Movie Review: Like Crazy

If you make a feature-length movie in one month and decide not to give your actors a script, you can expect to see some flaws in the final product. The good news for Like Crazy, winner of this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the latest film from 28-year-old writer/director Drake Doremus, is that the movie’s positives far outweigh its negatives. What begins as a stereotypical story about first loves evolves into an exquisite tale exploring a complex and realistic post-9/11 long-distance international relationship.

Felicity Jones is outstanding as Anna, a Brit in Los Angeles on a student visa. Anna quickly succeeds in drawing the interest of the quiet but charming Jacob (Anton Yelchin), an American with a bright future in furniture design. The two fall deeply in love with each other, so much so that Anna decides to ignore her expired visa and stay with Jacob for two extra months, a mistake that sets the stage for the rest of the movie. After a brief visit home to England, Anna returns to Los Angeles, where immigration officials use her previous visa violation to deny her access to the country. Anna is sent home on the next available plane, devastated and unable to see the man she loves. Jacob’s left stranded at the airport, stunned with the unexpected turn of events. What follows is a series of back and forth visits between Anna and Jacob that test the strength of their commitment to each other over several years.

Ironically, the lack of a script is what makes Like Crazy so good, allowing the actors to turn in largely improvisational performances that keep a heartfelt story real and intense from beginning to end. The acting is so natural and the relationship between Anna and Jacob rings so true that it’s as if the characters are friends of yours. In some ways, Like Crazy doesn’t even seem like a movie. Rather, it’s a relevant love story you need to feel to appreciate. Doremus’s willingness to let Jones and Yelchin improvise pays off, resulting in a film that explores the murkier areas of love. Anna and Jacob’s frustrating and confusing relationship spirals into surprising areas that ultimately leaves you with one question: What’s going to happen to these two people?

Like Crazy does have its shortcomings. Doremus’s attempt to cover a six-plus year relationship in just 90 minutes often comes up short, resulting in some awkward and sometimes hard-to-follow passage-of-time transitions, especially during the film’s second half. Although Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin both shine in their roles, there are moments when Yelchin’s quiet demeanor is too understated for certain situations that his character faces. In addition, Jacob’s decision to become involved in an on-and-off relationship with his American work partner Sam (Jennifer Lawrence) seems inconsistent for a guy who is so smitten with Anna.

Regardless of the minor imperfections, Doremus’s splendid filmmaking makes Like Crazyone of the most honest love stories seen on film during the 2000s. An early montage showing Anna and Jacob literally spending the summer in bed is a joy to watch, as is a later series of silent point of view shots on a London subway as the couple travels to the airport. Handheld cameras and numerous shots of Anna and Jacob from behind windows and through doors add to the sense that you’re right there with them, feeling everything they’re feeling as they experience the challenges of international love in the modern world.

Director Drake Doremus took some major creative risks with Like Crazy. In the hands of a lesser filmmaker and cast, the movie would have likely been a train wreck of epic proportions. Instead, if the Academy offered an Oscar for the category of Best Drama Filmed in a Hurry Without a Script, Like Crazy would coast to an easy win this year.

RATING: FOUR OUT OF FIVE

Release Date: November 11th, 2011 at the Landmark Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan and across the country on November 24th
Rating: PG-13

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, and Oliver Muirhead
Director: Drake Doremus
Writers: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones

Amazinglycheap.net, a New Product Review and Deal Announcement Website Goes Live – 24

ANN ARBOR, MI, November 11, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — [Amazinglycheap.net] , a product review and deal announcement service website, has been established in the year 2011 to provide consumers with unbiased reviews on selected products from online merchants , to help them purchase products at a huge discount and to announce deals and coupon codes on selected items when they become available. It aims to connect consumers with some of the best deals online to help them make an informed decision before making any purchase.

One product will be featured each week. Some of the evaluation criteria that used when featuring a product include the quality of the product, social approval factors (product must be one of the best selling items on the merchant’s inventory), branding and price (products will only be featured when a discount is available). For a start, five high quality products have been included in our database. They are the products of the week that have been featured for the past five weeks.

Amazinglycheap.net will focus on products from these three categories: home, fashion/style and health. Some of the products that are featured on our website include the back2life therapeutic massager which cures back pain for the elderly and the malem bedwetting alarm that helps parents prevent bedwetting among children.

