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Films To See

I just realized that I don’t have a “Films from Cannes You Must See” list yet. Granted, I only saw a handful of movies, so my recommendations should definitely be taken with a grain of salt.

But here goes….
Movies that Should Get Oscar Recognition:
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring Javier Bardem, Martina García, and Blanca Portillo
The trailer:
Recognition will go to Javier Bardem– If he doesn’t get a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, I will be stunned.
Blue Valentine
Directed by Derek Cianfrance
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Here’s a clip:
The two should be nominated for Best Actor and Actress in Leading Roles, and the movie itself is good enough for a Best Picture and/or Best Director nod, personally.
Film to See that Probably Wont Make It to U.S. Theaters:
Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires)
Directed by Xavier Dolan
Starring Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokr (she was fabulous), and Niels Schneider
The trailer:
Heartbeats was by far the best movie I saw at Cannes. I like Blue Valentine and Biutiful a lot (and think they have more potential), but Heartbeats won me over. The acting is great, love the story, the music goes perfectly with everything, and just the fact that the director is only 21 has me in awe.
Film to See that Will Most Definitely Make It to U.S. Theaters
Fair Game
Directed by Doug Liman
Starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts
Here’s a clip:
Based on the true story of the outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame.
Films to See that Will Probably Have At Least Limited Release in US Theaters:
Another Year
Directed by Mike Leigh
Starring: a ton of people– Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Oliver Maltman, and Lesley Manville (so good!), among others.
Here’s a clip:
So that’s it. Those are my notes on the films I saw in Cannes (I saw a few others, but none as note-worthy). I guess we’ll just have to see what comes of them.
And if you have time to see just a few, please be sure to watch Heartbeats, Biutiful, and Blue Valentine. Those are a must.

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Hanging Paintings

I finally got the painting I made over Spring Break up on the wall of our new house. Valerie helped me re-stretch the canvas over the stretcher bars (the wooden frame)– while I tugged and pulled, she stapled. I broke a sweat, it was so hard. But finally we were finished with the stapling and it was time to hang it up.

Hammering in the loose staples.

“A little more to the right.”
Putting the first holes in the wall at our new house
(whilst standing on super rickety swivel chair).

… Aaaannnnd…..

Celebrating with delicious banana bread that Valerie baked!

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“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”

– Chris McCandless

*Where’s Waldo? … I’m two rows up from the kid with the pink hair.

I am going to miss this bunch. I’m already going through new-friend withdrawal.

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Need This!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this camera for the rest of my summer? I could take really quality (and arsty) pictures of my niece in Las Vegas, my trip to San Francisco, my internship in Philadelphia, visiting Shiloh in Salisbury (Maryland), and seeing the family in Tucson. It would be so much fun to be able to take good pictures of the next three months!

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Tacos Los Compadres

Today I went out with a friend for lunch to catch up, and we went to this new place that I’ve never been before– Tacos Los Compadres.
To me, you can’t get a lot more Oklahoman than getting food at a roadside stand, eating on the well-worn picnic tables provided with the sun burning down on you if you aren’t lucky enough to snag the table with shade.
To beat the heat, we got Mexican soda. They had Fanta, Coca-Cola, and Lift, an apple flavored soda. On my new kick of trying new foods, I got the apple soda, and I was well-rewarded for my curiosity. It was delicious!

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Setting Up House

I got into Oklahoma the day after my roommates had come back to Norman (after going home for the week after finals), so I got to be a part of the first grocery shopping experience.

Let me tell you, setting up a kitchen (and a home) from scratch is hard, expensive work. You don’t just need the obvious large food items like milk and giant bags of frozen chicken. You need olive oil, mustard, and sandwich baggies. You need dishwashing soap, salt and peppershakers, and a broom. And all that stuff adds up veeeeery quickly.

Starting a new home is expensive business. Since coming here, we’ve had to set up our electricity, water, cable/internet, and alarm system. We’ve paid too much in deposits and down payments, and we’ve already started paying our bills. And yet, with all this, I just feel like a kid playing grown-up right now. I’ve got the bills and I’ve got the responsibilities, but it still kinda feels like playing house. I’m not sure when it will stop either—maybe when I get a real job to go with the real house.

It’s funny, because when I was griping about living in the sorority house with a bunch of girls and wishing that I could be living with my friends in our own place, people kept telling me to appreciate living in the house because there someone else takes care of everything. I didn’t really believe them, but it’s so true. Before this, the most time I’d spend on worrying about bills was paying my one-time room and board payment. And the most time I spent on food a day was the time it took me to eat—no buying or preparing and no washing dishes.

But in the end, all the furniture finding, bargain hunting, and twenty-minute phone calls to the cable company (ten of which were spent on hold)—it’s all worth it. My friends and I made a celebratory dinner last night together (delicious lemon-y shrimp sauce over penne pasta), and we cooked it in our own kitchen while enjoying a glass of wine and catching up on each other’s stories. To me, that kind of evening is well worth the grocery shopping, dish washing, and frequent dead bug sightings (I think our floor is toxic).

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Before I Move On…

*photo courtesy of Julian Broudy

I’m home, and my fabulous trip to Cannes is over. I miss the place and I miss all my new friends.
But thankfully, I have pictures. And I have new friends who take incredible pictures and then post them all on Facebook for me to admire. So I’m stealing from them (with permission and crediting them, of course) and posting some of their amazing pictures here.
More Cannes for you– courtesy of Julian and Alek!

The American Pavilion
*photos courtesy of Julian Broudy
View of the Pavilions from the Marché.
The front of the American Pavilion.

Inside the American Pavilion Conference room

Many a blog was composed on the American Pavilion computers.

The Pavilion restaurant from the beach.

The Palais
*photos courtesy of Julian Broudy

The front of the Palais

The back of the Palais (on right) and Marché (on left)… The Entrée
des Artistes, behind the Palais, was where we could use
the restroom, and it was the facilitator of many star sightings.
The Marché
*photos courtesy of Alek Rost

The front of the Marché, where hundreds of films came with hopes
to be bought and sold. There were over fifty companies that set up
in the Marché, and it was a thriving, bustling place to be during the festival.

The halls of the Marché… Companies set up shop in swankily
decorated cubicles, where buyers could wander through and ask
questions, and then, if they were interested, set appointments,
and screen films.
The Short Film Corner, home of great short films and
the most popular happy hour at the festival.
And the Beautiful City of Cannes
*photos courtesy of Julian Broudy
a normal street

The beach walk from the hotel in Cannes La Bocca to the festival.
the view of part of the festival from the castle
Part of the street where I bought all my Christmas presents.
rooftop view of Cannes
And I just added these pictures of Cannes because I think my friend Julian is a talented photographer and I love these pictures…

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