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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

Films This Week
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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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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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Water Baby

Water Baby

6-year-old heroine galvanizes bayou survival fable, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' 

It's one of the most common plotlines there is: finding one's place in the Universe. But rarely has a coming-of-age story been told with such engrossing originality as in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of July 12

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 12

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With: Reviews BEASTS of the SOUTHERN WILD,
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Heart in the Highlands

Heart in the Highlands

Mother, daughter bond in fresh, funny, feminist 'Brave' 

There are so many fairy tales that feature a wicked stepmother, or absent or negligent parents, it's refreshing to see one devoted to the loving, if sometimes fraught, relationship between a mother and daughter.

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management