Why You Should Care about Independent Cinema

When you think about movies, one of the first things that comes to mind might Terminator Genisys or Jurassic World. But if you want to challenge your mind while having fun, there’s nothing like sitting down and watching a good indie flick, if for no other reason than to get a good, original story.

A clear view into a director’s vision

Woody Allen - Christian Lovera

Woody Allen

You see, independent cinema is more character driven and the director has almost total control over his vision, and their names are very recognizable. For example, you might have heard of Woody Allen, who has made incredible films with his most recent muse, Scarlet Johansson, who has done practically everything from Ghost World to Marvel’s Avengers movies.

And that is what really defines Indie films, most directors have a signature shot, style o trademark that can be seen in almost all of their work. For example, director Wes Anderson, creator of The Grand Budapest Hotel always uses symmetry in his films. And almost every director inserts their own signature to their movies.

It can define an entire genre

Alfred Hitchcock, basically, defined the modern horror genre, with masterpieces like Psycho, The Birds and Dial M for Murder. As a matter of fact, he inspired a new generation of thought creating suspense that has inspired a whole generation of filmmakers.

This years It Follows was a surprise horror hit because it shows little to no violence, blood or nudity. Also, it had a surprisingly low budget and still manages to give you goosebumps, why? Good story telling for sure, and directed in a way very reminiscent of Hitchcock’s work.

You get really interesting stories

Ryan Gosling - Christian Lovera

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is best known for being a Hollywood heartthrob, but did you know he directed Lost River? That’s right, directed, and pretty well, he gives a truly unique story about life in Detroit from the point of view of one of the last families living in an abandoned neighborhood, while also giving all sorts of shocking and artistic images throughout the film.

Many famous actors try independent films at least a couple of times. In fact, some directors as well as A list stars like Jennifer Aniston started their careers in indie films.

And finally, the best reason to start paying attention to independent cinema is that you get to enjoy an original story, that means no remakes or sequels that rehash the same thing over and over again. Plus, supporting your favorite actors and directors will get them to make even more awesome movies.


The Force Is Awakening

Star Wars - Christian Lovera

Star Wars

Almost thirty years ago the world saw the birth of one of the most beloved franchises in history. In 1977 the first Star Wars movie was released to critical acclaim. Everyone was marveled by what they were witnessing, the technology used in those times were light years ahead of anything done back then, and the fans could not get enough of it. Right after that movie came out everybody became a fan of the Jedi Order, and having a lightsaber was the dream of many. The Star Wars franchise became an inspiration for many other movies and managed to shape pop culture in its time. The initial Star Wars was followed by two sequels who were also well received by critics and fans alike and brought the story of the jedi Luke Skywalker and the rebels to a close.

Almost two decades later  Star Wars came back with a prequel trilogy. Luke Skywalker’s story was already told and had a satisfying end, but there was still more lore out there. The story of the main antagonist of the first trilogy needed to be told. The new trilogy told the story of the young Anakin Skywalker, destined to become the feared sith-lord, Darth Vader. We also saw the rise of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke’s first master, from a promising young padawan to a full fledged jedi master.We saw how Anakin grew from a kind hearted young man to a ruthless sith.It showed us that even the most pure can fall into darkness. Anakin gave into the darkness thinking it would save the life of her love, but it was all a ruse from the Emperor, the sith mastermind before all the events. Darth Vader was born at the end of the movie, ready to do the Emperor’s bidding and escape the pain from the death of his wife, not knowing until much later that she gave birth to his daugther Leia, and son Luke.This trilogy was received with mixed reactions, but still became a success.

Star Wars

Star Wars

Almost ten years after the prequel trilogy everybody thought that there would be no more Star Wars, but that changed in 2012 after Disney bought Lucasfilm. Disney announced the beginning of a new trilogy, set 30 years after the end of The Return of the Jedi, which will bring back familiar faces, such as Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo. The film will be directed by J.J. Abrahams, who is best known for his work with sci-fi. This will be the first Star Wars made after George Luca’s retirement, but still has him as a consultant to make sure that the film is the best it can be.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Christian Lovera

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Cast of Star Wars

The Cast of Star Wars

At the moment there hasn’t been too much plot details, just confirmations that we will see familiar faces, etc. Many fans are excited about the return of one of their most beloved franchises, while other are most skeptical about it, mainly because they didn’t fancy the prequel trilogy. You can expect more details to arise in the following months, but without giving too much spoilers. Thank God we still have some stills and trailers to keep us busy until  Star Wars: The Force Awakens release on December, 2015.

