Wednesday, April 19, 2017

TCMFF Recap, Day 3: A New Favorite, A Sleeper, and Sister Ruth

I began Day 3 of TCMFF with much more energy, simply because I had gotten more sleep. I was especially excited for my first film of Day 3, THE COURT JESTER, because I would be watching it in the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre. I have been in the courtyard of Grauman's many times, as I go to Hollywood nearly every time I am in L.A. to visit my uncle and cousin. Somehow, though, I had never found the time to go into the theatre itself. Stephen and I met up with Patrick and made our way inside.

See? This is from January. Jack Benny is second only to Lucille Ball in my book.

Some blogger with better descriptive skills than I will have to tell you exactly what it looks like inside Grauman's, but suffice to say, it is gorgeous. I've included a photo that I found online, but I don't think it will do the place justice.

Nope. Doesn't do it justice.


Stylin' Fred Willard and Illeana Douglas introduce THE COURT JESTER.

THE COURT JESTER was a random TCMFF pick for me, and I hadn't seen it before. I am not the biggest Danny Kaye fan (I'm still disappointed that Donald O'Connor couldn't make WHITE CHRISTMAS), and he is the main star. However, Angela Lansbury is also in this film, and I love her. Fred Willard and Illeana Douglas introduced this newly restored film; by the time Fred got done raving about it, I was eager to watch it. The whole movie is silly, in a good way, and funny; I particularly enjoyed the scene towards the end where Hawkins (Danny Kaye) is knighted with lightning-fast speed. I also liked the scene in which he quickly switches back and forth from brave to cowardly at a snap of the fingers (including his own), thanks to a spell put on him by a witch, Griselda (Mildred Natwick). The "Get it? Got it? Good!" bit is hilarious, too. Basil Rathbone and Glynis Johns co-star in this film, and they and Angela Lansbury turn out some great performances. I think the fact that I had someone sitting behind me who was clearly a Danny Kaye fan added to my enjoyment of the film; he was laughing (and coughing) raucously every thirty seconds or so. His laughter was contagious; I was giggling just as much at him as I was at the film. You just can't get these experiences watching these movies at home.

I have heard people mention something like this happening to them at TCMFF: they see a film that they either know nothing about or for which they have low expectations, and it ends up being one of their favorite experiences of the festival. That is precisely what happened to me with this film. Patrick mentioned the other day that he's thought about THE COURT JESTER every day since TCMFF; I've had a hankering to see it again, myself.


After THE COURT JESTER, Stephen and I headed to Chinese Multiplex House #6 for THE GREAT DICTATOR. I'd heard that trying to find the Multiplex theatres was going to make me feel like Stanley searching for Dr. Livingstone, but it was a cinch. We got there in such good time that we got to take a selfie before the film.


THE GREAT DICTATOR was also on the list of "films I haven't seen." We settled in for the film and were told that we'd be watching a Three Stooges short, YOU NAZTY SPY, before the main attraction. I'm not a big Three Stooges fan, so to me, this just added twenty minutes to the screening.

This film stars Charlie Chaplin and his soon-to-be-estranged-wife at the time, Paulette Goddard. Chaplin plays two roles, that of The Barber, and that of a dictator named Hynkel (a take on Hitler). The Barber saves the life of a pilot, Schultz (Reginald Gardiner), during World War I. Schultz and The Barber meet again twenty years later when Schultz and his soldiers are in command over the ghetto in which The Barber lives. Hannah (Paulette Goddard) is The Barber's feisty neighbor who resents the presence of the storm troopers (I know). Schultz objects to how the Jews are being treated and is thrown into a concentration camp. He escapes, but he and The Barber are soon captured and taken to another concentration camp. They escape by dressing as soldiers. The Barber bears a striking resemblance to Hynkel, is mistaken for him, and must make a speech, else they be discovered. The speech at the end is an iconic scene, but this film didn't grab me, although it had both funny and touching moments. I don't know if I was just tired or what, but I fell asleep for a few minutes somewhere in the middle of it.


I had THE UNDERWORLD STORY slated for the next time slot, but it had aired on TCM a couple of weeks before TCMFF, and I had watched it then. None of the other films in this time slot were calling my name, so I decided that this would be a good opportunity to check out Amoeba Music, which I like to do whenever I'm in Hollywood. Patrick had wanted to check out Amoeba too (we're both big vinyl fans), and none of the films really interested him, either, so off we went. We each got a pretty good haul, mine mostly thanks to Patrick, who had better luck than I did at finding LPs that I'd like.

