Movie Review – Like Crazy

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Movies about long distance have a high possibility of either turning into a cheesy hour and a half love story of either getting or losing the guy or girl or realizing they can’t live with one another and drop everything to move across the country.

Still, I can’t help but curiously sit through movies about long distance relationships, wondering if I’ll recognize myself in a character or a situation. So then, I watched Like Crazy.

Like Crazy follows Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) as they meet in an American University and fall in love. After spending a summer together, Anna returns to her home in England and is unable to travel back to the states. They try doing long distance for a while until the pain of separation is too much. And I’m going to tell you to watch the movie if you want to know the ending.

I saw scarily accurate dialogue pieces and haunting performances in this film. I could see my reactions in both characters my heart broke a little when the distance began. I smiled at their short time together and rooted for their relationship to work. The film made me think about the people we become.

Everyone changes, it might take years or four weeks, but we all change at some point. What happens when we change? Does that mean our love changes too? Are you fighting for the same person you knew back when, or the person he or she is now?

The film was beautifully directed by Drake Doremus.

The script was also what pulled me into the movie. Not only the dialogue but the subtle looks and touches between characters made me step into the story.

I recommend the movie, although I realize that not everyone will enjoy it.

Here is another take on the film.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/like_crazy/

As a writer, I’d love to hear what you thought about the story and the characters so feel free to leave a comment!

 

 

 

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4 Steps to Ditching “The New Kid” Label

THE difficulty of starting a new school is both influenced by the academics and social aspects of the new place. Don’t worry. These tips will help you relieve the stress of being “the new kid” once you step inside the school.

Engage: Engage in class. Don’t sit in the back of the classroom and doodle in the margins and drool on your desk. Raise your hand, ask questions, and interact with your teachers and classmates. Teachers will see you are interested in learning and you will feel more comfortable talking in front of people. Everyone will expect you to be shy and insecure writing notes, but you will come off as an approachable individual.  

Get involved: Ask around about the various school clubs. Join a club you wanted to before but didn’t. Play a new sport or try out for the school play or musical. Exploring different talents or opportunities available will help you learn what your strengths are and what you are passionate about. Give the odd and popular clubs a chance; you never know where your calling will be.

Judging a Book: In my experience, the old saying is true. You cannot learn everything about a person in a glance. Take the time to meet and get to know your classmates. Maybe the snobby blond girl sitting behind you in history will become your best friend, or you may have the one of the most intellectual conversations with the class clown. 

Hanging Out: Pick your friends carefully. Friends can positively and negatively influence you. Don’t outcast those who are different than you but consciously choose with who and where you hang out outside of school. 

Remember, “the new kid” label can be dropped as soon as the school day is over. Be confident in who you are and don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Learn what kind of person you want to be and improve your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Your new adventures await!