Joss and the Avengers
Thursday, June 21, 2012

This has probably been said several times on this site by now, but I've been avoiding the Avengers threads until I saw the movie, which I finally did last night. In 3D. (BTW - once I got over the first preview, which had horrible blurry hard-to-look-at 3D, I really did like it. I'm old enough to remember the bad red/blue 3D of the 80s, where the only point of it was to make the audience duck when things flew at them and it basically looked like shit. These days, 3D looks pretty damned good. Fantastic even. I'm a fan.)

Anyhow, I did really enjoy the movie. But what I want to share is this bizarre sense of pride in Our Little Joss. I feel like he's the neighborhood kid who we've all watched growing up, taking his first tentative steps, and now he's gone off and won the Olympics. Which is silly, because there's nothing little about the man and he certainly doesn't "belong" to us, but still. So proud!

I think a part of it is that many things from Buffy and Angel and Firefly were right there in the movie (hello raspy voiced monsters in a "hell dimension"!) but he finally was able to do it up right. Made me laugh. Big budget, pretty special effects, same Joss. Love it.

May he have many more chances to do things his way!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012 4:45 PM


EB - I live just outside the city, so I tend to go in to the big theaters when I feel like seeing a movie. It certainly adds to the experience to come out onto the streets afterward. This was especially impressive after Inception. Times Square at night is only slightly less surreal than the special effects in that movie!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:50 PM


You went to NYC to see it? Awesome! Yes, there's that je ne sais quoi about seeing a film set in New York in movie theatre in New York. Adds another layer to the experience.

Sunday, June 24, 2012 1:16 PM


Byte: Yeah, they were very silly. Which, really, I just found more entertaining because I always found this kind of thing a bit of a challenge to stick with in Buffy/Angel, as far as suspension of disbelief goes. But there I was watching the top-opening movie EVER, with big-name stars and huge effects, in a big theater, in 3D, after reading all these worldwide rave reviews etc etc... But it starts right in a Jossian hell dimension with his usual villains that exist purely for plot... Familiar turf!

But I really didn't mind. It's a silly movie, but so purely and completely entertaining that the silliness was A-OK for me. So much so that I went to see it again the next day. And I may catch it a third time if I get a chance, just for the big screen and 3D. This is coming from someone who hardly ever goes to the movie theater.

BTW, there is added fun of leaving the theater in Times Square and walking right through the streets under the buildings that got so very bruised around Grand Central. They did an excellent job of trashing GCT and Park Ave south of the station. I had a tourist moment, looking up and around: There's the rooftop where Hawkeye made his stand, and the building the hulk scraped along. There are the trees the flying dragon thing took out, and of course the sculpture and the clock in the station...

I think that's part of why I liked the 3D so much - the aerial views of NYC during the fight. I could really feel the geometry of the space between/around the buildings.

Sunday, June 24, 2012 8:42 AM


Well, I thought the raspy voiced monsters were getting a little TOO silly. But everything else about it was great, lot of fun.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:29 AM


I saw the movie last weekend, and what I enjoyed most about it was the Jossian touches of humor. Definitely made me laugh, many times. I didn't get to see it in 3D, but I'll take what I can get -- nice evening out with the husband and no kids. :-) It's great to see someone as creative as Joss making a big hit that registers with the powers that control the purse strings, and I do hope the result is to give him more scope to work his creative magic in the future.

And speaking of creative magic, Mal4Prez, I'm really looking forward to the next chapter of Back Stories! (hint) ;-)


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