Frieza is Back!

Dragon Ball - Christian Lovera

Dragon Ball

No one can ignore how influential anime has become. Every person in the planet surely knows about it and even can name his or her top 5 animes. Some favor classics like Saint Seiya or Evangelion and even maybe Pokemon, but there is one thing for sure in each of those list. Any anime fan will surely rank Dragon Ball as one of its favourite animes of all time, and how could they not? Every 90’s kid was sure to be a huge Dragon Ball fan. We all remember how excited we were when we got home from school and tune in the new Dragon Ball episode on Cartoon Network, or any other channel, and just sit there amazed by the skills of Goku and company. And now, as adults, just as we were ready to grow up and leave Dragon Ball in the past we find out that a new movie about Frieza, fan favourite villain, is coming to America. Forget about growing up! Time to go super saiyan about these news!

In 2013 we were greeted with a Dragon Ball Z movie called “Battle of the Gods“, which was the first movie to be supervised by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the Dragon Ball universe. The movie was a success as fans all over the world rejoiced about having new adventures from their favourite warriors. Two years later no one could predict that fans would be greeted with yet another Dragon Ball movie, supervised yet again by Akira Toriyama. We feel so spoiled, but so good.

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

The events of the movie happen some time after the previous Battle of the Gods movie (both movies are canon in the Z storyline by the way) and everyone lives in peace, but of course, peace is something very shortlived. Just when the warriors thought that earth and the universe were safe from any villain set on destruction Frieza comes back for revenge and stronger than ever.

To try and not give away much of the plot, so you can enjoy it to the fullest, we will just say that Frieza has a bone to pick with the Z warriors, especially our boy Goku, and also take over Earth, because why not.

There is some plot details we can share because we are sure they are already public domain. We have all seen the latest Frieza transformation, like he wasn’t a dangerous threat before, this time he transforms into Golden Frieza, much like a super saiyan, and you can bet his power will be even greater than before.

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Frieza became so powerful than Goku’s current strenght may not be enough. Time to ascend to yet another super saiyan form. Last movie we were greated to super saiyan god, another level of power which turned out to be amazing, but now Goku seems to have achieved super saiyan god 2. Will it be enough?

We can hardly wait to see our childhood heroes back to save the universe from the villanous Frieza. Nothing a Kame Hame Ha can’t fix.

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball


The Chorus: An Unforgettable Movie

Hollywood is the first thing that could come into your mind when you are talking about movies. However, it is not the only one movie indutry out there. There are many different movies from all over the world that could actually be considered much better than the ones coming from this American industry, at least that is what many people believe.

From the European market, specifically from France, there is The Chorus (Les Choristes in French). Even when it was presented to the world many years ago (in 2004) it still is in the minds of people who watched, this is due to the impact it has in everybody.

Les Choristes

Les Choristes

The Chorus is a movie that was directed by Cristophe Barratier and it was written by the same director and Phillippe Lopes Curval. This production is actually a very good addptation from a movie that was made back in 1945, A Cage Of Nightingales. French cinema has been always giving to the world a big catalogue of movies to see and share, but the impact that The Chorus had in the whole word was amazing and this is because of the topic it has.

This film, in a very summarize way, is about a music teacher that goes to a current school to, precisely, teach music to the students. The problem appears when he realize that those students are kind of problematic and complicated. However, and at the end of the story, he got the chance to be nearer from them and music start to play its role and both, the teacher and the students, got a real friendship and understand the importance that music has in life.

Cast of the movie

Cristophe Barrier is the director and co writer. Besides, there is a big amount of people who worked truely hard in order to create a very good movie. Among all the artists who worked for this production, there are 11 actors and actresses considered as the main characters in the film, the names of those artists are:

  • Gérard Jugnot as Clément Mathieu
  • François Berléand as Rachin
  • Kad Merad as Chabert
  • Jean-Paul Bonnaire as Maxence
  • Marie Bunel as Violette Morhange
  • Jean-Baptiste Maunier as Pierre Morhange
  • Maxence Perrin as Pépinot
  • Grégory Gatignol as Mondain
  • Cyril Bernicot as Le Querrec
  • Jacques Perrin as adult Morhange
  • Didier Flamand as adult Pépinot

Music, as it is shown, is very important through the complete movie. That is why all the songs that are part of it became relevant and the soundtrack of this film was released also in 2004 and by the Warner Bros Records. Besides, the album of this soundtrack was so good that it was 11 weeks at the top of the albums chart in France. In addition, in 2005 there was released a DVD of The Chorus in concert. So, it demonstrates, in a way, that this French movie really catches the heart of the ones who watch it and enjoyed the production of a film made outside of the Hollywood parameters.

