Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Like Crazy” trailer with director Drake Doremus

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Like Crazy” trailer with director Drake Doremus (photo)

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Via Paramount Vantage, here’s your first look at this year’s Grand Jury Prize winner from the Sundance Film Festival, “Like Crazy.” This romantic drama starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones got, like, crazy good reviews at the festival; for a sampling try Eric Kohn’s from indieWIRE or John DeFore’s from The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, co-written and directed by Drake Doremus (“Douchebag” — the 2010 movie, I’m not judging the man) also scooped up a Special Jury Prize for Best Actress for Jones.

We were lucky enough to have Drake record an exclusive audio commentary for the brand new trailer, which will hopefully be an ongoing feature here at IFC. Check it out below.

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As you can see, the spot’s heavy on mood and light on plot, so here’s a bit more on the story, from the film’s official Sundance synopsis:

“‘Like Crazy’ is a film from and about the heart. Jacob, an American, and Anna, who is British, meet at college in Los Angeles and fall madly in love. It’s the purest kind of romance–they’re each other’s first significant attachment. When Anna returns to London, the couple is forced into a long-distance relationship. Their perfect love is tested, and youth, trust, and geography become their biggest enemies…. An original, contemplative look at first love, ‘Like Crazy’ strikes a universal chord as it explores the bittersweet beauty and impermanence of relationships.”

As a survivor (and happy success story) of a long-distance relationship — not as long as Los Angeles to London, but long nonetheless — I have a sneaking suspicion this movie will make me blubber (like crazy) like a lost child. We’ll find out when the film opens in limited release on October 28, 2011.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-10P on IFC.

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Watch an exclusive clip from the excellent French action flick “Point Blank”

Watch an exclusive clip from the excellent French action flick “Point Blank” (photo)

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At the 2011 Provincetown Film Festival I had the opportunity to screen “Point Blank,” a high-intensity, kinetic French action film that mirrors “Taken” with its basic plot, but adds in considerably more intrigue and an against-the-system undertone.

The movie follows a nurse (Gilles Lellouche) who decides to save the wrong patient, a petty thief who’s being hunted by a mysterious cabal. With their target locked safely inside the hospital ward, a gunman storms the nurse’s apartment and abducts his wife, forcing him to escort the wounded man through police protection and deliver him to an outside location.

From there begins a mile-a-minute chase through Paris as the nurse is thrust into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, racing across town to save his wife, dodging assassins and a team of corrupt police detectives. The action is fast-paced and exciting, and the movie doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to killing (sometimes shockingly). It’s well worth watching, and we’re happy to present an exclusive clip featuring the man and the patient whose hide-out has been raided by the law enforcement bad guys.

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“Point Blank” opens in limited release on July 29. For a full list of play dates, click here.

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Joe Cornish and Nick Frost on why you should “Attack the Block” this weekend

Joe Cornish and Nick Frost on why you should “Attack the Block” this weekend (photo)

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“It’s a novel concept. There’s not a lot of alien movies around at the moment,” Joe Cornish said with a smile. Back at South by Southwest 2011, when we had our conversation, “Attack the Block”‘s writer and director was referring to “Paul,” the buddy alien road comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and “Attack the Block” co-star Nick Frost, which was also playing at SXSW and about to open in theaters around the country. Four months later, “Attack the Block” is finally get its own U.S. release, but now it has to share multiplex screens with “Cowboys & Aliens” an enormous summer blockbuster that stars James Bond and Indiana Jones.

Cornish’s film may have lived most of its short life in the shadow of bigger movies, but I suspect it will have the last laugh. Sure, it’ll probably make less money than either of its mainstream counterparts. But it’s far and away the best picture of the three, and almost certainly the one that will be remembered years from now as one of the finer cult films of this era. Inspired by Cornish’s love of 80s creature features like “E.T.” and “Critters” and a scary real-life run-in with some violent hoodlums, “Attack the Block” is about a gang of South London teenagers who find their usual routine of troublemaking and muggings interrupted by a full-scale alien invasion. Armed with some fireworks, a samurai sword, and an assortment of South London slang, the crew set off to protect their housing project (a.k.a. “the block”) from otherworldly evil.

Frost co-stars as Ron, the local weed dealer. Asked whether he did any research for the role, Frost replied, “A lot of my adult life, I guess.” As you might suspect, this was a fun interview. Here it is, in two parts.

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“Attack the Block” opens this Friday; you can read our review of the film here. If you see it, we want to hear what you think. Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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