I’ve been thinking about Joss today (as I do almost every day.) Today was his birthday! And now that he’s all well-known and popular, a lot of people told him “Happy Birthday” and wrote about him. I would like to share a few Happy Birthday pieces from around the Web (instead of writing about him myself, because that would surely come out all wrong.)
Fifty Joss Whedon Quotes From His 50th Birthday
5 Joss Whedon Projects You Never Got To See: Wonder Woman, Ripper, Batman
Happy Birthday, Joss Whedon: Watch his very first writing credit on ‘Roseanne’
Happy 50th Birthday, Joss Whedon!
Happy Birthday Joss Whedon: His Top Ten Projects
8 Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Joss Whedon Was Involved With (sic)
Joss, I hope you’ve had the best 50th birthday a person can have. And now, back to watching Buffy!
Sometimes I feel very alone in the world, at least in terms of my Joss Whedon obsession. But then once in a while something comes along to justify my rabid, insane fandom. Like this article! I really wish I could get a PhD in Buffy Studies (such a thing exists, you know) but it would actually take a lot of work and I have other things that need doing. So it’s just a fantasy.
One place I hang out in order to not feel alone is the Buffy the Vampire Slayer group on Facebook. People waste away their days there, just talking about Buffy! I love it. Except there are some apunctual repeat offenders there who kind of drive me insane. And then I am just as insane as I look.
But it’s not just me who’s off my rocker, it’s all of us, because in reality we are not off our rockers at all! There are thousands upon thousands of us rabid fans, and we just happen to know about Buffy. I defy anyone to actually watch all of Buffy and still not get it. Buffy really is that amazing.
I came across this fan who says she doesn’t usually paint, but this portrait of Buffy just came out of her one day. Her name is Tess Smith. I love this painting! I love it a million times more than when people just post photos. This is something she created herself, which hardly anyone bothers to do anymore. Hurray for fan art!
I have a painting too. I had it commissioned some seven or eight years ago. If you don’t recognize him, this is “Lorne” from Angel. But rare is the visitor who knows who he is. Sad, sad.
It’s been 20 years since I first saw the movie Speed and was completely surprised by how good it was. I’m not usually one for the action movie. Too much action. But Speed was good. What made it so good? Well back then I didn’t know the name Joss Whedon, nor did most people. And it wouldn’t have mattered if we did, because he got written out of the credits after re-writing all of the dialogue in the movie and making insane things make sense.
Here is a really good interview with Joss, about how he was “pretty devastated” by getting written out of the credits, and he talks about the work he did on Speed. It’s very interesting and also sad.
In other news. Christophe Beck wants to score a(nother) Marvel movie. Wait, who is Christophe Beck? He’s the musical wizard who scored Buffy, and that score was awesome (not including Season 1 which was someone else’s fault.) I have been consistently disappointed by Bear McCreary‘s score for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and have often wished that it was instead scored by Christophe Beck. I think he is what the show is lacking. In any case, it would be neat if he and Joss worked together on The Avengers III, but I am hoping that Joss won’t agree to do the third Avengers. He has too many other things that need his attention, not the least Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That is where Christophe Beck and Joss Whedon should be reuniting.
Alleged details have surfaced regarding the plot of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I don’t really much care to know the plot in advance, but what’s important is that it starts right after the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which I have not seen. Now I pretty much have to, and in fact I should have seen it before watching the finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. . It’s a good scam, Marvel making its Marvelverse all tied together with the show & the different movies. It makes people like me pay to see movies (like Captain America) in which we might otherwise have zero interest. But Joss has been in charge of ushering out (in?) all the so-called “Phase II” movies for Marvel, and so in fact he’s behind the entire thing. Thankfully, he makes it worth it. I may not have loved the 2nd Thor movie (not so much as the first, anyway) but I did love already knowing Lady Sif when she appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I don’t regret seeing Thor II (I just thought too much time was spent in battle & it was boring.)
According to Cinemablend.com, reporting on a tweet from Joss, Age of Ultron is halfway through production. That means it should be done by the end of summer, which means that Joss will be free to work on the next installment of Dr. Horrible! And that is more exciting to me than Age of Ultron. Although I loved The Avengers, and I’m really looking forward to the second one, I have to say that I favor his micro-budget films over the blockbusters. There are many reasons for this. I won’t go into them all. But just one is that I can watch them over and over on a smaller screen, whereas The Avengers really didn’t hold up for me after multiple viewings and without the huge screen and the 3-D. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for giving us Dr. Horrible and In Your Eyes and Much Ado About Nothing (and of course, above all, thank you for Buffy.)
Anyway, here’s a recap of what we know so far about Age of Ultron, not counting the rumors stated above. And here’s more info on the projected release date, cast, and other stuff.
Can I just say that I absolutely loved the soundtrack to In Your Eyes? And most specifically, I loved the very catchy tune “Crumblin'” which, it turns out, was written by Joss. It figures. It’s such a great song, and I knew I’d never heard it before but it sounded like something that would have been a big hit, had it ever really existed. Well, here on this page you can hear all the songs from the movie, plus read a review.
While you’re at it, check out Joss Whedon on Soundcloud. There are interviews, clips, podcasts, worlds of wonder. I’d post them all here but it would be redundant. You can just see them there.