feliciakw: (Sweeney)
Just got done watching Fahrenheit 451. (Which I've never read the book. Yes, I do recognize the irony.) It is more accurately prophetic than anyone would like to admit, I think. (News given to us in bites by a mass media with an agenda; reality TV; etc. It also reminded me, uncannily, of the internet laws--like SOPA and PIPA--that lawmakers are trying to pass.)

It would make an excellent double feature with Logan's Run.

Methinks I need to read the book this summer, and I'm very interested in finding out if there's a stage version of it.

Also? If they ever do a re-make (they've been trying for years, but everyone seems to be afraid of it), Jensen would be awesome in the leading role. Good grief.
feliciakw: (belly dance)
Why has it been so long since I've danced?

George introduced the movies at his work on Thursday, two documentaries, Twist and Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey. I only stayed for Twist (which George said that of the two, I would have enjoyed the most anyway), and what a fun, entertaining, informative movie it was! Quite honestly, it made me want to get up and dance, and it made me wonder, why has it been so long since I've danced?

The last belly dancing class I took a couple years ago kind of over-challenged most of the class. Many of us were middle-aged-ish, and the class was being taught by a recent college grad who was president of her belly dancing club. Very technical and very educational, but a little too advanced for beginners who lack the flexibility, and when you can't do something right off, it's frustrating and disappointing. I should pull out my belly dancing DVDs. Maybe look for another class.

George and I also seem to have missed the last few sessions of country line dancing that have been offered. I wish I knew where we could go outside of a class to practice, but right now, class would be the only place. Maybe we'll be better prepared scheduling-wise and money-wise the next time it rolls around.

I did get to do some dancing at the concert event I worked last month. Got a couple nice comments on my electric slide.

Still, maybe I should download some country music and refresh my memory on the line dancing steps.

Or pull out some 50s/60s music and start twisting down my waist. *nods*

Though I did have a good appointment with my endocrinologist earlier this week. I've lost a pound (which, after the Christmas holidays, is excellent), and more importantly, I lost it from my waist, which is what he wants to see. (Measurement ratio is as important as weight loss with my situation. I need to lose the weight, but I also need to lose it from the right place.) I attribute that to getting back on the treadmill for about 2 miles a day. Which I need to do today, since I've missed the past two days.
feliciakw: (Default)
The New Year, 2012 (which I pronounce "twenty-twelve," as opposed to "two thousand . . . " because I have to make the change sometime) is off and running.

I didn't make a 2011 (which I pronounce "two thousand eleven") round-up because, well, I just haven't. So here is 2011 in a nutshell:

Then )

Now )

Today I'm back at work. It's very cold, and there were snowflakes in the air this morning. I don't expect anything to come of it, though.

I'm also in need of a new "celebration" icon. Any suggestions?
feliciakw: (Christmas - snowy tree)
Usually, I would be posting about the highlights of the previous year right now. But I'm so far behind, I need to journal my Christmas first.

Christmas in Ohio )
feliciakw: (Halloween)
When hinges creak in doorless chambers,
And strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls,
Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still,
That is the time when ghosts are present,
Practicing their terror with ghoulish delight.

~Your Ghost Host, The Haunted Mansion

The Changling--an exercise in classic spook movie technique. Spoilers. )

October has kind of gotten away from us this year. Will try to post a catch-all catch-up. Maybe with a picspam.

In the meantime, happy haunting to all who enjoy this fun festival.
feliciakw: (Sweeney)
Went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen tonight. Still one of my all-time favorite movies ever.

If you ask me what my favorite movie is, chances are "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will be the first words out of my mouth.

Summer of 1981 )
feliciakw: (Sweeney)
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Guillermo del Toro's El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

I've seen quite a lot of horror movies. Some of them are fun, some of them are cheesy, some of them are gross (not really into those), and some of them scare me and make me watch through the holes in my afghans (like the Paranormal Activity movies. Those really creep me out). But I don't think anything has horrified me as much as the resolution to The Orphanage. My paranoid mind recognizes that at its core, it could actually happen, and it just . . . terrifies me.

I'll expand in the comments if asked to do so.
feliciakw: (Corolla sunrise)
French toast for breakfast. (I haven't made that in about 20 years.)

Morning at the farmer's market.

Burgers on the grill for lunch.

Meals on the back porch for both.

Three sit-down meals with my husband in a row! (I think that's a record.)

S1 SPN. "Wendigo" and "Dead in the Water." Ah, yes. Good stuff.

And last night? The Haunting in Connecticut. Oy! Talk about a freaky, make-you-gasp-make-you-jump movie. I remember when it came out, I thought it looked really good, but that it also looked a little too intense for me. Well, we watched it last night on Netflix on demand.

It was one bright day in the middle of the night / Two dead boys got up to fight. )
feliciakw: (Jensen promo)
How is it that Jensen can sneak up on me when I totally know he's going to be there?

