Rian, Star Wars and us

Rian Johnson to direct Star Wars VIII - The cat, you and us

This weekend the news of Rian Johnson directing the second part of the new Star Wars saga have been raving (well, maybe not that much) around the internet. He was announced as the director & writer of the episode VIII and therefore will be in charge of keeping the new adventures by JJ Abrams going.

We usually don’t talk about movies a lot in this space, I think we only shared two posts which were absolutely dedicated to cinema this last year of blogging, although we certainly mention our love here and there. But when we read the news I knew it was the perfect excuse to ramble in the blog a little bit about one of our favorite subjects & also share a fun story we had two years ago with Rian Johnson.

You do already know how we don’t miss a local film festival each year called Sitges Film Festival, right? Well, on 2005 – wow, can’t believe that almost 10 years went by, ohmy – Brick, a little indie gem was the winner on that festival’s edition. And we absolutely fell in love with the aesthetics, the music and the game it proposes to the spectator where you must believe that a film noir plot is happening in a high school. A little halt here to mention Gordon-Levitt in his (great) total main character of the film, I need to, because while I’m writing this I can see the hubs smiling and saying: “the plot? yeah, …of course you like that the most…” Well, of course having him didn’t hurt either (not at all), but really the movie is good, so I recommend watching it in case you still haven’t!

Rian Johnson to direct Star Wars VIII - The cat, you and us

Well, now let’s move forward to 2012, when Rian visited once again Sitges to present Looper, his last flick. Although I am very (very!) shy and specially have a fear of what to say to people whom I’ve been admiring for any reason (name here also photographers, bloggers, …), I knew it was the chance to transform myself into an impromptu autograph hunter and be able to have our dvd copy of Brick signed. The collectors edition of the movie contained a real still, so I thought it would be great to have it signed and then frame it as a special item to decorate the movie collection area in our home.

So here I was, dvd copy in one hand and pen in the other waiting for his red carpet entrance, my plan was to jump in as soon as he got off the car showing clearly the dvd so the security crew knew I was safe. The reality is that Sitges is quite laid back, which means that your are able to get very near the movie crew, specially when they detect that you are only a little silly fan. You will be relieved to know that it was not as bad as I had envisioned and two minutes later I got my still signed (!)

As it usually happens, he was too sweet and also insisted on signing the dvd case: two autographs and my embarrassment levels have never been higher. Well, in fact they got even higher when I saw that I made a brief appearance in the official Sitges video of the day. And yes, in case you are wondering, they are very very high now that I’m sharing this story with all of you.

Minute 1:10 if you wish to see me in action (it goes quick, only a second, but you will see my “this is too embarrassing but I’m grateful you are that nice” half smile) – video copyright by Sitges Film Festival.

Have you ever done something that it was very embarrassing but something inside you knew you “had” to do it anyways? Have you any fun stories with celebrities? Please don’t let me feel alone in this one :)

Now, let’s hope the new Star Wars saga with Disney gives us a nice entertainment the following years, and wish Rian the best in his hard (I bet pleasing the Star Wars fans is not an easy task) endeavour: may the force be with you! – you knew I just had to say this.

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  1. Jane Y. ADDS...

    that is so awesome! i saw you in the video!!! :)

    23rd June 2014
    • We reply...

      yay! (I say while blushing….)

  2. Mariko ADDS...

    I saw you!! I’ve gotten to meet a few celebrities as part of my previous life as a film critic, but I am still pretty shy around anyone I “admire.” One of my craziest experiences was drinking with Tony Todd (Candyman), James Duval (Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko), and Noah Hathaway (Atreyu from The Neverending Story). [photographic proof here: http://gamerwife.com/2012/07/26/fantasia-film-festival-week-one-recap/%5D. I also really embarrassed myself when I was in Boston recently and saw Crispin Glover pass us and I yelled his name! He actually stopped and said hello and I turned bright red and said that I was a big fan and just wanted to let him know I appreciate his work. He was just the sweetest, but I felt a little bad about putting him on the spot like that.

    24th June 2014
    • We reply...

      Hahahah, thank you so much for sharing your stories with celebrities & film festivals as well! We have already talked about this, but Fantasia and Sitges really look very very similar regarding the type of movies and organization style. I had to look up for “Atreyu” in imdb as he is indeed looking quite different now in the pics ;)

  3. Ice Pandora ADDS...

    Ohhh you are too cute :’) don’t worry, I become shy when
    I am near a cool person that I admire as well. I just
    completely shut down and smile like a imbecile, ha :c
    But bold move with the DVD signing! Also nice to hear
    that the whole thing like security were laid back! Xx

    24th June 2014
    • We reply...

      Thaaaanks! you’re sweet Mei! :) Hope my silly smile does not look too bad in the video :S hahaha!

  4. So cool! I’m glad you got the autograph! One of my favorite celebrity encounters was Ethan Hawke at Chateau Marmot in LA. My friend and I walked passed him and he smiled at us. So I boldly (had a few drinks in me) turned around and approached him. “Hi, you’re Ethan, right?” Ha, I was such a nerd. But he loved the attention and flirted with us for awhile. This was when he was married to Uma Thurman though… naughty boy! ;) xo

    24th June 2014
    • We reply...

      Hahahaha “Hi, you’re Ethan, right?” you crack me up!! :) such a good celebrity story! Chateau Marmot is the one in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”, isn’t it? that must be an interesting place to hang out.

  5. Kati ADDS...

    Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!
    Oh, I remember watching Brick aaaages ago and really liking it!

    Have a great day,

    25th June 2014
    • We reply...

      Great to read that you liked Brick! I think is that kind of movie that where you must follow their game or it might cause rejection.

  6. Fiona ADDS...

    Oh I love this and shamefully I still haven’t seen Brick :( I’ve definitely got a big crush of joseph but the plot sounds amazing as well. I think we get proper internet in a few days so I’m coming back to watch this little clip!! I’ve embarrassed myself way to often having fan girl moments. My brother won tickets to the arias (The Australian version of the Grammys) and I went up to people I liked and said embarrassing stuff – lol. Mind you I was 16 but even now days when I meet an artist I like, I’m still super embarrassing and awkward – not much has changed.

    On a sidenote I love how you framed the autograph and how nice he signed twice!

    25th June 2014
    • We reply...

      Hope you are getting a better internet connection soon! and that you are all settled in the new home. Hahahahaha, 16 is not the best age to interact with celebrities I believe ;) Thanks! I like those clear acrylic frames from Muji :)

  7. Kate ADDS...

    Oh Brick is a really good one – I remember when I saw it at the cinema just thinking – wow. I went to a Q&A screening of a film called ‘In search of a midnight kiss’ and afterwards I asked all the main characters if I could take a polaroid of them and if they could then autograph that polaroid! They were all so friendly and I couldn’t believe I was standing there chatting to them. Even the director was super nice and really chatty…An amazing night indeed :)

    27th June 2014

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