Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Wrap Up

The Palm Springs International Film Festival ended a week ago today. I got see so many great films. Here is my highlights list in case any of you want some recommendations. Posted in the order I saw them.

Bohemian Rhapsody - had already seen it weeks before but loved it so much it was worth seeing it again with lead actor Rami Malek doing a Q&A. I love almost any movie music related but this one is special, especially the way they did the last 20 minutes of the film. Also recommend rewatching the original 1985 LIVE AID concert on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22oy8dFjqc

Can You Ever Forgive Me? - sooooo gooood. See this movie as soon as you get a chance. Funny and fascinating, based on a true story.

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable - A wonderful documentary! Iconic american street photographer capturing NYC in the 50’s and 60’s, and so much more. Pay the $3.99 to watch this online.

Yellow Is Forbidden - ok not the best documentary I’ve ever seen but worth it to view the clothing in action. At the very least look up Guo Pei’s spring summer 2017 runway show, it’s not fully shown in the film and it is amazing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLpoENjcLoI

BlacKkKlansman - wow! This was intense to watch and really had me emotional. Plus early 70’s everything! Lucky to have the person it was based on and author of the book by the same name, Ron Stallworth, do a Q&A after the film. Extremely heavy and funny at the same time, and he said it was all just as comical if not more in real life, and he still carries his KKK membership card on him.

Ladies in Black - Set in 1959 in a department store in Australia, a visual dream come true for me. Great story and great fashion. And I was lucky to do actress Rachael Taylor’s hair for the closing night gala. Hope this plays widely in US theaters.

Also saw two more movies this week since I have been back from Palm Springs:

The Hitch-Hiker - Directed by Ida Lupino 1953. Had me on the edge of my seat!

The Favourite - Intense and dark. I loved it.

Next up in film viewing is Noir City Film Festival, one of my favorite events of the year! http://www.noircity.com/