Geo and I watched MBV this weekend. (We did a double feature of Drag Me to Hell and MBV. Won't be doing that anymore if a wee one joins us.) I actually spent a good deal of the movie crocheting, only putting my needlework down when Jensen was on the screen (or scenes where I knew he was going to appear). 'Cause, you know. That's the way it works. Anyway . . .

Reveal scene. Obviously, Jensen is in this scene, so I'm watching it, right? And I'm sitting on the end of the couch farthest away from the speaker through which Jensen/Tom's off-screen line is channeled.

You know what?

I still jumped.

*facepalm*

Also, this movie plays so much better in movie theater 3D. (I won't watch it on home 3D because the color correction is screwy.) There was some pretty fun gimmicky 3D, but really? The things that used the 3D to show depth (rather than pop things out of the screen at you) were fairly amazing. Some of the best live-action 3D I've seen since the craze reemerged. Yes, this cheesy horror flick has one of my very favorite 3D shots in ever--the establishing aerial shot of the mine. I was amazed. I think I even leaned over to Geo and whispered, "Now they're just showing off."

Also-also, here be spoilers )
feliciakw: (Ohio)
Geo and I are back in Ohio this weekend. He's recording eps of his radio show, and yesterday, they did one for a "live studio audience" at a Dayton theater.

Also, stopped by the PAC on Friday and touched base with a few people.

Also had an interesting conversation with Geo's radio show partner. I might write about that later.

As I wrote on Friday, Mother and I watched Show together. I'll try to get my long & rambly sometime this week. There will much, MUCH to cover. (Jensen, just rip my heart out, why don't you. Guh!)

So that's an update from here.
feliciakw: (coffee)
So. Last night (May 9) George introduced a screening of These Amazing Shadows at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Springs, MD. We did not get back in time to watch H50. Instead, we went out with one of Geo's associates and her husband to an Irish pub. Now, you know me and Irish pubs. I'm not gonna say no. Irish boxty and Irish coffee. Delightful way to finish out the evening.

So I downloaded this morning.

Slight show squee behind cut )

I have every intention of writing my long and rambly for SPN. There is much to write about. And apparently, I feel the need to defend Dean, because I'm reading stuff around that's totally missing the point of his character.
feliciakw: (Sweeney)
Well I’ve never been to Greenland
And I've never been to Denver
And I’ve never buried treasure in St. Louie or St. Paul
And I’ve never been to Moscow
And I’ve never been to Tampa
And I’ve never been to Boston in the fall.


(from We're the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything)

And I've still never been to Boston in the fall. But it feels like Chicago in the fall. *nods*

We're at another presentation of These Amazing Shadows. George is on the Q&A panel tonight, followed by a reception. Then tomorrow there's a 2 hour panel followed by another reception.

I need to figure out if there's anything we want to see while we're here (I'm sure there is), and see if we can fit it in tomorrow.

As an aside . . . )
feliciakw: (Love)
Check out this review. Especially the last paragraph. :-)

There are a few errors in the review: It should be Blazing Saddles, not "Blazing Shadows" listed, and I believe they have the Tim Roth/Wayne Wang and West Side Story/To Kill a Mockingbird references reversed. Wang watched WSS repeatedly as a kid, and Roth got his sense of America from TKaM.

Anyway, when the movie comes out on DVD, I recommend it.

I married a man with charm, knowledge, and passion about his work and his art.

Remind you of anyone else I write about extensively in this LJ? I think now you understand the attraction?
feliciakw: (Default)
We're getting ready to leave for the airport.

Yesterday was a busy, busy day. Press photos, which they actually wanted spouses in for some.

Lunch at Pizza and Noodle.

World Premiere screening of the movie, followed by a panel Q&A. Everyone was so impressed with Geo, with his charm and his knowledge and his passion. I even had someone come up to me and comment on it.

My husband, I am proud of him.

Then the IFC party, sponsored by K-Swiss. (IFC is the domestic distributor.) I can say that I have now seen how they set up those red carpet shots for the sponsors. Geo and the two directors had red carpet shots. I hope I can see them. (Oh! Maybe they'll be on Getty's site!)

The best part of the party was chatting with Arlene Damron. Though you've probably never heard of her, her father made a very significant contribution to the record of American history. Her father shot the home movie footage that later became the movie Topaz, about the Japanese internment camps. You see, her family was moved to one such camp. One of the shots from the movie was a shot of her mother holding her. Arlene is a delightful woman and told me some of her parents' experiences at the time. She's a sweet, sweet woman, and I'm delighted I had the opportunity to meet her.

I'm really not a party person. I'd much rather sit in a nice restaurant and have a reasonably-volumed conversation than have to shout at the top of my lungs over the d.j. or band. Shoulder-to-shoulder people isn't really my scene either.

But I totally get how they're great for networking. Not exactly what I'd call fun, but useful.

During the day, as we were walking along Main Street, there was a young guy who everyone was stopping to get a picture with. I didn't recognize him. After we were passed, I asked Geo, "Should I know who that is?" A girl in front of me snickered.