Christian Lovera DVD of The Chorus in concert

DVD of The Chorus in concert

Bama Theatre Is Waiting for You!

TuscaloosaAlabama, is the city where Bama Theatre is located. This theatre welcomes you to watch incredible arthouse movies in June, so you will enjoy this summer watching the best arthouse films. In this theatre you will watch movies from famous actors such as:

  • Woody Allen,
  • Robert Duvall,
  • Nicolas Cage,
  • Tom Hiddlestone
  • and, also, from gorgeous actress Scarlett Johansson.

The names of two of the movies that will be displayed are:

  • A Night in Old Mexico
  • and Only Lovers Left Alive.

A Night in Old Mexico

If you want to watch a film with a mixed of genresA Night in Old Mexico is the movie that you are looking for. Have fun watching the performance of Robert Duvall as an elderly man that, after losing his ranch, spends a night in Mexico with the grandson he had never met.

For grandfather and grandson this night will be an unforgettable night because they will have to face Mexican gangsters.

Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive will be presented in Bama Theatre

This one is about the story about vampires. The director of the movie is Jim Jarmusch and the story is about two vampires and their hopes and concerns about the future.

Tom Hiddlestone interprets Adam, a vampire that lives inDetroit, while Tilda Swinton stars as Eve, a vampire that lives in Tangiers.

Only Lovers Left Alive will be presented in Bama Theatre  Christian Lovera

Only Lovers Left Alive will be presented in Bama Theatre


Christopher Nolan and His Inception

Christian Lovera Inception Poster

Inception Poster

Inception is the name of the auteur cinema movie written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan.

In this film, we can see the story of a group of extractors that are offered a great payment for a job that many says its impossible. This movie is mainly about dreams and its levels. The idea of a person being manipulated during its sleep in order to change a way of thinking, a point of view or other things.

Leonardo Di Caprio has the main role of this movie, playing as CobbJoseph Gordon Levitt also features in this movie playing as Arthur and Ellen Page features as Ariadne. Other members of the cast of this movie are:

  1. Tom Hardy
  2. Dileep Rao
  3. Cillian Murphy
  4. Tom Berenger
  5. Marion Cotillard
Christian Lovera Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

Hans Zimmer made the music for Inception. This actionadventure and mystery film lasts 148 minutes. It was released in July of 2010. This movie had a budget of $160,000,000 and the revenue worldwide was more than $825,000,000 converting Inception in one of the most lucrative productions.

Christopher Nolan
 also directed:

  • The Dark Night (2008),
  • Memento (2000)
  • and Batman Begings (2005).

This year, Nolan will release his latest movie called Interstellar, a sci-fi movie written by Christopher and his youngest brother, Jonathan Nolan.

An App to Watch Arthouse Films Has Been Released (Video)

Watching an arthouse film will not be a problem anymore. Freesat, a satellite TV service, has launched its first application to watch independent and arthouse movies. This new applications is called Curzon Home Cinema and it is also available for Samsung Smart TVs and BT TV.

Although the app is not for free, it allows watching the arthouse films that it offers, and the best of it is that you can watch the same films that are being displayed at the movie theater but in your house.

According to Emma ScottFreesat’s Managing Director, it is exciting to launch the first application to watch independent films and arthouse films. People will have the opportunity to discover the wonders of arthouse cinema along with enjoying movies made with different purposes. Besides, you do not have to pay for the applicationbut for the movie you watch.

Some of the movies that Curzon Home Cinema is already offering are:

  • Venus in Fur,
  • Blue is the Warmest Color,
  • Amour, Dancer in the Dark, 
  • and Secret and Lies,

Most of them have been awarded at the Cannes International Film Festival and at the Academy Awards. The costs of the movies vary, however, they will not be very expensive, allowing movie fans to watch them.