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Big Purple Undies has grown into a hilarious clean comedy
Big Purple Undies has grown into a hilarious clean comedy
By Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Serenity Directed by Joss Whedon Starring: Gina Torres, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor Now playing

MirrorMask Directed by Dave McKean Starring: Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Jason Barry Dora Bryan, Robert Llewellyn, Andy Hamilton Opens October 7th

Long before all of those papers, critics and whoever else is in that ad for the new film 'Serenity' came along, I was watching a refreshingly offbeat show called 'Firefly' every chance I had.

It ran on Fridays, when the Fox line-up wasn't a complete desert of bad TV like it is now. I loved that there was a major character who was Black and female (the always lickably wonderful Gina Torres, Angel, Cleopatra 2020), and that the show revolved around the most unusual group of characters since Star Trek first hit the little screen in the late sixties. Then, in a small-minded move, Fox pulled the show, promising its return, only to dash those plans later, and then fill up the airwaves with the drek we know now. Now that marvelous show is a whole film, and the characters that created such a stir among Firefly's fans are back in a full-length, and very wisely crafted film that kicks the crap out of every sci-fi film that's come before. As in the series, earth is long gone, and bands of outlaws called 'Reveres' rule the borders of space, intermittently dropping out of their deep space hideouts to raid and ravage unsuspecting space settlers.

And our little band of misfits, who were once part of an elite force of cosmic military, and some of whom fought in earth's last war, try to not only carve out a living in this world, but occasionally defend the little guys who are not only in the path of 'The Reveres', but also a cold 'imperial force' similar to that in Star Wars. In the middle of a routine supply pickup, a mysterious brother and sister, (Sean Maher and Summer Glau) join the crew, which puts them in danger they cannot begin to imagine. Definitely one of the best new sci-fi films of this century and one only hopes that it will be so successful that maybe, just maybe, Whedon might convince someone besides the Sci-Fi channel to restart the series, with new episodes.

Until then, whether, like me, you were a die-hard fan of the show, or just like a really brilliant sci-fi film, go see Serenity, and then y you'll know why all of us loved it so. And for die-hard fans of Neil Gaiman (and I count myself among that number too!), you will also be thrilled by the new film, 'MirrorMask', which comes from a story and teleplay by Gaiman (and it's rumored, is the precursor for Gaiman's 'Sandman' stories to come to the screen!).

The film, which takes place in an English circus, weaves reality, magic and fantasy together in the most ingenious way, overlapping human actors and puppets from the Jim Henson puppet crew. The story is at least one part Alice, Through the Looking Glass, Neverwhere, and The Little PrincessA (to name a few), and other parts, just plain whimsy. A young girl (Stephanie Leonidas), trying to cope with her mother (Gina McKee)'s sudden illness, escapes into a complicated fantasy/dream, where she has to locate a missing charm, in order to restore order to the kingdoms of light and shadow. She is accompanied on this journey by a nervous little man who is the prime minister of the kingdom of light, and who is not too certain the charm exists and that they can save the comatose queen (Gina Mckee) in time to keep the shadowlands from taking over everything. An absolutely scrumptious film, which should be as satisfying for young viewers as for those who are young at heart, and certainly for Neil Gaiman fans. Myself, I loved every second of it and can't wait to see it again and again, and maybe, again.

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