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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
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Exciting update: new boots and film set near me!

This is a very quick post about two things I’m excited about!

1. I finally picked up my new boots!

Pull and Bear, £29.99

I really love Pull and Bear clothes – it’s part of the same company as Zara, and their clothes are really affordable: it’s my go-to place for summer bargains usually! For a while now, I’ve been searching for a pair of boots I really love (I’m pretty picky) and these aren’t too expensive. Plus they do free delivery to the store within 5 days 🙂
They feel comfy and best of all, don’t make my feet look ridiculously long! They’re only size 5, but recently, I tried on some grey boots in River Island and they made my feet look stupidly out of proportion! Only time will tell if they’re good quality to last through the rain, but they’re seeming pretty sturdy so far.

2. There are ACTUAL REAL FAMOUS PEOPLE around the corner from my work.

The trailers of Keira Knightly, Kevin Costner and Chris Pine!!

Apologies for the bad quality photo – it involved me going up to the roof of my work and climbing up a latter to be able to see over the top (cinemas are very tall….). But yeah, they’re filming ‘Jack Ryan’ around the corner so keep closing off roads around here, and my boyfriend saw a fake NYPD van hanging about. Exciting and so tempting to casually walk by.

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This post probably seems very random to most of you, but wanted to express my happiness at how this day has been! Hope you all have a lovely weekend and any comments welcome 🙂 x

Are the Olympics making Britain fat?

Months before the 2012 Olympic Games began in London, I was getting sick of the hype. It seemed like every advert – whether it be on television, in the cinema or in magazines – was related to the Olympics. David Cameron and other politicians took every opportunity possible to say how excited everyone in Britain was – really? I live in the North-West and felt (along with many people I know) that it would be exactly the same watching the games as anywhere around the world: the only thing that even came near to where I live is the torch relay. Even the plans for the Opening Ceremony looked embarrassing initially, with the grass-covered hills providing a dull landscape compared to Beijing in 2008.


Since the games have actually begun, it seems that most people have similarly embraced the spirit as well. The gymnastics, cycling, rowing and athletics seem to generate the most activity on my Twitter news feed and cheering Team GB to Gold gets the adrenaline pumping. I’m among the many girls that have posted about body envy – Jessica Ennis is currently long jumping away on my screen. Political figures have been quoted saying that the London Olympics will make Britain healthier and embrace sport. Sure, people might take out a gym membership, or take up a new sport that looks interesting on their screens. But, how are the majority of us watching the games?

That’s right. Slobbing out on the sofa. With 24 special BBC Olympic channels (as well as coverage on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3 for most of the day) means that once you start watching, you could channel hop the entire days events. Not moving. Usually with a snack. Or five if you’re me. I justify my laziness like this: ‘they’re professional athletes that train every day – I am not. Therefore, that body will more than likely not be mine. So I may as well just watch, hope GB win some more, and eat cake’. It’s a tasty strategy, but one that is making me feel more sluggish than motivated to get on that cross trainer.

For these few weeks,  it’s an unhealthier culture in the UK than ever. Large supermarkets have extended their opening hours in anticipation of increased buying. The Games are sponsored by Coca Cola and McDonald’s – can’t see the athletes taking part touching either of those products. But we will consume them in their millions. Hopefully the lasting legacy will influence more people to put down the remote, get out of the house and get fit. At least I’m hoping so, because I’m feeling very unhealthy right now.

Infidelity; Why We’re Obsessed.

This post is inspired by my discovery (from where else, the Twitter-sphere) that Kristen Stewart had an affair with 41-year old Rupert Sanders. The married director of Snow White and the Huntsman and its lead actress BOTH cheated on their respective partners, despite a 19 year age gap. Several things about this situation are shocking but the statements released by the pair both refer to their love for their respective partners, and their despair at the hurt the situation has caused. Sanders is married (with two young children) to Liberty Ross, who has been seen in Vogue. And, although the couple are notoriously private, it was confirmed in 2010 that Stewart was dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson – a position coveted by many around the globe. Is the upset the pair claim to be devastated about caused by the actual situation, or just the discovery?

I think it’s probably a weakness of mine to not be able to think of this from the other side. In one respect, I understand the excitement of developing feelings for someone, and getting involved in something new. It’s one of the best rushes in the world. But on the other hand, despite doubts I’ve had with my relationship at times, I have never considered any kind of infidelity as an option. In my mind, the important thing in a relationship is – as well as love – you need commitment and patience.

I’m bad with change. My boyfriend knows that I’ve had issues when the ‘honeymoon period’ is over, and I miss the initial excitement you get when you are first dating – when you get a text, look forward to seeing each other, feeling your feelings change and develop. But once you get through that, I’ve found the relationship can be just as amazing, or even better than before. So maybe this is the reason that some people decide to cheat on a partner, to reclaim this rush?

The two in question were in longer term relationships – Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have been dating for approximately 3 years, and Rupert Saunders has been married for seven years. But they don’t seem to have expressed doubts about their relationship of any time: in particular, Stewart and Pattinson have been seen expressing their love more publicly recently, and in their statements to the press, both Stewart and Saunders both declared their love for their partners.

If it’s not a question of love, then what? The pressure of not spending enough time together, due to hectic celebrity lifestyle? I suppose that I cannot possibly understand this, but in my head, there can just never be an excuse. Stewart said in her statement; ‘This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him’. Maybe it’s simply to do with the different thought processes of individuals. But for me, cheating is one of the worst ways to disrespect somebody. A betrayal of trust can hurt somebody for a long time, I’ve learned this much. To consider somebody the most important thing in your life, to me, means to think of them in almost everything you do. Maybe for some, this is not the case.

As a society, we gorge ourselves on details of celebrity culture – cheating, new relationships, marriage, divorce. This is scandalous in terms of magazine fodder: Kristen Stewart has been portrayed in the media as quiet, private, even moody, but above all committed to her relationship. We want to be shocked, and these situations fill readers with glee. A popular weekly magazine features a column about a real life affair: this is popular with the readers, both shocked and appalled, as well as egging the woman on.

But maybe it’s simply nobody’s business: why publicly apologise  for an affair when the only person you should be apologising to is the person you cheated on? No matter which way you look at it, this is a situation to be played out between the people involved. I can judge all I want, as personally I could never forgive cheating. Then, celebrity lifestyles seem to be a type of ‘hyper reality’ where everything that they experience is exaggerated – they feel invincible and nobody will ever say no to their demands. Any devastation caused in this situation rests entirely with them, and finally being held accountable may make them feel very human again. Maybe the media scrutiny will bring back their consideration of others feelings. But then, that could be me just making judgmental assumptions again.