Posts tagged as: Indie

Drinking Buddies (2013)

Drinking Buddies (2013)

With no end in sight to the glut of autobots and decepticons, board game adaptations and bloated Marvel costume parties passed off as narrative storytelling, Tinseltown could use a little more mumble in its movies.

Black Rock (2013)

Black Rock (2013)

Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton surprised me with “Black Rock,” a lean, formidable thriller about survival and friendship. A husband and wife team, Mr. Duplass wrote the screenplay and Ms. Asleton directed. Mark Duplass is known as the star of goofy but earnest films such as “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Humpday.” He also shared writing, […]

Things I Don’t Understand (2011)

Things I Don’t Understand (2011)

Someday, everyone you know won’t exist. Tomorrow doesn’t matter until it’s today. No one makes it through life unscathed, in one way or another. These are just a few of the lessons found in “Things I Don’t Understand,” a small indie rumination with big pretensions. In his follow up to his debut feature “…Around” (2008), […]

‘The Future’ targets apathy one inert hipster at a time

‘The Future’ targets apathy one inert hipster at a time

“The Future” took my breath away. And when I say it took my breath away, I don’t mean to say I was enraptured by its profound insight into the “frailty of the human condition,” a much loathed and overused phrase. Instead of being uplifted, I was left with a lump in my throat. This is […]

On Campus at the Berlinale

On Campus at the Berlinale

The Berlin Film Festival is not just about watching films that have already been made: it also invests in the future of cinema by nurturing new talent. The Berlinale Talent Campus, now in its 9th year, is a week-long series of events, taking place in parallel with the festival. It is intended to guide and […]

Legendary Film ‘Colin Fitz Lives!’ to Finally Get Release

Legendary Film ‘Colin Fitz Lives!’ to Finally Get Release

The legendary indie film “Colin Fitz Lives!” about two bumbling security guards posted at the grave of Colin Fitz, a dead rock star with fans obsessive enough to make Justin Bieber blush will finally get a proper release. What, never heard of it?  Indie film buffs certainly have.  Way back in 1997 this low-budget comedy with […]

Uptown (2009)

Uptown (2009)

Two attractive twentysomethings meet for the first time in a Manhattan restaurant and engage in obligatory small talk.  What was intended to be a meeting between indie film director and potential star soon promises to be the beginning of a long and complex relationship that won’t end how either had planned. So begins director Brian Ackley’s micro-budget […]

Visual Effects Oscar Noms Upped to 5; Sign of the Times?

Visual Effects Oscar Noms Upped to 5; Sign of the Times?

After augmenting their rules for last year’s ceremony allowing 10 movies to be nominated for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar instead of five, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has decided to continue tweaking who they’re willing to bestow their little golden statuette upon. Variety has confirmed that the Academy, after some urging […]

Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero (2009)

Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero (2009)

Jason Rosette’s no-budget tale of desolation, desperation and loss subtly weaves together the disparate lives of a group of struggling Southwesterners in “Lost in New Mexico.” Susan (Drea Pressley), grieving and aimless after the loss of her newborn daughter, thoughtlessly seeks out a rogue animal-cloning geneticist (Dr. Alan Rice) to reverse, or subvert, the most inevitable of human events […]

Paranormal Activity 2 Trailer

Last year Paramount scored a monster hit with “Paranormal Activity,” the Oren Peli-directed film shot for only $15,000 that eventually grossed $151 million. Can they do it again?

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