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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

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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!!

A Film By Wong Kar Wai ~ The Grandmaster (2013)

Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” is a  visually stunning, cinematic work of art. It is breathtaking, cinematic artistry. The screen erupts with style, grace and oomph! The fight scenes are awe inspiring dance numbers that leave you breathless.

From the deliriously delicious sets to the intricate details on the costumes, this superbly cast film can only be called a MASTERPIECE! All I can say is watch more than once and don’t forget to watch the bonus features on the DVD:

The Grandmaster: From Ip Man to Bruce Lee.
A Conversation with Shannon Lee (Bruce Lee’s daughter), features actors Keanu Reeves, Tony Leung and film historian Elvis Mitchell is a must see!
The Grandmaster according to RZA
Behind The Scenes.

Martin Scorsese Presents: A film by Wong Kar Wai ~ The Grandmaster (2013)

Martin Scorsese Presents: A film by Wong Kar Wai ~ The Grandmaster (2013)

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The battle begins…

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Song Hye-Kyo plays Ip Man's wife

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Alfred Hitchcock’s “I, Confess” (1953)

One of my favorite things on television was Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I adored Sir Hitchcock’s wonderful sense of humour and looked forward to any and all tales he presented.

I haven’t seen “I, Confess” (1953) since I was about 9 years old and when I saw it available on DVD I had to see it again.

Hitch is brilliant as always, from the second the screen lights up, we are taken into a world of infectious dialogue, creeping shadows, saturated cobble stoned streets coupled with intense longing, love and drama. You feel every emotion, every scene is a subtle masterpiece. OH MY GOD THE ACTORS EMOTE !!!!

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Leaving the scene of the crime.

Leaving the scene of the crime.

Will Father Logan go to the authorities with the confession he has just received ??!!

Will Father Logan go to the authorities with the confession he has just received ??!!

Surrounded by P.I.'s a 'secret meeting' takes place on a ferry.

Surrounded by P.I.’s a ‘secret meeting’ takes place on a ferry.

Confessions in a judges chambers.

Confessions in a judges chambers.

Who would have thought reuniting with an olde friend could cause such a ruckus!!  (I love their faces in this shot)

Who would have thought reuniting with an olde friend could cause such a ruckus!!
(I love their faces in this shot)

Innocence can be difficult.

Innocence can be difficult.

The standoff

The standoff

An innocent man departs.

An innocent man departs.

I spotted Hitch!!! Did you!!???  Look at the stairs!!!

I spotted Hitch!!! Did you!!??? Look at the stairs!!!

My favorite treat from the cinema?? THE PROMO STILLS AND POSTERS !!!!!

My favorite treat from the cinema?? THE PROMO STILLS AND POSTERS !!!!!

I, Confess (1953)

I, Confess (1953)

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Stop the world I want to get off….

SQUEEZES FROM THE COLONIES ❤ I LOVE YOU AND YEAH, I GOT THE MEMO ~ FUCK CANCER !!

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Well chemo time is looming tomorrow & I cannot even describe the level of how much I don’t want to go…. It’s not an enticing idea really to willingly go and freeze my head for 3 hours and have poison pumped into my body. That strong person that wants to fight the cancer just isn’t here tonight. Instead there’s this tired and scared version of me and I hate that person.
I had a meltdown before my first chemo and I’m figuring I’ll probably have one before every session because fighting and being strong is just exhausting and every now and then there’s going to be a chink in my armour. My hair has been coming out in chunks the last two days & I’ve been close to giving in and just shaving my head so I don’t have to deal with it anymore but I’ve been persuaded to keep…

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The good, the bad & the ugly…..

I LOVE YOU !!! FUCK CANCER

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Some random thoughts….

The good

I spent some quality time with my brother Richard when he came to chemo with me & now I feel closer to him than I have in way too many years

I’ve had a lot of time to think about things and it’s made me realise I spent too much time stressing about the stupid stuff that in the grand scheme of things just doesn’t matter

I’ve caught up with some friends I haven’t seen in a long time & who I probably wouldn’t have caught up with were it not for my diagnosis and also connected more online with some friends from my past which makes me happy

My BFF Wendy is over here from LA and I’m loving just hanging out with her

I’ve had some lovely gifts and cards from around the world & Steve Carlson made me smile & cry all…

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The dreaded chemo….

love, light and god speed healing to my beloved BFF

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So just over a week after chemo & i have to say it’s kicked my ass more than I expected.

Firstly the chemo itself… Well other than a little tingling sensation as they put each of the drugs in there’s nothing much to talk about. The cold cap to try & preserve my hair is a whole other ball game…..

The first thing they do is wet your hair & put conditioner in it and then you get fitted for the cap itself & an overcap to keep it firmly in place. My dear brother Richard, who came and sat with me, took great delight in taking these photos

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Then the machine is switched on & freezing cold water is pumped through the cap. Now I’d been warned it was like having an ice cream/slushie brain freeze but seriously the pain was incredible. Still, no pain no gain. I have…

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Out with the old, in with the new….

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So Monday was the day of the haircut and the moment I’d been dreading since my diagnosis.

So this was my hair Friday night after the gig

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And this is it after the haircut

 

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I’ll be honest that I cried when the bulk of the hair was cut off but I like the cut, it’s a modern take on the hair cut I had in my late teens so it at least feels a little familiar. And everyone else seems to like it and says it makes me look younger, so that’s a bonus …..

Just hoping the cold capping treatment works so I at least keep this much hair 🙂

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