When most people think about Indie Films, they think about a black and white, foreign language film about a talking goat or something obscure like that. But the truth is that many great films you’ve seen are from independent cinema, you just didn’t pay much attention because it wasn’t summer blockbuster. Here’s a list of well received Indie Films you should watch.
#5 Still Alice
Bet you didn’t see this one coming. This independent gem got all kinds of Oscar buzz, even getting a win for Julianne Moore for best actress. And it’s not hard to see why. The film tells the story of how a linguistics professor gets diagnosed, and then copes with Alzheimer’s disease. Its important to mention that there is a star-studded cast, including Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.
#4 Slow West
This movie stars X-men star Michael Fassbender, among other stars, and centers around what can only be described as a modern western. With all the elements you would expect, a man traveling cross country to find the woman he loves, and an outlaw that helps him along the way, you really can’t go wrong with this one.
Cake is a more thoughtful film about a depressed Jennifer Aniston who abuses drugs, and takes you on an emotional journey into her life. The role got the Friends actress a Golden Globe nomination for her performance, as it represents a deep departure from her regular comedy roles.
#2 Knight of Cups
This film is about a man who struggles to find his way amidst fame and fortune and everything in between, as a screenwriter in Los Angeles tries to make sense of his life. Although he is succesful at work, his personal life feels like it has no meaning. You probably know the protagonist, Mr. Batman himself Christian Bale plays Rick, a man who is quite the opposite of what were used to seeing from him. Plus, you might have heard of some of the supporting actors in the movie, like Oscar winner Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Antonio Banderas
The final independent movie in our list has something in common with one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, as it stars ex governor, former bodybuilder and Terminator Genisys star, Arnold Schwarzenegger. But apart from Arnie in the starring role, there’s plenty to like, firstly, this is a zombie movie, but not the kind you would expect. This is a rich story about a father and his child, a child who by the way is slowly becoming a cannibalistic zombie. So it’s more of a drama that exposes the acting skills of America’s most loved action heroes.
The are five fantastic stories that have come out in the past year and you should really give them a chance, because these are some great experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. And some of your favorite Hollywood actors have made a genuine effort to do something different and unique.