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Productivity to go with LibreOffice Portable

Here’s something interesting: an entire office productivity suite that can run from a USB drive. It’s LibreOffice Portable, a portable-ized version of The Document Foundation’s free open-source suite. It’s compatible with most other productivity suites and tools, including Word, WordPerfect, and Lotus, and packs the tools you need, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation maker, drawing tool, and database.

At 412 MB, LibreOffice Portable is a substantial package, but who cares? With multigigabyte USB drives and memory cards, storage isn’t an issue. The installer offered an experimental option to exclude Multilanguage support, which saves 150 MB, but we chose the full installation. The program runs on any Windows PC from 98 to 7, which is a lot of machines. Opening the program’s folder, we found portable versions of LibreOffice Base, Calc, Draw, Impress, Math, and Writer, as well as an HTML-based Help file and data folders. Interestingly, these tools won’t run from a directory containing spaces, and we had to change our folder from “Portable Apps” to “PortableApps.” Once we’d done that, all the tools opened normally. We certainly have no complaints about LibreOffice, which many users have found to be a good performer and a viable alternative to expensive suites.

By installing the jPortable portable Java runtime environment, users can add features such as document creation wizards to LibreOffice Portable. LibreOffice has a lot to recommend it on its own, like LibreOffice Math; some well-known bundles have nothing to compare to it. Being able to take it all with you sets LibreOffice Portable apart from many similar tools. Since this portable version was created by PortableApps, it’s reliable and highly recommended.

New Market Research Report: Clinova – Product Pipeline Review

Global Market Direct’s pharmaceuticals report, “Clinova – Product Pipeline Review – H2 2011″ provides data on the Clinova’s research and development focus. The report includes information on current developmental pipeline, complete with latest updates, and features on discontinued and dormant projects.

This report is built using data and information sourced from Global Markets Direct’s proprietary databases, Clinova’s corporate website, SEC filings, investor presentations and featured press releases, both from Clinova and industry-specific third party sources, put together by Global Markets Direct’s team.

Scope

* Clinova – Brief Clinova overview including business

description, key information and facts, and its locations and subsidiaries.
* Review of current pipeline of Clinova human therapeutic division.
* Overview of pipeline therapeutics across various therapy areas.
* Coverage of current pipeline molecules in various stages of drug development, including the combination treatment modalities, across the globe.
* Product profiles for late stage and clinical stage products of Clinova with complete description of the product’s developmental history, mechanism of action, therapeutic class, target and major milestones.
* Recent updates of the Clinova’s pipeline in the last quarter.
* Key discontinued and dormant projects.
* Latest news and deals relating to the products.

Reasons to buy

* Evaluate Clinova’s strategic position with total access to detailed information on its product pipeline.
* Assess the growth potential of Clinova in its therapy areas of focus.
* Identify new drug targets and therapeutic classes in the Clinova’s RD portfolio and develop key strategic initiatives to reinforce pipeline in those areas.
* Exploit in-licensing opportunities by identifying windows of opportunity to fill portfolio gaps.
* Exploit collaboration and partnership opportunities with Clinova.
* Avoid Intellectual Property Rights related issues.
* Explore the dormant and discontinued projects of Clinova and identify potential opportunities in those areas.

Report Table of Contents:

Table of Contents
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
Clinova Snapshot
Clinova Overview
Key Information
Key Facts
Clinova – Research and Development Overview
Key Therapeutic Areas
Clinova – Pipeline Review
Pipeline Products by Stage of Development
Pipeline Products – Monotherapy
Clinova – Pipeline Products Glance
Clinova – Late Stage Pipeline
Phase III Products/Combination Treatment Modalities
Clinova – Early Stage Pipeline Products
Pre-Clinical Products/Combination Treatment Modalities
Clinova – Drug Profiles
CLIN 3004
Product Description
Mechanism of Action
RD Progress
CLIN 3007
Product Description
Mechanism of Action
RD Progress
CLIN 3010
Product Description
Mechanism of Action
RD Progress
CLIN 3011
Product Description
Mechanism of Action
RD Progress
Clinova – Pipeline Analysis
Clinova – Pipeline Products by Therapeutic Class
Clinova – Pipeline Products by Molecule Type
Clinova – Company Statement
Clinova – Locations And Subsidiaries
Head Office
Other Locations Subsidiaries
Appendix
Methodology
Coverage
Secondary Research
Primary Research
Expert Panel Validation
Contact Us
Disclaimer

