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5 Joss Whedon must watches

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Joss Whedon is a director who is inescapable in today’s Hollywood, but do you know some of his more obscure creations? In honour of the cult-classic director’s birthday on June 23rd, here’s a list of five picks from his catalogue of hits that you really need to catch up on.

Now it goes without saying that I recommend Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers: Assemble, but those are pretty obvious choices which you should really have already watched. Here are some less known watches.

1) Firefly

Now this show may be beloved in certain communities, but there are still so many people who have yet to try it out. I’ve heard it described as Westworld in space, and aside from the robots that’s a pretty good summary. If you’re into gorgeous worlds and intriguing characters with hidden depths, and are okay with a slower pace then I’d really recommend it. The life of this little gem of a show was sadly cut short, but the next entry into this list more than made up for this fact.

2) Serenity

After watching the entirety of Firefly, I was craving more of Mal and his crew so turned to the sequel that was released 3 years after the series aired. (Thank goodness this is possible in our binge-watching, TV streaming age.) I wasn’t disappointed by the silver screen reboot, and I even liked it more than its originator. Its scope was widened, now that it wasn’t restricted to a TV budget, and it managed to evoke everything the series had and more. Even if you haven’t watched the series I’d recommend this film, though the emotional connection I had with the characters was definitely forged through the hours I’d spent with them previously in Firefly.

3) In Your Eyes

This delightful little supernatural romance had completely slipped under my radar until I was researching Whedon’s works, and I’m so glad that I found it. Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David shine in the starring roles, two people who’ve never met but suddenly start seeing through each other’s eyes (as the name suggests). They provide each other with company in their isolated lives (with Kazan’s Rebecca being a New Hamptonshire housewife, and Stahl-David’s Dylan being an ex-con working in a car repair shop), and it’s a pleasure to watch them get to know each other.

4) Much Ado About Nothing

Whilst Shakespeare snobs may scoff at Whedon’s involvement with an adaptation of Much Ado, I found this version of the Shakespearean comedy to be quite charming. It features lots of classic Whedon actors (Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher) performing the play in a modernised setting, aka Whedon’s house in Santa Monica. Whedon highlights the aspect of the play that I enjoy the most, the traumatic incident at the heart of it all, and doesn’t shy away from what some productions tend to minimise. Well worth a watch if you’re a fan of this play, or even if you aren’t.

5) Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Written during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, and funded through his earnings from Marvel’s Avengers: Assemble, this little web show went onto become a cult classic. Featuring Sondheim inspired musical numbers and wonderful acting from Neil Patrick Harris, you should check out this indie hit if you enjoy romance with a side portion of supervillains.




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