Party Corner

JEAN HARLOW PJ Party wrap-up!

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2/6/2012 - 5:07PM

Our Pajama Party programmer Suki weighs in below on how much fun January’s PJ Party edition was!

The swish of satin was almost audible over the swingin’ 1920s tunes, as doors opened on the latest Cinefama Pajama Party, Jean Harlow-style, featuring Bombshell.  Groups of ladies (and a smattering of gents in off-kilter wigs and ill-fitting dresses!) gathered in the theater while our super-sexy man models from Gloria Ferrer Champagne served up glasses of bubbly. It’s always exciting and nerve-wracking to present a film to an audience that has mostly never seen it before. I know that I love Jean Harlow’s performance in Bombshell (she’s strong, brassy, blonde and mouthy!), and we were thrilled to find that this room full of young modern women loved her as much as I do!

We were so thrilled to present Bombshell in this context, in a 35mm print, with the help from our friends over at the Warner Archive. From a woman’s perspective, this film has a slightly odd tone: it centers on bombshell starlet Lola Banks, along with the friends, family and assistants who rely on her successful career for their bread and butter. When she decides she wants out of the business, they need to do everything they can to trick her into continuing. Essentially, they’re gaslighting her: manipulating her by way of trickery to gain their desired results. SPOILER ALERT: the film ends with their success in this endeavor! As a modern woman, it feels odd to be rooting for Lola the whole movie, waiting for her to stand up for herself and get her life in order the way she wants it….only to have her… not. She continues being the cash cow to her entourage, and the film goes as far as to say they have convinced her that she WANTS that. That said, Bombshell is chock full of one-liners and physical comedy! It’s so much fun, and our PJ partygoers really yucked it up. I think the line that got the biggest laugh was “Your hair is like a field of daisies — I want to run barefoot through your hair!”


After the film, it was party time. We were so thrilled to have Stephanie G and Jeanne out on the patio doing pin curl makeovers and ’20s-style makeup — and our buddies from Snap Yourself were also in attendance to document the makeovers and merriment. And the champagne was flowin’!

I can’t wait to announce our next Cinefama Pajama Party, but in the meantime, to tie yourselves over, you should join us on February 11th for one of our “Seven Days of Valentines” events, as we party ’til dawn with our Grunge-Tastic ’90s Party, featuring Cameron Crowe’s Singles!


Why We Love Dolly Parton

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8/23/2011 - 11AM

CLICK HERE FOR TIX TO SATURDAY, AUGUST 27th’s “DOLLY PARTON ALL-NITE 9-TO-5′ER” @ CINEFAMILY, feat. 9 To 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone!

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a self-described feminista (one who integrates both new and old school feminist ideas, yet with a sense of humor and sass) would cling to Dolly Parton as a symbol of inspiration for women, but allow me to explain.

Dolly Parton is a strong-willed, strong-minded woman. She is unapologetic about the way she presents herself (which is particularly important for busty ladies everywhere, real or fake) and often jokes about how trashy she appears (her words, not mine.) In addition to her real world strength, Dolly portrays strong women in film as well. From the “touch my ass one more time and I will strangle you” ‘tude of 9 To 5 to the “I own my sexuality” approach in Best Little Whorehouse…, she is uncompromising in being a positive role model. This is a quality that is exceedingly and increasingly rare. One of my number-one frustrations with the current state of cinema is how women are portrayed. Being taken seriously is already an uphill battle for women everywhere, without the added difficulty of women in movies being portrayed as braying nags, psycotic basket cases or helpless bunny rabbits. Dolly has rejected these roles and has portrayed women who stand up for themselves, who stick to what they think is right, and who never apologize for being a woman.

There is a reason that so many drag queens look to Dolly as an example of WOMAN; to me, Dolly embodies woman at her deepest core. If you attack her for being a caricature of femininity, you are missing the point. It is not about what she looks like — plain or garish — but the ideas she propels. 

Above all, she is a power house of a performer of screen and stage. So here’s to you Dolly, from one feminista to another. Keep fighting the good fight!

Cinefamily Prom Dress Shopping!

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6/14/2011 - 3:23PM

Hello, Cineladies and Cinegents!

Cinefamily High is ready for our first annual SENIOR PROM!! Needless to say, as the party maven of the Cinefamily, I am beyond excited to bring this bash to you all! While me and the Cinefamily prom committee (a lovely team of Cinefamily volunteers who have committed to crepe ‘n decorate ‘n party with me leading up to the Prom) are bustling like busy bees, the one thing I keep hearing from everyone I talk to about the prom is: WHAT WILL I WEAR!!!??!?

I thought my first blog post here on the newly re-launched blog should address this question, as it also happens to be about two of my favorite things in the world: fancy dresses and shopping!

I’m about to share one of my very special L.A. secrets with all the Cineladies out there….and this is no small thing. This might be one of my top five shopping secret weapons (the other four of which I am sure I will eventually disclose on the Cineblog). I hesitate to tell you, but something inside me says “Share, Suki! There are ladies who need dresses out there!”


Hidden in the depths of the industrial district east of Echo Park, near St. Vinneys, lays an oasis of fashion. A land where no boys are allowed (not a joke), and the dresses are in primo condition. A warehouse of wonders…I’m getting a little emotional now…