Category Archives: Site Update

It’s Cinema Fanatic’s 5th Anniversary!

Isn’t that exciting?! I’ve got a really big announcement to make, but first I want to run through a few highlights of this last year.

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Movie Quote of the Day is Four Years Old!

Another year passes, another celebration of this feature! I was looking back at the post celebrating the feature’s third anniversary and noticed I summed up all the changes that happened in those years, so I think I will do that again. When I started this feature, I was living in the back of my parents’ house watching TCM 16 hours a day, then I lived in San Francisco for two years where I was working towards an MFA in film production/screenwriting, working at a handful of theaters and haunting seat M107 at the Castro Theatre, last year I had just moved to North Hollywood and was working at the Warner Archive Collection and finishing my MFA online, now I have graduated (did so in December!), am working at Rotten Tomatoes and struggle to actually have the time to watch a movie every day. So many changes! But Movie Quote of the Day stays strong and I’ll keep updating the feature for years to come if I can help it! After the cut I have all of this year’s quotes, but if you want to see every single Movie Quote of the Day you can do so here.

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A Little Help From My Friends

This post originated on my Tumblr, but I thought I would branch out and ask my subscribers for some help as well.

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First post 6/14:

Hi guys, Mr. Rochester, my cat, is doing better. I just talked to the vet and they said he was eating and doing much better with fluids. I still don’t know when he can come home.

I’m going out of town for a wedding on Thursday, so regardless I have to board him with the vet for a few days next week because they’ll have to continue his treatment.

It’s all really expensive and eating away at my savings account. Anything you can spare – even $5 – would really help me and my kitty.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

http://www.gofundme.com/Help-Mr-Rochester

p.s. you can also donate funds to my Paypal account (maryag7@gmail.com)

UPDATE 6/15:

I just got off the phone with my vet. Mr. Rochester is doing much better. He’s eating and his levels are all going down.

He has to stay at least one more night with I.V. fluids before he can come home (though I have to board him again with the vet when I go out of town so he can get all his medicine while I’m gone).

His red blood cells are a little off, but they’re giving him some medicine for that.

His kidneys are going to be deficient from here on out and I will have to change his diet and be extremely careful and watchful, but the vet told me multiple times that this does not mean he’s going to leave me anytime soon and that many cats with deficient kidneys live for a long time.

I’m still a crying mess. My apartment is so quiet without his meowing.

This is all going to cost a lot, not just for the treatment right now and his boarding next weekend, but for continual monitoring, so anything you can spare right now is more than helpful: http://www.gofundme.com/Help-Mr-Rochester

UPDATE 6/16: 

I still haven’t heard when he can come home and it looks like he may have to stay at the hospital until Sunday at this rate. Which is going to cost A LOT. So really, anything helps because it all adds up to a whole lot: http://www.gofundme.com/Help-Mr-Rochester

A Video For My 2,000th Post

I can’t even believe I’ve posted 1,999 posts – making this number 2,000!. And the next one is 2,001! Too bad I already did 2001: A Space Odyssey for MQOTD. Anyways, enjoy this video featuring a cameo from my cat Mr. Rochester.

Yesterday Was The Site’s 4th Anniversary. . .

. . .and I totally missed it.

And I don’t have any fancy graphics or any big long essays about how great this year was (even though it really was!). But I do have this video:

Also, here are some highlights from this last year of blogging/my life:

  • Went to New York City and recorded the Oscars podcast with Ryan from The Matinee.
  • Went to TCMFF for the third year, did great interviews, was on TCM.
  • GOT A JOB AT WARNER BROS.
  • Moved to Los Angeles.
  • Met William Friedkin, David Lynch, Paul Schrader, Shirley Jones, Clu Gulager and many other awesome people.
  • Graduated with my MFA in Screenwriting (this just happened).

Things that will be happening:

  • Oscar Vault Monday will come back soon!
  • Hopefully more other writing.
  • Maybe sell a screenplay? That would be nice.

