Monday, August 6, 2018
Thankfully, that's all in the past. I truly believe that even for good people like me, you have to deal with bad shit, a continuous stream of bad luck in order to rise above it and gain control over your life so that you can live a life of happiness. So with those dark days in the deep recesses of my mind, I find myself planning grand adventures for myself so that I can treat myself and show the love that I have for myself. Below is a list of events that I'm looking forward to.
September: After a last minute change of plans just two weeks ago, I will be attending the Toronto Int'l Film Festival for the weekend of Sept 8-9. For the first time, I'll be flying in and out of Toronto to attend TIFF. It will be a quick visit, but it's also a test run for future short visits for this festival. If all goes well, I may consider shifting my annual family visit to October so that I can take the Friday off to fly to Toronto. But for this year, the weekend visit will suffice with what I want to see there.
Another film festival starts on 9/20 and ends 9/28 is the LA Film Festival. Last year I volunteered there and watched a few shorts. I don't know if I'll volunteer for them this year, but I do want to attend the festival to see a few films during the first weekend. I'm getting the sense that LAFF won't be in direct competition with TIFF, so if I want to experience fancy world premiere events, TIFF may demand my presence in the future.
The weekend of September 29th is my birthday weekend and I'll drive down to Dana Point in Orange County for the Ohana Festival featuring Eddie Vedder. At first I was just going down for that Saturday, but I decided that if I leave work 2 hours earlier, I can get a jump on traffic and arrive there Friday night to check into the hotel and enjoy my beach view for that evening. Then on Saturday, hang out on said beach for the all day music festival.
October: This will be the month that special screenings for Oscar bait films really begin so I will take advantage of as many as I can. Additionally, on the 12th, I'll see Nine Inch Nails in concert for the first time in nearly 5 years. So overdue!
November/December: Continuing to be home bound and enjoy the beginning of awards season. I don't know what my Christmas plans are yet. Maybe nothing since I'll be...
January: Attending the Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival. I purchased my 6 pack last week and I'll be able to select my films in mid-December. Again, attending for the first weekend only and driving there Friday evening Jan 4-6.
Feb/March: Nothing planned, but neck deep in the height of Oscar season.
April: I'm going to Weekend One Coachella 2019!!! I still can't believe it. This will be my first time and I'm going all out. I'm sure I'll love it, but if this will be my only time, I'm going to act as if it will be. It'll be a blast. And the weekend before, my family will be visiting me in LA so I will be busy with that too.
May: My trip to Italy!!!! I'll be visiting Milan, Crema, and Venice. I've always wanted to visit Italy and I know I will visit it again in a few years because I'll be breaking it up into two phases: Northern Italy 2019, and Southern Italy TBA within next five years.
July: I am trying to attend the San Diego Comic Con in 2019, which will be its 50th anniversary, and it's expected to be even in more demand. Although I have booked a hotel for 3 nights, I don't know if I'll even be selected to qualify to even TRY to buy a badge. Yes, it's that intense. If I'm not selected to attend, I'll cancel the hotel, no big deal. This event is a want, not a NEED like the film festivals.
So as you can see, for the next 11 months, I have a fun busy calendar ahead and I'm so excited and grateful to be in this position at this point in my life. I couldn't do most of this if I didn't take a gamble with my life and moved to So Cal.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
@BlindspottingMv is a great, fresh, moving drama with perfectly timed funny bits on the serious topic of the plight of a young man maturing from his past mistakes and the fresh wound of PTSD after witnessing a police shooting of man running the cops. Grade: A- pic.twitter.com/gD8oZJFw42— Simone Cromer 🌊 (@TheatreofZen) July 29, 2018
Saturday, July 28, 2018
@hotsummernights Timothée Chalamet is the highlight of this surprisingly decent film about a boy drug dealer trying to make up the void in his life after his father's death. A solid, sometimes tense, but fun summer flick starring the hottest young actor right now. Grade: B @A24 pic.twitter.com/sZqSs52EbY— Simone Cromer 🌊 (@TheatreofZen) July 29, 2018
@MissionFilm Fallout is NON-stop action and the best of the MI series! Amazingly, Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is a dangerous, but empathetic IMF agent that literally can save the world with a motorcycle & helicopter, in extraordinary chase scenes! Excellent supporting cast! Grade: A+ pic.twitter.com/LCk98t0TrQ— Simone Cromer 🌊 (@TheatreofZen) July 28, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Instead of relying on a train or just a tank of gas, I now have to fly to Toronto, and I'm flying from Los Angeles. Once I made the decision to go, I determined that I could only fly out on the Friday redeye so that I could arrive bright and early Saturday, check into hotel, and be ready for a day of watching films. I would then leave 6pm on Sunday and arrive back in LA around 8:30 pm. I would be home by 11, just in time to go to bed and wake up fresh for work the next morning. Easy peasy! So it is done. Hotel booked, flight booked!
|Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy|
I've definitely come a lonnnnnng way with TIFF. My first few years were a struggle to get tickets to screenings I wanted to see; affording accommodations (one year had to stay in a hostel); then about 5 years under the generosity of a host who is now a dear friend; to now - affording to attend TIFF under my own terms and financial affordability, and I like this evolution. I've been irritated with TIFF in the past few years of attendance with the long lines, general admission seat wars, not being able to see the red carpet, not a good selection of films, etc. I needed a break from TIFF after 13 straight years of attending. With the new changes at TIFF, I hope I'm able to enjoy it without it being a hassle and being reminded that I'm not a deep pocketed beloved VIP. I'm just a film lover doing what I can to attend a film festival.
Saturday, July 7, 2018
#TheFirstPurge is a timely analogy about the heartless, radical ideas of an American political party declaring little or no value of 'others' for the "greater good" of the nation, per God. Hmmm, where have we heard that before? Too realistic brutality. Grade: B pic.twitter.com/VhHUZMWErR— Simone Cromer 🌊 (@TheatreofZen) July 8, 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Sicario 2 - Day of Soldado: A timely sequel which focuses on another horrible flaw in the policing of the border with Mexico. Testosterone overdrive + lots of guns + one damsel in distress = bloody action packed thriller that makes you wince way too often. Grade: B+ pic.twitter.com/JAKK4DwYZW— Simone Cromer 🌊 (@TheatreofZen) July 1, 2018