Monday, June 25, 2007

Lake Tahoe and the USA

Start: I have arrived at the most beautiful mountain resort I have visited so far. The lake is breathtaking and the view is incredible. Lake Tahoe is surrounded by snowy mountains, its water is very cold and on its shore you can take a sun bath on a warm beach or you can enjoy a sunset like no other I have have set my eyes on.

Home: I'm staying in a spacey apartment with my seven friends with whom I have started this American adventure (when we all sit down and watch TV together we're like the "Friends" cast in a brand-new-Romanian episode). Our American home is in California and the place where we work is in Nevada (because the border between the two states passes trough Lake Tahoe City).

Work: We all work in a Golf Course resort, the most expensive one that is around here. Five of us work in the kitchen the other three work in the maintenance department. My kitchen coworkers are very friendly and smart and we talk all day long (one of them is almost as chatty - if not chattier- as myself). A lot of Mexicans work here so I have the great chance of improving my Spanish as well as my English skills this holiday.

Films: I saw a very interesting and intriguing film with Joe (a quick-made friend that lives near my new home). The film is called Garden State and I think that the writer knew someone like me when he wrote the screenplay (those who know me and will see this particular cinematographic piece will find out why I wrote all the above :D).

End: This is it for now. Unfortunately I don't have Messenger around here and my schedule doesn't allow me to surf the net whenever I please, but I shall try to keep you connected to my American summer. Until next time, watch Garden State and have a great holiday/vacation/season.


PS: Happy birthday Vlad. I hope that you found a job and that you are cheerful, merry and all that all year long. Best of luck! Hugs and kisses!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Cinema, Cinema, Cinema

It appears that we are facing a crises. Romanian cinematography suffers a great deal because Romanians don't go to the cinema, not even for Romanian films, films that have received applause and European recognition.

This is a moment of mourning for the cultural future of this country, I mourn empty plush seats, big dusty screens, torn-up film posters, I mourn frames of delightful images that are seen far better on the big screen than on a computer in a poorly ventilated room, somewhere in Regie, I mourn the social life of thousands of students that have an umbilical link to their computer.

The films are made for you, go and see them! Go, don't stay!

Here are 100 reasons for going to movies:

Here are reasons for going to Romanian films:

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Happy 21st Birthday Luci!

Today is a very special day for a friend of Luci has turned 21, today Luci has received the wright to drink and gamble on all continents (careful with the Muslim countries...but then again, you're not on).

I remember my 21st birthday like it was a few months ago...ahhh...actually it was a few months ago :D...the best birthday I have ever had, my best friends were there, the presents were amazing...fantastic.

Birthdays are great if you have cool, smart and friendly friends and if you give a party.

Enjoy your birthday Luci! May your year be like a ride in Alton Towers.

See you in autumn 'cause from Wednesday, I'll be in The States all summer. The posts will probably be fewer though, but full of events from the upcoming adventure.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

California Dreamin'

Last night I saw what is probably the best Romanian film I have ever viewed, the late Cristian Nemescu's California Dreamin'.

Without exaggerating one bit, the director depicts the cruel, ass-biting-real-Romanian scenery that our country sadly has to offer its public. The characters are remarkably vivid and will strike many cords, the action is simple but I don't know how, in 155 minutes of film YOU DO NOT GET BORED ONE LITTLE BIT.
This is a film that makes you laugh, makes you sad, opens your eyes and creates a certain feeling...when you get out of that cinema, after seeing it, you'll walk differently for an hour or so, thinking about you, your country and the future...but you'll see all of them in a whole knew will love that feeling.

Cristian Nemescu died last year in a car accident...I feel so sorry that he is dead, a man that can direct like he did deserved a lot more time of film-making on Earth.

The film is endless...but I don't think that it lacks or abounds in one single scene...this is a incredibly good film and it was also distinguished with "Un Certain Regard" at Cannes this year.