500 Days of Summer/ Hartville Kitchen

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Summer comes early with home fried cooking.
By Chris Kessinger (The Film Freak)

500 Days of Summer (2009)

In a Tweet : Brilliantly original and tastefully relatable, 500 Days Of Summer is the perfect on-screen deconstruction of a relationship, and the step by step process of such a misery.

What it’s Really About : Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss’s beautiful new secretary, Summer (Deschanel), Tom discovers that the pair have plenty in common, despite his inability to function around her. Tom believes deeply in the concept of soul mates, and he’s finally found his. Unfortunately for Tom, Summer sees true love as the stuff of fairy tales, and isn’t looking for long term. Unaffected by his lover’s casual stance on relationships, Tom summons all of his might and courage to pursue Summer and convince her that their love is real.

Why it’s Good : This was Director Marc Webb’s first feature film, and in his debut he showcases a knowledge for relationship patter that very few have captured. The on-screen chemistry between the two protagonists is believable because of it’s familiarity to the highs and lows of relationship’s past. Webb’s stylish cinematography is presented in backgrounds being drawn before our very eyes. Our characters and their stories are presented in a storybook telling of sorts that is beautifully eye appeasing. On top of it, there is a killer soundtrack of classical and modern among the likes of The Smiths, The Temper Trap, and Regina Spektor to name a few.

How It’ll Surprise You : Most Romantic comedies are disliked because of their predictability, but this film totally takes the opposite direction. While it is romantic and a great watch for couples, it has no problem playing for laughs while casting an awkward aura in the room with the couple’s on going trysts. The film plays love for being the single greatest force in the universe, but it never feels sappy or degrading to it’s characters. The ending is totally against anything you will ever see coming, and keep your ears open for a wink to the audience coincidence in the movie’s final line.

Symbolism In The Film : Red is intentionally not used, and the colour blue is often conveyed to represent love or happiness. Also, The film’s blue-centric color scheme was done to intentionally bring out Zooey Deschanel’s eyes.

Farmer’s Feast : With this being the Farmer’s Edition for the paper, there is no place more capturing of the agriculture of farming than the Hartville Kitchen. A relaxing and peaceful drive down State Route 619 will transport you to a land of fields as far as the eye can see, and some of the best home cooking that Summit County has to offer. Hartville Kitchen opened in 1966 as a Mom and Pop owned small restaurant. It’s influence in Hartville and surrounding cities has grown immensly when word broke of it’s deliciously hunger quenching soul food, as well as tasty deserts to buy that will have your memories lasting for days. The portions are generous, and the prices are cheap enough to lure you into their country gift shop full of sweets and irresistable goodies.

Film Freak Suggestion : You have to go with the delicious fried chicken if you are a first timer. Summit County has always been famous for producing some of the very best chicken that the country has to offer, and a lot of that comes from this true gem in Hartville. Complete the experience by adding on some of their savory Mashed Potatoes and Jojo’s to complete a three piece hunger healing. Be sure to save room for desert however, as the pies are entirely out of this world. The Black Raspberry or Dutch Apple is a safe bet, but the Cherry pie offers a sweet taste of what this township really has to offer.

Hartville Kitchen is located at:
1015 Edison St
Hartville, Ohio, 44632

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