I told our group that the people I really admire aren't here. They're working.

One of the crew members told me I've probably walked past a lot more celebrities than I realize. He also told me I shouldn't care. :-)

Gonna sign off now. It's been an experience, both educational and fun. And our crew is great. Very interesting and friendly and fun people. It will be kinda nice to come out of the bubble I've been in all weekend. I've missed The Boyz. (And did my fangirl heart cry a little to learn that Jensen will be jamming with Jason at the L.A. con? And there will most likely be minimal--if any--vid footage? Yes. Yes, it did.)
feliciakw: (Default)

Yesterday (Saturday) was a busy, busy day.

We did some window shopping on Main Street, then went to see Abraxas at the Egyptian Theatre. The movie was not quite the story I expected, but it was very good and very well made. The theater is a restored 1926 theater that is small-ish and amazing.

Then it was a bus ride (oy!) to the Redstone Cinema for the screening of These Amazing Shadows. Again, I didn't quite have the topic of the movie correct. It was a documentary about the National Film Register (sorry, Ruth, no mention of George Eastman House). It was really interesting, and George did a FANTASTIC job. He's very interesting to listen to, and a lot of people had questions for him during the Q&A.

Afterwards was a very nice dinner for the cast/crew at Chumayo. Then some people wanted to try to crash the OWN (Oprah Winfrey's party promoting her network) party. We did so successfully, and I was apparently in the same room as Forrrest Whitaker (?). I sort of recognize the name, but don't recognize the guy.

Parties are for shmoozing, obviously, and since I'm not in the industry, I just kind of hung out with George or our own cast and crew. HP was there showing off some new photo/printer technology, and Geo and I got a couple of really nice pictures. Unfortunately, we failed to remember to e-mail the pics to ourselves when we e-mailed them to the parents. If they can send the pic back to me, I'll see about sharing it.

We got some swag on the way out, but since I'm not particularly an Oprah Winfrey fan, I'm not leaping out of my skin with excitement. (Oprah and Rosie O'Donnell were there at the beginning of the party, but had long since left by the time we got there. I do not feel like I missed out on anything.)

Oh, you're probably wondering if I've seen or met any recognizable celebs. In a word, no. The best place, I'm told, to meet celebs (and don't be afraid to just go up and introduce yourself) is to hang out at the headquarters café, which we haven't done. Too much other stuff to do (and too much time spent on the busses *eyeroll*).

It's also interesting that one of the directors of our project, who had a directors' brunch with Robert Redford, reported that the "real" Sundance is at the institute, not the festival. That the festival, you get hit with hype as soon as you "the border." The festival that all the people come to, while fun, is not what it was intended to be, from what I gather. Which, really, comes as no surprise.

Today is a bit more shopping (I still need to get a good souvenir), then the press walk, then lunch at Flannagan's \o/, then come back and get ready for the red carpet premiere of the movie.

Also, we had a nice, fluffy snow (that turned windy and wet) yesterday. The scenery around here is amazing.

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feliciakw: (Default)
I don't have internet access this weekend, as the wifi in the condo is screwy. (I'm on a borrowed computer at the mo.)

Friday was spent sitting in cramped seating of various types--first on the plane, then on the shuttle, then on the bus. About the time the bus started back-tracking us to where we'd already been, I started getting a little fed up.

On the bright side, the scenery is amazing, and we discovered an Irish pub. (And curry chips. Yummy!) And George got a new hat.

We saw one of the Slamdance movies last night, Superheroes, but we were late (thanks to the bus), and had to sit on the floor. What I could see of the movie was very interesting. My back, however, was not overly appreciative. But I was told that that is a true Sundance experience, so there ya go.

We were on the guest list for a sponsor party (the Levi's party promoting the movie Ka-Boom), but parties don't start until 10 or 10:30 pm, and we were exhausted, so we made our (mis-adventurous, thanks to the bus) way back to the condo.

The only movie I'll get to see is Abraxas, which we're going to this morning. Then the rest of the day is related to Geo's movie. Then tonight is the cast&crew party.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the press walk and the second showing.
feliciakw: (Sweeney)
We're preparing to wing our way to beautiful, scenic Park City, Utah. I'm looking forward to new adventures and interesting movies. Airport security? Not so much.

Here are the movies I'm hoping our schedule will allow us to see:

Abraxas . . . about a punk-rocker-turned-Buddist-monk, who *needs* music in his life, and how his . . . priest? . . . figures out a way for him to combine sacred and secular.

The Bengali Detective . . . which . . . the description must be read to be understood. Imagine a Bollywood detective action/adventure. I think.

The Guard . . . about a crusty Irish cop and a straitlaced US FBI agent who's tracking an international criminal.

The Troll Hunter . . . Norwegian X-Files . . . sort of . . .

There are a lot of other movies I'd like to see, but we'll have to see how they fit in with Geo's schedule.

Oh, and here's Geo's movie: These Amazing Shadows

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