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fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.9 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:38 PM

FAVORITE INDIE MOVIE

Saw one last night called "Everything is Illuminated" and it was really good. Starred Elijah Wood, directed by Liev Schreiber.

What's your fave indie movie or one you recommend others should definitely see?

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:41 PM

"Raiders of the lost Ark"

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.9 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:44 PM

Okay, that's not what I meant!!

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:45 PM

The Legend of 1900...brilliant!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 6:58 PM

I can't think of the name of it right now. It was on IFC, which if you don't have it is an amazing source of great indie movies. The one I saw had Henry Thomas it was like 3 stories blending all together, oh and it had Barbara Hershey and Patrick Swayze in it. That is reason enough to watch it. I will research it and see if I can get the name. I'll warn you the I like "weird" movies. I thought The Machinist was good. I also really liked Garden State, that is and indie film. Anyway I am off to find out the name of that movie.

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:16 PM

You are talking about "11:14". Freaky movie.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:24 PM

Hal Hartley's movies, starring Adrienne Shelley always appealed to me. I dont think they ever counted as mainstream.



osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:30 PM

My vote is a huge thumbs up for "Spellbound" -- way up!

Anyway, it's a documentary that follows eight children in their attempts to win the US National Spelling Bee. It's incredible and inspirational, heartwarming and uplifting. Gotta love those kids!

Also, have been extremely moved by Spike Lee's "When the Walls Came Down" -- I think that's the name. It's a four hour documentary about Hurricane Katrina. You absolutely cannot watch this and not be moved.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:31 PM


Also, are the Christopher Guest movies indies? Love them to pieces! "Best in Show", "A Mighty Wind" and "Waiting for Guffman" lead the pack. Absolutely priceless!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:38 PM

I saw the Spike Lee documentary When the Walls Come Down on HBO, great. Yeah Redwing found it on IMDB, 11:14, it is actually 5 stories leading up to 11:14. The cast HenryThomas, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Swayze, Rachael Leigh Cook, Hillary Swand, and Colin Hanks, from 2003. Just saw it not long ago, yeah it was freaky but well done. That is the kind of movie I like. Thanks for coming up with the flick.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 7:50 PM

Napoleon Dynamite

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2708)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 8:52 PM

OK...I give up. What IS an indie movie? I actually did think you meant Indiana Jones. Are they movies made in India, called Bollywood stuff? I guess I never got past the 60s. Please bring me up to date on this. Thanks!!!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 8:55 PM

Its an independent movie - not made by the major companies (Disney, MGM, etc.)

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 8:56 PM

Indies, are independent films. Films that are independent of the big studios in Hollywood. They usually have subject matter not considered mainstream, and most often go directly to the DVD market. It is a big trend with some great movies and directors coming out of the independent film movement. Quentin Tarantino for example was an indie film producer until he hit it big with Pulp fiction. He has some great lesser known films as well. I am sure others can explain more but that is the basics.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 9:09 PM

I also liked "Spellbound" a lot! And, "Murderball" (about the basketball players in wheelchairs) and "My Architect" about Louis Kahn's son trying to learn more about his father. There are some really interesting documentaries out there. I plan to see "September Issue" about Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue ("The Devil Wears Prada" was based upon her.)

monkeynips13
Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 9:15 PM

Henry Fool and Mr. Jealousy. Both are brilliant films.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.9 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 2:38 AM

Thanks for the ideas. My (very non-traditional) church is starting to have indie movie nights (to go along with the anime nights, Magic:the Gathering, narcotics anonymous and other neat stuff). I wanted to give some suggestions to the guy in charge.

I LOVED The Machinist. If you haven't seen that one, definitely pick it up. It stars Christian Bale and he lost something like 70 pounds for the role. Check this out: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Mmmaj92YMyQ/SXtBoya8O6I/AAAAAAAACb0/yFTZ2xl5UyA/s400/Christian+Bale+in+The+Machinist.jpg

Even more amazing, his next film was Batman Begins: http://images.starpulse.com/Photos/Previews/BatmanBegins009.jpg



fainodraino
Fainodraino  (Level: 113.1 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 9:09 AM

Don't know if it's considered an indie, but I love High Strung.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 261.9 - Posts: 3830)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 12:45 PM

Would you consider "Slum Dog Millionaire" an Indie? It took a while to get into, but every time I watched it I saw something new.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 1:40 PM

I think it would be considered indie it was definitely an underdog, I liked it but not sure it deserved the oscar, the performances were alright I think due to the subject matter and the whole undertaking of filming a movie like that is the reason

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 144.8 - Posts: 3839)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 2:26 PM

Very difficult to pick. Many great movies are indies. I guess I will pick a greatly known and a turly lesser known.

Pulp Fiction

Lilja 4-ever

Of course, on the greatly now list I am forced to leave out Holy Grail, Psycho, 2001, Dr. Strangelove, Cuckoo's Nest, Apocalypse, Usual Suspects, and the list goes on

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 2:41 PM

I can't even limit list to as many as you did Steve, list is too big. This is one of my life long passions and I am an ardent indie film watcher. Sometimes they are capture more of my attention than the big blockbusters, speaking of which how many of you saw the big flop Australia, I know I didn't even though am a fan of both actors.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 2:42 PM

I had to add, Resoirvor Dogs, True Romance, and The Big Lebowski to your list.


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