April 27, 2011

What I'm Planning to See at the TCM Film Fest

This is always subject to change, because I'm just one of those wild and crazy spontaneous kinda gals and who the heck knows what I'll feel like doing once I get there, but here's what I'm hoping to see at the Festival as of today, Wednesday, April 27th:

6:30 PM -- AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (red carpet walkin', yo!)
10:15 PM -- THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN (As a newly-made disciple of Sternberg, how could I not?)

10:00 AM -- THE CONSTANT NYMPH (How can I go against The Siren?)
1:00 PM -- ROYAL WEDDING (Astaire. On a ceiling. Dancing. 'Nuff said.)
4:00 PM -- BRITISH AGENT (Leslie Howard takes on the Bolsheviks)
6:15 PM -- DESIGN FOR LIVING (I've never seen this essential classic, so what better way to see it than on the big screen?)
9:15 PM -- DODSWORTH (Again, this is One of the Greats, and I've never seen it. My plan for this festival is to have as many "first time" viewings as possible.)
12:00 AM -- THE TINGLER (How could I resist?)

12:30 PM -- HOOP-LA (MOMA restoration of Clara Bow's last film)
3:45 PM -- WENT THE DAY WELL? (It was a tough call: Do I go to the rarely-seen movie I've never heard of before OR do I see one of my all-time favorites in a new 70th anniversary restoration? While I'm not normally one to pass up the opportunity to see CITIZEN KANE on the big screen, I don't think I can miss the chance to see a rarity like WENT THE DAY WELL?)
7:00 PM -- THE CAMERAMAN (with Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra!)
9:30 PM -- GASLIGHT (Angela Lansbury will be there. Can't. Wait.)

7:30 AM -- Mass! (The most important event of the festival)
9:15 AM -- THE SID SAGA (I honestly have no idea what this will be like, but it sounds too crazy to miss!)
3:45 PM -- A TRIBUTE TO THE NICHOLAS BROTHERS (Between Fred Astaire in ROYAL WEDDING and this Nicholas Brothers tribute, I'll be in movie dancing heaven)
5:45 PM -- LAUGH O'GRAMS (I'll probably leave the Nicholas Brothers tribute early to get a good seat for these cartoon shorts. Widely known fact: I wanted to be a Disney cartoonist when I was seven years old.)
7:15 PM -- FANTASIA (One of my movie obsessions.)

Behold, the Pizza Pillow!

Made in 1994 and still going strong.

April 26, 2011

It's almost here...

The Greatest Four Days of My Life are almost here. On Thursday, I'm off to Hollywood for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.

If you want to know just how much TCM and this festival means to me, go read my tribute to TCM at Libertas and then (God help me) follow me on Twitter if you want to get up-to-the-minute updates on what I'm doing at the festival.

I'll also be covering the festival for Libertas, so keep checking back there for my articles and reviews.

April 14, 2011

Just FYI

There are some thoughts you’re not supposed to admit in the vast cyber-reaches of Internet foo-foo movie-critics-land – stuff like, “Hey, I’m kinda jazzed about seeing SCREAM 4!” maybe because the first SCREAM movie was my first real horror movie theater experience when I was a high school freshman and I freaked out, almost vaporizing into a puff of utter frozen terror when Drew Barrymore was being chased by Ghost Face, and I was screaming, “I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to be here,” until my best friend had to hold my hand and calm me down and then we watched the rest of the movie and I loved it, so if I want to relive a little teenage nostalgia I’m allowed to – because, of course if you type such words, if you reveal such ill-formed taste as to actually like that movie, or that director, or that star, or that franchise, you’re revealing yourself as nothing more than a philistine troglodyte mouth-breather idiotface who should just go back to watching American Idol and stop writing about movies, and look, I’m not saying good taste isn’t important or that we shouldn’t have standards in art, but whatever a movie is – art or trash – it can sometimes work a strange, glorious magic in the individual who watches it, even when, objectively speaking, it ain’t very good.

Which is to say, I’m going to see SCREAM 4 this weekend.