The Top 10 Indie Films of this Year that You Should Definitely Watch

Blue Rain - Christian Lovera

Blue Rain

 

From blogs to viewers’ opinion and critics of indie films, these are the common picks as the best independent pictures of the year:

1. Ida: from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, who in 2001 won BAFTA‘s “Most Promising Newcomer in British Film” award, Ida portrays the story of a young girl on the quest to find her roots, as Jewish holocaust survivor descendants. Incredibly moving, we see through the film how a simple discovery turns out into an unexpected development of events.

2. Boyhood: one of the very few -or maybe the only- film that was recorded during 12 years and using the same actors. So what we get is what we see: the real deal. Growing pains, the ordinary happenings of daily life and the big moments that shape the life of a boy who turns out surprisingly well against all odds. It has been highly praised and well criticized since its release.

Boyhood - The movie - Christian Lovera

Boyhood – The movie

3. Only Lovers Left Alive: yet again, they’re still doing vampire movies. Except for this one stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, and showcases the dreadness of the modern world through a couple that’s been alive for quite a while now. As described by Vanity Fair, “vampires have never appeared so cool, cultured or human“. Just the trailer is intriguing enough to make you want to watch it -even if you’re a firm detractor of the vampire hype.

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel: with an outstanding direction of photography, a picturesque story and remarkable acting, these movie features a lobby boy that inherits a great first class hotel. But way before that happens, a succession of weird events and murders take place, in a fictional country set in the years between the two World Wars. The acting of  Ralph Fiennes is amazing!

Grand Budapest Hotel movie - Christian Lovera

Grand Budapest Hotel movie

5. The Wind Rises: from director Hayao Miyazaki, this animated film takes a look at Hiro Jorikoshi’s life, the man who designed planes in Japan during World War II. The dialogues and music are entirely in Japanese, so if you’re a fan of manga or anime you’re in for a treat, even though it’s more of a kids-oriented tale film.

6. Like Father Like Son: have you ever imagined having your baby mixed up with another one after birth? This is what happens to Ryota Nonomiya. This is also a Japanese film, that shows the moving story of Nonomiya facing the difficult choice of choosing over his biological son or the one he has helped to raise for years.

7. Life Itself: ironically enough, this movie is about the American movie critic, Roger Ebert, who passed away just last year. The film walks by his journey, his illness and his reputation as a newspaper writer. Luckily, it has been received well by the critics. In fact, as some have put it “the only shame of Life Itself is that we can’t read Roger Ebert’s review”.

Roger Ebert - Life itself - Christian Lovera

Roger Ebert – Life itself

8. Blue Ruin: “The one with the gun gets to tell the truth”. This is a story filled with vengeance, suspense, the seek of justice and thrill, of how a man is capable of doing pretty much anything to protect his family, even when that means becoming an assasin.

9. Nymphomaniac vol. I: This highly expected Lars von Trier movie show a woman who is addicted to sex and, after she is saved by a man from a brutal beating, begins to recount all of her sexual encounters -which are mostly sickly-. Featuring well-known actors like Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Stellan Skarsgård, Nymphomaniac will leave you wanting more. The second part was also released this year.

10. Stranger by The Lake: this French film was launched at the beginning of the year. It tells the story of a paradisiac vacation spot in France only for men, and how one of them gets stuck in a love whimsy that seems to be destined to end with death. Regardless, this summer passion goes on…

 

 

 

Greatest American Independent Movies

Hollywood productions are always the greatest because of their high budget that allows them to have extraordinary shooting locations, the best actors, the ultimate visual effects, and more. We are used to those movies, but what about independent movies? Yes, they are great as well as Hollywood movies because indie movies are different, especially because they are low budget which allows directors to innovate and use their imagination to create the most amazing movies of all times. What do you think about this top 4 of the greatest American independent movies?

  • Nothing but a Man
  • Born in Flames   
  • Funny Ha Ha                   
  • Sherman’s March

American Cultural Reality in the 60s

History of African-American people Christian Lovera

Nothing but a Man

Michael Roemer’s film focuses on portraying the lives of African –American people during the 60s. Nothing but a Man is about a rail road worker named Duff Anderson, played by Ivan Dixon, and his wife a school teacher named Josie, interpreted by Abbey Lincoln. They as a couple have to face discriminatory challenges of that period of time. This movie is great to know American cultural reality in those years. In addition, we have seen lots of new movies portraying that African-American reality, so if you want to watch a marathon of movies like those, you have to include Nothing but a Man.

