Archive | October 2012

Ruby Sparks Film Review!

A quirky looking trailer promised Ruby Sparks to be ‘The True and Impossible Story of a Very Great Love’. It was written by Zoe Kazan, who also plays the part of Ruby, while her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano (most recently seen in Looper, and famously Little Miss Sunshine) plays the part of Calvin, a former writer having trouble in finding inspiration for a new novel.

(Image from Salon.com)

Calvin dreams of a girl who he believes to be impossibly perfect and, given a writing assignment by his therapist, decides to write about her. He gives her a name, age, birthplace and before he knows it, becomes obsessed with this character. One day, she appears in his kitchen and (after a comedic sequence where he tries to figure out if she is real or not), they commence a relationship. While initially seeming like a laughter filled, quirky comedy, it explores whether it is possible to imagine a ‘perfect’ person and cracks soon start to show – especially when he can write anything to change her.

The part of Calvin is played endearingly at first by Dano, but there comes a point midway through the film where I began to dislike the character intensely. I won’t put any spoilers here in case you haven’t seen it, but for me, even the more emotional scenes towards the end of the film didn’t ease the distaste I started feeling for him. Ruby however, is full of life and instantly likable as the cute, Zooey Deschanel-esque girl that every one of us secretly dreams of being.

I really enjoyed this film (particularly a cute supporting role from Antonio Banderas) and felt I could really relate to a lot of it. Writers block, imagining a dream person, even wishing you could take away somebodies faults – only to realise, that if you were to replace them with something else, they would become a different person altogether. My boyfriend also enjoyed it, as it’s not your typical soppy love story, but really worked to get you emotionally involved with the characters and story on screen. Overall – go and see it.

Side note;
I’ve never reviewed a film on my blog before and it’s high time I started. I’m lucky enough to go to the cinema for free most of the time so I see a LOT of films – good and bad. For me, reviewing isn’t about critical acclaim or technical camera work, but if I enjoyed and believed in the film.

If you’d like to see more film talk, do let me know! I love reading your comments!
Love, Laura x

My Poland Adventure!

Hey guys! I’m back from my week long blogging break (I have to admit, I did miss writing!) and feeling a little chilly in England again.  This is going to be photo heavy – most are my own, any others are from somebody I went with.

It was surprisingly warmer than you’d expect when you think of Poland – luckily as we did a lot of walking! Never seen so many churches in my life, there was one wherever you looked! It was amazingly cheap at the same time as seeming expensive (if that makes sense at all). The UK exchange worked out around 4.5 zlotti to a pound, so a bill for an entire meal at 200zl worked out at about £7 each! Needless to say, we drank and ate a ridiculous amount…

There was some beautiful bars, and I definitely found ‘my drink’ in one that did a cocktail called the ‘Gryffindor’. The Harry Potter nerd in me will never die!

As well as looking around the old town and market square and visiting a shopping centre, we were lucky enough to visit Aushwitz, Birkenau and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. It was a ridiculously sunny day when we visited Aushwitz and Birkenau, which felt wrong considering the atrocities which had taken place there. Even when I was there, it was unimaginable that I was standing in the actual place that so many people had died, particularly when we went into the gas chamber bunker. Almost everything there was original, not a reconstruction. I didn’t get many pictures inside out of respect, but here are some;

After this, we needed some severe cheering up so went onto some beautiful little bars around the city. We had to drag ourselves to the Salt Mine the next day, and personally I wasn’t expecting much. But I have eaten my words – it’s incredible! The amount of sculptures made of salt and the detail in them is just amazing, as well as a chapel hundreds of feet underground that you can actually get married in. If you follow my instagram, you’ll probably find a lot more pictures of that (@lauragois!)

So yeah, overall I had an amazing time – it was much prettier than I ever expected! I’ve wanted to go for a couple of years now, and am really glad I got to go with some of my good friends!