Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Mamo #2: The Ballad of Serenity

A big thanks to everyone who checked out our first podcast - we're back for a second toss, this time with slightly higher production value and slightly lower caffeine levels.

Join the Matts this week as we discuss the career of Joss Whedon: horsemaster, raconteur, vampire with a soul. We'll give a few (spoiler-free) thoughts about his upcoming feature film debut, Serenity, and discuss Whedon's prospects on the Wonder Woman feature film, which he has just signed to write and direct. It's MaMo #2: The Ballad of Serenity...

7 Comments:

Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

I really enjoyed your podcast, despite the fact that I disagreed with a lot that you guys had to say. However, one question that you brought up that I wanted to mention was how Joss Whedon got Wonder Woman. Joe Silver did call up Whedon to offer Wonder Woman, however Whedon originally turned down the offer. Whedon said that one of the reasons he turned it down was that while he had read the occasional Wonder Woman comic, he wasn't particularly big fan of the character. It was only in the process of trying to explain to people why he turned down the offer, that he started to come up with ideas on what to do with the character and in his words fell in love with the character. So he went back to Joel Silver, pitched his idea and got the part.

Here's two articles about Whedon and Wonder Woman if you want to read more about how he got the job and his thoughts on how he's going to try to handle Wonder Woman:
http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1498869/03222005/story.jhtml
http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2005-06-23-tough-chicks-main_x.htm

10:40 AM  
Blogger Mattvideo said...

Thanks for the words, Matt. I'll check those two articles out. A smart man can distinguish agreeing with someone from enjoying their style, and you are obviously a smart man :)

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Leo Stableford said...

Hey,

I thought your podcast was top quality. Except for the background noise. I respect the fact that you feel it is invigorating but I found from my listening perspective I just found it bizarre and annoying...

That's not to say the show wasn't good. In fact it sounded a lot more like the Serenity I would expect that the one that one of my big Whedon fanboy friend's has told me about.

I think Whedon really needs to get basic with a project and do something a bit more archetypal. He always goes for the flip and spin in his narratives but to such a degree that you can predict his plots merely because you know its him writing it.

I look forward to hearing your future casts!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Mattvideo said...

Yeah, I think that despite our commitment to being in public when we do this, we could make some improvements to the audio so that the BG noise wouldn't be quite as overwhelming. The plan is to see how long we can sustain this thing and try to make refinements over time in terms of recording quality.

Your comments about Whedon I can't agree or disagree, since other than Firefly I haven't seen enough to know for sure, But I'll let Matt Brown take a whack at your argument on this week's show.

Thanks for listening!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Leo, I agree with you - I think Whedon needs to make a stand-alone project very soon, to cement him as an actual creative force in the business, rather than just a hired gun. Taking Wonder Woman as his second feature was possibly an error in judgment, as it might close doors for him in the future. I hope it works out!

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

Having seen Serenity, I would say while it has some of the stylings of Joss Whedon's previous work, it certainly wasn't predictable. The element that I think Mattvideo and Tederick were talking about is something that in hind sight you can compare it to his previous work, but while watching the movie you would have never seen it coming. Also while I think it is something that has upset some fans, I feel that it's something I definitely think made the movie a lot stronger. I can't go into detail without giving major spoilers. Speaking of which, I would like to mention how Mattvideo and Tederick did a great job in discussing Serenity without giving away any spoilers, which is not always an easy thing to do.

Also I would mention that when I saw the advanced screening, I dragged along a friend of mine who had never seen a single episode of Firefly. His only exposure was the trailer, which captured his interest. He ended up really enjoying the movie giving it a 8 out of 10. Obviously fans of the tv series will get a lot more out of the movie, knowning the characters a lot better, but everything vital to understanding what is going on for a new audience is there in the movie.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

My review of Serenity can be found by clicking here.

12:45 PM  

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