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So the Zombie King and I just returned from viewing the rough cut of Serenity. I'll do the long, spoileriffic stuff in another post, but just a bit on the mood and experience.


So this whole evening is really brought to you by a grant from the Zombie King employer. There's no fucking way that ZK would normally have been awake before my 8:30 class to see that the tickets were on sale, let alone ring in soon enough to get two. However, on that day of days, the Zombie Overlord did, in fact, call a three-hour, all-IT meeting held on fucking gymnasium bleachers, starting at 8 AM. That's 6 AM PST, where the rest of ZK's group is.

We had dinner reservations at 6:30. On the way, the ZK expressed fear that there would be costumes in the crowd. I pointed out my stylish brown coat and he rolled his eyes. Had I been thinking ahead, I'd have totally done Shepherd Book hair. And you know I could.

We finished up dinner around 8:30 and made our way back to the theatre. A handful of desperate souls were holding up signs begging "one ticket" "two tickets" and so on. We printed our tickets out at the kiosk and got in the back of a pretty substantial line, inadvertantly stepping in front of a lone dork on a cell phone who clearly had had a ticket foisted on him on the premise that he represented a "normal" "nonfan" or something. You can see why we were confused.

There were a fair number of brown coats, of course, and good representation on the Wash Hawaiian shirt front. A group of three guys had black suits and blue gloves, which sparked questions from the concession staff, it seems:

Employee:Are you here for a preview or something?

Hands o' Blue Guy: Uh . . . yeah?

ZK: No, he's just REALLY germ phobic.

One enterprising soul behind us had a great Mal face on a stick (uh, like one of those Baptist Lady fans, not like a pike). Ahead of us were two great full-color, full-size stand ups of Mal and (I think) Zoe. An extremely geeky guy a few people ahead of is in line wandered around taking photos of the crowd, blinding people with his flash.

Two incredibly ancient ladies wandered on down the line and handed out surveys. One side was basic demographic information and expectations/level of fandom. The other was meant to be filled out after the movie.

When we got there, I needed to use the bathrooms, all of which were above on the theatre level. The ticket taker assured me that they were letting people in "in about 5 minutes." This was perfectly true; however, they were only letting in about 25 at a time. They're lucky I don't have my father's bladder.

As we made it upstairs, private security folk asked us to turn off cell phones and checked our bags. They had confiscated at least one video camera along the way. Some other nice folk handed us pretty card stock with the title logo and checked our tickets again. Nearer the door, they marked our stubs and gave us logo keychain.

There were two seats in the last row before the break (stadium seating), near the end, and we snapped them up. Others seemed to be avoiding the front section, but thy were more or less where we would've sat given our druthers anyway. I spotted about 4 or 5 Inaras in the crowd, ranging from a vague brocade tank, long skirt and shawl to an obviously hand-sequinned get up, and a third individual with a nasty blonde poodle wig that Michael Landon would've turned his nose up at. Two of the Inaras were also with someone in a very creditable Simon get up, as we saw walking out at the end.

Someone, possibly a high-level Browncoat, announced that she had thank you cards going around for someone at Miramax (?) and another for the owners of the theatre. Those never happened to make their way around to us, so I hope no one embarassed themselves in print.

Before the movie itself, there was a short intro by The Man himself. Schlumpy as ever, he thanked the fans for their commitment and joked about how crazy it is that the film got made at all. It was funny. It was touching. It was Joss, and oh how I've missed him.

Date: 2005-05-06 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writteninstars.livejournal.com
Awww. So jealous, but how awesome!

Date: 2005-05-06 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-booze.livejournal.com
For the record, at the bottom of my survey form, even though they didn't provide any place for an actual comment I wrote:

"Loved it, despite absence of flubber. Glaven!"

I don't know if that will amuse anyone anywhere, but it amused me, and that's all that matters.

Date: 2005-05-06 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writteninstars.livejournal.com
Professor Frink will be so proud. ::is amused::

Date: 2005-05-06 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennipher.livejournal.com
Ok, I give. What's "Glaven"?

Date: 2005-05-06 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-booze.livejournal.com
The whole quote is from an episode of The Simpsons, where Mel Gibson has a screening of his new movie for Springfield, and is reviewing the comment cards afterwards.