We took a selfie in front of the Jazz section because of course.


Stephen and I went back to the Egyptian and met up with Julia for THEODORA GOES WILD, starring Irene Dunne (in her first comedic role) as Theodora Lynn, a small-town, proper young lady who plays the organ for her church and teaches Sunday School--and who is secretly the author of what the entire town considers to be a scandalous book. Illeanna Douglas introduced the film; her grandfather, Melvyn Douglas, stars as Theodora's love interest, Michael. Thomas Mitchell and Spring Byington are among the fantastic supporting cast. Douglas and Dunne have nice chemistry together, and the lengths to which Theodora will go to live happily ever after with Michael get more outrageous as the film progresses. This film was fun to see in a theatre full of people.


After the rollicking fun that was THEODORA GOES WILD, it was time to settle down to the creepy goodness that is BLACK NARCISSUS. This Technicolor film was being shown on nitrate, and it was beautiful. I had seen bits and pieces of this film before, but had never watched the whole thing; I didn't know what I was in for.

Patrick, me, Julia, Diana, and Kaci. We're smiling because this was before we saw BLACK NARCISSUS. (Kidding.)
Deborah Kerr stars as Sister Clodagh, a nun chosen to lead a new school and hospital in the Himalayas. She and a group of other nuns have to endure the harshness and unfamiliarity of their new environment; adding to the difficulties is the irreverent Mr. Dean (David Farrar), who manages to look good for the ladies while working on various projects around the convent. He finds himself attracted to Sister Clodagh, and she is drawn to him as well. Sister Ruth--who is more and more unstable as the film goes on--is attracted to Dean, herself; he rejects her. She perceives that Sister Clodagh is the reason for his rejection, and seeks revenge. Sister Ruth kind of steals the movie for me, and there is a lot going on in this movie (a young, gorgeous Jean Simmons even shows up as Kanchi). But Sister Ruth's eyes, and that creepy smile--I'm not even watching the film right now, and I'm getting chills. It's an intense performance by Kathleen Byron. It was a stunning film with which to close out the day.

After watching an intriguing film like that, there really isn't anything more to do with your night than to pray you don't have nightmares about Sister Ruth later and head to Popeye's to get some food on the way back to your room--which is exactly what Patrick, Stephen, and I did. (Well, they probably didn't pray about the Sister Ruth nightmare thing.) We didn't sit around talking as long as we did the other night, but, hey, it was the end of Day 3, and we were tired.

We still had the final day of TCMFF to go, though, and it was going to be a good one!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

TCMFF Recap, Day 2: Friends. Films. Buttons!

Friday, April 7 was the first full day of TCMFF, and despite getting only two hours' sleep, I was rarin' to go. I'm not a morning person by any means, but if you give me enough motivation, I'll be ready almost as early as anybody else. A full day of seeing friends and films was motivation enough, so I was out the door in good time for my first film of the day, which was being shown bright and early (for me) at 9 a.m.


As of the night before, Julia and Patrick were unsure of whether they'd be joining me and Stephen to see this one, but they both ended up deciding to check it out, so our little group was all together again. We got our tickets, then sat around waiting to go inside. While we were chatting, a woman walked up with a bag full of buttons and a paper full of trivia questions about Canadian actors/actresses/etc. Miraculously (ahem), each of us got our question right, and therefore we each received a button. (I picked the full-size Norma Shearer button. They had mini Norma Shearer buttons too, but if I get a choice of button size, it's go big or go home.)

Stephen, Julia, me, Patrick, and Joel, making Canada proud.
(PC: @925screenings)

RAFTER ROMANCE was being screened at the Egyptian, which is where I practically lived during TCMFF. In fact, every film I'd see the first two days of TCMFF would be shown at the Egyptian. Since it was newly renovated, they were adamant about no outside food or drink being brought inside. They were so concerned about it that the line staff even told me "no outside food or drink" when I had nothing in my hands. (Okay, I'm exaggerating.) The Egyptian boasts new seats as part of the renovation. They are apparently more comfortable than the old seats, but as I haven't attended any previous TCMFFs, I can't make a comparison. They were comfortable enough, but not as comfortable to me as Grauman's Chinese Theatre's, a fact I would discover later. Grauman's seats leaned back, and it also had a lot more legroom–something that is really important to me, as I am 5'10" and all leg.

