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Hi, everybody!

I've got the week off, which was supposed to be my time for being super-productive fannishly, but so far has translated into a lot of cleaning and cooking (I'm having a little dinner party for some colleagues tomorrow evening). While the place is looking spiffed up, I'll take the pictures I promised, as I've now hung all the art I got back from the framers. There's still one large area over my bed that needs something to fill it, but I haven't decided yet what that might be. I've got some of my paternal grandmother's saris, which would certainly be very striking, but I'm not sure that I want to cut them up.

I've also been doing some re-enjoying - of books, TV, and movies. I reread The True Meaning of Smekday, which was just as enjoyable this time around - I really love Tip and J.Lo and rediscovered that poomp is just a funny-ass word. I rewatched all of Firefly (including the movie) and was struck anew by how goddamn lovely Nathan Fillion is as Mal. I mean, that show was cast just beautifully - there's no one I would have replaced, despite not feeling much one way or the other for Sean Maher - but Nathan just inhabits Mal so deeply and intuitively that it's really astonishing. Every inflection, every reflex, every flash of emotion on his face feels completely real. What a phenomenal character. Firefly is easily my favorite thing Joss Whedon has done. And last night, as I was filing paperwork away, I rewatched Cold Comfort Farm, which is one of the few movies that equals the book on which it's based. Man alive, that is one hilarious movie, and every person in it just commits to the lunacy. Because I think of everything in Sherlock (or, really, Martin Freeman) terms now, I couldn't help casting John Watson as Flora Poste, confronted with the daunting task of civilizing the Holmeses; this doesn't work when you really think about it, as "highly sexed young men on farms" are not always called Sherlock and Mycroft, but it's pretty damn amusing. And speaking of old favorites, has everyone seen these pictures of Josh Charles being gorgeous(thank you, musesfool!)? Oh, also! I just saw that To Kill a Mockingbird is being rereleased in theaters for its 50th anniversary - one night only, November 15. Who's in?

There's been new stuff to experience too! I saw Argo and enjoyed it tremendously. The previews were numerous and I wanted to see about half of the movies they were pitching - particularly Lincoln and Les Mis and maybe Zero Dark Thirty. (The Hobbit is a given, despite the lack of preview - Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Lee Pace? HELL YES!)

And some theater.
I saw the Globe's touring production of Hamlet and was pretty underwhelmed. There was some interesting staging - starting with leaving the house lights on so that the theater felt more like the open-air Globe - and the whole cast had a nice energy, particularly in the play-within-a-play scene. Horatio and Claudius were the real stand-outs here, and, really, no one else came close. The women especially were pretty lifeless - neither Gertrude nor Ophelia seemed like a real person. The oddest decision, however, was Hamlet's. The actor playing him looked very young (far younger than Horatio and maybe the peer of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern) and spoke all of Hamlet's lines as if they were in-jokes he shared with the audience. I get that pretty much all of Hamlet's lines are so well-known that it's hard to make them sound fresh, but this approach made them emotionless and distancing. It was a gamble, and one that didn't pay off for me. 6.5/10

And I also saw the new musical Chaplin, which was another hit-or-miss experience. The lead performance, by Rob McClure, started off well and only got better as Charlie aged and stopped playing the Tramp (Zachary Unger as kid-Charlie was fantastic). Some of the staging - particularly a scene in which Charlie's squaring off with each of his wives in a boxing ring - was very good, but often it was too cluttered and too involved; I got the feeling that the director had promised each ensemble member a chance to show off their bag of tricks, which didn't help the show as a whole. The actress who played Charlie's mother was just terrible, which surprised me, as I'd seen her in another show and liked her. The music was pretty uninspired, though there was one show-stopping number and Jenn Colella made the most of it. 6/10


Also, I'm writing! Nothing yet for my upcoming birthday, but I've got two long Sherlock stories on the go now and want to get the first one wrapped up this month if possible. That would free me up to write not only my Yuletide assignment but also some treats, if the prompts are good.

So, what are you all up to? Anything fun?

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Count me in for To Kill A Mockingbird! Will that work out with timings? I'm pretty sure it should... *checks calendar*

I've never seen it nor read the book (despite it being on my ever-growing To Read list) and I'm sure the 50th anniversary production will be brilliant.

This also reminds me of a joke/play on words that a friend of mine mentioned to me (I can't remember whether they were actually quoting another source or had come up with it themselves) in regards to imaginary bars with literary-themed names, the obvious one being Tequila Mockingbird!

I can't believe it's your birthday so soon - I'm sure that last one can't possibly have been 12 months ago. Whether it's your LJ birthday or real birthday also, I hope you have a lovely day doing wonderful things.

I am so looking forward to seeing To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen! There are a few scenes that make me cry every time.

I'm just going to roll around in this for a while:

I rewatched all of Firefly (including the movie) and was struck anew by how goddamn lovely Nathan Fillion is as Mal. I mean, that show was cast just beautifully - there's no one I would have replaced...Nathan just inhabits Mal so deeply and intuitively that it's really astonishing. Every inflection, every reflex, every flash of emotion on his face feels completely real. What a phenomenal character. Firefly is easily my favorite thing Joss Whedon has done.

I LOVE Nathan as Mal. LOVE. You're so absolutely correct.

I mean, Mal is just - empirically - the greatest. I love him so much!

What I love about Nathan is that he seems to consider that his best role, too. He loves Mal just as much as we do.

Yes! He's endlessly charming on Castle but he also seems aware that it doesn't utilize more than a tiny percentage of his talents.

You're spot-on in everything you said about Firefly/Mr. Fillion. :)

Could you possibly lay flat and press behind glass the sari/saris? Fold them in some interesting way so as to display the material/patterns but keep them intact? That could be really cool.

He's endlessly delightful!

The saris are all six or nine yards of heavy silk plus gold thread, so they're really heavy and glass would add even more weight. I like your idea of folding rather than cutting, but I'm not sure if the wall can support all of that weight. Anyway, my mom is coming over to see the apartment tomorrow, and hopefully she'll have a few ideas!

I've seen kimonos displayed on a long wooden bar, the sleeves spread out - if you get a good anchor, it would be easy to hang them, though it might take more wall space than you have. They make picture hangers that hold up to 100 pounds, so you could probably find something.

I'm with you - cutting them would be a crying shame. They sound absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for the ideas - I'm not sure whether I'll put the saris up or try to find something else to fill the space, but you've given me food for thought!

Heh, i'm glad my input was positive - i suddenly felt like i was being very pushy and overbearing about it all.

Not at all! It was very kind of you to take an interest and offer your advice!

I couldn't help casting John Watson as Flora Poste
Oh noes! Now I will never be able to get this out of my head!

I did enjoy both the book and the movie.

HAHAHHAAHAHAHA! John Watson's next blog post will get stuck on "the golden orb"! Who could we cast as Mr. Mybug, who could shout, "Dr. Watson! Dr. Watson! I'm most engorgingly in love with you!"? Ah, good times.

I saw Argo too! What an excellent movie--enjoyable and really discomfiting at the same time!

It was really well done. I don't remember the actual events - I was only three - but I do recall later events that made this country say "us" and "them" and draw very sharp lines.

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