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My TCM Classic Film Festival Must-Sees 2015



It’s that time of year, where classic film fans from all over the world come together in Los Angeles in celebration of celluloid. After covering my first TCM Classic Film Festival last year, I’ve been eagerly counting down the days until my return. This year, in conjunction with TCM themselves, I’ll be working as a Social Producer, taking video and photographs of all the fest goings-on. With that, I’m hoping to meet a ton of friends, both new and old, and even a few readers. So, here’s my highly fluctuating schedule of events I’m hoping to attend. If you happen to see me, don’t hesitate to say hi!

Thursday, March 26th

The first day of the festival will revolve around my coverage of the red carpet where The Sound of Music (1965) will be honored. The stars are set to come out, including the film’s leads, Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews. Before that, I might stop by the two opening day panels at Club TCM in the Roosevelt Hotel: “Meet TCM” and “So You Think You Know the Movies” (I’m a sucker for movie trivia!). After covering the red carpet I’ll be heading to my first Roosevelt poolside screening of Grease (1978). Many fans have bickered about Grease’s presence but expect this screening to be packed with fans. After that the evening is pretty sparse with only three screenings planned. Right now my travel buddy (henceforth known as TB) and I are leaning towards the screening of My Man Godfrey (1936), but the showing of Errol Flynn’s The Sea Hawk (1940) has Flynn’s daughter in attendance and might be worthwhile.

Friday, March 27th

The fest will be in full swing by Friday and my schedule looks extremely crowded. I’m one of the few covering Christopher Plummer immortalizing his hands and footprints in the forecourt of the TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre so that cuts out all the morning screenings. From there we’ll either go see Bob Fosse’s excellent Lenny (1974) with Dustin Hoffman and Alec Baldwin in attendance, or hear author Jeanine Basinger discuss “Films and Facts: Who’s Responsibility?” As much as I’d love to see Ann-Margret intro The Cincinnati Kid (1965) or see Pinocchio (1940) at the El Capitan, I’m tempted to stick around Club TCM for Rory Flynn’s panel, “A Daughter Remembers” followed by “A Surreal Existence” featuring Aron Ralston, Tony Mendez, and Mark Schultz. Either way, the evening will commence with my first ever screening of Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) which TB demanded I see or else give up my classic film critic card. She also convinced me to go see On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). We’ll probably have to leave early as I will be in line for the midnight screening of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s Boom! (1968).

Saturday, March 28th

Saturday’s very tenuous as, I hate to admit it, there isn’t much that immediately grabs my attention. I’m tempted to see They Won’t Forget (1937) and Disney’s So Dear to My Heart (1948). From there we might hit the screening of Rebel Without a Cause (1955) before TB and I split up for the evening – we couldn’t come to a compromise so decided, for our friendship’s sake, to separate. I’ll head over to Club TCM and sit in on the Hollywood Home Movies panel – with Jane Withers in attendance! – before going down to the pool for a screening of the disaster film Earthquake (1974); based on the lack of response I’m assuming I’ll be the only one there. After that, TB and I will meet back up and decide whether to eat, sleep, or go to the last midnight screening of the fest, Nothing Lasts Forever (1984).

Sunday, March 29th

Like Saturday, Sunday has tentative plans depending on what the movies listed listed as TBA turn out to be. Barring none are spectacular we’ll head to a showing of Nightmare Alley (1947) before TB and I split up again. While she’s watching Gunga Din (1939), I’ll be back at Club TCM – seriously, if you want to find me, check there first – for “A Conversation with Shirley MacLaine.” After that, TB and I will meet up again for either a screening of The Philadelphia Story (1940) or Out of Sight (1998) before prepping for the Closing Night Party. (If you followed my coverage last year, you’ll know I flew home Sunday night, missing a lot of stuff. I rectified that by flying home Monday this year.)

Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

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