Friday, April 18, 2014

TCM Classic Film Festival 2014 aka the best experience I've ever had!

Hello Hello Hello!!!

I have so many things I wanna tell you about my experience at the festival but I'll just tell you guys the basics. First off I got to meet my best friends aka the Non-Fleshies - Kate(
I met her twice previously), Casey, Millie, and Sarah. They are the coolest, funniest, sweetest people I ever meet. I'm incredibly shy but they made me so comfortable and at ease.

The pass that I had limited movies that I was able to go to, so I ended up missing out on seeing some movies but everything worked out just the way it was supposed to be.

The first movie that I saw was one of my absolute favorite movies, "The Thin Man". I went with Millie, Casey, and Sarah to go see it and what an experience! As fun as it is to see "The Thin Man" on my tv, it was such a better experience seeing it on the big screen with my best friends.

After seeing "The Thin Man", all of us went and saw the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". I'd never seen any of the versions so it was a definite treat to be able to see the original. It was so good and eerily fun to watch!

The last film that I saw on Friday was "The World of Henry Orient" with Casey and Kate. Merrie Spaeth and Paula Prentiss were there to talk about the experience working on the film. It really was so fascinating to hear what it was like to work on the film and what it was like to work with Peter Sellers. I had heard previously from various websites about Peter's attitude offset but what those two ladies said was nothing but good things. He definitely seemed like a character. I also never saw the film and I gotta say it was kooky and fun! I'm glad I saw it!

On Saturday we all went and saw the original 1954 classic "Godzilla" and let me tell you what an experience!!! It was so exhilarating and fun to see the original. I embarrassingly have seen 1998 version with Matthew Broderick but the original was sooooooo much better. Honestly if you haven't seen the original Japanese version, you need to get on that! You won't regret it at all!

Originally Kate and I were going to go see "The Stranger's Return" because we are both huge fans of Franchot Tone and Miriam Hopkins but they ended up only letting so many people in, so we went and saw "A Hard Day's Night" and I'm sooooo glad we did. I had seen the film before but it was Kate's first time seeing it. We also wanted to see because it was being introduced by Alec Baldwin. Kate and I are hugggggge fans of his show "30 Rock", so we were both ecstatic when he came out to introduce it. I had literally such a ball watching that movie on the big screen. It was so much fun and plus Kate really enjoyed it as well.

The last film of the day for me was "Freaks" and I saw that with Millie and Kate. We saw it at midnight  and it was sooo perfect!! If you ever get the chance to see that movie on the big screen you've got to see it. What a thrilling film!

Sunday I only saw two films and they were "Sunday in New York" and "Lady from Shanghai" and both films were fun to watch. "Sunday in New York" was my favorite film that I saw at the festival and it also happens to be Kate's absolute favorite film. Robert Osborne introduced the film which made the experience even more memorable.
That movie is so cute and fun and just so darn perfect, that after we watched it I wanted to watch it again. It was soooo marvelous!

"Lady from Shanghai" was probably the quirkiest, oddest film that I saw at the festival but I still had a blast watching it with my best friends. My favorite line from the film is loooooooooooveeerrrr! Hahaha it's so funny when Everett Sloane repeatedly says it throughout the film.

I also want to say it was wonderful meeting so many other bloggers such as Laura, Raquelle, K.C., Marya, and Trevor. Sorry I didn't really say anything but I was a little overwhelmed by the excitment of everything and two I'm incredibly shy but it was still fantastic to meet so many people that are also fans of old films. I also got to get a picture with Ben Mankiewicz and it was so amazing to meet him. He and his wife are so incredibly nice and I'm such a fan of his. I really love watching him introduce films on TCM.

So there you have it! I will be posting a part two to this but it'll be centered on the activities I did outside of the festival. So stay tuned!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Rest in Peace Marc Platt

~ December 2nd 1913 - March 29th 2014 ~ 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

VERY DELAYED Book Reviews!! Whoooooops!

I've been meaning to review a couple of books for some time now and I've just been putting it on the back burner for so long but now I'm ready to tell you all about it. I'm just going to give a shortened version of what the books were about and what I thought about it. I really hate reading reviews on books or movies that are so long that before you know you lose interest in it, so that's why I've decided a shortened version is best. 

