Awesome Indie Movie Theaters and Websites, by Christian Lovera

There is no better way to spend our leisure time than watching a great movie and although, there are thousands of incredible Hollywood productions, we recommend you to watch at least once in your life an independent film, better-known as indie film. The directors of these movies focus more on creating a reaction towards the movie than the profits. In other words, you will be watching awesome movies with a low budget. From documentaries,comedies, drama, to science fiction, the independent cinema has something for you.

That is why, these are the incredible indie theaters in the United States and websites to watch indie movies:

Nuart Theater in Los Angeles

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Nuart Theater

Nuart Theater is located on the Westside of Los Angeles. This theater is dedicated to present the most creative independent films in LA. In addition, this theater has premiered indie movies, documentaries, foreign movies as well as animation films. Moreover, the theater has been renovated in order to have the ultimate technology.

The Nuart Theater is an adult-oriented cinema and offers a wide variety of amenities, such as:

  • beverages,
  • and gourmet snacks.

The experience in this movie theater is absolutely amazing.

Arena Cinema Hollywood in Los Angeles

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Arena Cinema Hollywood

One of the greatest features of this cinema is that it encourages indie films to be presented in the theater. In that way, the theater supports indie films as well as new directors, who have started in the movie industry. In addition, a forum, after the movies, is usually made in order to clear doubts of the viewers and solve any problem regarding the movie. In other words, directors have a closer contact with the viewers, which facilitate the experience of watching a movie, especially if it has a strange plot.

The staff is really kind and makes you feel like you were at home. As a matter of fact, this theater offers healthy snacks.

Harvard Film Archive in Boston

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Havard Film Archive

I f you want to watch hidden indie movies, this is the place that you should go. In the Harvard Film Archive, the movies present are unknown, which is good in order to know your indie movie taste and other movies as well as genres. The movies presented in this theater are part of big collection of movies that belong to Harvard Library System. In addition, the films presented here are from the beginning of the indie movie industry to current times.

Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston

You can watch almost every indie movie in the Coolidge Corner Theater, from black comedies, cartoons, comedies, to even war films. An awesome experience in this theater is guarantee. In addition, there are several theaters in Coolidge and you can rent them in order to make parties and events.

Website to Watch Indie Films

Indiepixfilm.com: in this website, you can buy indie films with an excellent quality. In addition, the films are very affordable; as a matter of fact, a movie costs 3, 99 US dollars.

Indiepixunlimited.com: if you are an amateur filmmaker, you have arrived to the right website. This site allows you to upload your movie and receive critics. In addition, if your movie is watched by lots of people, the website pays you.

Which Are the Best Indie Movies of 2014?

Although 2014 has not ended yet, we can choose our favorite independent movies from January 1st to June 30th. We recommend you to watch these movies and see why we have chosen them as the best indie films of this year so far. In this top 4 we will see from an animated movie, comedy, science fiction, suspense, to a strange love, and more. This is the top 4 of indie movies that you must watch:

  • The Lego Movie
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Under the Skin
  • Only Lovers left Alive

The Incredible Family Movie

The animated film The Lego Movie is on the top 4 of the best indie movies of 2014. You may think that this is a weird decision, but really you have to watch this movie. The Lego Movie features Emmet, voice of Chris Pratt, a common Lego construction worker who has to stop an evil tyrant from harming the Lego world. This movie is not only great for kids, but for adults too, so do not think that you are too old. This is the perfect movie to watch with the whole family. In addition, the film is funny, and the cast is excellent. Some of the cast includes:

  • Will Arnett
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Jonah Hill
  • Will Ferrell

Welcome to the Best Budapest Hotel

One of Ralph Fiennes’ best performances is in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. Fiennes plays M. Gustave, the concierge of the hotel. The movie focuses on the adventures of Gustave and his friend loyal lobby boy Zero, interpreted by Tony Revolori. The movie is set in 1930s in the fake Republic of Zubrowka. The story of the movie is about friendship despite the situations. The Grand Budapest Hotel is great to watch when you want relax and laugh. The cast includes great names such as:

  • Mathieu Amalric
  • Adrien Brody
  • William Dafoe
  • Jude Law
  • Bill Murray
  • Tilda Swinton

The Mixture of Genres

Modern sci-fi independent movie Under the Skin is considered one of the greatest of this year. Featuring famous actress Scarlett Johansson, the movie has a complicated but well-developed story. A beautiful alien (Johansson) is on a mission to trap men, by seducing them, and steal their essence. Johansson’s performance in this film is considered one of the greatest of her career. The visual effects of this movie are amazing, and one of the main features of this film is that although it is regarded as a modern sci-fi movie, it is also a mixture between horror and science fiction.

