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23 July 2009 @ 03:43 pm
HBP Thoughts and Filoli Picspam  
I spent yesterday exploring a huge estate house with endless gardens, hanging out with John Falstaff, having a picnic, and then seeing Harry Potter.

What have YOU done recently? XD

No, it's a good thing I've been busy, because otherwise the fact that I haven't gotten any writing done in days would be making me incredibly depressed. O_o

"Half-Blood Prince." Oh, where to begin. XD


- The Draco in the bathroom scene was, I thought, extraordinarily well-done. Though I may or may not have spent half of it like, "HARRY, think of the PROPERTY DAMAGE you're responsible for!" ...though I guess that's why we have magic. XD

- eltea was right to be concerned that Harry was TOTALLY stalking Draco -- which I'm sure the fangirls were quite happy about. XD I was having a lot of fun, though, looking for Draco every time someone walked through the castle accompanied by ominous music. IT'S LIKE "WHERE'S WALDO"! 8D

- And that suit, lol. eltea: "Why isn't he wearing his uniform at school?" tierfal: "Because he's Draco fucking Malfoy!"

- No, really -- all the kids have grown into the roles really well, and they're a lot of fun to watch these days. I especially liked Daniel Radcliffe post-Felix Felicis. lololololol. XD

- Wasn't too impressed by the chick playing Narcissa. She was too dark. And her face wasn't narrow enough. Maybe she could've won me over if they'd given her more than two lines. XD

- SNAAAAPE. ;___;

- Bella is a pryo who gets off to needless destruction. And who gets into other people's personal space. I approve.

- It amused me that there was fodder for almost much every ship in the 'verse. They covered all their bases, didn't they? XD

- Lavender Brown -- paging Lavender Brown -- the audience wants you to drown yourself in a toilet bowl. Take your lame hair with you; Emma Watson's is way better. And she has a nice ass.

- The McLaggen guy was such a DOUCHEBAG. Man, I eat that shit up. XD

- The two seconds of Dumbledore falling in slow-mo ruined the entire scene. Afterwards, with everyone lighting the wands, was gorgeous, though.

- The cinematography was awfully nice, particularly the killer opening scene and the arrival at the rock to get the locket. I also liked that that was the first time we saw Harry's scar very well. (Why, yes, I am an overanalyzing English major. XD)

- Inside the cave, though, eltea turned to me and whispered, "Behold -- the Mines of Moria!", and five minutes later, I got to turn to her and respond, "I didn't know the Dead Marshes were in the Mines of Moria." To which, as Inferi started swarming Mr. P, she replied, "MY PRECIOUSSSS!" XD

- That notwithstanding, Dumbledore's Magic Flames of Death for the frigging WIN. 8D

- The ending shot was really lovely, with the three of them by the window and Fawkes in the distance.

- Ginny was better than I expected. Not enough to make me ship it, but that's probably a lost cause to start with. XD She's kind of a wasted character all around, and Bonnie Wright always looks too wide-eyed-innocent to get me thinking the right way. Wright right geddit geddit I'm a GENIUS

- I want a Pensieve-ready Memory Cabinet as a nightlight in my bedroom.

- The two Tom Riddle kids were excellent.

- My heart bleeds for all the minor characters who subplots disappeared like parental figures in Harry's proximity. I really wish they'd traded out the boring Ron/Lavender DRAMAAAA -- which dragged, as funny as it was -- for some Lupin/Tonks DRAMAAAA. At least that's good drama. Honestly.

- It also irks me that Tonks's and Lupin's collective three minutes of screentime revolved around "his condition." Isn't the entire point of the third book that Remus is first and foremost a human being? :|

- But it was fun. Even the Weasleys' house getting torched, though I think that, having added it in, they didn't emphasize enough. (Where do you put the Weasleys afterward, anyway? It's not like they can afford a hotel...) You've got to lol at the concept, though -- "Well, I like the script, guys, but I think it drags a little here. Let's SET SOMETHING ON FIRE!"


