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Film, Times & Events: Week of Aug. 16th

Film, Times & Events: Week of Aug. 16th

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With: Reviews CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER,
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Post-Modern Pygmalion

Post-Modern Pygmalion

Writer falls for his fictional creation in smart, funny 'Ruby Sparks'

There's always a Pygmalion factor involved in the creative process. What author doesn't fall in love with his or her characters now and then? Imagine Margaret Mitchell grinning fondly at each of Rhett Butler's caustic wisecracks, or Anne Rice sighing over Lestat's every erotic bite.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of Aug. 9th

Film, Times & Events: Week of Aug. 9th

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With: Reviews RUBY SPARKS,
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Relationship Roulette

Relationship Roulette

Former Santa Cruzan Valerie Faris and husband Jonathan Dayton on the evolution of ‘Ruby Sparks’

In the summer of 2006, directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris found themselves basking in the buzz of Little Miss Sunshine, the inventive film they co-directed, which was met with glowing reviews. Six years later, the creative couple, who have been married 22 years now, might have another hit to celebrate with Ruby Sparks (*** out of four), a quirky yet charming romp featuring another real-life couple in the lead roles—Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, Cowboys and Aliens, Being Flynn) and Zoe Kazan (TV’s Bored To Death).

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Riches To Rags

Riches To Rags

Bubble bursts for 1 percent family in fascinating 'Queen’ 

Riches To Rags Bubble bursts for 1 percent family in fascinating 'Queen’ by Lisa Jensen It's like the trashiest "reality" TV show ever. But there's no prize for the best or the biggest in The Queen of Versailles, Lauren Greenfield's train-wreck fascinating documentary on the wages of conspicuous consumption. It's ostentation for its own sake when one of the richest men in America and his trophy wife attempt to build themselves a palace—only to find themselves on a collision course with an economic reality they helped to create. Call it a cautionary tale, or call it karma, but it makes for a compulsively watchable, if chilling, glimpse into the bizarre private fantasy lives of the 1 percent.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of Aug. 2nd

Film, Times & Events: Week of Aug. 2nd

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With: Reviews THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLESRUBY SPARKS,  
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The Bat Goes On

The Bat Goes On

Nolan's bat opera concludes with complicated, yet satisfying 'Dark Knight Rises' 

The debate over whether violent movies inspire real-life violence rages on in the wake of the mass murders last week at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of July 26th

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 26th

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With: Reviews THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,
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The Five-Year Itch

The Five-Year Itch

Marital drama stumbles in atmospheric 'Take This Waltz' 

Is there something innately unsatisfying about long-term married love? Does familiarity breed contempt or content? These are some of the issues raised in Take This Waltz, the second feature film directed by Canadian actress Sarah Polley. (The first was the poised, heartbreaking Away From Her.)

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Film, Times & Events: Week of July 19th

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 19th

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With: Reviews TAKE THIS WALTZ,
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The Binding of Edmund McMillen

How a Santa Cruz designer created one of the most unlikely hits in video game history

 

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone. Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?” Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 24

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