I felt better enough to see The Libertine starring Johnny Depp and John Malkovich (yes I went see it because of the cast...), a movie I didn't like. I found the film boring and pretty pointless. Where was the scenario? I hope the play was better...
Some films, nowadays, seem to be made only to give actors a certain position.
The other day, I watched a programm about Hollywood saying that tv has become better than movies because the good writers were on tv, where they were also producers, which meant they had more freedom and power, while movies were mostly ruled by famous actors, majors and directors. Tv would provide quality, daring and originality while movies would provide formulaic entertainment without real writing but with loads of special effects. I'd tend to agree.
So yes Serenity (this link leads to an old entry of mine, reviewing the film) was an anomaly because its director was a good writer and writing was essential in it.
Speaking of the devil, I thought of Joss' film when I read Paul McAuley White Devils lately. It is a techno-thriller taking place in a near-future and in the black continent, a ruined Africa that unfortunately sounds so likely. I'm too lazy to summarize it but if you want to know the plot, I found that review...Even though I don't think it's such a great novel, and that McAuley indulged in a few easy ways, it raises interesting points about the world and humanity not being black & white, it does have good moments and works on several levels (geopolitical, scientifical, philosophical), with an abyssal writing of metaphors within metaphors. And it seems to share a few things with Joss Whedon' scenario.
( great minds think alike )
Also watched the end of Battlestar Galactica season 1 and then found out that I've got Sci-Fi on the cable now, and they've just started showing season 2, 2 episodes on every sunday evening, so I won't have to download it anymore!
I'm almost respectable again...