Once you write, direct and produce a cultural (and hence immensely profitable) television phenomenon like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, your Hollywood Q factor is good for a few more projects before the luster wears off. Triple-threat Joss Whedon parlayed his good fortune into another television series, Firefly, a grunge sci-fi adventure set on the cargo spaceship Serenity. The Fox series ran only for the 2002 season, but became a cult hit among sci-fi fans.
Whedon went on to write and direct the feature film Serenity, based on Firefly. The film follows the adventures of Mal, a hero with an attitude problem, and River, a narcoleptic psychic. Yes, it’s a hodgepodge of former, better, movies set in the distant future, but it became an underground hit, and has won many independent awards for its special brand of cheese and champagne, served icy-hot. 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50
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