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

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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.

 

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.

Arthouse Cinema Is Back in 2014

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Arthouse films

This week, we will take a look at one of the most underrated genres in all of cinemaArthouse movies also known as Art cinema.

Arthouse films are known for not being high in ticket sales or for its high budget productions, however, it is a genre also known for having a unique vision from  its directors. Nowadays most of the movies in this genre are foreign or independent films. This great list of must see movies is just another step in the evolution of this great cinematic genre.

This is not a blockbuster type genre but, this year, it’s filled with great films and huge stars who are spread all over the five films that you will see in this list:

5- Rosewater

Jon Stewart, Director

Jon Stewart directing ‘Rosewater’

Director: Jon Stewart

Cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Gael García Bernal, Jason Jones, Dimitri Leonidas

 The host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, took a leave of absence to make his directorial debut about the true story of Maziar Bahari , a journalist who was detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison in the midst of the 2009 election.

4- Gone Girl

Gone Girl Movie

Gone Girl with Ben Affleck

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson

With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man (Ben Affleck) sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. This is Affleck’s first project since the award winning “Argo”.

3- Nymphomaniac

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Nymphomaniac (film)

Director: Lars von Trier

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen

The film focuses on a self-described nymphomaniac who recounts her extense sexual history to a stranger who rescued her from a bloody beating. Said to be more intellectual than explicit, the question isn’t whether the film will offend viewers inside and out of the U.S. but whether the director’s vision can connect intellectually with the audience.

2- Interstellar

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Interstellar Poster

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine

In the future, governments all across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, and it’s all because of the damage caused to the planet in the 20th century. The film follows the story of a group of explorers who are set to take advantage in a discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations of manned space travel and try and find a solution to mankind’s biggest problem.

1-Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, directed by  Christian Lovera

Foxcatcher Poster

Director: Bennett Miller

Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Based on the true story of Mark Schultz an Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler who is invited by millionaire John du Pont  to move on to the du Pont mansion and help build a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new top level training facility, Schultz seizes at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and surpass his revered brother, Dave.

Top 10 Movies of Art Film

Independent Film is not as new a many people things. This movies, in the last decades, have had an important grow up in the movies industry because of the low budges but creative plot and scenes.

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane Movie

Scripts have highlighted the art films for being creative, alternative and out of what is habitual in Hollywood. It’s because of this features that some movies of the art house film has stand out between others becoming the best art film movies of all times.

  1. Andrei Rublev  (Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky)
  2. Mulholland Drive (Directed by David Lynch)
  3. L’Atalante (Directed by Jean Vigo)
  4. Tokyo Story (Directed by Yasujirō Ozu)
  5. Citizen Kane (Directed by Orson Welles)
  6. A Clockwork Orange (Directed by Stanley Kubrick)
  7. Days of Heaven (Directed by Terrence Malick)
  8. Fanny and Alexander (Directed by Ingmar Bergman)
  9. The White Ribbon (Directed by Michael Haneke)
  10. The Gospel According to Saint Matthew (Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Art Film of All Times

Stanley Kubrick was A Clockwork Orange director. This film from 1971, talks takes place in a futuristic society ruled by a strict government, which applies many restrictions on citizens.

Alex is the main character of this movie that created a gang of criminals, terrorizing the society with acts of rape, violence, and robbery with other teenage that answer by the name of Dim, Pete, and Georgie in the movie. Nadsat is language called spooked for Alexwhich is a mix of both Russian and Cockney English. It’s part of the amazing and different facts that converge in this story really iconic for the art house film.