I’ve made note before of how much I love Turner Classic Movies and the #TCMParty fun on Twitter but this year, my love for classic film has gone to a new level. Attending the TCM Big Screen Classics events throughout this year has been an extension of my TCM love and super awesome!
We attended some of the Big Screen Classics last year but lucked out and a friend passed along a link to purchase a year long pass for 2017’s film series. So, for $50 each, Loss and I have access to view 14 films this year on the big screen! Buying a pair of these passes was one of the best ideas I had in December of 2016.
Each film is opened with a short intro from a TCM host and is also punctuated with that same host sharing a few more tidbits about the film. It’s pretty much what you’d see while watching prime time TCM films, but there’s something extra cool about seeing Ben Mankiewicz on the big screen (I’m super stoked to see my girl Tiffany Vazquez show up before the film next month!).
So far this year, we have seen Singin’ in the Rain (aka my favorite movie ever ever ever), An Affair to Remember, All About Eve, North By Northwest, The Graduate, and Smokey and the Bandit. Next week brings Some Like It Hot and thinking of Jack Lemmon’s face on the big screen just makes me excited (drag or not..he’s a classic film crush of mine, I mean, have you seen him in The Apartment? Perfection!).
I know some bigger cities have cinemas where they show these films on the big screen on a regular basis, but here in Chattanooga, we rarely have older films showing on the big screen. Thanks to TCM, this is possible without a two hour drive and I super appreciate it.
And did I mention the perk of having a built in date night every month that’s already payed for? Yes please! Thanks for helping me nerd out and get some special time with the hubs as well!
If you’ve noticed anything about me, I have a thing for classic films, vintage everything and am a sucker for a good story. I saw La La Land with very little prior knowledge except Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were the stars and folks who I really trusted had fallen in love for it.
The film follows Mia and Seb through their meeting and relationship, while working on following their dreams in LA and what that means as time passes and they are in their late 20’s. I totally relate to the dream following vibe and did I mention that it’s (somewhat) a musical?
Emma and Ryan dance, they sing, they are naturals and I have simply just eaten it up. The colors are all gorgeous, pops of primaries in the wardrobe. I want most of the clothes that Emma’s character wears, especially that yellow dress above- and let me just say I predict so many yellow dresses to be in this spring and summer.
I’m also so in love with the music from the film. The opening number of “Another Day of Sun” is one of the catchiest songs around and John Legend’s character, Keith’s, number that makes it into the film is something I wish there was a whole record based around. The dancing is super on point and I was genuinely impressed with how well these actors did their numbers.
There’s so much that I love about this film, as you can tell. I’ve seen it twice in one weekend and am hopeful to revisit it again this weekend, too. I’ve barely seen any movies in the past few years, so that might show how much I enjoyed this film.
When I married Losson, I knew I was getting into a life with a movie nut. One of his fave directors/creators around just happened to be Kevin Smith, some guy who made dumb fart movies, or atleast so I thought up until a few years ago.
I hadn’t seen but one of Kevin’s films until Losson started telling me the greatness of the films & I decided to give them a shot. They talked about conventions & comic books & really nerdy stuff I didn’t know about. I liked the films pretty well that I saw…”Clerks” made me giggle, “Chasing Amy” made me cry, I was okay with Kevin & his crew’s work.
When we finally went to my first convention last Halloween, Loss & I attended a late night panel run by a fantastic cosplayer who has a passion for Kevin & his work. This fantastic gentleman and his friend led what felt like a therapy session. They covered the general meaning & themes behind the Kevin Smith films & it was just great. Looking at the plot of the films (plus having watched a few this past weekend), there’s the broad themes of letting the past be the past in relationships, living your passions & appreciate what you have- let the girl bring you lasagna (as is the bottom line in “Clerks”).
So, in the end, Kevin Smith might make films with some dirty jokes that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but in the end, he’s got heart. He shares that heart, he makes you laugh, he can make you cry (as I’ve done 3x watching “Jersey Girl” currently- and it’s so good!) & he’s a super creative guy with a great team. I can’t wait til he comes back to the southeast again & Losson & I can hopefully meet the guy in person.
And thanks, Kevin, for helping my hubs & I spend time together & be able to have jokes & references to make together. You might make me cry when we we meet one day but I know it’ll be ok (I hear you cry every now & then on your podcasts).