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October 16th, 2013


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05:03 pm - Wednesday wish-places, plus v. brief film review
Last week I finally saw Joss Whedon's film of Much Ado About Nothing, and from that come my Wednesday wish-places.

The film: It was fine. I am so sorry to report that the wonderful Alexis Denisof's Benedick didn't much work for me (although he is v. athletic and in excellent shape); I'm not sure why, except that I wanted more gravitas, more reality, less dudebro, something. Amy Acker's Beatrice, however, was outstanding, clever, wounded, funny, light and strong. Also, when the people tell you that Nathan Fillion (and Tom Lenk) make the comic relief work and in a very fresh way, BELIEVE THEM. [claps madly for Fillion and Lenk]

What is so very cool about this film, however, is Joss Whedon's house. I love the Spanish influences, the courtyard and terrace spaces, the light -- even in black-and-white, it's glowing and gorgeous.

And thinking about that kind of SoCal mansion makes me think too about LA mid-century modern houses, which I love -- like this house. I couldn't live there, because I am not wholly suited to all that glass and sharp angles, but it's delicious to wish myself there for an afternoon visit.

Where I really wish to be, of course, is here. But I am trying to expand my wish-horizons. :)

Where do you want to be today? May you travel well in your wishes!

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From:cindergal
Date:October 16th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I spent a majority of that film drooling over the house. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 16th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
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GREAT house, absolutely. :))

Hugs, C! Happy Wednesday!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 16th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Those are all lovely places, but today I am exactly where I wish to be after yet another bout of travel, to wit, at home with the cat, autumn sun and drifts of maple leaves on the deck.

(That London sidewalk is pretty tempting though...)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 16th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for your safe return! Hurrah for you!

[hugs]
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From:kathyh
Date:October 16th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen Much Ado About Nothing yet but I can well believe that Amy Acker is an outstanding Beatrice.

I love that view of London but do you really wish for the rain as well :)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 16th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
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She is one of the finest Beatrices I've ever seen. :)

I do like London in rain, although true, a cold drizzling December night on the South Bank is perhaps not ideal.... ;)

Hugs hugs, K!
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From:paratti
Date:October 16th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I was wishing for South-East Asia this morning when it was grey and pouring. Then the sun came out and so did the squirrels...

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 16th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Anywhere particular in South-East Asia? But London in sunshiny autumn is good too. :)

Hugs and warmth, L!
From:gwynnega
Date:October 16th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen the film yet, but it is on my Netflix list!

::dusts off old, appropriate icon::

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 16th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
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A perfect icon, thank you. :)

Cheers and hugs and swift Netflix queues, Gwynne!
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 17th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 17th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
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(Sorry, log-in issues. ;))

Gorgeous! You are a beach person indeed!

Cheers, and have a lovely Thursday ahead.
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From:janus_74
Date:October 17th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Much Ado is on my list of things to watch, a lot of it does have to do with the look of the house and the soundtrack.

Wish places; London, of course (gorgeous picture), LA to shop, Bora Bora to hang out on the beach, a cruise - but only if it's an old-timey art deco ship, and I'd love to take a ride on the Orient Express.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 17th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
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The setting (the garden terraces as well as the house) is perfection. Enjoy when you get to the film. :))

Oooh, Art Deco ships and the Orient Express -- what fun ideas! Cheers to that, and for you. [hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:October 17th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
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That place looks LOVELY. Will keep good thoughts for you to be there soonest!

Hugs, L, and a happy day.
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From:stateless82
Date:October 20th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
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I need to see that film. I also need the boots worn in the photo of JW's house.

I would be terrified in the other LA house. Too open, too high.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 20th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
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The film is fun, the boots fabulous. :))

I feel that most hillside houses are too exposed, yes, at least to live in. An afternoon visit would be fine.

Hugs!

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