Anyhow, on to the film, which was a new one for me. I'm a fan of pre-Codes, so this was a fun one to see. It stars Ginger Rogers (whom I adore) and Norman Foster as Mary and Jack. They share an apartment, thanks to their landlord (George Sidney); he's fixed it to where each one gets to stay there while the other is at work. It's not as smooth an arrangement as it is supposed to be, and the results are pretty much what you'd expect in a lighthearted romantic comedy. It's a fairly rarely-seen film, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to see it on the big screen.

So. Adorable.


I got right back in line at the Egyptian with Stephen and Patrick for this one. Side story: Julia and I had been talking on Thursday about who we had met so far at TCMFF, and who we still wanted to meet. She said in passing, "Oh, I met the pre-Code guy yesterday (AKA Danny of He's cool, you should meet him." Well, I happened to see him in line for ONE HOUR WITH YOU, so I walked up and introduced myself. Danny was as nice as nice could be, and to top it off, he gave me a button. Anyone who gives me a button is a winner in my book. (The pic on the button came from a scene in this very film. I'll share a photo of all the buttons I got in my final TCMFF post.) I also met Kristen, who is pretty darn cool, and they and Patrick and I all talked for a bit while waiting to get into the theatre.

Danny, Kristen, me, and Patrick.
(PC: Danny)

ONE HOUR WITH YOU was another pre-Code I had never seen, starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald as married couple Andre and Colette. Genevieve Tobin plays Colette's best friend Mitzi, who schemes to have Andre for herself. Ernst Lubitsch directed this film, which is the main reason I decided to see it (but also because it is pre-Code). This one was howlingly funny, and one of the highlights of TCMFF for me. This film had many hilarious moments, not the least of which was Maurice Chevalier's rendition of "Oh, That Mitzi!" I can't adequately describe how funny his expression is every time he sings the "oh" in "Oh, That Mitzi!" It's something you've just gotta see for yourself. This film was announced as one of the TBA films on the last day of TCMFF, and I was tempted to see it again, but circumstances caused me to miss seeing a film in that time slot entirely (more on that in a later post).


I'm not the biggest Marx Bros. fan, but Dick Cavett was introducing this film, and I'd be darned if I was going to miss Dick Cavett, since I wouldn't be able to make it to his conversation and book signing on Sunday. As my friend Jake says, he's quite the raconteur, and the last of a breed. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him talk, and wouldn't have minded if they had just completely skipped the film to let him keep talking. That being said, it was a fun film; I especially enjoyed Harpo, and loved when he and Chico played the harp and piano, respectively, during the film. One of the nice things about this screening was the fact that I unexpectedly ran into my friend Meredith; I hadn't been able to find her up to that point. She was sitting outside the Egyptian as I walked up. I looked at her and said, "Meredith?" and she said, "Priscilla?" and then we got really excited about finally meeting each other in person and hugs ensued and it kind of reminded me of how Dorothy and Tommy Lunt act in this scene from THE GOLDEN GIRLS (start at 1:15): 


I also got to meet her friends Jeremy and Amelia, who were sitting there with her. It was great to meet everyone, and we all sat together for MONKEY BUSINESS. Amelia is a huge Zeppo fan, and listening to her and Meredith's comments throughout the film was a highlight for me.

Outside after MONKEY BUSINESS:
Jeremy, Amelia, Meredith, and me.

I wrapped up the day by seeing SO THIS IS PARIS (1926), another Lubitsch-directed film which I may discuss at length in a later post, and RED-HEADED WOMAN (1932), which I have seen before. It's a pre-Code starring one of my favorites, Jean Harlow. I was supposed to end my Friday with the nitrate screening of LAURA (1944), but by that point, I was just too tired, and headed back to the room early to catch up on sleep.

That's a wrap on Day 2...whew! Day 3 recap coming soon! 'Til next time...

Friday, April 14, 2017

TCMFF Recap, Day 1, Part 2: The Films

I have a new laptop, people! My incredibly generous husband saw me hunched over my iPad typing like mad and decided that instead of paying for back surgery later on, he'd go ahead and splurge on a laptop now so I can type out my posts with a bit more ease (and a bit less neck pain). I also figured out how to add pictures to my posts, so I consider myself a success story.

On to the main topic of my post.