Fighting for Equal Rights in the 80s

Movie about Revolution of women Christian Lovera

Born in Flames

From director Lizzie Borden, the movie Born in Flames presents an extraordinary revolution of women in order to ask the American government to hear the voices of those who were discriminated such as minorities, liberals, and feminists. Although it is considered as a science fiction movie, this film presents the reality that we are still living because women, nowadays, are still fighting in order to have equals rights, and more issues presented in the movie. This is an 80’s movie and it was filmed in New York City.

Marnie’s Life is not that Funny

Funny Ha Ha, movie Christian Lovera

Funny Ha Ha

From director Andrew Bujalski, Funny Ha Ha shows us the life of Marnie a young girl that graduated from college and is looking for a temporary job and the greatest boyfriend. The life of every American girl is portrayed in Marnie’s life, she is in love with a guy who does not love her back, and the jobs that she gets are not what she expects. This is great movie to have our feet on the ground, remembering that we will not have everything that we want. However, it is still a good life.

Exploring the love relationships of an American Director

Sherman's March Movie Christian Lovera

Sherman’s March

From director Ross McElwee, Sherman’s March has nothing to do with history and a lot to do with love and relationships. McElwee focused his movie on his own life; so, this is the ultimate auteur film. After a really bad breakup, Ross McElwee tries to find love in other women, while he is producing a documentary about Civil War. If you like auteur movies, you have to watch Sherman’s March and discover how McElwee’s love relationships ended.

If you are avoiding going to the movies because there is nothing that you like, try to watch independent films. They are really different from Hollywood productions, but that does not mean that they are not great, lots of them are even greater that Hollywood high-budget productions.                  

 

Chinese Arthouse Film is Having a Huge Success

Despite the fact that arthouse films are not made for commercial purposes, and that many of them are not watched by a considerable amount of people,  Chinese movie Black Coal, Thin Ice has demonstrated the contrary about this thought.

The movie has had a large amount of people watching it though this was not the intention of the film.

After being awarded with the Golden Bear for best film at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, the production has gained 98.4 million yuan (US$16 million) and this figure is increasing. The movie displayed for the first time on March 21th and since that day, it has had a non-stop success.

According to Diao Yinan, the director of the movie, arthouse films are not very famous in China; arthouse films usually do not have a big audience. Diao Yinan states that due to the award, this movie became famous. If the movie had not won this prize, this success would have not been possible.

Some people that work in the movie industry are trying to make a change regarding the separation that exists between:

  • arthouse films,
  • independent films,
  • non-commercial films,
  • and commercial movies.

Some of these people state that directors can combine elements from both types of movies and create something completely different and attractive.

Tribeca Film Festival Winners

Robert De Niro founded in 2002 together with Jane Rosenthal the Tribeca Film Festival with the finality to celebrate New York City as a major film making center and honoring the attracts of September 11, 2001. As every year since the festival was launched, a panel discussions the independent films presented, that includes documentaries, narrative features and shorts and a family-friendly films program.

Robert De Niro

Tribeca Film Festival (Robert De Niro)

Below DreamsRegarding Susan SontagArt and CraftLand Ho!Ballet 422, were some of the best art films played during the festival celebrated for 11 days, from April 16 through 27 of 2014.

Stuart Ortiz and Colin Minihan, the Vicious Brothers are the writers of “Extraterrestrial”. The film, directed by Mr. Minihan, stand up in the Tribeca Film Festival, telling the story about friends that ventures to a cabin in the wood but the night brings the crash landing of a giant spaceship changing the plans and converting the film in a twist straight out of “The X Files.”

Tribeca Film Festival Winners

Kevin SpaceyAdam Levine and Hailee Steinfeld are some of the personalities that enjoyed of the Tribeca Film Festival where movies like “Zero Motivation” and “Point and Shoot” won best narrative feature and best documentary, respectively, between many others film presented at the festival and awarded as the winners of each categories.