02 June 2014

TCMFF Day Two: We're Kim Novak's Family?

I know it's been almost two months since this thing but I've been late for things since I was born...five days after my due date. There also aren't a whole lot of photos from this day, but my outfit was pretty kickin'. ;)

Mentally preparing for Kim Novak with Casey and Millie.

First up for the day was the original Japanese print of Godzilla. Like Invasion of the Body Snatchers the day earlier, I was not expecting to like it for some reason, but it really sucked me in and I ended up really enjoying it. There was a discussion with the director of the new Godzilla, Gareth Edwards in the beginning and it gave a good insight into who Godzilla is. My dad is a huge Godzilla fanboy and he didn't even realize the original DIDN'T star Raymond Burr as the weird white guy randomly thrown into scenes to make it "American." The president of Rialto pictures had a presentation explaining exactly that at the end of the film and it gave everyone a good chuckle.

Next, I went stag to The Goodbye Girl with a discussion with Richard Dreyfuss and Ben Mankiewicz. There was a really nice compilation of Dreyfuss' work before he was introduced and got everyone pumped for his arrival, and...he was exactly how I imagined him to be. Ben asked something along the lines of "Did you expect to win the Oscar for this role?" and without missing a beat he replied "Yes." Okay, Richard. I LOVED this movie (even though the print was a little dirty and pink-hued?) and I think its one of his best performances. I like Neil Simon plays in the first place, so naturally I liked this one too. Here's a video of the discussion.

THEN. Casey, Millie and I had a spiritual experience at the screening for Bell, Book and Candle with an introduction discussion by Robert Osborne and Kim Novak. Everyone in the Egyptian was a flutter with excitement waiting for her majesty to take the stage. I'm sure you've heard by now if you kept up with the festival at all, but she chose to speak about how she felt bullied after her appearance at this year's Academy Awards, and gave a rousing speech about standing up to said bullies which was met with many "Go Kim!" 's. Then she said, "I was nervous about appearing at the Awards, but I'm not nervous around you guys, because you're like my family."

WAIT. STOP. WE'RE KIM NOVAK'S FAMILY.

OMG.

This also seems to be a good time to mention that the theme of this year's festival was Family: The Ties That Bind. So obviously we all fist pumped for her, because us classic film fans, we got each other's back. On a really mushy note, I have never felt so many friendly vibes with a group of strangers. The camaraderie between all fest-goers was contagious, and I felt so at home with these people. Here's Robert interviewing Kim Novak.

After recovering from that movie, the three of us headed to the El Capitan for The Women. I had previously seen it years prior, but I knew right away that watching it with an audience of fellow classic film fans was probably going to be totally hilarious and it WAS, save for the snoring man behind us (Really. He was snoring behind me at The Goodbye Girl too. Why are you here if you're gonna sleep the whole time, bro?) I forgot how absolutely bitchy and biting the humor in this movie is. It is SO GOOD. Anna Kendrick introduced it with Ben Mankiewicz, and she was as charming as I thought she would be.

Millie left toward the end so she could hustle to the midnight screening of Freaks, and Casey and I ran into Raquelle and Carlos outside the theater and chatted with them for a while before heading back home to the Holiday Inn.

(via Quelle's twitter)

19 May 2014

toronto and essiebutton

Yesterday my brother and I headed up to Toronto for the day so I could go to Estée's meetup! I have watched her videos religiously for almost two years and I count her as one of my favorite Youtubers. We arrived around noon and killed time "shopping" in the Eaton Centre. I say "shopping" because as a currently unemployed 21 year old American lady, Canadian prices are a smidge (read: a lot) too high. Sidenote - customs was confused after I told them we had been 'shopping in Toronto for the day' but didn't buy anything. Of course I wish I could have bought all of Zara and Aritzia. Canadians always look so put together and I think it's because the clothing quality is so much nicer in every single store.

We ate lunch and headed up to Dundas Square for the meetup at 2:30, where approximately a billion people were waiting to see her. I quickly realized this wasn't about to be no thang, if you know what I mean. It was a THANG. People everywhere! 

Security had other plans, so we ended up in quite a few places, but once it was my turn to meet her it was SO worth it. Estée is super laid back, friendly and ridiculously good looking. Her skin looks like its kissed by an angel every morning.

Meanwhile, it had rained on me so I ended up with that super-chic soggy bun on my head.

Her main schtick is beauty videos, but if that's not your thing then please check out her vlog channel.

I'll be back later this week with the rest of my TCMFF posts! Stay tuned. :)

02 May 2014

TCMFF Day One: See Every Movie Ever

Technically the festival began the day before, but since our passes didn't cover any screenings or events that day (except the red carpet stalking), the fest started for us on Friday. Millie and I were screening partners in action on this day, and together we saw five movies total. Obviously the other girls went to some of them, but the two of us were sitting next to each other alllll day.

