Nateflix: The First

Hello everyone, it’s Nate.

Welcome to my new weekly column where I’ll share with you my favorite films that are currently available on Netflix Instant.  Before I go forward, let me just say that I am not receiving any payment or other incentive from Netflix.  I chose to write about this particular streaming platform because A) It’s where I spend most of my life, B) Most everyone I know has Netfilx, and C) It’s the most easily accessible.  I hope you enjoy my selections, and that you actually watch them.  I would love to hear your thoughts afterwards.  On this Friday evening, I bring you the first of the Natefilx…

I first saw this movie in theaters a few years ago.  I hadn’t heard much about the film except that it was getting high praise for its acting, and realistic portrayal of relationships.  Man, was this one right on the money.

Like Crazy (2011)

Like Crazy

Directed by Drake Doremus, and starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, Like Crazy offers us a stark and honest look at long-distance relationships.  Yelchin and Jones are nearly perfectly matched as a young couple who falls madly in love, against their better judgement.  Soon they discover that being in a relationship, wether its cross-country or in the same apartment, will ultimately have its fair share of problems.  Felicity Jones is the entire heart of this film, which is evident in the scene where she calls Yelchin’s character on the phone, full of tears, and asks “Do you want to come over?” even though they are separated by an entire ocean.  Jennifer Lawrence also appears and gives a fantastic performance, and even though her screen time is short, you might find yourself rooting for her character the most.  Each relationship in the film has it’s own obstacles to overcome, and sometimes the characters fall, no matter how much you’re yelling at the screen trying to guide them. 

While some of the plot points may seem cliche or predictable, the film will manage to keep you engaged by its sincere performances.  Once the ending hits, you’ll be thinking about it for days to come.  I would encourage you to not view any trailers before watching this one, the less you know about the story before going in, the better.  I hope you all have a chance to check out this wonderful film.

I’ll return next week with another round of Nateflix!

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