Sunday, April 25, 2010

I Know You Have A "Q" But I "Ran" "North By Northwest"

I know I haven't posted in a few weeks. Thank you again for checking out the interview I did over at Dead End Drive-In. I have been busy with both fun stuff and film stuff. My original intent was to do blog posts for each of these events but since I wasn't able to I am putting them into one big one.

Spent a lot of time, as always, at The Music Box theatre. First up was a special showing put on by none other than Turner Classic Movies of Alfred Hitchcock's 'North By Northwest'. That alone would have been truly something but to top it off there was a special introduction and Q&A in person(!) with TCM host Robert Osbourne and star of 'North By Northwest' Eva Marie Saint. One of those nights when you are in film geek heaven.

The theatre was packed. The picture does not do the theatre justice as it sits like 750 people. Since this was part of the TCM Film Festival it was free. You just had to show up with a ticket you printed up and it was first come first served basically. I waited in line for a long time but it was worth it.

The Q&A was great. Only downside was there was no signing so I never got to meet them but it was still great. One great piece of film trivia.


In the scene when Eva Marie Saint shoots Cary Grant in the cafeteria there is a young boy at the table just behind them who plugs his ears before she fires in preparation for the sound. You should have heard the murmurs in the theatre as none of us knew that. And when it came up in the film the laughter and applause was great.


And might I add that Eva Marie Saint still looks great. Such a fun evening. Only downside was being there by myself. One of those times when you are so geeked out you want to talk film with someone. Alas it was not meant to be. Still a great time.

Not often do you get to see Hitchcock on the big screen so it was so incredible. Hitchcock is one of my all time favorite filmmakers and such an idol of mine. A really special evening.

Up next at The Music Box was the Sci-Fi Spectacular. This was the fourth year they had it and it's always a good times. Put on by the same people that put on the 24 hour Music Box Massacre every October. This one is a mixture of science fiction and horror films. The line up this year included 'Them!', Mario Bava's 'Planet Of The Vampires', 'Flash Gordon', Larry Cohen's 'Q The Winged Serpent', Tobe Hooper's 'Lifeforce', and John Carpenter's 'They Live'. In attendance was Larry Cohen himself which was a huge thrill for me. I have been such a fan of his for years. And his maverick ways of making movies was a big influence on me.

The following day he was also doing a more private speaking at Horrorbles on screenwriting. I was lucky enough to be one of the 20 people there.

One personal thing about the Sci-Fi Spectacular was they showed the trailer for my film 'Distortion'. It was the first time anything from my film has ever been shown on the big screen. And to see it at The Music Box where I see so many movies was so incredible. And this was right after they showed 'Q' by someone I admire, Larry Cohen, and before one of my idol's John Carpenter with 'They Live'. So it was really amazing and even moving for one night to share the screen with them.

A picture of my trailer being shown. Again, the picture does not do justice to the size of the theatre or the screen.

One final bit of coolness. On a special rerelease they showed another one of my idol's on the big screen with Akira Kurosawa's 'Ran'. As I've mentioned before Kurosawa has been a big influence on me so to see one of his films on the big screen is a real treat. Much like Hitchcock I don't often get to see their films in the theatre so when I get the opportunity I jump at it.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Outside of these events I really haven't had a chance to watch many movies. I need to fix that and get back into more posting.


SgtPeppers said...

Still kicking myself for missing North By Northwest. :( And how is that I knew about that kid plugging his ears and you didnt? For shame.

Gory said...

Pff. You didn't know that.