerdem konnte ich ja nicht ahnen, dass ich mal wieder einige Dinge nicht unbedingt besser machen würde. Aber wie dem auch sei, schön ist es immer noch und so ist es dann jetzt auch an der Zeit zu gehen.

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My Favourite TV Shows

Mittwoch, April 1st, 2009

After listing my favourite contemporary actors, I thought it would be a good idea to do another Top Ten list quickly, before interest fades (…). I thought about it long and hard and finally decided earlier today that it would be a nice idea to talk about something besides movies for once, so a list of my favourite TV shows seemed like a good idea. However, try as I might, I couldn’t come up with ten shows that could be justifiably included in such a list. So there will be only five. But you can be certain that those are truly great!

I have excluded game shows, reality TV, sketch comedy and everything else that is not a regular scripted television show not just because I don’t really consider those good entertainment, but also because I simply don’t watch them.

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My Favourite Contemporary Actors

Freitag, März 27th, 2009

As I said before, everybody loves Top Ten Lists. Especially me. So I thought I’d start a new, sort of regular, feature here, where I make Top Ten Lists of things I like. Now, the usual way to go about that would be to make lists like “The Ten Best Actors Working Today”, but even I don’t consider my opinion so important as to call it objective. So I will make lists like “My Favourite Ten Actors Working Today”, even if that title is a little longer. And so, without further ado, here are the ten actors whose body of work I enjoy so much, that just their participation in a film means that I want to see it, in reverse order. If you know all ten of them, congratulate yourself on having good taste. (weiterlesen …)

Minute Movie Review – Serenity

Mittwoch, März 4th, 2009

Review:

When the government decides to kill one of them, the crew of the Serenity do everything they can to find out the why. Set in a world that is best described as “cowboys in space”, the film is a thrilling science-fiction tale of morality and politics – told through a gripping and thrilling action adventure. There is something for everyone to enjoy – quite simply one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.

Random Observations:

Serenity at imdb.com

Quite possibly the DVD I own that I have seen most often. Though probably not.

The whole idea started as a TV series called Firefly, which due to low ratings and mistreatment at the hands of Fox was cancelled after 14 episodes. But since the show had quite a few and very vocal fans and the DVDs were bestsellers, Universal offered Whedon $50 million to make a film. And yes, for a film like that, that is an incredibly small budget.

The film is very “Whedonesque”, i.e. has many characteristics that are typical for Whedon creations, such as killing off popular characters and making sure that every love story has a bitter ending.

I actually saw the movie before the TV series. The reason I went to see it was that one film critic wrote something along the lines of: “It was like 1977 and watching Star Wars for the first time.” Since I sadly missed that event, I just had to be on the groundfloor for this one.

Is Warner Bros. smart or are Harry Potter fans stupid?

Freitag, August 15th, 2008

If you please, let me indulge in a little bit of geekery here. In recent years, fan-following for movies, TV shows and similar pleasures has changed quite radically. (I personally blame the internet.) Where once a fan’s only role was to consume the offered product, they now voice their opinions on it, often quite loudly, and some studios and film-makers are even listening. Back when the original Star Wars films were released, there was a huge cry of outrage when George Lucas (Attention, discussion of plot points in a 30 year old movie follows!) digitally altered the pivotal confrontation of Han Solo by Greedo. You see, Solo shoots Greedo, but in the “new and improved” version, Greedo first fires upon Solo. Star Wars fans the world over were outraged, but what could they do? Very little, apparently, because to this day this is the only version of the film people are able to buy, rent or see in some other way – unless they want the bad picture quality of old VHS tapes. And George Lucas just has a way of alienating the Star Wars fanbase – which is, incidentally, probably the biggest and most vocal fanbase existing today – that is by now legendary. Remember Jar-Jar Binks?

Still, people flocked to theatres to see the new Star Wars films, minding very little that they were absolute rubbish.

