All posts tagged: Relationships

Don’t Have a Valentine? Don’t Fret

It took finally finding a Valentine for me to realize just how unimportant Valentine’s day is. Who needs to eat more chocolate anyways? And I’d like to think that no adult out there genuinely wants a new teddy bear – or at least, I hope. But don’t get me wrong – I think that you should take every chance you get to tell the person you love that you love them. As with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or birthdays, Valentine’s day is a time to appreciate your loved one. But no one, and I mean no one, should feel left out or unappreciated just because they happen to be single and it happens to be February 14th. If you’re single, then Valentine’s Day should be looked at as a day to love yourself. I can recall being bummed about V-Day as early as first grade. First grade! I was taller than all of the boys and had no chance of anyone ever having a crush on me (whatever crush really means at that age). I …

REVIEW: “Drinking Buddies”

Drinking Buddies, written and directed by Joe Swanberg, is a romantic comedy starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. The film examines the romantic lives of Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson), best friends and co-workers who seem to have more chemistry than a ‘Breaking Bad’ episode. The catch? They’re both in serious relationships with other people. And after a double-date weekend trip, things become even more complex when their significant others seem to have a little chemistry of their own. Laughter, tears, and complication ensue. Cleverness aside, I absolutely loved Drinking Buddies. I’ll admit that as a ‘New Girl’/Jake Johnson fan, I may be biased. He’s just too good at being the goofy guy who’s totally cute and secretly in love with a cool girl (that you mentally replace with yourself). But at its core, Drinking Buddies is a spectacularly simple movie about a not-so-simple topic: Love, lust, romance, and relationships. And what’s wonderful about Swanberg’s film is that it doesn’t fall victim to cliches or evolve as a stereo-typical rom-com. The viewer is left dangling, as unsure where …

Interview with “Autism in Love” Producer, Carolina Groppa

What is love? What does love feel like? How do you know that you’ve fallen in love? Romance and relationships mesh together in a jumble of complexities that inhabit an elaborate region in our hearts and minds. And for those with autism, the journey and discovery can be even more complicated. Autism in Love is a feature length documentary that examines and explores romantic love through the lens of autism. Based in Los Angeles, the team behind the film includes producer Carolina Groppa and director Matt Fuller, both of whom are award winning filmmakers and advocates of social change. Along with Dr. Ira Heilveil, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA Medical School, they are working to create a remarkable documentary that is not only about love, but also about overcoming obstacles and re-defining the status quo. I was lucky enough to talk to the film’s producer, Carolina Groppa, to hear what she has to say about Autism in Love and the journey she’s been on while filming for the past year. JVV: What …