I’ve meant to catch “Luke and Brie Are on a First Date,” an independent movie from 2008, for a while now. I finally did so yesterday, and just in time, too. It’s on Netflix Instant, but only til April 8 (this Sunday).
I asked the film’s director and writer Chad Hartigan on Twitter if he, the cast and crew get anything back when I watch it on Netflix Instant. The answer: Yes and no. Netflix pays a licensing fee for a year of streaming. But the more people watch, the more likely they renew for another year.
So this is me telling you to watch this movie.
The title says it all, really. It’s about Luke and Brie, and they are on a first date. Simple. If you like “Before Sunrise,” I think you’ll like “Luke and Brie.”
Another reason I’d like to support Hartigan is that he is a great movie blogger, and indeed he introduced me to a bunch of movies I otherwise would have missed in his “Life Without Oscar” series for InContention.com two years ago.
In it, he goes through all the years the Oscars have been awarded, from 1927 onwards, and highlights films the Academy has overlooked. Some obvious ones, but also a lot of (mostly) forgotten gems that deserve attention.
I eagerly read Chad’s articles and added film after film to my ever-growing list of titles I need to see. One I particularly enjoyed was Ken Annakin’s “Across the Bridge” (1957), with Rod Steiger. If I ever get around to a Top 5 Favorite Movies Nobody Else has Seen, “Across the Bridge” has a spot reserved.
So, in conclusion: Chad Hartigan is a great guy who loves movies and he also made one that is very enjoyable. Watch it!