I live in a small town, but thankfully, one of my local movie theatres shows the TCM Big Screen Classics series every year. I am grateful that I have been able to see such films as SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, GONE WITH THE WIND, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, and THE WIZARD OF OZ on the big screen. However, attendance at these films is usually pretty sparse, at least where I live, and it would appear that very few people are left in this world who have a love for classic films. Imagine my delight when I discovered the TCMParty group on Twitter. These people loved classic movies, just like me, and what's more, they were some of the funniest, wittiest people I'd ever encountered. I only wished we all lived in the same city, so we could watch these films together in person, instead of live-tweeting from a hundred different locations. And then along came TCMFF. Let me tell you, the experience of watching classic movies with hundreds of other classic film fans is an experience I won't soon forget.

I wrapped up my post last time without talking about any films, so this post will be about the two films I saw Thursday night, the first night of TCMFF. I hadn't seen either of these films before. They showed both of these at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, which is a gorgeous place just up the street from Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (I will always call it Grauman's.) The first film of my first-ever TCMFF was (drumroll please)...


Getting tickets was simple enough, and we saw a few friends standing around waiting to get in line. Julia and I took the opportunity to grab a quick photo with Joel, and I have to say that his Hawaiian shirt stole the spotlight and inspired several very funny tweets.

As Joel said, behold the power of the Hawaiian shirt.

Dana Delany introduced this film. I thought she did a good job when she was a guest host for TCM in December 2016, when Myrna Loy was Star Of The Month, and I enjoyed hearing her introduce LOVE CRAZY. This is yet another William Powell and Myrna Loy vehicle. They made fourteen films together, and this was their tenth. (I really wish I could have said this was their fifth, for obvious THE THIN MAN reasons.) The site Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 100% rating, but I wouldn't go that far. However, while not on par with the first THIN MAN film, it was still funny in its own right, and made even better by the fact that I was sitting next to Julia. She is a really fun person with whom to watch a movie; I guess we have the same sense of humor, because she laughed at everything at which I laughed. I've gotta say, it's a lot better laughing at a screwball comedy with a bunch of other people in the theatre laughing with you than it is laughing at it by yourself in your living room.

Florence Bates does a knock-out job in her role as Myrna Loy's mother, and Jack Carson was absolutely fantastic as bow-and-arrow-man Ward Willoughby. This film had many laugh-out-loud moments, and if you've ever had a yen to see William Powell in drag, then this film's for you. It was a funny, lighthearted film with which to start the film festival, which was good, because the next film I saw was a bit heavier in tone.


Our first TCMFF film under our belt, Stephen, Julia, and I exited the Egyptian Theatre and got right back in line to go back inside for THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.  Patrick joined our little group for this screening. Julia suggested that for this screening, we find seats towards the back of the theatre. We were sitting towards the front of the rear section for LOVE CRAZY, and by the end of that film, our necks were hurting from having to look slightly up instead of straight ahead. It was a good suggestion, and we ended up sitting there most of the time we were in the Egyptian (which was a lot of the time).

Patrick, Julia, me, and Stephen at THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

I was interested to see this film for several reasons. First, they had renovated the projection booth at the Egyptian to be able to screen nitrate films, and this was one of four that they would be showing during the festival. I'm not even a quarter as knowledgeable about film as many others are, so I don't think I could truly, fully appreciate the fact that it was being shown on nitrate, but I was still curious to see what it would look like. Second, this was Peter Lorre's first English-speaking role, and I do like Peter Lorre. Third, this was an early Hitchcock, and I have become more and more interested in his films lately, thanks in part to my coworker, Angel, with whom I go to watch the Classic Series movies in the theatre. She is a major Hitchcock fan.

I was fascinated by that blonde streak in Peter Lorre's hair, I'm not gonna lie.
I had downloaded the TCMFF app onto my phone, and an hour or so prior to showtime, I received a notification telling me that Martin Scorsese was going to introduce the film! It was great to hear him talk with passion about nitrate films and films in general. This film really held my interest, despite the fact that it ended around 11-11:30 p.m. and I was tired from the drive up and from the excitement of meeting everyone and actually being at TCMFF. I cringed at the scene in the dentist's office, and found myself sitting tensely for much of the latter part of the film, as there were quite a few suspenseful moments. This film didn't exactly go along with the official TCMFF 2017 theme of "Comedy in the Movies," but it's one I'm glad I didn't miss. I wish I had taken notes, but I didn't know I'd be writing posts on TCMFF, and hindsight is 20/20. I'll have to rely on my memory, and that's not very promising.

