Having watched our fair share of films, we are pretty confident in our ability to spot a great film, but taste is subjective and it’s all a matter of perspective, so take everything we say with a grain of salt. We pride ourselves in our ability to find Indie/Independent, non-blockbuster films, it is important to watch things beyond what is pushed upon us, so out of the many great not so mainstream films, here are 5 of our favorites:
Frances Ha :- Firstly, this is how we discovered Greta Gerwig as not only a brilliant actress, but also a talented filmmaker. She is the main protagonist whose life seems like a mess but eventually she pulls through. This film, shot entirely in black and white, set in New York City, with the occasional trip to France and California, is so simple and easy to watch but yet so filling and intriguing. This Noah Baumbach film is definitely a must watch.
Thoroughbreds :- This black comedy by Cory Finley follows the lives of two teenage girls; one sociopath and the other a seemingly normal girl who form an odd friendship which takes a disturbing turn. If you like dark, disturbing and funny films then this film is for you, it’s also absolutely stunning to look at, We don’t want to give too much away as not to ruin it. Also, it is one of last films that the late Anton Yelchin starred in.
The Handmaid’s Tale :- This 1990 film adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 book of the same name, is set in the future in a fictional dystopian country Gilead, formerly the United States, which is an imagined world if Christian fundamentalists ran the government. It is not only striking to look at, but also marvels us in its depiction of a world where there are no lines between religion and state, like a Western Saudi Arabia. It is worth the watch if you want insight into what our future could look like if we are not too careful, like George Orwell’s 1984 this film, although an exaggerated satirical take on events that were happening then, can be compared to present day events. It is also worth watching the 2017 Television series based on the book, also the same name as the book and film.
White Oleander :- Another book adaptation on this list, the source material for this film was written by Janet Finch, this film chronicles girl’s journey from adolescence to womanhood, her relationships with her mother and the several mother figures that she comes across along the way. This story is beautifully made not just how the story is told but how it looks, thank you Janet Finch and Peter Kosminsky.
Tragedy Girls :- This film can be described as Comedy Horror/Comedy Thriller/ Black Comedy and all of those descriptors would be accurate. Initially it comes across as one of those highschool-social media-slasher films but it quickly redeems itself. This film was refreshingly funny and disturbing at the same time. Alexandra Shipp (New Storm from X-Men) and Brianna Hildebrand ( Negasonic Teenage Warhead from Deadpool) did a good job playing the disturbing Tragedy Girls.
Have you seen any of these movies already? Do tell us in the comment section and let us know what you think about it!