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The End... 

The Hillary Awards, Thank-Yous, and Plans for the Future

Hey everybody,

I saw fifteen movies this fest - how many did you catch? It has been a great time and I have a few thank-yous to give out before I start rattling off my bests and worsts.

First and foremost, I would like to thank my fellow bloggers, Carsten Knox and Sue Carter Flinn, for their amiable company and sound encouragement and advice. I hope the fluid deadlines of blogging don't rub off on me and influence my regular contributions to The Coast; these two sign my pay cheques!

I'd like to thank Pam Todd, in the media center, for answering more or less the same question from me over and over again; "Uh, is my badge going to get my into this or that?" I'll know better the next time.

I also want to reserve a big piece, with seconds, of the thank-you cake to Dave Howlett, for a week of encouragement, making dinner, changing laundry loads and waiting on those last two episodes of The Wire. You can be my arm-candy any old film festival!

And, of course, I would like to thank the academy... just, because.

Now on to the highlight reel!

Best moment:Clark Johnson signs my Wire DVDs and spoils a plot point for me. Not on the same day, mind you, (he spoiled a plot point of one of the two episodes I had yet to see), but when he signed my DVDs he was all apologetic when I told him. No worries, I said, though I was not that smooth, there are worse sources to be spoiled by.

I learn the Rubik's Cube. Getting a personal lesson for world cubing champions is pretty cool, but the feeling you get when the pieces fall into place is priceless. The Cube is on my desk right now. It's a great procrastination tool.

The Best of the Fest (of all the movies I saw):One Week; Triage: James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma; Katrina's Children; Choke; Waltz With Bashir; Un Conte de Noel (A Christmas Tale); Nurse. Fighter. Boy; Heavy Load

The Chrystal 'Meh' Awards for Adequate Achievement:Died Young, Stayed Pretty; Were the World Mine; Frozen River; The Brothers Bloom; Growing Op; Summerhood

The Uncomfortably Terrible Award:Surveillance

Well, back to the old grind of school, the gym, vegetables and reasonable bedtimes. It has been a slice, and I hope to catch you all on the printed pages of The Coast soon enough!

Until next time,

Hillary

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