Tag Archives: Indie Films

  • High Maintenance (2006) - Philip Van

    Part sci-fi, part comedy and made in just a week, HIGH MAINTENANCE, a student short film by Phillip Van, won at Sundance and lots of other festivals, too.

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  • Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes (2008) - Jon Ronson

    If the devil is in the details, then Stanley Kubrick had a fruitful pact with Mephistopheles, judging by “Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes.” (Derek Elley, Variety, August 2008)

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  • The Clock (2010) - Christian Marclay

    “Watching THE CLOCK, I found myself wondering if Mr. Marclay has a computer for a brain. (He had six assistants culling movies for time-related sequences but apparently did all the editing himself.) The sense of his mind at work, piecing everything together — thinking endlessly of time and timing, of sight and sound — is […]

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  • Gare du Nord (2013) - Claire Simon

    [French language] GARE DU NORD was originally conceived as a transmedia project by Les Films d’ici, including “… a feature film, interactive website, documentary and theater play …

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  • Are movies dead? -

    Citing the high quality of both this year’s Oscar nominees and the 2014 Sundance Film Festival line-up, Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir argues against current claims that we’ve entered the post-cinematic era.

  • Prisoner of the Mountains/Caucasus (1996) - Sergey Bodrov

    “Unlike the majority of American battle movies in recent years — movies that often treat real wars as huge video games fought by wise-cracking superheroes and bloodthirsty supervillains — Bodrov’s update of Tolstoy’s tale suggests that wars are simply fought, with sometimes hideous consequences, by men. (And, in this case, women and children.)” (Chicago Tribune)

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  • “sex, lies, and videotape” (1989) - Steven Soderbergh

    “In portraying a budding relationship between a man who is impotent, except when watching his own video interviews with women on sexual topics, and a woman who finds that her husband and sister are having an affair behind her back, the writer/ director [Steven Soderbergh] manages to create neither low farce nor soap-operatic psychodrama. Actually, the film is rather touchingly romantic, in a witty, gentle, unsoppy sort of way” (Joseph Milicia, Filmdirectorssite.com). Larry Estes (Producer of SMOKE SIGNALS, THE MATING HABITS OF THE EARTHBOUND HUMAN, and COLDBLOODED and Studio Exec on THE WATERDANCE, GAS FOOD LODGING, CITY OF HOPE, and 57 others), former “acquisitions person” for Columbia Pictures discusses the history of “sex, lies, and videotape” …

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  • Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) - Randall Miller

    First created by Randall Miller (CBGB, BOTTLE SHOCK, NOBEL SON) in 1990 as a short film, then developed into a feature, MARILYN HOTCHKISS’ BALLROOM DANCING & CHARM SCHOOL first screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The cast includes Robert Carlyle, Camryn Manheim, Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen, Donnie Wahlberg, John Goodman and Sean Astin.

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  • Not to miss: DIRTY WARS & SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN -

    In case you haven’t heard, DIRTY WARS, directed by Jeremy Scahill, is a well-researched, comprehensive look at the hundreds of covert operations going on around the world by secret U.S. military units, including the targeted killings of American citizens without due process.