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'Like Crazy': Betsy Sharkey's film pick of the week [video]

November 16, 2011 |  6:00 pm

“Like Crazy” is such a refreshing cut at young love that it’s hard not to go crazy for it.

The tiny indie stars a group of new-generation actors, led by Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. They beautifully pierce the heart as Anna and Jacob, a couple who connect in college and try to keep their transatlantic relationship alive as her visa expires and she returns home to London and he sets down roots in California.

What makes this love story so charming is the way it marries the new-age and old-fashioned romance. Director Drake Doremus is shaping up to be something of a relationship specialist. “Like Crazy” is the sixth Doremus project on the subject and is a more serious, and sentimental, look than the director has taken before.

Though it’s interesting to see him tackling his favorite themes in more grown-up ways, mostly it’s great watching all the ups and downs that real relationships go through and remembering when falling in love was so easy to do.

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-- Betsy Sharkey


YouTube's Rosebud moment

September 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

Citizen Kane

The last time you watched a dancing-cat video on YouTube, you probably purged the guilt by thinking, 'Well, it's not supposed to be "Citizen Kane."

But what if it was “Citizen Kane"?

YouTube is making the 1941 Orson Welles classic available for rental online, in what it says is the first time the movie can be viewed on-demand on the Interwebs.  You can watch the first 10 minutes below; full rental costs $3 for a 24-hour period. (For Welles completists, there's also a Blu-ray boxed set out.)

The landmark work you’ll be watching on YouTube is actually a newly remastered version; studio Warner Bros. recently completed that process in honor of the film’s  70th anniversary. So the next time you think about how to enjoy one of cinema's defining masterpieces, let your mind immediately go to the 12-inch  monitor on which you just updated your Facebook status.

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--Steven Zeitchik

twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

Photo: A scene from "Citizen Kane." Credit: Los Angeles Times archives.


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