A Different Vampire Love

Only Lovers left Alive is one of the best vampire movies. Tom Hiddlestone and Tilda Swinton’s performances are excellent. They play Adam and Eve, a vampire couple that have different opinions on humans. Only Lovers left Aliveis not only about vampires, but about immortality and relationships, that though are not human, they pretty look like human relationships. In this movie we will watch that though love can endure centuries, the arrival of someone unexpected can change everything. The rest of the cast includes:

  • Anton Yelchin
  • Mia Wasikowska
  • John Hurt
  • Jeffrey Wright

Top 5 Arthouse Films in Spanish That You Can’t Miss

Arthouse cinema is having a great year so far and it looks like it will only be getting better, because of the genres newly found interest from audiences, we have decided to make a list with the Top 5 Arthouse movies in Spanish.
These films are different from each other but very unique, according to the point of view of their directors. This makes these 5 movies some of the best movies  in Spanish and some of the best in the entire genre.

5. Todo Sobre Mi Madre

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All about my mother

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Candela Peña, Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz

The film focuses on the story of a woman and her circle of friends who are suffering a series of emotional disasters. The main character in this story is Manuela, a single mother whose life takes a turn for the worst when her son is killed when hit by a motorist. In the middle of her crisis, she goes to Barcelona and is reacquainted with some friends from her past who are going through some very difficult situations of their own.  A very intense character driven drama as usual from Almodóvar.

4. Y Tu Mamá También

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez, Diego Luna
The film tells us the story of two friends whose social status is the only thing that tells them apart; when Julio and Tenoch are at a party they meet a very beautiful but very depressed Spanish woman named Luisa, who is married to Tenoch’s cousin. The story unfolds when she decides to join the two friends in a trip without heading, the adventure teaches the three about, life, sex and friendship as well as mark their lives forever.

3. El Laberinto del Fauno

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ivan Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López
Set in 1944 after the Spanish Civil War, we follow the story of a young girl named Ofelia who has just moved with her family to the Spanish countryside. Ofelia’s mother is married the to a sadistic army captain who is set to fulfill the orders of General Franco which are to eliminate a guerilla uprising in the area. Ofelia is forced to entertain herself as her mother is bedridden and immobilized do to a complicated pregnancy so she soon stumbles into a hidden stone labyrinth presided over by a mythical faun namde Pan. Pan tells her that she is the lost legendary princess and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a series of life-threatening tasks.

2. Amores Perros

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo

A terrible car accident in Mexico City affects the lives of three people. Octavio, a teenager who decides to run away with his brother’s wife; his dog Cofi is the instrument he needs to pay for his journey. Daniel is a grown man who decides to leave his wife and kids for Valeria, a young gorgeous model. The day when they decide to begin their new life, Valeria ends up victim in the terrible accident.

1. Mar Adentro

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Mar Adentro

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Cast: Javier Bardem, Belém Rueda, Lola Dueñas
The film is based on the real life story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spanish man who has been fighting for 30 years in a campaign to end his life on his own terms. He’s been taken care by his family  and has been forced lay in his bed for  the past 30 years, his only window to the world is his own bedside window which gives him a view of the ocean where he suffered the accident that left him paralyzed.
His life is influenced in great part by two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause and Rosa, a neighbor who tries to convince him that life is worth fighting for. Despite his wish to die, Ramón teaches everyone he encounters the meaning, value and preciousness of life.

10 Greatest Independent Films

Independent film industry is something that probably not everybody knows or at least has a little knowledge about it. However, since many years ago, the independent movies and directors are having their spot in the cinemas of the whole world. Probably not with much attention, but those movies exist and due to technology and all the new things that are in the world, it is actually better and easier for people to have independent movies in their houses.

Films from an infinite group of countries are made every year. A top of the greatest ones is really difficult, but if we create our own boundaries and limitate the top into the most amazing and greatest 10 independent films from 1990 until 2004, we will probably have a very short but truly good top of movies.

Countries like MexicoUnited States of America and the United Kingdom are having their own independent productions and every year there are more movies that are being part of the big list of films in the different cinemas of the world. So, it just time to begin with this top 10 of the greatest independent films that includes the countries: USA, Mexico and UK.

