Archive for October, 2011

Struck: Has Cupid Hit You?

Posted by    |    October 31st, 2011 at 10:06 am

It’s a mixture of intense joy and searing pain.  When Cupid’s arrow strikes, it’s most often an unexpected jolt that both opens your eyes and blinds you to everything. In Taron Lexton’s wildly sweet short film “Struck“, you get to see firsthand what a blow from Cupid’s arrow does to a person.  Does it hurt?  Yes, sometimes love can make us melancholy, depressed, or downright anti-social.  But there are equally as beautiful joys when that love is returned. It desensitizes us to pain, filling us with a euphoria that, although it doesn’t last, leaves an impression upon us that we never forget.

Watch Struck for the Hollywood star cameos, like Kelly Preston, Jenna Elfman, and Nancy Cartwright, to name a few.  Their star power makes it easy to see why this film was such a hit at festivals world wide.  But, what really gets your attention is the imagery of Cupid’s arrow…you see how it effects every area of your life: eating, working, dating, interacting with others.  Only until your true love is returned without any uncertainty can you begin to fire on all cylinders, so to speak.  Have you been struck?

Ten Years From Now

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2011 at 6:00 am

Ten Years from now I will be able to order an alcoholic drink at a restaurant, Dad! How will that make you feel?” I remember saying to my dad many times when I was 10 years old. “It’ll make me feel old,” was his reply.

“Ten years from now I’ll be about to graduate college, I’ll be ready to start my own job, I’ll be older and wiser. Ten years from now I’ll be the perfect age.” Still my 10-year-old self speaking.

Well, It’s been ten years and here I am asking myself the very same question again, “Where will I be ten years from now?” (more…)

An Ad Worth Seeing

Posted by    |    October 20th, 2011 at 6:00 am

How many times have you said to yourself, There’s no way I can do this.”

Now, how many times has someone actually told you that you can’t do something. Unfortunately, many people hear this more than they should.

It’s one thing not to have faith in yourself, but it’s another thing completely when others around you don’t offer any support.

Not trying to sound super cliche, but everyone has a gift unique only to them. Many of us lack the confidence to show it because we fear others’ reactions towards it. (more…)

The Big Empty

Posted by    |    October 17th, 2011 at 7:00 am

As far as short films go, The Big Empty, starring Selma Blair is one of the most interesting concepts I’ve seen in a while.  In fact, interesting is almost too kind a word.  Bizarrely interesting is more like it.  Let me put it this way; if you’ve ever seen The Vagina Monologues and enjoyed it, I think you’ll like The Big Empty. Fraught with all kinds of celebrities (and one hilarious cameo by Hugh Laurie,) this film has so many layers and possibilities that it has thousands of comments on YouTube.  Thousands!  That’s pretty impressive for a short film.

Okay, before I can continue, take 20 minutes and go watch the film.

Really, go ahead.  I’ll wait.

 

 

Did you watch all  of it?  Okay, good.  What did you think?

Now, you probably already have in your mind how this film relates to Dating and Relationships, and it may be totally different from my interpretation.  But, nevertheless, here is what I walked away with from this sentimental film… (more…)

A Thousand Words by Ted Chung

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2011 at 6:00 am

A picture is worth a thousand words. Cliché but true in many cases.

In A Thousand Words, a short film by Ted Chung, a few photographs on it was all it took for the main character to realize that this wasn’t just some ordinary person he locked eyes with on a train.

This is a story about catching a strangers eye and instantly knowing something is different about them. Have you ever briefly met someone and thought to yourself, I wonder if something would have ever happened between us? You realize something special about him or her that you just can’t explain. Most of us just let it go and continue on with our thoughts.

The character in this short film, however, took the initiative to find the girl on the subway. They both noticed each other, but neither said a word during the ride. Luckily for the man, she left her camera when she got off at her stop, allowing him to browse through her photos. (more…)

Are You The Favorite Person of Anybody?

Posted by    |    October 10th, 2011 at 11:08 am

It’s a simple question.  Are you the favorite person of anybody?  How sure are you? 100%?  75%?

In the short film “Are You The Favorite Person of Anybody“, this question is posed to passersby and their responses are humorous and frankly, a little melancholy. (It’s worth watching for the adorably goofy John. C. Reilly.) We would all like to think we are the favorite person of someone, but are we? If you don’t think that you are, why?  When we keep ourselves from deep friendship, transparency, selflessness, and love without condition, it becomes tougher to be the favorite person of anybody.  It’s human nature to want people to  love and adore us, but are we giving that back to those in our lives who need it equally as badly? (more…)

One Other Thing…

Posted by    |    October 6th, 2011 at 6:00 am

Has your man ever told you advice he received from his friends? Did you immediately think to yourself, “What the heck?! Don’t ever do that!”

Well, after watching the short film, One Other Thing, you will. This film shows the workings of a modern relationships and how easily things turn sour when friends get involved.

One Other Thing is a hilarious snippet into the life of guy friends and the advice they give one another. Matt and his friend Tom come back to Matt’s place after a day together to find a note from Matt’s girlfriend telling him she wants a break. (more…)

Flirt With Post-It Love

Posted by    |    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:57 am

Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to work up the nerve to approach someone you like in any setting, but the office in Dallas or anywhere else is a taboo place that makes it even more troublesome.  There’s something unsettling about dating a co-worker and seeing them day in and day out, privy to the office gossip and inner-workings that would normally never be shared so closely with a suitor.  What if it doesn’t work out?  What if other co-workers find out?  What if it’s against company policy? All good worries mind you, but totally tossed by the wayside if your crush has reached epic proportions.

If your crush has manifested itself into shy glances and heart palpitations, sometimes you need a way to express how you feel without saying the words (especially since that means waiting for the right opportunity). So, if you can’t say it, don’t want to type it in a generic email, and don’t want to stoop to third grade and have a friend drop the hint to your beloved, you have to get creative.  I once fabricated a story about needing help with a script-writing project (that didn’t exist) and enlisted the help of a screenwriter I had a crush on to help me with this “monstrous assignment.” It took a few meetings where I talked about everything BUT the project until he figured out I wasn’t interested in his screenwriting as much as I was him. Did my plan work? You bet!

Watch the adorably cute “Post-It Love” with all these thoughts in mind. This little film just might be the inspiration you need! Sometimes all it takes is a little brainstorming, some artistic talent, and a large supply of office products to express how you feel and steal the heart of the one you love.