For the first time in two years, the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival is returning to Hollywood as an in-person event.
When the 2019 film festival ended, all of us were hugging and promising to see each other next year. Of course, none of us knew what lay ahead. For two years, Turner Classic Movies kept fans engaged with an “At-Home” edition in 2020 and 2021.
I’ll also be logging the films I watched on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/HollywoodComet/
What I am most looking forward to for the 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival:
• Reuniting with my friends. Truthfully, this is what I’m most looking forward to. Since I started this website in 2009 and since I started attending the film festival in 2013, I’ve made several friends along the way. While we have continued to keep touch online, I haven’t seen any of these friends since 2019. I am so excited to see everyone!
• Paula Abdul introducing SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952). I have been a Paula Abdul fan since I was two or three, hearing my sisters jam to her cassette tapes — “Forever Your Girl” is a great album. Abdul is also a talented tap dancer, so it would be interesting to hear her thoughts on one of the best dancing films ever made. If I can make this screening (it looks like I have some tough decisions to make), I’d love to see her speak.
• DINER (1982). I’m most looking forward to new-to-me film experiences. And I haven’t seen this film. It should be a good time with the special guests associated — and screening at the beautiful American Legion Theater!
• Film discoveries. There are some other films on the schedule I’m not familiar with, such as FLY-BY-NIGHT (1942), EVENINGS FOR SALE (1932), I, THE JURY (1953) and others.
• Going to a midnight movie. The past few years, I’ve skipped the midnight screenings and gone to bed. I think I’ll reconsider that this time.
• Ben Burtt and Craig Barron presentations. I’m embarrassed to say I have never attended one of their presentations! But after watching the featurette they made for the 2021 At-Home TCMFF for CHAIN LIGHTNING (1950), I knew I needed to remedy that. Hope to catch one of their screenings!
If you are attending, I look forward to seeing you in Hollywood!