So many things are going on in this photo.

The day started bright and early with a screening of The Thin Man at 9:00 in the Egyptian Theatre. This was my first time seeing it - shock, horror! - it was the first screening of the festival for us, it's one of Nicole's favorite movies...there was a lot going on. When the lights went down and the TCM montage played, I gotta admit I had a moment. Just the fact that I was THERE for REAL watching this movie with a theater full of fellow fans got me a little verklempt. Anyway. The Thin Man was hilarious and I totally understand why Nick and Nora are classic film favorites.

Next, Millie and I ran over to Touch of Evil at noon in the big Chinese theater. After having another moment of internal screaming about being in THAT Chinese theater, I manically took some photos and chilled out (not really). The movie was introduced by Fraser Heston, son of Charlton, and I lost it every time he referred to him as "dad." Adorable. Something tells me that Millie's coverage of this movie is going to be more spot on than mine, but...this movie was bananas. White dudes playing Mexicans! Janet Leigh! Completely unrecognizable Orson Welles! For real though, after this screening and I had to ask her if that character was Orson Welles. I am an embarrassment. In any case, I really liked this movie and it was one of my favorites from the festival. Here's Fraser Heston's introduction.

Now this is where it gets weird - I flew by the seat of my pants screening-wise, and though I had a list of movies I definitely wanted to see, I found myself going to movies I hadn't even thought about seeing. Exhibit A is Invasion of the Body Snatchers at 3:15 back in the Egyptian. Director Joe Dante introduced this one and mentioned that it was a 35mm SuperScope print belonging to Martin Scorsese (what?) and that it was one of the rare prints that showed the film in its' original state before it got hacked to death by pan and scan. This movie was nuts but we all loved it.

Me, Millie and Casey before Double Indemnity.

Double Indemnity was next at 6:00 in the big Chinese again. I was really excited for this one because I had never seen it but it was also a worldwide premiere restoration. So cool! There wasn't an official introducer on the schedule, so when Robert Osborne walked out I audibly gasped and probably fanned myself in that annoying fangirl way, but when the king of my life just SAUNTERS onstage you are warranted one freakout. Anyway, Barbara Stanwyck is actually the coolest person ever and I know there are heated debates on the wig, but hey. It really added to the character and just made her more tacky. This was for sure one of my favorites at the fest, and now it's one of my favorites in life too.

We took a breather from movie watching so I could do my homework, which was obnoxious. In the meantime we were preparing for the midnight screening of Eraserhead!

When I found out ERASERHEAD in 35MM was playing at MIDNIGHT introduced by PATTON OSWALT I about died so it was #1 on my list for multiple reasons. David Lynch is my favorite director and Twin Peaks is my favorite show, so naturally I went and took Kate and Millie with me. Patton was hilarious and everything was great until about 45 minutes into it when I remembered how unsettling and actually totally gross this movie is. At a few points I glanced at the other two out of the corner of my eye and they were basically laying on top of each other with their hands over their eyes. This is all after ensuring them they would love it. Oops. In any case it was an experience. Then we had to walk through Hollywood at 2am back to the hotel, which should be a little scary in the first place, but especially after this movie. Here's Patton Oswalt's introduction.
And then a press photo of us listening to Patton made it on the film fest's site. Look, Ma!

TCMFF Day Two coming soon! Stay tuned.

30 April 2014

LA Day Two: Stalking the Red Carpet

We all slept in a bit on Thursday morning, though I still managed to wake up around 7:00 due to jetlag. We didn't have plans until about 12:30, so we took our time chatting and got ready for the day. Around noon we headed to the Chinese Theatre for the TCM Movie Locations Bus Tour. I was super excited for this because it was free with our festival passes *hair flip* and I knew it was going to take us ALL over the city. Our modes of transport all week were our feet, so we were pretty confined to the Hollywood area, so this was basically a free cab ride to some pretty cool spots.

Raquelle's snap of us.

While waiting for the bus we bumped into Raquelle and Laura! Raquelle and I started blogging around the same time five or six years ago and I knew Laura from around the internet. This was my first run-in with other bloggers and it was really nice to meet them finally.

We got on the bus, which had giant open windows and a tv screen at the front. As we would drive past a location, a scene or clip from the movie would play for us to show the location in action. That was a pretty cool idea. They played scenes from mostly newer movies, but with quite a few classic ones thrown in. The bus stopped twice - at the Bradbury Building (the site of Blade Runner, 500 Days of Summer, and The Artist to name a few) and Union Station. Taking a train out of Union Station might actually be the most glamorous thing one could do. It is SO swanky in there.

