I actually attended the Closing Night party this year (previous years, I've either been too sick, too tired, or just plain not here), and it was pretty cool.
Held at the gorgeous Pan-Pacific, the party offered 2 drink tix per guest (an improvement over the Opening Night party), various tasty sammiches, including veggie options, fresh fruit, and my favorite: waiters with trays of chocolates and the most perfect little lemon squares I've ever tasted. There was also a small screening room set up with popcorn bags filled with candy treats, which I thought was kind of charming - even if they were playing Out of Africa. :)
One of the things I really loved about the Closing Night party was that the "stars" wandered around amongst the regular people - they weren't sectioned off into a special Super VIP area. You could just like, go up and talk to them. Who knew? I saw both Freddy Rodriguez (and resisted the urge to yell out "Rico! How could you do that to Vanessa??"), and Bill Pullman which made me very, very. VERY happy. I didn't go up to Mr. Pullman, just gazed lovingly across the room at him - but still, it was pretty awesome. And I will continue to believe that he smiled AT me, and not just randomly in my direction.
In related news, I saw 18 films this year - which is still down from my all time high (38, I think in 2004? This is why I write these things down now), but is a decent upgrade from 2007 AND 2008. And here's how I'm breaking it down:
Films I am most likely to purchase:
Shall We Kiss?
Sita Sings the Blues
Films I am most likely to watch again:
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
My Effortless Brilliance
The Wrecking Crew
Films I would watch again, if they happened to be on TV:
Film I *might* watch again, if I wanted to gaze at Martin Henderson & Michelle Rodriquez together:
Battle in Seattle
Films I don't want EVER to watch again:
Savage Grace (sorry Julianne - I just can't do it!)
And, there you go. Next year - I hope to push it over 20. We'll see what happens!