No-mush quickie romances

Do you roll your eyes at true love’s kiss? Do Nicholas Sparks adaptations make you cringe? Refuse to watch The Titanic? Or refuse to admit that you have?

If you answered yes to any of the above…these short films are for you:

 APRICOT by Ben Briand.


What does it feel like to be in love? It feels like a dimly lit coffee shop. Shadows and sunspots. Magic tricks. Birthday parties. Tinsel. It makes you scribble notes from conversations so you don’t forget. It tastes like apricots. It turns you into an obsessive creeper.

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CASINO MOON by Gia Coppola

Love makes wild and reckless bandits of us all. Premiering at the Shanghai Film Festival in 2012, this short film captures the chaos of love and Las Vegas.

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“When you fall in love you kind of build your own little world together and lose touch of the other world,” says Robert Schwartzman, who plays the protagonist. Robert just so happens to be related to the director Gia Coppola, one of my favorite actors Jason Schwartzman, and most notably, the devilishly dashing Nicolas Cage

Back in the early 2000’s Robert played Anne Hathaway’s lover boy, Michael, in The Princess Diaries. Mia fantasized about sitting in his garage, crashing his band practice. In real life, Robert fronts the band Rooney. The dreamy background song in Casino Moon is actually from his solo album Double Capricorn. If you don’t have 14 minutes to spare, check out the 3 minute music video, which uses splices of the Coppola film.

If you can think of any other no-mush romances, post a suggestion on IV TV Girls’ Facebook wall. 

Stay tuned,



A Netflix Hidden Jewel: Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart

Jack’s heart is replaced with a cuckoo clock at birth. Through his adventures he learns more about his emotions and how to control them.

This movie is originally in French. I don’t know if it has lost a lot of meaning through translation, but the quick and quirky banter throughout this movie is one of the major reasons why I strongly suggest you watch it if you are in need of a fairly fun and beautiful movie. If you are not into that sort of thing… Now is the time to switch articles.

The movie soundtrack is THE BEST. The movie is actually based upon an album by the French rock band Dionysus. (According to this Wikipedia article anyway…) This song gives you a taste of what they sound like:

The lyrics in this song specifically were unexpectedly adult in this scene: ripping clothes off with teeth? Not exactly something I would expect coming out of two kids’ mouths. He sings it quite calmly, but the song captures his young brain (not to mention his messed up heart) on love rather well I think. The little comments near the end that make no sense I found to be a very accurate picture of how I act around someone around whom my heart tends to beat way too fast.

The way the characters were jarred into a different world during each song was also a pleasant surprise for me. The music takes them into a different dimension in which regular physics don’t really apply. I understand that this probably happens in every animated movie: why be held back by gravity when you don’t have to be? Regardless, it’s awesome.

One of the greatest characters in the movie is the antagonist, Joe. Yes: he is tall, dark and handsome. His voice is THE BEST, and his theme song is my favorite. If you are looking for a good antagonist, look no further than Joe from Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart.