Beauty is Embarrassing at the Roxie Theater

by tatiana on September 18, 2012

Paul Reubens and Wayne White on the set of Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Paul Reubens and Wayne White on the set of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse

I don’t think I need to say much about Beauty is Embarrassing that isn’t evident by just watching the trailer (below), or doing a quick Wikipedia search (hey, I just did it for you!). Basically, if you live in SF, or the Bay Area, get yourself to the Roxie Theater this week to catch this inspiring documentary about Wayne White, visual artist, puppeteer, and man whose world is just about as colorful as his language. I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up.


You’re So My Type: Moonrise Kingdom

by tatiana on June 6, 2012

Like many fans of good cinema, I saw Moonrise Kingdom this week. (You thought I was going to say fans of Wes Anderson, didn’t you? Well, I wasn’t. But now I guess I am, as I really loved this movie and can’t stop watching the trailer.) Basically, this was one of Wes Anderson’s best, according to me, and I think everyone should see it. It gave me warm fuzzies, it made me laugh, it made me ponder life, and it made me want to be 12-years-old again.

The one thing I couldn’t stop thinking about was how much I loved the lettering. A quick Google search and a few clicks later, I found out that it is not yet a typeface. (Update: See comments!) The lettering was hand-drawn by San Francisco-based type-designer (what about type-ologist? I think that would be a fun title) Jessica Hische. Hopefully someday it’ll be available to the masses, but for now we can enjoy it when we watch Moonrise Kingdom over and over.

Typeface coming soon… we hope!

Come to think of it… the lettering is similar to the typeface I use for my blog headings (except Hische’s is way cooler). I’m using a Google Web Font called Great Vibes. I bet it would look great in that mustard yellow too though. Anyway, what are some of your favorite uses of type in film? One that easily comes to mind is the Windsor typeface, which is used in all of Woody Allen’s films, and Wes Anderson previously used Futura in his films (Stanley Kubrick was also a big Futura fan). I wonder why more directors aren’t using Papyrus? (Just kidding, please put the tomatoes away.)


DIY Veruca Salt Costume

by tatiana on November 6, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I had a hard time coming up with a costume idea this year. I had 3 ideas that I was debating between for a few months and found all of the items I needed for what I thought was the best costume, and then just a week before Halloween I completely scratched that idea and went with Veruca Salt. And I’m happy I did.

“Don’t care how, I want it NOW!”

I like treating Halloween as a time to pay homage to people, characters or icons I admire. Here are some of the costumes I’ve made over the last four years:

From left to right: Courtney Love, Virgin Guadalupe, Feminist Uncle Sam, Hello Kitty [click to continue…]


Movie Night in Dolores, and Other Weekend Happenings

by tatiana on September 24, 2011


I love movies. I love the outdoors. I love sneakily consuming Sauvignon Blanc in public places. Put all of these things together and you have Dolores Park movie night! I’m “live blogging” I guess directly from my t-shirt quilt in the park and Top Gun is about to start. This is the first time I’ll be watching this classic. I’m mostly excited to watch the eye candy that is Val Kilmer. Yum.

The Girl Talk is a-bumpin’ and the place is packed with happy people, dogs and the occasional baby/child. It’s events like this that made me want to live in this great lil city.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!


CineFiles: My Top 5 Movies of 2011 (so far)

by tatiana on August 17, 2011

So, I realized this morning that I haven’t blogged in a month, which I normally would be upset with myself for, but this lady (points to self) has been WAY busy! Excuses aside, I thought I’d talk a little about the movies I’ve seen this summer (some more than once). [click to continue…]


So, Marissa (who is my roomie extraordinaire and often mistaken as my twin – it’s the Russian nose!) stumbled upon the gold mine that is this series of vlogs featuring none other than one of my favorite people, Pahole Sookkasikon (known to many also as Mr. Hyphen… AND Mr. Mesa – zot zot!). In these vlogs, he gives us a behind the scenes look at the makings of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

And yes, I included 3 episodes. You can thank me later.

This last one is a little hard to see/hear, but it’s fun nonetheless.

To learn more about the film festival, the Center for Asian American Media, or to volunteer, check out their schnazy website:


It's Fleet Week in San Francisco

by tatiana on October 7, 2010

You know what that means…

Shirley Temple and Buddy Ebsen, Captain January (Butler, 1936) (Photo Credit)

… I might finally get my chance to tap dance with a sailor.

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“I think that’s the important thing, if you’re full of love, admiration, appreciation of the beautiful things there are in this life, you have it made, really. And I have it made.”

When I heard about Gloria Stuart’s passing on Monday, I thought… hot damn, it’s unfortunate that she’s ‘known’ for playing the role of the 100-year-old woman in Titanic (Cameron, 1996)… but maybe it isn’t so bad. She was nominated for an Academy Award, and finally gained the attention and fame that she deserved way wayyy earlier in her career. [click to continue…]


Thursday Inspiration: Coco Before Chanel

by tatiana on August 26, 2010

Photo Credit: The New Yorker

Monday night, after waiting a few days in anticipation for my next Netflix movies to arrive, I finally received two fashion-related films that I’ve been anxious to see: Brüno (Larry Charles, 2009) and Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine, 2009). Needless to say, I watched not even 5 minutes of Brüno and decided that it needed to be sent back immediately, if not sooner. Alas,  it was quickly resealed in its red envelope and I then popped in Coco Becoming Chanel… within the first 30 seconds the movie was already vastly superior… ok, enough about how bad Brüno was and onto the good stuff! [click to continue…]


Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975), an Australian film about a group of girls on a Boarding School trip to Hanging Rock. Taking place in the Victorian era, not only is this movie unsettling and eerie, but it’s also delightfully beautiful – a combination that makes this movie a must-see. (And, who doesn’t love black tights with white dresses?) [click to continue…]