  • El Mariachi: it is a Mexican movie directed by Robert Rodríguez and it was made in 1992 and this movies in considered as a guerilla filmmaking. It is a very good movie that actually got the international attention of people.
  • Dead Man’s Shoes: it was made in 2004 and you will probably hear something about it. The director was Shane Meadows and it is considered as one of the best independent movies coming from the United Kingdom.
  • The Passion of the Christ: this movie was directed by the actor Mel Gibson and it was released in 2004. This movie, definitely, got not only the attention but also the impression and good comments of people all over the world. It was actually one of the most sale movies in 2000.
  • Amores Perros: this is a Mexican movie directed by Alejandro gonzales Inarritu and it was released in 2000. This movie is known not only by its director but also for the very good participation of the actors.
  • Lost in Translation: it is a Sofia Coppola movie and it wa smade in 2003. This film is absolutely over the clichés and it is a very well done movie.
  • In the Company of Men: it is a movie directed by Neil LaBute and it was made in 1997 and its director was firstly part of the American Theater and then he got into the independent film industry and has this movie as an example of what he is capable to do.
  • The Usual Suspects: it is a film made in 1995 and directed by Bryan singer. This film is about crimes, but it defintely goes further and deeper than what we all are used to see about it.
  • Reservoir Dogs: it was made in 1992 and the director was no less than Quentin Tarantino, so this movie is one of those from this director that should be in the list of movies to see.
  • Lone Star: it was made in 1996 and the director was John Sayles. In this movie, one of the most important things is the way how the direction, the story and the actors are all well accomplished.
  • Run Lola Run: it is not about Forrest Gum and it was made in 1998 by the director Tom Tykwer.
Christian Lovera Mel Gibson, director of The Passion of the Christ

Mel Gibson, director of The Passion of the Christ

 

Christian Lovera Dead Man's Shoes (2004 film)

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004 film)

Arthouse Films that Must Be Watched (Video)

If you like to spend the weekend having some family time, there is a wide variety of movies recommended to watch, especially commercial films.

However, if you enjoy watching movies about human interactionstruth storiesdifferent dramas and comedies, or films made with a different purpose than having a big audience, these are the movies that you have to watch:

Locke

This movie is a drama about a man whose life is being threatened due to a mistake that he made in the past.

The drama begins with Tom Hardy, the main character of the movie, driving and making phone calls. However, these phone calls represent the enemyputting at risk his lifefamily, and company.

The Railway

If you like movies about World War II, you have to watch The Railway Man. The movie is about a former British military man who was put in a Japanese prison during World War II.

Later, he finds out that his torturer is still alive and begins a journey to find him.

The World According to Monsanto

It is a movie which purpose is to raise awareness about the earth and how to preserve it. In this film, people will watch the consequences of genetically modified crops.

New Art House Film Will Have Famous Actors: Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro

Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro have signed up to perform in an art house film directed by Olivier Assayas. The movie is about an article called “Boosting the Big Tuna”, the real story of a gang who accidentally rob the store of Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo.

Although we have seen Robert Pattinson acting in big franchises such as Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga, this will be a great turn of events since the actor is looking for some interesting movies to act in.

In addition, De Niro will be an amazing co-worker for Pattinson.

The director of the movie Olivier Assayas is better known for his work in Cold Water, his first movie that debuted atCannes International Film Festival in 1994.

Other important titles that he has directed are:

  • Late August,
  • Early September,
  • Clean
  • and Something In The Air,

all of them art house films. For that reason, we cannot expect that this new movie will be a commercial film.

The title of this new movie will be Idol’s Eye and there is no information about the plot. However, it is likely that Robert De Niro will play Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo, while Pattinson will have the gangster role.

Enjoy the Taipei Film Festival

The Sixth Cross-Strait Film Festival starts in May 31 until June 4, in which some popular Chinese movies and cinema d’ auteur films will be presented. The festival will include seven Chinese movies released this year and that theTaiwanese audience has not watched yet, according to the festival organizers.

This festival will take place at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park’s Spot Cinema only for five days. So, it is a big chance for Chinese people to go and appreciate their home made cinema, especially their home made cinema d’ auteur.

The seven films are Where are we going dad?, which is a documentary about a popular Chinese TV reality show. This film was very popular among Chinese population during the first months of this year.

Other films are romantic comedies such as Ex-Files and Up in the Wind. A romance-dramaBeijing Love Story, will be also screened. In addition, there is a crime movie called Police Diary and a drama known as Forever Youngbased on teenager lifestyles and choices. To conclude, the last movie that will be presented is Dancing in the Room, which is about Chinese youth and their decision to leave their town and go to the city to work.