I’ve gone through many interests throughout the years, and one of them revolved around The Monkees—a TV show band that consisted of Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork. I’d always check to see if any reruns would be airing on television, otherwise I’d head to YouTube. I regularly listened to their music, and even saw all four members in two separate concerts between 2011 and 2012. This past Saturday, all those nostalgic sentiments resurfaced, since the Egyptian Theatre was screening The Monkees in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
Held at the iconic Egyptian Theatre, Cinecon 51 occurred over the Labor Day weekend for a period of five days. That’s five full days of classic cinema screenings, though I was only able to experience just one fifth of that weekend. It was my very first time attending, and I had been waiting several months for it to come. Once the schedule had been posted, I was delighted to see that the top screenings I wanted to check out were conveniently listed on the same day.
For the longest time, I was under the impression that the TCM Classic Film Festival was an exclusive event. While, yes, there are passes, I had no idea that tickets to individual screenings were made available to the general public. With this year’s theme being “History According to Hollywood,” I took a peek at the list of films that would be playing at the festival, and knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Although there were so many I wanted to watch, I made it my mission to see the film that was at the very top of my list.