Screen Junkies » like crazy http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Like Crazy’ Actress Keeley Hazell http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98like-crazy%e2%80%99-actress-keeley-hazell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98like-crazy%e2%80%99-actress-keeley-hazell/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:23:45 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=233871 A model turned actress? Who has heard of such a thing?

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Keeley Hazell, the British glamour model best known for her god-given figure, is stepping onto the big screen in Like Crazy. While she doesn’t have a lot of experience in film, this won’t be her first movie role. Hazell previously appeared in Cashback and starred in the comedy Venus & the Sun.

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Have A Good Cry With The Full ‘Like Crazy’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-good-cry-with-the-full-like-crazy-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-good-cry-with-the-full-like-crazy-trailer/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:51:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=224136 Now with less mumbling!!

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London is currently burning but that burning is nothing compared to the fire in the hearts of these separated young lovers. It’s the full-length trailer for Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy, and this time the actors actually annunciate their dialogue. Now it all makes sense. Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones play a young couple split apart by the Atlantic Ocean when her visa expires. When I watched the mumbly teaser, I had thought it was a Die Hard sequel. I find it important that this new trailer clarified.

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Love Hurts Like A Bitch In ‘Like Crazy’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/love-hurts-like-a-bitch-in-like-crazy-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/love-hurts-like-a-bitch-in-like-crazy-trailer/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:57:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222908 The Sundance sensation heads to theaters October 28th.

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The Sundance hit Like Crazy is gearing up for a limited release on October 28th. Just in time to get those Anton Yelchin masks out for Halloween. Though there’s been a lot of write-up about the indie, this is our first glimpse of a trailer.

In the film Yelchin plays an American student who talks so goddamned low that you can’t understand a word of this trailer. He falls in love with his British classmate played by Felicity Jones as she’s the only one who can make out what he’s trying to say. Their relationship suffers when she violates her visa and must return to England. Looks pretty good if you’re into crying and sun-flare. Still though, speak up Yelchin! Sound guys can only do so much.

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‘Like Crazy’ & ‘The Devil Inside’ Now Have Sweet Freedom To Look Forward To http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/like-crazy-the-devil-inside-now-have-sweet-freedom-to-look-forward-to/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/like-crazy-the-devil-inside-now-have-sweet-freedom-to-look-forward-to/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2011 07:08:42 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207434 This is why they announce the release dates early, so you can start making arrangements.

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Those cruel cinema poachers at Paramount have had two titles languishing in captivity for months now: Like Crazy, a coming-of-age drama starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, and The Devil Inside, a micro-budget thriller starring Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth and Suzan Crowley. Now, they’re finally being released into the wild, as God intended. Like Crazy is coming out in limited release on October 28th of this year, while Th Devil Inside is shaky-caming its way into theaters on Februar 24, 2012 (assuming the world hasn’t ended by then).

So, set your Advent calendars appropriately, and remember to get your tickets ahead of time in case they sell out. And make sure you put in for personal time at your job if you need to. This is why they announce the release dates early, so you can start making arrangements! (Deadline)

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SXSW: Anton Yelchin Talks ‘The Beaver’ And ‘Like Crazy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sxsw-anton-yelchin-talks-the-beaver-and-like-crazy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sxsw-anton-yelchin-talks-the-beaver-and-like-crazy/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:34:39 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203220 What's it like playing opposite Jennifer Lawrence and a woodland creature puppet?

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I got to interview Anton Yelchin for The Beaver at SXSW. He plays Porter, the teenage son of Walter Black (Mel Gibson). Porter hates his father and keeps a list of all of Walter’s flaws, so he can avoid them. He’s really not buying it when Walter wants to talk through a beaver puppet on his hand. In his own teenage life, he’s encouraging class valedictorian Nora (Jennifer Lawrence) to deal with her past and get back to her art.

Yelchin is now attached to several franchises including Star Trek and Terminator, but I was going for a different scoop. I saw Like Crazy at Sundance and it so profoundly affected me, I wanted to bring you the advanced scoop on the film that Paramount will release later this year. In Like Crazy, Yelchin plays Jacob, who struggles with a long distance relationship to Anna (Felicity Jones) in England. His on-again/off-again American girlfriend is Sam (Jennifer Lawrence again).

I hope this makes sense. It was day 7 on 3 hours sleep per night.

Q: Both The Beaver and Like Crazy seem to deal with characters addressing issues that are difficult for people to talk about. Did you see that connection?