After the film ended, we decided to go back to the room. As it happened, Patrick's hotel was close to where Stephen and I were staying, so we all walked back together. Patrick had brought some records along to give to me, so Stephen and I stopped in to pick them up and shoot the breeze for a bit–which turned out to be longer than a bit! But TCMFF happens only once a year, so of course you're going to spend all the time you can with friends. We got back to our room rather late, and I was so wired from all the excitement of the day that I couldn't fall asleep. Eventually I did fall asleep around 4 a.m., my alarm set for 6:30 a.m. to get ready in plenty of time for the first film on Friday at 9 a.m. I woke up ready to get through my day on nothing but adrenaline and two hours of sleep. My body doesn't handle caffeine well at all, so for the most part, I don't drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverages. I had heard that TCMFF can nearly kill you via exhaustion, and here it was only Friday morning and already it seemed that everything I had heard was indeed true.

I'll be posting some highlights from TCMFF Day 2 soon. 'Til next time...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

TCMFF Recap, Day 1, Part 1: or, "Hey, I'm Lost"

The post title isn't all that exciting, but it's informative, and I'll settle for that.

By the way, I'm hoping to start adding photos to my posts sometime soon, but for now, you get only my words. (Sorry. I'm sure it's easy, but I've been typing these out on my iPad. My laptop has been dead for a very long time, and I can't figure out how to post pics from my iPad. I've worked at a radio station for eight years but I'm the least tech-savvy person in the world, except for possibly those who are Amish, and even then, I still think it'd be a toss-up.)

Thursday, April 6 was the first day of TCMFF, and I'll spare you the incredibly fascinating details of my packing routine. (You're missing out.) Stephen and I left around 9:30 a.m., and it's a three-and-a-half hour trip to L.A. We got there in good time, and traffic wasn't too bad. I've been to Hollywood multiple times, but I was even more excited than I usually am as we got closer to our destination. I was going to my first TCMFF, for crying out loud, not to mention the fact that I'd be meeting a bunch of people in just a couple of hours that I'd been anticipating meeting for some time.

We got to our little studio apartment and got settled, then set out for the TCMParty meetup and the first evening of films. The Roosevelt was about a mile away, but Stephen and I walk a lot and it was a breeze until we reached the Roosevelt, where I promptly felt lost. I don't know if I expected the entire TCMParty crew to be standing in the lobby waiting to see me or what, but I didn't see anyone I recognized from Twitter profile pics, and who were all these strangers wearing TCMFF lanyards? I wanted to see my friends, darn it! I sort of forgot that TCMFF consists of a few more people than just the members of the TCMParty.

Since I had purchased our passes so late, they were held for us at the hotel, so we asked one of the hotel staff where the Academy Room was and he directed us upstairs to get them. We then decided to hang out in the area of the hotel designated as the Social Media Lounge for TCMFF. While there, a young woman standing at one of the tables came over to me and asked, "Don't you post a lot in the Jack Benny group on Facebook?" I told her that I do (I'm one of the admins of the group), and she said, "I thought I recognized you from your profile picture!" I felt somewhat like a small-time celebrity and refrained from offering to give her my autograph. We chatted a bit more and I learned that she was part of one of the trivia teams. I wished her luck, and we headed down to the pool area to meet the TCMParty gang. We approached the same staff guy from earlier to ask for directions to the pool, and he said, "What do you want now?" in a purposely exaggerated, exasperated tone, which made me laugh because I love people who are fun and ridiculous like that. I met a security guard at Union Station in January who was the exact same way, but I digress. Anyway, he pointed the way, and off we went.

Okay, so we were a little eager and a little early. No one was there.

No problem, I thought. We'll just chill by the pool and wait. Another hotel employee informed us that the pool was closed off until that evening's screening, and again I felt somewhat at sea. So Stephen and I wandered back and forth between the pool and the social media lounge; I figured we'd eventually see someone I recognized. Sure enough, in a short amount of time, I saw Andrea. Yay, my first TCMParty friend I got to meet in person! Soon everything got figured out, and most of the rest of the TCMParty group showed up. I recognized almost everybody from their photos, and it was great to finally meet everyone in person. I may or may not have been rather exuberant when introducing myself to everyone. Everyone is just as nice and friendly as they are on Twitter, and hugs were shared all around. Mishpucha! We all stood around chatting for a bit, and then gathered for the 2017 version of the TCMParty TCMFF reunion photo. Some more TCMParty members arrived after the initial photo was taken, so we gathered around again for a second shot. I also received what would be my first of a fair amount of buttons for my lanyard (considering I had zero to start with) from Alan and Joel. Adorned with buttons, and thus feeling properly decked out for the remainder of the festival, I chatted a bit more with people. I met several people who were first-time attendees like myself: Julia, Diana, and Patrick, all of whom I would be hanging out with fairly often throughout this TCMFF.