Anyway. XD

The other thing I did yesterday was... tour Filoli! :D

Filoooooliiiiii.

Pronounced "fie-low-lee," actually. As in, the first two letters of "Fight," "Love," and "Live." :o

Anyway... Deep in the hills of whatever city it's in...



...very deep in the hills...

Is Filoli! :D Built by some stupidly-rich guy (William Bourn) who had just bought an Irish estate for his daughter as her wedding present, off of which he modeled a lot of the details.

The front door:





The entryway... The second owner, this dude Roth, had a bunch of shipping and cruise liners and stuff among his business interests, which explains the nautical décor. I only took this picture because Gevanni would have liked to see it. Look, there's me in the reflection, looking terrible. XD



The kitchen:


Complete with a vault for all their nice silver stuff:


And with a system of call buttons:


The dining room:




I think this is Diana and Actaeon. I forget exactly; I was just like "GREEK MYTH STUFF *SPAZ*" XD



The... salon or something? Where all the women went while the men got drunk after dinner. XD






Stuff in the central room in the transverse hall:








The library:





Umm... I liked this staircase. XD


I don't even remember which room this clock was in. XD There were a ton of grandfather clocks, which I love. :3



The BALLROOM! :o



The murals on the wall are based off of the Irish estate ones.






A model of how they'd fit in the dining tables for uber-parties:



The other end, with entrances on either side:





More silverware? XD



OKAY GUYS here comes the really amazing part... The gardens that go on forever. O_O












This is behind the gift shop:





I like doors. Expect lots of these. :|



Garden 1/inifinity. XD



I also like weather vanes. Fortunately, there weren't as many of those to document. XD




The garden house:





My mom fangirled the rose gardens. XD





SECRET ROSES. No, really that's what this rose is called, "Secret." XD




Moving right along:











Sunflowers! :3







The row of Irish yews that runs through the middle of the far gardens:











This section leads to the hydrangea garden.






A baby banana slug! XD My camera refused to focus.



The "Wilderness Garden":



This leads up to the tennis courts and is one of my favorite shots -- it just feels like there's a whole story right there. :)



Across the swimming pool -- you can see the clock tower we saw earlier. :D







OKAY, THAT'S ALL OF THEM. XD

It was really great, though -- gorgeous day, and not too hot at all. And, y'know, the little detail that the whole thing was so like what I imagined Mello's father's house to be in Almost Perfect, at least in spirit and in style. Though I think that had a bit more of a Victorian flavor in my head. Either way, it was awesome to see so much of that realized. :D

I started asking myself what you would do with all that space, and then I realized that Mello's answer is presumably "have sex with Matt on every square foot before you die." XD

Ahem.

Anyhoo... eltea's super-legit o-fic story, All Our Yesterdays, is now read-able even if you aren't a member of pulped_fictions. ^^

 
 
Feeling: impressedimpressed
On the Radio: "Walk Away" - P!nk
 
 
 
Miz J: pinkmissusjackson on July 24th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Can we live there together?

Pleeeaaaaase? XD

(I totally fangirled the roses, too!)

Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
My new plan for my life is to get a place like that and let all of you come live in it.

Step One: win the lottery! XD
marissa: Makes things go boom!abitofadork7 on July 24th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I enjoyed that staircase very muchly, and that ballroom was to diiiiiiiiiiiiie for. XD I'd love to live in Filoli, plz. XD

Oh, and, obviously Dumbledore's Magic Flames of Death were amazing. XD

Call me odder than usual, but I enjoyed Ron/Lavender drama, especially when Lavender was like, "I'M HIS GIRLFRIEND!" in the hospital wing, and Hermione was all, "WELL I'M HIS...FRIEND!" and Ron, in the background, is all "HERMIONE..."