List of Tables
Clinova, Key Information
Clinova, Key Facts
Clinova – Pipeline by Therapy Area and Indication, H2 2011
Clinova – Pipeline by Stage of Development, H2 2011
Clinova – Monotherapy Products in Pipeline, H2 2011
Clinova – Phase III, H2 2011
Clinova – Pre-Clinical, H2 2011
Clinova – Pipeline By Therapeutic Class, H2 2011
Clinova – Pipeline By Molecule Type, H2 2011
Clinova, Other Locations

List of Figures
Clinova – Pipeline by Therapy Area and Indication, H2 2011
Clinova – Pipeline by Stage of Development, H2 2011
Clinova – Monotherapy Products in Pipeline, H2 2011
Clinova – Pipeline By Therapeutic Class, H2 2011

About Global Markets Direct

Global Markets Direct is a leading provider of global business intelligence and market analysis. It publishes a range of high quality company and market reports created by its large research and analysis capability and drawing from its extensive unique databases of industry-specific information. View more research from Global Markets Direct at www.fastmr.com/catalog/publishers.aspx?pubid=1033

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Must Haves For Every Small Business

There’s certain equipment, software and advertising that is necessary for every small business to succeed.  Helping your business to prosper is a matter of knowing the right things to invest in, and being aware of the tools that are available to you.  Not only do these things help your business, they make your life much easier by helping you to simplify tasks and stay organized.  Consider using some of the following tools to help get your business up and running and help keeping you organized.

DropBox

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Skype

Skype is a great way to hold long distance conference calls and videoconferences without paying a huge fee for phone service.  If you deal in international clients and have to worry about time differences, Skype is a great tool that allows you to communicate regularly and effectively without a huge phone bill.  Skype can also be used to send documents right away, even if you are currently on a call.  Skype is a great tool that allows you to multi-task and keeps you in touch with your clients and business partners who aren’t close enough to visit.

LinkedIn

Are you starting a new business and looking to hire the best talent that you can find?  LinkedIn has become a great resource to provide you with an online directory of resumes and applicants.  It also gives you a chance to connect with people who are of a similar mind and who may have the same interests in you.  It’s no longer necessary to weed through hundreds of applicants before you can find the best person for the job.  With LinkedIn, you can recruit who you want working for your team.

Social Media Fan Page

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Accounting Software

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So now that we’ve discussed some tools that allow you to more effectively use your time on the computer and online, there are other valuable tools that are more tangible and hands on that you will want to invest in for your small business.

Advertising

It’s essential when you start a new business that you are able to get the word out to your potential customers and let them know what you are offering.  The best way to do this is through an effective advertising campaign.  Utilize all options for your business advertising; print ads, flyers, online ads, trade shows, and any other tool that presents itself as an option to help you advertise your business.  Don’t think of the expense when you spend money on advertising.  This is one investment that will provide a great return.

Payment Hardware

In the current business world, much of payments are made either online or with credit cards.  There’s a good chance that most of your clients or customers will want the option to pay you with a credit card.  For this purpose, you will want to invest in the best credit card processing terminal and software that allows you to take payments from your customers.  Shop around and ask other business acquaintances for which processing company they prefer.  The company that provides the best processing service should also offer you the best credit card processorterminal, and may even have the best wireless credit card processing terminal available for your use.  Solid payment hardware is essential to running a successful business.

Good Reputation

This ties into the type of product and the quality of the product you are selling.  Word of mouth is a great advertising tool once you get a customer base.  If your customers are telling their friends that the service or product they received was just okay, it’s not likely that their friends will come to you for service.  But if they rave about the quality of your product, this is a great way to bring in new customers.  You develop a solid reputation by offering a quality product and always providing your customers with the best customer service they can find.  Make it worth their while to talk to their friends about you, and you will have new customers almost instantly.

When you start a new business, you want to make the right investments.  If you are going to spend money to help your business run more efficiently and to broaden your customer base, make sure that you are doing it on the right things.  Take advantage of as many free online tools as you can, and then invest your money wisely in things that will help your business to succeed