Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Independent Movies

Independent Movies

This will be a list of my top ten Independent movies i have watched over the years. This list wont be in any order or ranked, it will be randomised.

Lost In Translation

A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris meets a conflicted newlywed Charlotte on a trip in Tokyo. Strangers in a foreign land find escape, distraction and amidst the bright Tokyo lights after meeting in the hotel bar. They have bonded that is meaningful and heartfelt.

I really liked Lost In Translation because i can understand the loneliness in a foreign country and then reconnecting with someone to form a bond. I think the audience would love this movie and could relate to it on so many different levels.

This is the type of movie people should take when they are traveling for business, as they could understand the film and how they could relate to the characters of the movie.

The Hurt Locker

A bomb disposal group are in the last final days of their tour in Baghdad, the men face increasingly dangerous situations, an of which could end their lives in a explosive instant.

The Hurt Locker is truthful in many ways as the men & women who protected their country in Baghdad faced these situations in real life and it made me wonder on how anyone could do such a job, i really do praise their bravery and mindset to overcome such thing.

It has to be one of the most thrilling movies iv seen on the last ten years of my life, as it is very gripping with most of the bomb scenes and the director did a great job in this Independent move, nabbing the film 6 Oscar wins!

Like Crazy 

A British girl who is studying in Los Angeles, falls madly in love with an American boy who studies at the same college as her. However the two lovers are forced apart when the girl violates the terms of her Visa, sending her home to England. They try a long distant relationship but circumstances change and things get harder for the couple.

I'v not had a long distant relationship before and to be honest i wouldn't want one, but i can understand how easy it could be to get yourself in a long distant relationship if you are madly in love with the person.

I highly recommend this film because i know a lot of people are trying to have long distant relationships and they could try and see from a different perspective of things, maybe to make things easier for themselves.

Jeff Who Lives At Home

When Jeff leaves his mothers basement to buy some glue, he looks for signs from the universe to determine his fate. A series of unexpected events leads Jeff to cross paths with his family, including his mother and his brother. If Jeff is lucky he will find the meaning of his own life.

I actually watched this movie again the other week on Netflix and i'm glad its in my top ten list, as it is very different from and other Jason Segel & Ed Helms movies. It is a very dry comedy, so i think it will take a lot to laugh if you don't understand any of it. 

If you are looking for something different than any other comedy movies, then i would tell you to watch this as the ending is beautiful and meaningful in every way.

Everything Must Go

A longtime salesmen has seen better days and is no longer at the top of his game. He is now a alcoholic and got fired from his job, as he turned up drunk. On that same day his girlfriend dumps him and sees his possessions on the front lawn and is facing the fact that his life is collapsing. He then holds a big yard sale and turns it in to a survival strategy.

If you love Will Farrell then i think you would love this movie as he is funny and very different from any other typical movie he has done before. 

If you have had the worst day of you life before then you should watch this movie as it shows us that its not all so bad and you can come out the other side as a winner. Remember, everything happens for a reason right? that's how i think anyway!

500 Days Of Summer

A greeting card writer and a hopeless romantic is completely caught of guard, when his girlfriend Summer Dumps him. He then reflects on the 500 days they spent together and tries to figure out where it went wrong. When doing so he reconnects with his true passion in his life.

OK, lets set this straight that this isn't a romantic movie at all, it is a way of life movie that tells us what we are all thinking when the one we love ends it, "Where Did it Go Wrong?"

If you have been hurt or dumped on then this is a great movie to watch, because when i watched it, it reminded me of myself when i was in that same position and i'm sure many of us have been in that position too. It a great story and it all worked out in the end, like it does for most people. 

Requiem For A Dream

Requiem for a Dream tells parallel stories that are linked by the relationship between the lonely, widowed and the aimless. 

I had to watch this film a couple of times as it is very confusing and very eccentric, but an eye opener on some of the reality of the truth it holds. 

The characters in Requiem For A Dream are all linked together in some way or another and are all addicts in their own way. I think we are all addicts to something and are creatures of habit, which is why i liked this movie and learnt a thing or two.

I also liked the mixture of actors, especially Jared Leto because i am a big 30 Seconds To Mars (Music band) fan, and Jared Leto is now a Oscar winning actor. 

All i will say it that you will either love or hate this movie.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

A shy introvert freshman is welcomed in group of seniors who give him confidence that he hasn't had before and introduces him to the real world.

The Perks Of Being a Wallflower has to be in my top 3 of all time Independent movies as it so emotional to watch freshman kid find some people to like him and show him the ropes to the real world, it was completely moving. The movie had some dark moments but was all necessary to the story line, which made it gritty and truthful in some ways.

The actors played their characters spot on and possible made the audience relate to some of them.

The Way, Way Back

A awkward teen who has to spend the summer at a beach house with his mother, her boyfriend and his daughter. As his mothers boyfriend is always bothering him so he attends to a water park and lands him self a job their, attending the slides and pools. The time he spends at the water park he sees the manager as a father figure as he desperately needs one.

The Way, Way Back is kind of similar to The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, because it shows us a introvert teen who finds himself confidence and friends for himself just like the previous movie. I love movies like this because i can remember being a awkward teen once and it was so horrible for my confidence and i gradually got over it, like the characters in these movies.

I also liked this movie because it reminds me over summer so much and i love summer! Plus i would love to work at a water park like the teen did and meet some awesome people. 

Stuck In love
A successful writer tries to reconnect with his two children after his divorce. The family come to terms with the complexity of love.

Another series of stories of different characters of this wonderful romantic movie. I love movies like this because it is complex with different stories and towards the end they all reconnect together. In this case its a family, but a broken family that come together at the end for love.

I would say this is one of my favourite romantic films iv seen, that i have watched a dozen of times, as it gives me a mix of emotions as it is not all about happy love but the hateful, heartache love that some people might go through in their lives. 


Not all big budget production movies are the best or emotional as the Independent movies we see today. We should all take the time to sit down and watch at least one indi movie in our life time as they hold more of a connection to people in a way big budget movies might not have.

  1. What did you think of the list?
  2. What movies would you add in my list?
  3. Do you have a list? & What is it?
  4. Has anyone seen any of the movies on my list & enjoyed/disliked any of them?
  5. Whats your favorite and worst Independent movie you have watched?


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