Friday, May 18, 2018

It's That Time of Year Again!

Cinevent is upon us! In less than a week, I'll be spending days toggling between sitting in a dark screening room and gabbing with people I see once a year.

The Wexner Center at Ohio State does an annual pre-show to kick off the festivities. This year they're screening two 3D features, and unless you're one of the small percentage of people who has a 3D setup at home, this is a rare chance to see these screened. They're showing The Maze and Gog. I've heard Gog is kind of a cheesy sci-fi throwaway flick, but The Maze looks pretty good. The director was William Cameron Menzies whose work in designing the look of classics like Gone With the Wind speak to the potential of this movie. Bob Furmanek has made a name for himself restoring 3D films, and this is his latest completed project. I've met Bob and have a good friend who does freelance work for him, so I imagine this will be a quality effort. Tickets are $8 at the door, or you can purchase a ticket and transportation on the Cinevent website and get shuttled from the Renaissance hotel to the Wexner Center.

The film schedule is varied as always, and since this is the 50th Anniversary there are tribute screenings to the founders of Cinevent. I'm pregnant this year and it is hard for me to stand for long periods of time so I intend to spend more time in the screening room than normal. However, in the past I've often missed screenings due to talking too much so I anticipate that happening at least once this year.

TimeFilmYearRun Time
12:00 PMThe Masked Marvel Ch. 1-3194350
1:00 PMRepeat Performance - presented by Richard Barrios194791
2:40 PMOur Gang Silent Shorts Program**Misc80
4:10 PMSweater Girl194277
6:45 PMGolden Celebration Reception90
8:15 PMA segment from On Our Merry Way followed by an episode of Startime titled Cindy's Fella - presented by Scott Eyman1948 / 1959105
10:10 PMFour Around a Woman**192152
11:10 PMThe Third Key (if I can stay up this late)195696
TimeFilmYearRun Time
9:00 AMNight in Paradise194684
10:30 AMSix Degrees of Hal Roach [Shorts Program]Misc80
11:50 AMRiders of the Whistling Skull193758
2:20 PMLeonard Maltin Presents his new book Hooked On Hollywood60
3:25 PMThe Masked Marvel Ch. 4-6194350
4:20 PMThe Biffle Murder Case - presented by Michael Schlesinger20
4:50 PMSteven Haynes Tribute: The Toll-Gate**192073
7:50 PMCinevent 1 Tribute: 42nd Street Short6
8:00 PMThe Phantom President - presented by Richard Barrios193278
9:30 PMDon't Change Your Husband**191971
10:50 PMDouble Whoopee (Dubbed)192920
11:20 PMValue for Money (if I can stay up this late)195590
TimeFilmYearRun Time
9:00 AMAnimation ProgramMisc75
10:20 AMThe Masked Marvel Ch. 7-9194350
11:15 AMThe Eyes of Julia Deep**191857
1:45 PMMaltin & Eyman Conversation moderated by Caroline Breder-Watts60
2:50 PMJohn Stingley Tribute: The War of the Worlds195385
4:25 PMThe Meanest Man in the World - presented by Leonard Maltin194357
5:35 PMJohn Baker Tribute: Jazz Shorts - presented by Fritz the Nite OwlMisc30
8:05 PMSea Spoilers193663
9:15 PMWe Faw Down**192820
9:35 PMSpeed King**192350
10:35 PMThree Little Girls in Blue1946100
12:20 AMMurder by Television - presented by Fritz the Nite Owl (if I can stay up)193553
TimeFilmYearRun Time
9:00 AMKitty1945103
10:50 AMDress Parade**192772
12:05 PMBe Big193130
2:10 PMThe Masked Marvel Ch. 10-12194350
3:05 PMThe King of Wild Horses**192450
4:00 PMBeauty for Sale193390
5:35 PMDreamboat195283
One of the great things about Cinevent is the massive dealer's room where people from all over the country (and some outside) bring their wares. The room is chock full of original items from the period, DVDs and blu-rays, books, records, etc. There are several book signings scheduled this year, and I intend to take advantage of some of the dealers bringing new releases to sell. 
Hooked on Hollywood by Leonard Maltin
Misadventures of Biffle & Shooster DVD
Fleischer Rarities: Treasures from the Fleischer Studios blu-ray 
Whatever else I find!