AY: Yeah, I mean I think Like Crazy, people sort of find easier to talk about because it’s a love story. It’s hard for people, it makes people sad because it reminds them of their own personal heartbreak. I think The Beaver has sort of a much more serious issue at its core which is depression. Personally I think depression is a more serious issue than a long-distance relationship but obviously both films are about the two profoundly affecting the people involved, restructuring their lives completely. But I also think the way that Like Crazy approaches long distance relationships isn’t something that people like to talk about. People like to think that it’s clean but it’s not. It’s completely ambiguous and really difficult for each party involved. Sometimes you just don’t know because Jacob and Anna date other people while they’re still together technically. It’s gray. It’s kind of a gray area.

Q: In Like Crazy I think they’re dealing with blame and anger too.

AY: Sure, yeah, it’s that thing of pointing fingers but who can you really [blame?] With Walter Black in The Beaver, it’s not his fault that he is depressed. It’s not but it profoundly affects the people around him. It ruins their lives. In a relationship, it’s neither of their faults that it worked out that way in Like Crazy that they’re across the world from each other. They both did it together and then it just is how it is. But you’re right, a lot of it is about wanting to blame somebody for something and seeing that you can’t really and trying to understand that.

Q: With The Beaver, it’s more straightforward that talking through a beaver puppet is not healthy. Does that make it harsher dramatically?

AY: Of course, it’s more tragic I think personally because you see a man suffering so much that he has to resort to talking through a puppet he found in a trash can.

Q: Walter’s dealing with that, but Porter’s helping Nora deal with an unspoken issue so it’s more layered that just the beaver.

AY: Right, of course, and I think one thing is that Porter and Walter both have issues that they don’t face. That’s what it is, by being afraid, by both having fathers that are depressive and Walter’s father committed suicide and Walter has incredible depression as a result of that. Porter is afraid to be like his father so he suffers this kind of depression as well and falls into what his father falls into. Porter then tries to do everything he can but face his own issues. He’ll take Nora’s very dark past and try and help her face it, which is almost like a cry for help to have himself face his own issues but he uses it on her instead of taking it into consideration for himself.

Q: It did make me happy for Jennifer Lawrence. At least she got to end up with you in one movie.

AY: Yeah, Jen, man, she’s so great. She’s such a great actress. She’s so different in Like Crazy, so different in The Beaver, she’s different in everything. She’s just a great actress.

Q: But one of the most heartbreaking things in Like Crazy was that Sam was an amazing girl. She just wasn’t Anna.

AY: Yeah, that scene kills me. I think Jen is so brilliant in it, where she starts crying and he has to tell her he has to go. She just loves him and wants to know if he loves her and he does. It’s not that he doesn’t love her. It’s just a different kind of love. It’s not that same thing. It’s a friendship. It’s great because Jen and I had already done The Beaver so we were already friends. Because it was an improv film our comfort level with each other, not that we couldn’t do it if we hadn’t met before, but we were really comfortable with one another. We know one another, we’re friends. I think that translated into making the relationship between Sam and Jacob more like a friendship.

Q: Do you think maybe Porter keeping a list of all the flaws he wants to avoid might not be the way to deal with it either?

AY: Yeah, exactly. He keeps a list of the flaws just to make himself more angry about who he is. To remember to not do those things because he thinks they’re going to make him like his father. So it really is just another way of him trapping himself inside of this nonidentity, this weird thing that’s not a realistic construct. It’s a construct that he uses to trap himself. You can’t avoid having an identity. You are who you are but that fear of facing that, that fear that maybe who he is is like his father, he tries to stay away from it by listing all these things, it’s completely unhealthy and traps him in all this pain.

Q: One of them is “hates his father who hated his father who hated his father.” So what does he think he’s doing?

AY: He’s not avoiding it. He lists them and he can’t do anything. It’s a completely unconstructive, painful, unpleasant place to be and it ultimately almost destroys him.

Q: What was acting with the beaver like?

AY: Well, it’s different for me because Porter never acknowledges the beaver. He always thinks it’s ridiculous so he addresses his father, and he doesn’t even really address his father. He addresses his mom but when he deals with his father in the hallway, he just thinks it’s ridiculous. It’s insulting and hurtful to him and there’s also that relationship of his father has now chosen a puppet over him. Not only has his fathe taken himself out of the family and this is of course on a subconscious level where it’s like because all he thinks is he hates his dad, really he wants his father. A father is the missing part of his life, the part that he can’t face and it hurts him tremendously. But to add insult to injury, his father has now replaced connection with his family with a puppet.

