Movies/Pop Culture

 This story was originally published in May 2013. It has been updated. This week, The 66th Cannes Film Festival opened with much anticipation. The prestigious jury, led by Steven Spielberg, includes glamorous Nicole Kidman, French actor Daniel Auteuil, director Ang Lee, and actor Christoph Waltz to name just a few. Ah, Cannes! The red carpet.…

I met Scarlett O’Hara when I was eleven, or twelve. My Dad and I sat together through the 4-hour movie (and the 30 minute intermission.) Life was never quite the same after that. Merci, papa. I fell in love with her, Atlanta and the American South, where I later spent a year as an international student, thanks to a full…

This story was orginally published in 2012. It has been updated.  Bonjour les amis. Somewhere on the beautiful Côte d’Azur, in a glitzy old city named Cannes, one of the world’s most prestigious Film Festivals has just begun. What a perfect opportunity to talk about movies. I have fond memories of Sunday afternoons spent at the…

“To me, cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” Alfred Hitchcock. I totally agree with Sir Alfred, and let’s not forget a famous French queen allegedly declared: “Let them eat cake!”  That’s probably why it is impossible to grow up in France and not enjoy cake, or movies. After all, the…