Nicole, Casey and Kate stomping through Union Station like Charlie's Angels.

The tour took up most of the afternoon, and we were mostly hanging out on Hollywood Blvd afterward when the red carpet for Oklahoma! was beginning and we realized we had PERFECT viewing spots across the street. We would watch the "celebs" as they arrived in their black town cars, before they walked the gauntlet. I won't post the insane amount of super zoomed-in photos I took of these people, but to name a few: Shirley Jones, Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak, Alec Baldwin, Quincy Jones and Maureen O'Hara, who was the only one arriving in a limo because DUH.

This was our viewing situation.
Batman (aka some nerd dressed as Batman) was trying to be awesome and do tricks on a bike rack. I also just noticed you can see one of the many REPENT! signs between our heads. LA is weird.
And then we casually ran into Ben Mankiewicz at the Roosevelt. His super-chic wife took the photo!

So, for a day with not much planned we got a lot done, huh? My recap of Friday's TCMFF activities will go up on Friday!

26 April 2014

LA Day One: The NFs Unite!

The players: Kate, Casey, Nicola, Millie and yours truly.

The gathering of the NFs around our Lord and Savior Hayley Mills in the year of our Moon-Spinners.

After running around like a chicken with it's head cut off for the greater part of the two weeks leading up to me leaving, I was MORE than ready to get out of Ohio. So much so in fact, that I was uncharacteristically not nervous about traveling by myself. The palm tree emoji had been taking up most of my social media posts, so needless to say I had tunnel vision on Los Angeles.

I made it to LA early Wednesday afternoon and some hilarity ensued as I tried to find the other girls. Eventually they found me and as they were all walking toward me it was the weirdest/greatest feeling ever. This is the first time we've met in real life and to see them all at once was TOO MUCH. We squished into an Uber with the world's most silent driver and also the world's most broken air conditioning and headed to our hotel in downtown Hollywood. Real talk: LA traffic ain't no joke.


Once we got into the hotel room, we covered all of our mirror selfie bases and hit the pavement to grab something to eat. The bagel I ate at Chicago Midway earlier in the day was long gone, and I did NOT want to get hangry in front of the NFs, so the Snow White Cafe on Hollywood Blvd was the stuff of dreams (it was cheap and did the job).

After that, Casey headed to a tweet-up where she mingled with some other bloggers, and the rest of us hit up the courtyard at Grauman's Chinese. It's not called that anymore, but for all intents and purposes, IT IS.

I found Natalie Wood's star and had a moment - Nicole had her moment at Myrna's prints.

I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow that night. Though apparently I was roused by a ghost or something because I guess I attempted conversation with the others IN MY SLEEP...real smooth Sarah. Great first impressions.

I should also mention stuff got a little weird when we found chicken and squirrel heads.

I was going to combine day one and two since we didn't really start TCMFFing until Friday, but since I got so long winded here I'll end for now. Stay tuned for day two! :)

02 April 2014

the nonfleshies take LA


Long time no see. It's that time of the semester where everything is due at one time.

So, here's a thing. A week from today, I'll be boarding a plane to Los Angeles for the TCM Classic Film Fest. Not only that, but I'll be meeting up with four of my best friends that I met on the internet five years ago.

When I tell people I have friends from the internet I usually get a side-eye or a "are you sure they're not creepy old men?" remark. Which is fine. There are totally creepy men on the internet. Just not here.

We found each other because we blogged about classic movies (I did here on my old blog) and we were all under the age of 50+, which seemed to be the age that dominated classic film discussion online. We quickly became friends with way too many inside jokes. We call ourselves the Non-Fleshies because we are not "flesh" friends. Although I guess soon we WILL be Fleshies!

I've already met Kate and have been itching for the day when all of us (Kate, Casey, Nicole, and Millie) can tromp around someplace with perpetual warm weather. And it's happening! Plans have been made, outfits have been picked out, festival passes have been delivered...I'm so excited that I feel like a dog when their owner comes home from work.

I'll be blogging - perhaps vlogging? - my time there and will certainly be taking a bunch of photos. Now that's I've stayed pretty restrained throughout this post, I'll end it with this.

AHHHHHH!!!!!! *flails*

03 March 2014

warm weather wishes


I'm sure everyone's as sick of whining about the weather and they are sick ABOUT the weather, but hey. We gotta stick out this stupid winter together. I cobbled together some items I would love to be sporting in the coming months. Who wouldn't want to carry a Beyoncé inspired tote? The only thing that would make this better is a basket on the bike with a little puppy in it.

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