Ah, I dunno. It amused me, as Lanveder stormed out dramatically. XD
Vitamin C: L - Bluetierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I know, right?? I can't believe people actually lived there; it must've been so amazing. *__*

Well, I thought it was really entertaining, and I did like that scene, but it went on a bit too long -- and in a movie where they mercilessly cut out a lot of minor characters I like, I think they could've distributed the time a little better, you know? ;)
marissaabitofadork7 on July 24th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Some houses are just so stunning, it's hard to imagine that they're someone's actual home.

Yeah, you're totally right. Like with Tonks/Remus. It would've been nice if they showed some of the angst between them, rather than making them into an already established relationship.

And it would've been nice if they included the battle. But no, because apparently it'd be "repetative". I don't think so. I really don't. They could've done it, and it wouldn't have been a big deal at all.
Vitamin C: Matt - Bangtierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I just look at the big rooms and am like, "What would you do in here? Could you even relax enough to have a real conversation?" XD

I "PSHHHH"-ed at the way it was just like, "We'll have her call him 'Sweetheart' in her one line to sidestep all that," which was... so cheap. XD I mean, they could have given them one scene...! XD Ah, well.

Yeah, I agree -- the climax wasn't bad, but maybe the Death Eaters could at least have fought their way out? As it was, it was like, "Why did you bring all these people in if Draco and Snape are the only ones you need to kill Dumbledore anyway?" I mean, Bella smashed up the Great Hall and set fire to Hagrid's house, but that was pretty much the extent of the damage, which doesn't really require a vanishing cabinet and a small fleet of Death Eaters, you'd think. XD
marissaabitofadork7 on July 24th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!! I'd be very intimidated.

ANYWAY. I mean, I knew that they'd set the movie up that way, but I was annoyed. When Tonks, in the book, was yelling at Lupin for being such an idiot was one of my favorite parts! Gah. Stupid movie people.

You're totally right, although I fullheartedly approve of Bella being a pyromaniac. XD But, it didn't seem to make sense. What would you need the Death Eaters for? Taking a survey of the most hated person there, or something?
goddess of this and that: geniehappy_mystic on July 24th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I thought film numbah 6 was the best of all, personally.
I loved Draco too. I wanted to huggle his angsty self, and fang_squared was ttly crushing on him.

I also noticed how they made Snape's features a lot softer than in the other movies. Prolly since they know his real agenda now.

THE HIILLLSS ARE ALLIIIIVVVVEEEE...etc.
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
I think the fifth one is still my favorite, possibly just because it made the book suddenly make sense to me. XD

And yeah, I never doubted Snape personally, but it's pretty amusing how much they have to slant it in his favor now. XD

\o/
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Vitamin C: Mello - Mihaeltierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
That's really interesting -- even old American movie theaters have open seating. Interesting reflection on national values, too.

They did make it very lighthearted for a film that ends with the death of a beloved figure, didn't they? I was surprised when I saw that this one was going to be PG.

ikr. XD
Marmmarmaladefever on July 24th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Whoa, lots of pics! Pretty!

I was disappointed by the lack of Tonks/Remus drama, too.
Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
:D

They'll probably have, y'know, one hasty scene over the course of both seventh-book movies, just to make sure that we realize that there was supposed to be off-screen drama in this movie. XD
passthebutter: twilight guc rosalie lulz edward confusepassthebutter on July 24th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
THAT HOUSE IS FRICKING AWESOME. Imagine living there, wtf. :O

I loved the staircase, so pretty and majestic. And the gardens wtfff awesome! That pool is gorgeous. Such a pretty sundial; do you know what the words mean?

Your favourite shot is also one of mine; I want to write Matt and Mello there! XD

I agree with you on everything you said about HP. XD
Vitamin C: Mello - Pimptierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Crazy to think about! :o Though the one bathroom that we saw was strikingly normal, so maybe you'd get used to it...? XD

The sundial says "Time began in a garden," which I thought was pretty clever. :D

STAIR SEX YES PLZ. 8D ...though in practice that would probably be extremely uncomfortable, wouldn't it? XD

\o/
Rex: DN - L + Melloicequeenrex on July 24th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Ahem, I think you mean you're a Ginny-us. >D No, Sirius...

