-French movies: I recently subscribed to Netflix (and am currently very angry at them for splitting Instant Play and mailed-in DVDs into two different services), so now each moment of my leisure is spent on the French cinema, old and new. If you are at least half the Francophile I am, check these out:
- “Hors de Prix” (Priceless), a modern-day French take on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” starring Audrey Tautou (you may remember how much I admire her from this post). It’s a cute, funny, light-hearted rom-com, and it shows some gorgeous views of the French Riviera.
- “Paris” (2008), starring Romain Duris and Juliette Binoche (you may remember her from “Chocolat” with Johnny Depp), is a fantastic drama. It tells the stories of several Parisians and their very different lives, but centers around one, very wise and possibly terminally ill man. This movie is philosophical and deep, and shows the true (in my opinion) essence of Paris. I must admit, I cried like une petite chou chou at the end of this one. I highly recommend it!
- I also decided to watch all of Jean-Luc Godard’s films. So far I’ve seen Le Mepris (Contempt), starring Brigitte Bardot…
damn, I’m a sucker for French women. This film was a bit hard to get into but paid off in the end. It documents the life of a suffering screenwriter and his physically flawless yet utterly miserable wife. It shows the downsides of love, marriage and ultimately patriarchy.
- …and “A Bout de Souffle” (Breathless) – this one was more up my alley. It documents the adventures of a young criminal, Michel, who is on the run from the French police, and a young American girl with whom he is in love. The movie is mostly set in Paris. This film is critically acclaimed for its revolutionary cinematography – even if not for the story, I highly recommend it for this reason alone.
(The girl is played by the stunning Jean Seberg – an actual American)
-Black nail polish: even though most would say it’s more of a colder months color, I completely adore it year-round. I like its seriousness and the way it contrasts with my skin. I also like that if it’s chipped, it looks badass and kind of rock-and-roll as opposed to negligent. I’m currently using “Black Caviar” by Duri – it has a wide brush, goes on smoothly and has great staying power. -Prosciutto: I’ve never been a big fan of prosciutto – I enjoyed it in sauces but not really on its own. I was recently cooking something that required its addition and was left with quite a bit of it. I decided to give it another go and realized how incredible this product is. It’s salty, smoky, meaty… I’ve always vouched for bacon as my favorite pork product but I may have converted. I think it’s always worth it to buy the absolute best possible quality Prosciutto di Parma when it’s available, even if it costs extra.
Having had my first encounter with pork belly at Momofuku and now this, I’m starting to really harbor an appreciation for pork.
What have you been watching/wearing/eating lately?