Category Archives: Video

Ruby Sparks: My Valentine’s Day Tribute

On my 31st birthday I came home from work exhausted and overwhelmed.  I turned my Blu-ray player on – it’s a fancy Blu-ray player that accesses different apps including my Amazon Prime video queue.  I flipped through the various new releases, nothing jumped out at me… until I saw Ruby Sparks.  Best $3.99 purchase I’ve made in a while!

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie.  In fact, I tried to get several of my friends to go and see it in theaters, but they were either not interested, or we couldn’t get our schedules to line up.  Needless to say, it all worked out because I needed to watch this film on this night.  It was perfect and made my birthday feel a little more worthwhile (at the time I was having trouble deciding which was more depressing; turning 31 or the Tuesday it fell on).

What I liked:  Everything.  I know, that’s not a fair statement.  But I did.  I liked everything.  The script.  The characters.  The plot.  The locations.  The whole movie was a breath of fresh air, original, quirky, real and yet magical.

The story line follows a struggling author, Calvin played by the talented Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) who dreams about a girl, writes her, and suddenly *poof!* she appears!  Screenwriter Zoe Kazan plays Ruby Sparks and just seeing this single performance from her makes her a new favorite actress of mine.  She is fearless.

What I didn’t like:  I had to ponder this for a while.  There is a scene towards the end of the film involving Ruby and an older gentleman and a pool – that’s all I’ll say.  It struck me as an odd scene, but perhaps it’s odd because of an exchange Calvin has with an acquaintance directly beforehand.  Either way, it seemed an odd way to create the inevitable climax that followed.

Favorite character:  Every actor in this film gave a wonderful performance, but my favorite character is Harry, Calvin’s brother, played by Chris Messina.  His quips throughout the film made me grin and giggle frequently.  Harry is the only one that Calvin confides in about Ruby – so only he is aware that Calvin has created Ruby from thin air.

So if you find yourself at the end of a long day looking for something original, witty, funny, and well produced to watch, give Ruby Sparks a whirl.

Oh, and seriously… How adorable are these two?  Happy Valentine’s Day!


How to Train Your Dragon – LIVE

This morning my husband and I woke up earlier than we normally would on a Saturday to take our 4 year old nephew Landon into DC for DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular.  Landon developed a mild obsession when the movie came out on DVD and has watched it a million times.  The movie is fantastic, so when I discovered a LivingSocial deal in my inbox for the live performance, I knew we had to take Landon to see his favorite dragons, up close and personal.

Landon loved the performance, the acting was good and the visual effects of the stage were creative and engaging.  The best part of the show?  The dragons.  Huge animatronic creations that replicated the beasts from Landon’s favorite movie perfectly.  My favorite part of the show was the ending where a huge dragon chase ensues; it was beautifully executed.  There were a few lulls in the performance where I checked my Facebook and Twitter feeds – but the kids were engrossed so that’s all that matters.  Click here to read a fair review of the show by Entertainment Weekly (of which I am an avid reader).

A couple of tips/things you should know if you’re planning on taking children to see this show:

1.  Have them use the bathroom right before the performance (this might be a no brainer for parents – but for those of us with no kids on a full time basis it’s worth mentioning).

2.  Viking helmets are $20.00.  They are not cheap but cheaply made.  Save your money or buy a program instead.

3.  There were 2 technical difficulties during the performance that resulted in disruptive 10 – 15 minute breaks in the performance (this is in addition to the 20 minute intermission) though the adults found this irritating, Landon could care less, he was completely captivated from beginning to end.

4.  The show we went to had only a couple hundred people, which surprised me – since it was a rainy Saturday in DC.

Hungry Hungry Hippos

I never had the game growing up – but I would go see the movie (solely based on the movie poster, not the trailer).  Both are hilarious.

Did you know there was a movie called Hugo the Hippo that came out in 1978?  I can’t find it on Netflix but it sounds like a gem!

Happy Earth Day!

Nothing like awareness about tampon applicators to celebrate the planet…





Angry Birds: The Movie (Trailer)