We were getting hungry, and wanted to eat before the first round of films. Julia and I discovered that we had chosen the same films to watch that evening, so she, Stephen, and I decided to go to Subway for a quick bite to eat before heading to LOVE CRAZY (1941). We walked down Hollywood Boulevard to get there, and it felt just as alive and exciting to me as it always does. We were in Hollywood, at our first TCMFF, with only a short time before catching our first TCMFF film. We had met many friends in person for the first time. It was shaping up to be a marvelous weekend!

I'm going to wrap it up here and post about the films I saw Thursday night in a "Day 1, Part 2" post. Til next time...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

First Post (cue fanfare)

Apparently, many, many years ago (or to be more precise, five), I created this blog. I'm planning on starting over from scratch, so I decided to delete my old posts. You all missed nothing, I can assure you. I read a couple and proceeded to delete the rest without opening them. I don't know why my 25-year-old self thought she was having such a hard life, but my 30-year-old self looked back at the posts and thought my 25-year-old self quite ridiculous. The good news is, 25-year-old me is five years past and no one will ever have to deal with her again, including me (thank God).

I decided to start this up again because many of my friends on Twitter have blogs, and the more that I read *their* posts, the more I wanted to write my own posts, because I do love to write. I don't know if anyone will ever read these posts except me, but I think the point of this, for me, is to return to writing, which is something that I really enjoy doing. Many friends, being fans of Old Hollywood, have blogs dedicated to classic films and related topics, but I honestly have no idea which direction my blog will take. Hence the title, "Rambling In Writing." If you've ever heard me talk in person, then you completely understand why I chose that title.

I think my next post will be about TCM's Classic Film Festival—TCMFF for short, because I'm not going to type that whole thing out ever again. This past weekend at TCMFF was one of the best times I've ever  had in recent months, and it's all thanks to the little Twitter family I've come to know and love—the TCMParty people. I joined the TCMParty group in January 2016, and I wish I'd done it sooner. But all's well that ends well, and the more I interacted with and got to know various people in the group, the more I wanted to meet everyone (or at least a lot of them) in person. TCMFF was the perfect opportunity to do so, and it is held in Hollywood—only three hours away from where I live. Huzzah! So I bought a couple of passes for me and Stephen in February, and we began to look forward to April.

(Is this post turning into a TCMFF post? I think it is.)

TCM released the full TCMFF film schedule in March, and thus began the very difficult process of choosing which films I was going to see. For someone who is already an indecisive soul, this was some sort of hell, albeit a fun hell (figure that one out). I suppose I will write in more detail about which films I watched in a later post (or posts), but I will say for now that I pretty well stuck to my planned schedule, except that I missed LAURA (1944) on Friday night because I only got two hours of sleep Thursday night. No one wants to be around a cranky Priscilla, so I decided to head back to the room early on Friday and catch up on some much-needed sleep. You're all welcome. I also missed my planned viewing of WHAT'S UP, DOC? (1972), because I dropped my phone in line and shattered the screen. I have discovered that I can't eat pizza, hold a soda, and DM someone on Twitter all at the same time. The things you learn at TCMFF are not always film-related.

I had decided to see THE UNDERWORLD STORY (1950) on Saturday afternoon, but decided to forego that in favor of heading down to Amoeba Music with Patrick to check out their records (both of us being big vinyl fans). I like to head to Amoeba whenever I'm in Hollywood, and TCM had just aired THE UNDERWORLD STORY a week or so before TCMFF. I watched it then, and figured I could free up my Saturday afternoon for something else. The something else turned out to be record shopping, which was completely fine with me. The only thing I would have been more okay with was book shopping, as those of you who follow my social media accounts well know.

I can't let this turn into a full-blown TCMFF post, so I'm going to wrap this up. I don't know how often I'll post, or even about which topics I'll post, but my time at TCMFF has at least provided me with a ready topic for the near future. Again, I have to say, it was fantastic meeting everyone and spending time with them watching some great—and at times, some fascinatingly strange—films (LADY IN THE DARK, anyone?). TCMFF was a fun, unique experience, and I'm already planning on attending next year. I had to tell myself that it would be ridiculous to already be counting down for next year, or you can better believe I'd have some sort of countdown set up on my (brand-new) phone.

Til next time...see you around on Twitter!

P.S. I may change this theme/color scheme and everything...bear with me. I just wanted to get this post out there ASAP!