He's reading the cards, saying "Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it despite absence of flubber...glaven?"

Professor Frink on The Simpsons is a blatant Jerry Lewis caricature, and shouts "Glaven!" all the time as a random Jerry Lewisy thing. The way Mel actually delivers the line still cracks me up whenever I hear it.

Date: 2005-05-06 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ketzel.livejournal.com
Please, more details! (Did I really say that commenting on a Christine-post?) God knows when/if Serenity will make it to the hunnish silverscreen.
And I miss Joss too. Did I mention I dreamt I was Buffy the other night? And I could fly! Unfortunately the dream ended with everyone in it suddenly being on a very lonely, drifting mini-planet that would come close to earth again in approximately 100 000 000 lightyears.

Date: 2005-05-06 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegoyle.livejournal.com
Whimpers!

Date: 2005-05-06 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asta77.livejournal.com
I didn't know you were one of the many people I know who I now hate that were going to see it! Did I miss a post? My apologies. Did i mention I hate you now? :p

Date: 2005-05-06 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ptomblin-lj.livejournal.com
Not that you are the best judge, but would somebody who never watched the series get anything out of the movie? Or does it assume you know who everybody is and what they are like?

Date: 2005-05-06 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-h00ine.livejournal.com
I think that [livejournal.com profile] mr_booze and I were both agreed that, overall, yes this is accessible to those who hadn't watched the series. There might be one or two "Now what was that REALLY about?" questions afterward, but it's one hell of a scifi/action movie with a lot of fun comedy, just all on its own. Plus, there are many, many hot people.

Date: 2005-05-06 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ptomblin-lj.livejournal.com
many, many hot people

And what about when you and mr_booze *aren't* there?

Date: 2005-05-06 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-booze.livejournal.com
Yes, I *think* it's acccessible to non-viewers. But then, I am absolutely unqualified to really judge that.

I can say that I think it definitely works for people who did like the show. I'll be very interested to start hearing feedback from neophytes. (One review I found online at leesmovieinfo.net said it was in fact the worst movie this year and one of the worst movies of all time. I have no idea who that guy is though.)

Ok...

Date: 2005-05-06 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marcee12.livejournal.com
So I'm not reading the spoiler-post - but I would like to know what you thought of the movie.
Any reactions you can share?

Re: Ok...

Date: 2005-05-06 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-h00ine.livejournal.com
I loved it, Marpoo. I am still all weepy and drained and exhilirated and SO FUCKING HAPPY THAT IT WAS BACK.

Date: 2005-05-06 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sal101010.livejournal.com
Jealous. Very very jealous.

I'm jealous by the way.

Now I just have to spend the next 4 months avoiding your recap post. Bah...

Date: 2005-05-06 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennipher.livejournal.com
Extreme envy here.

And this:

We had dinner reservations at 6:30. On the way, the ZK expressed fear that there would be costumes in the crowd. I pointed out my stylish brown coat and he rolled his eyes.

simply comfirms that you two were meant to be. Tute widdle Zombie couple, awww!

Date: 2005-05-06 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-booze.livejournal.com
I admit it, I have fandom fear. One of the primary reasons despite my rabid geekness I've only attended two cons in my entire life, both for MST3K. (Although I did meet my wife at the second one.)

Date: 2005-05-07 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennipher.livejournal.com
I am proud of my geekness. In fact, I am still waiting for my "Geeks have more fun" written in Elvish (or Klingon) bumper sticker.

That being said, the one con I went to I found very unsettling. While I had a great time with the friends I met up with(your wife being one of them), I kept feeling like I was at a family reunion with very embarassing relatives.

Date: 2005-05-07 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-booze.livejournal.com
The metaphor is probably wholly inadequate, but sometimes I think of the costume-wearing fandom the way a black person might think of someone sitting on the side of the road wearing an Aunt Jemima outfit and enjoying a nice meal of watermelon and fried chicken.

Date: 2005-05-09 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennipher.livejournal.com
I still want to get one of those Star Trek TNG Communicator badges for my nursing uniform, though. I like the idea of pausing in the middle of a patient assessment, hitting the badge with authority and saying "Computer, give me all the information you have on hypertension."



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