Monday, November 14, 2016


The Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch will host a holiday open house on November 30th. Guests can explore the lighted Topiary Park, see the Huntington holiday train in the main lobby, snack on cookies and listen to Christmas carols for free (including parking).
You can register online here.

The Gateway Film Center will feature a series of holiday films beginning December 1st. Check out their website for details. Films include:
Dec. 1 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Dec. 2 Die Hard (1988)
Dec. 3 Home Alone (1990)
Dec. 4 Holiday Inn (1942)
Dec. 6 A Christmas Carol (1951)
Dec. 8 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) *in 35mm
Dec. 9 Scrooged (1988)
Dec. 11 Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Dec. 14 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) *in 35mm
Dec. 16 Gremlins (1984)
Dec. 20 The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) *in 35mm
Dec. 22 White Christmas (1954) *in 35mm
Dec. 22 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Dec. 28 The Apartment (1960)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Today, the local radio station 93.3 began playing Christmas music.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Sunday, November 6th is the premiere of the new season of the Holiday Baking Championship on the Food Network. If you love baking as much as I do, you'll love seeing these talented and creative bakers make beautiful and delicious treats for the holidays. I always get ideas for new things to try from this show.

On a sadder note, Kay Starr has died at the age of 94. Starr is known for her country hits, but she is also someone I listen to every year at Christmastime. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag is one of my favorites, and her version of I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm is excellent too.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Now it is November!


SiriusXM has a holiday station up and running! Channel 17 is Holly, a contemporary Christmas station.
Beginning November 28th, Channel 785 will be Natividad, a Latin Christmas station.
On December 5th, Channel 18 will play Holiday Traditions featuring classics through the 60's and Channel 58 will be a Country Christmas station.
On December 13th, Channel 49 will play Holiday Soul.
December 23rd will kick off Radio Hanukkah on Channel 787.

The Hallmark channel has begun showing Christmas movies. A few new ones will be out soon.
November 5th 8 p.m. The Mistletoe Promise
November 12th 8 p.m. Every Christmas Has a Story
November 13th 8 p.m. Christmas Cookies
November 19th 8 p.m. My Christmas Dream
November 20th 8 p.m. A December Bride
November 23rd 8 p.m. Broadcasting Christmas
November 24th 8 p.m. Christmas in Homestead
November 25th 8 p.m. Christmas List
November 26th 8 p.m. A Heavenly Christmas
November 27th 8 p.m. Journey Back to Christmas

A new holiday movie Almost Christmas has showtimes beginning November 10th in theaters.

November 18th will begin the official holiday season at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. The tree will be lit in the evening and the mall will begin offering carriage rides ($10 per person 15 years and up; children ride free with an adult) and photos with Santa.
For more information visit

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Christmas Watch


This year Christmas will be especially special because I have a baby boy to share it with. There have already been signs around town that it will be here before we know it.

SEPTEMBER 7th : received an email soliciting song choices for office Christmas CD

OCTOBER 10th : saw the nativity scene outside the State Auto building

OCTOBER 17th : husband got me a skating pond for my Christmas village

I also bought Isaac several Christmas outfits for this year, including a Santa suit.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TCM Honors Dickie Moore

Set your DV-Rs on September 24th because TCM will honor Dickie Moore that day.

The Star Witness is a must-see, a minor entry to filmland but a charming one, and an excellent display of how cute Dickie Moore could be. He whines throughout it to his older brother idol, and spends a good amount of time with grandpa who entertains him with Civil War stories. Moore and Sale worked together again in The Expert, possibly my favorite Dickie Moore movie. In his book, he remembered the shock of seeing Sale, who was in truth a young man at the time, without his makeup.

Sergeant York was one of Moore's own favorites. He remembered Gary Cooper fondly, who taught him to love the great outdoors.

6:15 AM Three Who Loved (1931)
7:30 AM The Star Witness (1931)
8:45 AM So Big (1932)
10:15 AM Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
11:45 AM The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
1:15 PM My Bill (1938)
2:30 PM Sergeant York (1941)
4:45 PM Out of the Past (1947)
6:30 PM Bad Boy (1949)