Most of you have yet to see Like Crazy, a beautiful and frightening tale of lost distance love starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and got several rave reviews, including one by yours truly. Paramount will be releasing the film later this year and it’s bound to get a ton of Oscar buzz. The team behind the film, director Drake Doremus (who previously directed Douchebag), co-writer Ben York Jones and producer Jonathan Schwartz, are already using that buzz to their advantage and have just lined up their next project. They’ll be making an adaptation of the upcoming young adult sci-fi romance novel Through to You by Emily Hainsworth which is about a teenager who tragically loses his girlfriend but finds that she still exists in a parallel universe. Read more about the project and the book after the break. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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When Park City, Utah woke up Saturday morning, no one was talking about Like Crazy. By the time the day ended, it was all anyone was talking about. From Drake Doremus, the director of Douchebag, Like Crazy tells the story of a long distance relationship between an American furniture designer named Jacob (Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin) and a British writer named Anna (Cemetery Junction‘s Felicity Jones in a long deserved star making performance). We see how they meet, some courting, the one seemingly minor decision that screws up everything and the long, painful, but often joyful, aftermath. The film subtly gives its audience so much to digest emotionally, that you’ll be thinking about it long after you leave the theater.

Paramount picked the film up for $4 million on Sunday so you’ll get to see it soon. But, before that, read our review. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Slamdance: Spooner Movie Trailer

If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I’m a sucker for coming of age films and quirky indie relationship dramedies (how 2004 of me, I know…), . Drake DoremusSpooner, which premieres at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival, falls into category two. Matthew Lillard plays a used car salesman named Herman Spooner, who still lives at home with his parents. The official plot synopsis follows:

“Spooner is fairly set in his unfulfilling routine, but turning 30 marks a hard deadline set by his mom (Kate Burton) and dad (Christopher McDonald) to get a place of his own. To top it off, Spooner’s boss (Shea Whigham) is putting on the pressure to bring in some numbers, or face the chopping block. Headed for one of the worst days of his life, Spooner meets the girl of his dreams, Rose (Nora Zehetner). Forgoing all other priorities, Spooner is now working on winning her heart, but on their perfect date, she breaks the news that she is about to leave for the Philippines.”

The film festival promotional trailer is embedded after the jump.

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