Q: Were there ever moments on the set where it just seemed ridiculous?

AY: I think Mel loved it. I think it’s a great character. I think he does such an amazing job in the movie, for an actor I think that opportunity is pretty great, to be able to play a man who has a beaver and his hand.

Q: When you’ve had conversations about Like Crazy, have you found it’s really revealing about the people who are telling you their experiences?

AY: Yeah, that’s one thing about Like Crazy. Everyone had their own story related to the movie. Everyone had their own heartbreak. Everyone had their own love that they would cry about when they talked about it. All different age groups, both sexes, everyone had that one person or maybe a couple people that had affected their lives in that way and they told me.

Q: Even the people who are cynical about it reveals how strong they feel relationships can or can’t last.

AY: Yeah, because I think Like Crazy’s a subtle film, it doesn’t really give answers. It sort of shows a situation that there really is no answer to. That’s why I think it ends like that. You see a moment in time in a kind of voyeuristic way.

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‘Like Crazy’ Team Going The Distance With Interdimensional Love Story ‘Through To You’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/like-crazy-team-going-the-distance-with-interdimensional-love-story-through-to-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/like-crazy-team-going-the-distance-with-interdimensional-love-story-through-to-you/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:21:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202839 The film-making team behind the Sundance hit Like Crazy are taking that film's theme to the extreme for their next project.

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The film-making team behind the Sundance hit Like Crazy are taking that film’s theme to the extreme for their next project. Director Drake Doremus, writer Ben York Jones, and producer Jonathan Schwartz have been hired by Paramount to adapt the sci fi teen novel Through To You.

If you thought the distance between the United States and England was excruciating, try traversing other dimensions to find your lost love. That’s exactly what happens in this story. A grieving teen discovers that his girlfriend is still alive in an alternate dimension and discovers a way to visit her there. I’ve heard of hoes in different area codes, but this is infinitely more pimp. Your move, Ludacris. (LA Times)

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Sundance Review: Like Crazy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sundance-review-like-crazy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sundance-review-like-crazy/#comments Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:05:03 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21638 This relationship study is raw, honest and brutal, yet beautiful.

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Like Crazy deserves all the buzz it’s getting at Sundance. This relationship study is raw, honest and brutal, yet beautiful.

Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) meet their senior year in college. I wish a cute, ambitious British poet would leave a four page note on my car. Anna proves to be the most wonderful woman we’ve seen in movies, so she’s worth the trouble that comes later. Jacob’s a solid guy himself.

The falling in love part of the movie is really sweet. They spend a lot of time just sitting together. They don’t have to babble, rather just be in each other’s presence. They write notes to each other that we don’t get to read. Their relationship is passionate and natural.

Anna’s visa ends at graduation. She’s so in love, she stays the summer, but the next time she visits her family, she’s not allowed back in America. That is a way more badass premise than Going the Distance. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long lived in the same country. Not only do Anna and Jacob cross an ocean, but the break the law too!

Their scenes apart feel longing. I miss Anna when she’s away. Visits reveal that they’re living separate lives. Missing calls because of the time difference, seeing other happy couples on the tube, that’s how long distance really feels.

Jacob and Anna intelligently discuss the difficult problems. Jacob has no role in her group of friends. Did they sleep with other people while they were apart? It seems like the answer is no but it’s still a bad talk. When Anna asks Jacob if he wants to see other people, he gives the right answer but the question is just awful.

When it seems impossible, Jacob does see a new girl. Samantha (Jennifer Lawrence) is amazing, but she’s no Anna and that’s sad for poor Sam. Everyone in this movie is a good person and that creates more drama than stories of opposites. Doing the right thing for yourselves and each other is harder than bickering. There’s one argument but the unspoken conflicts hurt more.

Jacob and Anna make choices about marriage, about their whole lives and there’s still red tape that can’t be solved. How do you have fun and love each other when it’s so frustrating. People get hurt around Jacob and Anna because they’re not really available.

The only bad thing I can say about Like Crazy is I really wish it wasn’t shot handheld. The story and performances overpower the distracting shakes, but this movie really could have benefited from deliberate camerawork.

The movie’s open ending may make people think it’s a downer. I personally feel I know exactly what happens for Jacob and Anna and I’m happy for them. That’s not a spoiler because they don’t really say. So, the lesson is: don’t squat in America for love. Going through the proper channels is better in the long run.

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