.... In about an hour, as I write this, with the first press screening of Wong Kar-Wai's My Blueberry Nights. But there's a lot more on the agenda for the next 11 days than Norah Jones's acting debut (and co-star Natalie Portman, as seen in the image to the right); some of the films we're going to be covering here at Cinematical include ...

Sicko

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 debuted here to rapturous applause in 2004 -- and won the Palme D'Or -- so it's no wonder he's back with this film, a look at the American health care system,. It's hard to imagine what appeal beyond Bush-bashing the film will have here -- France has socialized medicine, for heaven's sake, so it's hardly pertinent -- but the attendant firestorm of publicity will certainly be good for the Festival.

No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Coen adapting Cormac McCarthy? With Tommy Lee Jones as a lead, and Javier Bardem as a primal killer? Like you're not excited. The plot -- two hunters find cash and smack out in the wild -- is pure classic Coen Brothers, and the prospect of Western vistas captured by cinematographer Roger Deakins alone is enough to make this a must-see.

Ocean's 13

Anyone laboring under the misconception that Cannes is an antidote to big Hollywood needs to take two cafe au lait and wake up -- or, at the very least, stroll under the 300-foot long Evan Almighty banner looming over the street across from the Palais du Cinema. Cannes is where Hollywood meets the world, and considering such wierd Cannes-Hollywood combos from the past as the premieres of Shrek and Star Wars III in the past, Ocean's 13 seems like an agreeable mix of glamor and glitz for this year's fest.

Triangle

A late addition to the Cannes selection, Triangle is directed by three classic Hong Kong Action directors -- Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark and Johnnie To, as three friends embark on the heist that'll make them rich. It's hardly high art -- but it holds out the possibility of being delicious trash, and that's enough to have me there.

There's many more films to be excited about -- from the 3-D screening of John Wayne's Hondo in the Cannes Classics Selction to new movies from Emir Kusturica, Gus Van Sant and many more -- so keep it here at Cinematical for all the buzz and reviews from Cannes!
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