Would the same be possible today, with the importance of the internet and the great ways of organizing fans it provides? I would have thought not. Today, the ones making the movies (or other popular entertainment) actually have to listen to their fans. Just take for example the great following that Joss Whedon’s TV show Firefly garnered – even after it was cancelled, fans talked about little else and did everything possible to keep it on the air. Fox didn’t budge, but Universal did. They handed Whedon $50 million to make a movie – Serenity. Sure, the film was a commercial failure, but at least it got made. Similarly, many cancelled TV shows were renewed after fans showed their support – by bothering the studios until they caved.

The most recent example once again is Star Wars themed – and probably the best example to show how much things have changed in just ten years. There is a film called Fanboys that deals with Star Wars fans eager to see Episode One before its release. Why? Because one of them is dying of cancer and it is the only chance he’s got to see the film. But the production company, The Weinstein Company, didn’t like that story. They wanted to cut out the whole cancer subplot and, or so I was led to believe, in general make the movie a silly joke about Star Wars nerds. But guess what? Star Wars nerds – and I use that term in the best possible sense – protested. They protested and protested and protested. They renamed Harvey Weinstein Darth Weinstein. They boycotted other releases by the studio. And they voiced their opinion loud and clear all over the internet. Until recently it was announced that Fanboys would finally be released and that it would be the original cut. Fans – not just Star Wars fans, but all movie fans – worldwide celebrated.

If there is only fan group that is as big and as organized as Star Wars fans, it is probably Harry Potter fans. 10 years with seven books brought millions of people worldwide together. And now that the books are all published and the story is finished, more and more of the fans’ attention is brought onto the movies. The previous installments in the franchise range from abysmally bad (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) to surprisingly good (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), although true fans will both disagree with the notion of a bad Potter film and tell you, that the books are actually much better. (Isn’t that always the case?) But no matter how organized and powerful Potter fans are, Warner Bros., the studio behind the movies, doesn’t seem to mind aggravating them just to make a few more bucks. And Potter fans don’t really seem to mind – they are just happy for every bone they’re thrown.

First, WB announced that the final instalment in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, would be split in two. The reason they gave was, of course, creative necessity. Now, maybe I missed something, but if you can make Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by far the longest book in the series, into a two hour movie, shouldn’t you be able to make a shorter book into a single movie – even if it takes two and a half or even three hours? Of course you should. But you see, Harry Potter has been a cashcow for WB for quite a few years and they are afraid of ending the franchise. And what better way to go out then with a completely unnecessary eight movie that can be produced for a fraction of the cost of a normal movie and will make another billion dollars. Two movies for the price of one – and I thought that offer only applied to DVD buyers.

What was the fans’ reaction to this? Mostly, they were excited. They don’t want things to end either. They are happy, as I’ve said before, for every bone they’re thrown. Who cares that it is virtually impossible to seperate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two stories? Who cares that they are being ripped off by WB every inch of the way? Who cares that they are being lied to – and the smarter ones (or at least the ones more honest with themselves) know it. Harry Potter fans worldwide have united for a number of things – from ridiculous (on WB’s part) like the photoshopped posters increasing the actresses’ breasts to admirable like the efforts to help the people in Darfur. Only when it comes to what truly unites them, they apparently can’t stand united.

And now WB has done it again. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film, was slated for release in November of this year. Today, WB announced that they would push it back to July 2009. Why? To make more money – or, to put it into the studio’s terms, “to reach the widest possible audience”. Sure, it’s understandable. For whatever reason (people say it is because of the WGA strike), the schedule for Summer 2009 is rather empty of what is termed “blockbusters”. Sure, they can make more money by building up tension even more. Sure, their profit in 2008 will be through the roof thanks to The Dark Knight, while they have very few promising films for 2009. But aren’t they afraid of the fans’ backlash?

They aren’t. And why should they? What can the fans do? Write angry letters? Voice their disappointment and anger on message boards? Boycott other WB releases? I’m pretty sure that WB would really only care about the last idea – if only there were movies that the fans could actually boycott. Too bad WB’s slate is so empty. Of course, there is one other options: Harry Potter fans could just refrain from seeing the next Harry Potter movie(s). But since they are fans, they won’t. They will flock to theatres just like Star Wars fans did for Episode One. Mabye things haven’t changed all that much. I just wish The Dark Knight had been released here earlier, so that I didn’t have to flock to theatres next week to finally see it. Being a fan is hard.