I’m so glad you all have been along for the ride for the last few years. I’m sorry I dropped the ball and posted this thing so late!

Movie Quote of the Day is Three Years Old!

I can’t believe I have been doing a movie quote a day for three years now! So much has happened in those three years. When I started this feature, I was living in the back of my parents’s house with a bunch of cats and a dinky television where I watched TCM 16 hours a day (I still have that television; it’s been with me since the year 2000!). Last year I was living in San Francisco, where I was for two years working towards my M.F.A. in film production at the Academy of Art University (I still have a semester left) and now I am living in North Hollywood and I work for the Warner Archive Collection. It’s amazing the amount of change three years can hold. I hope y’all have enjoyed this feature as much as I have enjoyed posting it! You can see all 1086 quotes here on this handy dandy page I made for the feature. Under the cut are all the quotes from the last year. Enjoy!
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Site Update: Oscar Vault Monday Hiatus

I will be going in vacation to New York City (I’ve never been!) starting tomorrow, so Oscar Vault Monday is going on hiatus until the 21st. I Hope you all have been having a great new year so far!

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Site Update: It’s Our 3rd Anniversary!

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Believe it or not, I’ve been updating this site regularly for three years now! It’s amazing how the time has really flown. While last year saw a lot more changes than this year, 2012 was so full of amazing things for me and for this site.

I continued my studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now have two semesters left in my MFA program. While there I studied with some really brilliant people, including screenwriter (he co-wrote The Emperor’s New Groove), actor and director extraordinaire Matthew Jacobs.

On the site, Movie Quote of the Day has been going strong with a different quote everyday (except for repeats on Groundhog Day because duh) for over two and a half years. After a eight-month hiatus, Oscar Vault Monday came back strong, with some of my very best work so far. I continued to review many a film from The Warner Archive, which continues to be a delightful gig and I also reviewed a handful of books of film from Titan Books.

I continued to write for YAM Magazine, which included covering many festivals: Noir City X (where I met the founder of the Film Noir Foundation Eddie Muller and talked about eyeliner with Angie Dickinson), the 3rd annual TCM Film Festival (where I met and talked with both Bob Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, interviewed Tippi Hedren, Rick Baker and Thelma Schoonmaker and was yelled at on the red carpet by Tony Roberts), the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Epidemic Film Festival, the 17th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival. I also got to do several interviews outside of festivals, including Carl Davis and Jake Schreier.

I was in a commercial for the Samsung Series 9 Monitors in which, according to one user on YouTube, I demonstrate the “worst acting in [the] history of mankind.” Can’t please ’em all.

Lastly, the amazing biography of Lew Ayres written by Lesley Coffin for which I contributed the foreword was finally released and surprise of all surprises, my name was on the cover! You can purchase it here.

All and all, 2012 was a great year for me and I hope it was a great year for you too. I’m so grateful for each and every reader that comes across this site and I can’t wait for 2013 and a 4th year of being a cinema fanatic!

Love,
Marya

Cinema Fanatic’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

I was pretty happy with last year’s Holiday Gift Guide, so I thought I’d do it again this year. This year gifts range from $5 books to $250 dollar box sets. I’ve scoured Amazon for the best box sets, as well as added some films and books that have made my year pretty great. I think there’s a little something for everyone here. Treat yourself. Treat the movie lover in your life. Treat your favorite film blogger. Everything you need can be found in this handy, dandy guide. I upped this year’s list from 15 to 20 items because there were just so many great new Blu and box set releases this year!

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Site Update: The Contenders

Since today is officially the first day if Autumn, I’ve updated the side column called “The Contenders” with various thoughts of who might get nominated come Oscar. This is just a preliminary list, mostly sight-unseen, based on the pedigrees of the projects. As we get further into “awards season,” I’ll continue to update. For now, I’ll post the list after the cut as well.

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