I fully admit to being a visual media junkie. Books, of course, but also TV and Movies. Lots and lots of TV and movies. And you know what happens when you watch lots and lots of anything? Eventually you feel like you’ve watched EVERYTHING. That’s why I love the Indie Movie so very much.
These little movies show up on Netflix streaming, on cable, maybe On Demand. They’re the ones that never get a lot of publicity, don’t have a big budget, and are usually labors of love for someone. Oftentimes they completely suck. But…over the years something remarkable has happened. More and more well-known actors, directors and producers are throwing their hats into the Indie ring.
Why? Maybe it’s because the technology is becoming less expensive and within reach of mere mortals. Maybe because people want to do something different, something they believe in. Maybe the A-listers need a way to use their money. I don’t know and I don’t care, because it all means that there are more movies for me.
And for you. Because I’m willing to weed through the dreck (and most of it is still dreck) and pick out the gems – even semi-precious gems are worth a watch – so that you don’t have to. On this page you will find little movies that are worth your time – and even your money (sometimes). You may also find some absolute crap that I just had fun writing about. Enjoy!
- Demolition Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young widower in search of solace in a series of strange places in the 2015 film Demolition.
- Wildlike Wildlike won 43 film festival awards across the country in 2015 for star Bruce Greenwood and director Frank Hall Green. Did it deserve them?
- Shelter Check out Sue's review of Shelter, director Paul Bettany's look at homelessness starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie.
- Cake Check out our review of the Little Indie That Could, the 2014 chronic pain drama starring Jennifer Aniston, oddly but ultimately reasonably called Cake.
- TINY: A Story About Living Small Read our review of TINY: A Story of Living Small, a documentary about the small spaces/tiny houses movement and one man building his own tiny house.
- Fargo – The Series Seriously? Who could have possible thought this was a good idea? Basing a TV series on an 18 year old movie. A successful movie, to be sure, but one that had a certain grisly appeal that one does not usually associate with television. But let’s face it. Television has changed, and the FX network pushes its envelopes ...
- Sessions, The Find out what we thought of the 2012 sex surrogate drama, The Sessions, starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
- Warm Bodies Read our review of the improbable zombie teen romance that is Warm Bodies. You'll be as surprised as we were.
- Hateship Loveship Read our review of the film adaptation of an Alice Munroe novel, Hateship Loveship, starring Kristen Wiig in a dramatic role opposite Guy Pearce.
- Giant Mechanical Man Read our review of the 2012 indie dramedy The Giant Mechanical Man, starring Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer.
- Sleepwalk With Me Read our review of comedian Mike Birbiglia's autobiographical film, Sleepwalk With Me.
- Trouble With Bliss, The Read our review of the 2011 indie The Trouble With Bliss, directed by Michael Knowles and starring the fabulous Michael C. Hall.
- Oranges, The Read our review of the 2011 film The Oranges, starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt and Leighton Meester.
- It’s a Disaster Read our review of the Todd Berger written and directed 2012 apocalypse comedy/drama It's a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles and David Cross.
- Intouchables, The Read our review of the 2011 French film The Intouchables, starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy, and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.
- Another Happy Day Read our review of Another Happy Day, director Sam Levinson's dysfunctional family drama starring Ellen Barkin and Ezra Miller.
- Stand Off Read our review of the British action comedy Stand Off, starring Brendan Fraser from The Mummy and George of the Jungle.
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