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Side by Side Q&A’s ~ 8/17/12 & 11/19/12 ~ Hollywood, CA

The best part about being born and raised¬†in Hollywood, Ca? SEEING FREE MOVIES BEFORE THE GENERAL PUBLIC!! I have attended movie screenings since I was a pre-teen and love them!!! My favorites are films without credits. Films the studio’s test with focus groups to get instant feedback! They are the best! Sometimes they completely change once they get released! That’s how I saw “Tootsie,” “Cry Baby,” “Lady Hawk” and so many more.

Summer of 2012 I got wind of a screening for a film called “Side By Side.” I was excited!! One of my favorite modern thespians had stepped out of his comfort zone ~ acting ~ and is Producer/Interview Host for a film that discusses the impact technology has had on film.

This would be the first time I would get to use my new digital camera and I had no idea how it would respond with little to no lighting. The Q&A was fabulous, my camera not so much!!!

August 17th is the day Elvis Presley crossed over and has always been a sad day for me. In 2012 that all changed! Thank ye, Sir Reeves!!! It is now a happy day of remembrance!!

Do excuse my giggles and Eartha Kitt purring!! Reeves MADE me do it!!! He brings it out of me, don’t know what to tell ya :^p …

The video is not the whole Q&A, I started out taking photo’s, then I realized “What the bloody hell am I doing, I could have that soothing and sensual voice (Reeves) for my very own! My camera does video! Woo hoo!” Here are the few stills I did take:

This one I made into a birthday note for a cyber~friend, heehee…

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I felt weird taking snapshots, but the dude had his eyes closed the majority of the time…so I snapped!

 

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Thank you for sitting in front of me. I thoroughly appreciated it!

 

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Shhh!! Don’t tell him I just took his picture!

 

Summer flew by. As the days grew shorter and nights grew longer, I received an invite to an industry screening for “Side By Side.” It read: “Join Director Chris Keneally and Producer Keanu Reeves for a Q&A after the film!”
In even smaller type, I was invited for drinks afterward with the film makers. The location to be given at the Q&A. I got extremely excited, although, I seriously did not believe Reeves would show for the drinks part of the shindig. Only way to find out was to leave my cave and GO to the screening!

The Arc Light kept the theatre dimmer than usual for the entire Q&A. I sat in the front row in hopes that I could capture more delicious treasures as I did in August. Unfortunately, t’was too dark to get exquisite shots. I was not inspired to post them until now.

I started with video, then realized ~ it’s way too dark and I haven’t a clue if audio is sufficient.

I realized video was out of the equation. I switched to non-flash photo. Do forgive the poor quality. No light makes for fuzziness. Still, I love them…

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The audience was filled with curious and inquisitive souls, making for an invigorating evening. True to the invites words, we were invited to an undisclosed location for drinks and snacks. I debated on going. That Reeves fella, would he be there? A gal I met at the screening said the only way to find out is to follow the crowd to the place. Well, alrighty then.

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I am so glad I went!! I had one of the most magical evenings. Thank you, Sir Reeves and crew for an intellectually stimulating, warm, comfortable, beautiful and oddly, romantic evening. It was so much fun that I forgot all about the drinks and snacks. Oh, wait…I ate all Reeves grapes when he wasn’t lookin’! Oopsies O.O sorry ’bout that.

Not only did I get to hang out all evening chatting up Reeves, I got to meet and talk with his partner in crime on his “Side By Side” journey!! You should have seen Keneally’s face when I asked if he touched the Yoda statue at ‘The Ranch.’ Hee hee hee. How could you not run up and give Yoda a big olde hug when Lucas isn’t looking, of course!!! I’m sure he thought I was being naughty…silly boy ~ just don’t trample the buddlings. Hug him and run, dude, hug him and run.

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All I can say is I want MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!!

And thank you, that was the best invite to a screening E V E R !!!!

Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)

Anthony Wong is Ip Man

As a pre-teen I was a massive Bruce Lee fan and saw the grainy, black and white, super 8 footage of a Sifu practicing with a dummy. I was told that was Bruce Lee’s teacher. I never dreamt that in the span of a week, I would be able to see not one, but two brilliant films about this slight, yet frail looking, mysterious gentleman’s life.

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It wasn’t the fight scene’s that held my attention. It was the dialogue and emotion carried out on screen that mesmerized me. The interaction between each character felt as if you were there with them, living out the adventure as it unfolds.

Class begins.

Class begins.

The love between pupil and teacher, man and wife, friend and foe makes ones heart pound.

All are welcome in Master Ip Man's class.

All are welcome in Master Ip Man’s class.

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Times were difficult in 1950’s China and the heart that poured out from the students to take care of their Master is beautiful.

Gillian Chung and Anthony Wong

Gillian Chung and Anthony Wong

Master and wife slip off to slumberland warmed by a gift from his pupils.

Master and Wife slip off to slumberland warmed by a gift from his pupils.

Hidden within the Walled City lies a menacing opportunity…

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A peaceful night out makes for meeting new friends and making fresh enemies.

Zhou Chuchu is the beautiful Jenny

Zhou Chuchu is the beautiful Jenny

Master vs Master. School vs School

Master vs Master. School vs School

Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang

Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang

Should a pupil fight within the Walled City to help bring food to his family?

An opportunity to bring extra money to an empty school arrives...

An opportunity to bring extra money to an empty school arrives…

The Wife says NO!

No!

No fighting!

The costumes are amazing. Some of the vintage outfits Lady Chuchu is outfitted in are breathtaking.

A gift of thanks for saving a damsel in distress.

A gift of thanks for saving a damsel in distress.

A shared 'homemade' lunch.

A shared ‘homemade’ lunch.

Beautiful.

Beautiful.

Pupils, Teacher and Wife.

Pupils, Teacher and Wife.

The pupils are not happy that Master has a female companion other than his wife taking care of him while she is away with their son.

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The Master has secrets…

The call comes, his wife has passed...

The call comes, his wife has passed…

He is not well...

He is not well…

Jenny's greatest fear? Dieing alone. Master Ip Man stays by her side.

Jenny’s greatest fear? Dieing alone. Master Ip Man stays by her side.

This is the first film I’ve watched that during the entire final fight scene, I balled my eyes out. I am serious. It was ‘Land Before Time’ all over again!!! FLOODLAND! The Master entering the dark world to retrieve his pupil and take on evil brought a rush of tears. I couldn’t read the subtitles.

The whole time our tale has been narrated by the Master’s son makes the flood gates open even wider during the end scenes! Master Ip Man asking his son to do what Bruce Lee wanted to do brings on a whole new flood of tears as I discover the footage I have watched since a child was taken by the Master’s very own son.

Recreating the final footage...

Recreating the final footage…

Here is what I found so fascinating when I was wee!! I love that I can find this stuff!! Thank you!!

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