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!
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.
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.