*shot into the centre of Dumbledore's Magic Flames of Death*

But I agree with you on the HP/GW bit. *shrugs* I...don't think I'll ever ship it wright.....XDDDDD

Also, Tonks is hella hot but there really should have been more of that drama. *nod nod* She's gorgeous though. :3 I'm looking forward to seeing what Andromeda looks like...if they're going to fit her into the next one. >___>

Also, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy is totally win. :) I LOVED his acting in this one. And Harry post Felix-Felices made me lol so hard. XDDDD

It was a funny movie. *nod nod* But yeah, it was....probably just as lacking as the book actually so I won't really say anything more. XD

/is a bad fangirl

ANYWAYS.

Those pictures are awesome! :D Sooo beautiful! And PLEASE, I want a swimming pool like that in my room. XD Also, I wanted to poke baby banana slug and take it home. x3

Also, I keep staring at your sister's hair. *wants to stroke it and say "myyyy presssccccioussssss"*

XD
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. XD There should be Regulusations against such character puns. 8D

I dunno, I feel like a fan could write it in a way I'd ship, but Rowling didn't have me convinced, and the movies haven't changed my mind. XD

Eeee, I hope they get her in there, c'mon! XD We got to see Narcissa; it's only fair. :3

Hee, yeah, all the books after the fourth one I found rather underwhelming, so it's nice that the movies have condensed them to two hours each of fun, at least! XD

The slug was very cute, for a slimy thing...! XDD

IKR. It's so gorgoeus! XD
Rexicequeenrex on July 24th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
8DDD

I agree. I'm pretty sure I have read fics where they were a side-pairing but never an actual fic about them. XD

:D YES!! I wasn't pleased with Narcissa either. She wasn't....as slender as my own mental image of her was. :/

JKR either lost her edge or she was just trying to make money and get it done and over with imo. ^^;;
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on July 25th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I realized upon reading that that I've actually written them as a background pairing -- only Ginny was a little bit psycho, which made it way more fun. XD

YEAH. Her face was too rounded, and she didn't look snooty enough. XD

SRS. I think it might've been a combination of those factors. XD
crazyboutremmycrazyboutremmy on July 24th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
OMG YAY HP! Personally, I think this was the 2nd best movie made (right after PoA), and I rather liked the Ron/Lavender stuff. :\

What I personally liked was how everyone can actually act now. I mean, Dan Rad has improved so so soooo much! And Rupert Grint was so utterly fabulous! I'm not going to even mention Tom Felton's jaw dropping acting because I spent all of 7th Grade plastering his pictures everywhere in my bedroom, so I am obv influenced. xD

OMG, PRETTY HOUSE IS PRETTY! I really liked the garden and the doors. Also, LOL at random oriental shizzenbum.
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on July 24th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
It wasn't so much that I didn't like it -- because it was fun -- as that... they made such a big deal out of it and cut out so much stuff that I liked better in order to make room for it, you know? I didn't like their priorities, especially since it was fairly clear that they were mostly just mining it for the humor potential at the expense of Lavender's "character." XD

IKR THO. omg, they're just so much more fun to watch! :D In the beginning, it was like, "I am Harry Potter! I am saying lines! Look, it's Hogwarts!", and now they're keeping up with the teachers, which is amazing. :D

I have a Thing for doors, wth? XD And there is always random oriental shizzenbum. XD
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Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on July 25th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
YES. XD That first scene, I was honestly sitting there going, "How many people are going to start writing Snape/Bellatrix fic now?" XDDD Oh, fandom, corrupting Hollywood one day at a time... XD

They weren't even TRYING, omg. XDDD

Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel -- and... I mean, nobody is like the way they played Lavender, which is a little sad. She wasn't sympathetic at all, and I think giving her a little humanity might have been poignant. XD

Not at all! 8D They were my favorites too, plus the ballroom. :3 ♥