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…

 

 

 

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

Nymphomaniac Movie Christian Lovera

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.