Must see movie: Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon

Can't wait to see this one: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by Josh Whedon

I have known of Joss Whedon because of his work on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel. (Trivia: Guess who my boy was named after? The “Champion”.) I’ve sat through re-runs, bought the DVDs and know practically every character second-hand. (Hint: I’m actually not the fan. I just watch with the fan. And recently, the boy has become a fan, too.)

I’m not quite that crazy about the shows to know exactly when this or that character entered the story, but I know enough about who is who. My personal favorite: Angel. (If I had a daughter, I turned down the suggestion to name her “Buffy Ann”, but wouldn’t have minded “Angela”.) I like the way Whedon was able to play dark and light without being whimsical, and how he managed to keep those two stories running through season after season.

So when I was googling Much Ado About Nothing, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Joss Whedon has come up with his own adaptation of one of my most favorite plays by Shakespeare for the humor and the romance that it so successfully intertwined in its endearing characters.

The version that I have watched many times over was the 1993 version where Denzel Washington and Keannu Reeves were brothers as Don Pedro and Don John, respectively.  (Yes, only in a Shakespearean performance can you get away with that contrast.) It was brilliant, it was great, and I love, love, love that movie. (Right next to What Dreams May Come
and You’ve Got Mail and “Got to Believe in Magic” of Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan.) It was a period pic and set to music of the time as well.  Whedon’s version looks like it is a contemporary take on the play with some of his former actors playing roles.  It’s supposed to open the Seattle Film Festival this May but will not go into actual distribution until June. CAN’T WAIT!

Here’s the official trailer:

Art Journal Every Day: "As You are Mine, I am Yours"

With the first week of February ending, here’s my first post for 2012 for my Art Journal Every Day project.  Some 17 years ago, I watched Shakespeare’s  “Much Ado About Nothing” on the big screen where I came across one of my most favorite movie quotes of all time: “As you are mine, I am yours.”

The background for this particular journal entry had been painted some time in the third quarter of 2011, but I recently found it and started working on it again.  What to put in as journaling?  Dyaran!  The phrase suddenly came to mind as Fe reminded me about the quote, trying to figure out if it was “As I am yours, you are mine.. ” or if it was the other way around.  The solution, of course, was to google it.  I remember at the time, a dearfriend had gifted me with a native mat with this inscribed.  Funny how during this last trip to Manila, I actually found the mat as I was going through some old things in storage in my old home.  Someone would say things have come full circle — and I guess it’s my way of starting this year’s art journal where it all began.

A perfect way to start the year’s Art Journaling and keep in step with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s inspirational posts on continuing to chronicle one’s feelings, or days in a journal of self expression.

More to come.