Posts Tagged ‘hillary kennedy’

The Best Websites for Date Night Ideas

Posted by    |    March 6th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Creative dates are the most memorable, but not all of us can be the Romance CEO.  If you need help in the dating department, there are a host of sites out there geared to help save you from romantic failure. Regardless of whether you’re a student, engaged, married, or married with kids, it never hurts to study up on how to make dating even more fun than Jimmy Fallon breaking character in this Debbie Downer skit.

Love, Actually: This site features creative date ideas for those on a budget.  (And with gas prices like they are, who isn’t?)

The Dating Divas: This site has dates meant to strengthen your marriage and friendships with other couples.

My Creative Stirrings: If you’re looking for family-friendly dates the entire clan can participate in, this site has some great ideas.

The Creative Homemaker: There is a great tool and date ideas for Daddy/Daughter dates on this site.

The Idea Room: Date night conversation questions. These are a good way to break the ice!

The Mom Crowd: 30 ideas for a date night at home.  (I like “Make breakfast in bed for dinner and watch TV.”)

Now, go out there and date like a champ!


The Secret Adventures of Sleepy Men

Posted by    |    December 13th, 2011 at 9:41 am

If you haven’t seen The Secret Adventures of Sleepy Men, I highly recommend it.  It’s a super short short and won’t take an hour off of your life, and it will make you smile, remembering why passion, excitement, and newness are so necessary to life.  How or why we let the passion go in our everyday existence, I’m not sure.  In a quote from one of my favorite romantic comedies, “Serendipity“, “You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”.

Well, do you?  Do you dream with abandon? Do you risk being thought a fool on a regular basis?  Or do you bow down to practicality and tradition and let things run the natural, predictive course, as expected by the powers that be…

Watch The Secret Adventures of Sleepy Men and decide today to bring more passion, more ridiculous frivolity into your life.  That way, when you die, no one will even have to ask a question at all.

Quiet Signs of Love: Atypical Romance

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2011 at 8:25 am

Quiet Signs of Love from ikonfilm on Vimeo.

Quiet Signs of Love is a wonderful two-part short film highlighting an atypical romance.  A hearing man falls for a deaf classmate, and the struggles and triumphs of their relationship suddenly change their worlds.  Daniel, the main character, pursues a relationship with Hannah, despite her inability to hear.  Hannah gradually accepts his advances, teaching him basic signs and introducing him to the deaf community.  As they grow more comfortable with each other, it is apparent that the hearing/speaking barrier causes some difficulties.  Hannah doesn’t want help in situations where her deafness impedes her, and Daniel doesn’t understand why she won’t accept help.  All in all, it’s a touching love story about two people who defy the norm of what a relationship “should” be. (more…)

Worked For Me: How Do YOU Survive a Break-up?

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

There are quite a few really interesting things about Ken Simpson’s heartfelt short film, “Worked For Me.”  One of them is that this film only cost $800 to make, and it looks like dynamite.  Another is that the same guy, the brilliant Ken Simpson, wrote, directed, produced AND edited this film.  Oh, and one more tidbit?  The doctor’s lab coat and stethoscope were part of the DP’s Halloween costume.  But the most interesting thing of all about this short film is that it has a nugget of wisdom that can save millions from spending exorbitant amounts on shrinks, self-help books, and large bar tabs. (more…)

Forever’s Not So Long

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2011 at 10:48 am


If you found out that your life would be cut short in a matter of hours, what would you do?  How would it affect your relationships? In “Forever’s Not So Long“, a short film by Shawn Morrison and produced by Garrett Murray, a  major meteor is set to collide with earth in a matter of hours.  George, our main character, finds himself dumped, alone, and not sure what’s left to live for…except a serendipitous thing happens.  He meets a girl on the street, and through a short interaction, asks her to spend the rest of her life with him.  In one swift afternoon they go from virtual strangers to comfortable lovers.

The premise of this film is moving; our lives can end abruptly at any moment.  Without this looming disaster, would George have ever met this lovely new lady?  If his girlfriend hadn’t left just moments earlier, he may have died in the arms of a woman who never really loved him.  However, through the desperation to have a bond with someone, George faces the end of the world with his new “girlfriend”, creating a relationship that normally takes months or even years to develop in a few short hours.  The beauty of this film and what it reveals about relationships is how happiness and comfort can be found even during the most dire and depressing of circumstances.  Think of all the reports of couples who fell in love through the horrible reality of what occurred on 9/11. There is never a hopeless situation. Love can be borne from tragedy.  Watch Forever’s Not So Long and be reminded that connection can stem from anything….fleeting as it may be.


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?

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…)

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…)

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.

Validation: One Simple Act for Relationship Success

Posted by    |    September 27th, 2011 at 10:11 am

Comedian Chris Rock once said, “There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.”  I hate to admit it, but there is a lot of truth in that statement.  Of course, it isn’t just women who need compliments, but everyone.  Young, old, healthy, unhealthy, rich, poor….we all need to feel special, important, and appreciated.  Remember when you first meet someone and think you might be in love?  You shower each other with compliments, praise each other’s strengths and minimize each other’s weaknesses.  I heard someone say once that true friendship doesn’t rub in our faults or mistakes, but rubs them out.  Focusing on the good and praiseworthy isn’t always easy, but it’s a recipe for success in relationships.

The short film Validation by Writer/Director/Composer, Kurt Kuenne is an upbeat portrayal of this principal in action.  One young man with a gift of complimenting others meets his biggest challenge in a girl who won’t smile.  No matter how much he showers her with affection, she won’t budge.  A true testament to never giving up and persistence paying off, this sweet love story gives will make you want to sweeten your words with the people you care about most.  Some of the greatest theologians, authors, philosophers, and heroes have all acknowledged that kind words are worth more than gold, and can calm even the most fierce wrath.  “We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled,” according to Mason Cooley.  Why not change that and improve your relationships?  Why not make compliments the norm?  Watch Validation, and take in its message.  You’re smart and perceptive, after all.  You’ll do great things with what you learn.