A looooooooong while ago I was given the chance to read and review a book titled Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years written by Tony Consiglio and Franz Douskey. Tony Consiglio was one of Sinatra's boyhood friends and later on became his chauffeur, his butler, and basically he did everything for Sinatra. It was definitely interesting to hear about Frank from someone who knew seemed to know him the best but I found that repetitive storytelling was a little tiring. I understand that you want the reader to get an insider's look into Frank's life but sometimes telling the story once is good enough. I just loved hearing about how Sinatra continued to support his first wife even after they divorced. Even before Ava passed away, he was always there for her. He would always send flowers to her and call her up. It was very sweet!  There were a lot of interesting anecdotes I didn't know and I found it fascinating to read about.  I like that you are able to see both sides of Frank's personality. You don't hear just the good things he did but also the crummy things as well. He was by no means a perfect man but most definitely an interesting one. Even after reading it I still love and admire Frank Sinatra. I know he wasn't a god of some sort but he was a human being just like all of us are. We all make mistakes. 

Rating: 6/10

The other book that I was given was titled Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox written by Lois Banner. The book is about Marilyn's life. Hundreds of books have been written about Marilyn's life and this was just awful. I just felt that the writer put every single rumor that she heard about Monroe and put it into the book. Within the first few chapters, Banner wrote about a supposed love affair that Monroe had with both Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. I felt like she was looking for the most scandalous rumors about her and throwing them in. I just couldn't finish it because of how badly it all was. It felt unresearched and based on opinions of others. I wanted more evidence that these things happened instead of hearing silly gossip. It was definitely disappointing to read. 

Rating: 2/10

I will be posting a litttttle bit more on here. I will be going to the TCM Film Festival in April so for that week I won't be posting. Ta-ta for now! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rest in Peace Joan Fontaine

I can't put into words how deeply upset I am over hearing of Joan Fontaine's passing. She is one of my favorite actresses and I'm so heartbroken over hearing of her passing. I hope she is at peace and she will always be remembered and never forgotten! Rest in Peace Joan Fontaine!

October 22nd 1917 - December 15th 2013

Rest in Peace Myrna and Peter

I was intending to post this yesterday but I didn't have the opportunity so I'm posting it a day later. 20 years ago on December 14th 1993 we lost Myrna Loy. She was 88 years old and even though it's been 20 years since she's passed away, she is still incredibly missed. She will live on in her films. Forever Remembered.... Never forgotten! Rest in Peace Myrna Loy

August 2nd 1905 - December 14th 1993

Also word just came out today, that yesterday another legend passed away. We lost the extremely talented, charming, and thoroughly entertaining Mr. Peter O' Toole. He was 81 years old. Again, He will be
remembered forever and never forgotten! Rest in Peace Peter O' Toole

August 2nd 1932 - December 14th 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December Recommendations

It's that time again where families gather around the Christmas tree to unwrap presents and spend quality time together. It's honestly my favorite time of the year and I just love everything about Christmas. So I thought it would be fun to show you guys my holiday recommendations. Enjoy!

Movie Recommendations: It's A Wonderful Life(1946)

James Stewart plays George Bailey who feels unaccomplished with his home life and work life, that he contemplates killing himself until an angel shows him the positive things in his life. 

It is such an excellent movie and if you ever feel down about yourself, just watch this movie. It will seriously change your life. 

* Make sure you keep tissues handy especially towards the end of the movie!

 Meet Me in St. Louis(1944) 

The Smith family is living in happy bliss until business calls to move them out of St. Louis. 

Meet Me in St. Louis is a movie that I will never miss watching around Christmastime. It is such a endearing and sweet film and Judy Garland is seriously at her best! 

Judy singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is by far my favorite Christmas song of all time! 

Honorable Mentions:

Miracle on 34th Street(1947)
The Bishop's Wife(1947)
Christmas in Connecticut(1945)
Remember the Night(1940)
The Shop Around the Corner(1940)
In the Good Old Summertime(1949)
A Christmas Carol(1951)

Song Recommendations: 

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch 

Wonderful Christmas Time 

Baby It's Cold Outside

Christmas Special Recommendations:

A Charlie Brown Christmas(1965) aka the MOST PERFECT THING EVER!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas(1966)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(1964)

Frosty the Snowman(1969)

Honorable Mentions:
Mickey's Christmas Carol(1983)
Jack Frost(1979)
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town(1970)
The Year without Santa Claus(1974)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas(1974)
Frosty Returns(1992)

I will be back to post more this month but if I don't post before Christmas happens, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!! :)