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Top Indie Films

The word ‘Indie’, by definition, means not belonging to or being produced by a major company or association.

It does not mean being a pretentious twat, contrary to popular belief.

So baring that in mind, here’s a mixed list of wonderful Indie films, for you to enjoy!

Requiem for a Dream (2000)
30 Seconds to Mars frontman, Jared Leto, burst onto the scene in this American drama. Based on the same name novel, this Cannes favourite shows the darkest depths people will go to, when living with addiction.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Of course we have to include the monumental debut, from the crazy legend of one Quentin Tarantino. A diamond heist that goes considerably wrong and leaves 6 Mister’s, named after the colours of the rainbow, surrounded in an abandoned warehouse. How will they get out of this sticky situation? ‘Every dog has it’s day’.

Adventureland (2009)
Jesse Eisenberg chasing Kristen Stewart in a Summer love comedy/ drama from the director of Superbad. Enough said right? Well throw in Ryan Reynolds and Bill Hader and you’re sure not to want to miss out on this one. This almost made our top 10 comedies list and one scene even made it onto our Funnies page.

Blue Valentine (2010)
Derek Cianfrance first teamed up with Ryan Gosling in this romantic drama based on a couples past and present life together. A tale that shows love at it’s very best and worst, this will both move and frustrate you.

The Big Lebowski (1998)
1998 was the year ‘The Dude’ was born. Has Jeff Bridges ever been better? Cult favourite with the masses, this US comedy follows an extraordinary sequence of events from rug pissing and ten pin bowling to white Russians and Jesus. LOVE.

The Killer Inside Me (2010)
A very sexy Jessica Alba and a very sexy Kate Hudson star alongside the man with one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood, Casey Affleck. Cruel, dark (very) and disturbing, ‘The Killer Inside Me’ holds scenes that will truly shock and amaze. A deputy sheriff tries to hide his inner killer but for how long?

American History X (1998)
Edward Norton, where have you gone? Bring back the Edward Norton from ‘Fight Club‘ and this masterpiece, ‘American History X’ is what we say. Neo-Nazi based drama about an ex-convict, sent to jail for racial murder and how his incarceration changed him to begin a new fight – stopping his baby brother from going down the same path.

Memento (2000)
Psychological thriller written by Christopher Nolan. Blink and you’ll miss the inter changing sequential scenes, that piece a broken memory of one Guy Pearce, using photographs to help track down his wife’s killer. Watch this with bright eyes and a clear head.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Teenage anti-hero ‘Nadsat’ is the original ‘hoodie’ in the oldest film that made our list. British made, it is a prediction on what the youth of the future may become, as violent gangs begin to wreak terror among our ranks. Violent throughout and somewhat disturbing, it did, on a lighter note, inspire one of the most popular fancy dress outfits of our times!

Donnie Darko (2001)
Highly doubtful you’d have missed this one but for all of those 3 people reading this that have, welcome to the birth of Jake Gyllenhaal, as a troubled teen with dreams and visions of overgrown rabbits. Sci-fi starring his sister Maggie and Drew Barrymore. Huge fan favourite.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
A train journey that brings together two very different people, in Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Unbeknown to themselves, they know each other from what feels like a past life… why and how? They had their memories erased after a two year relationship. As the memories come back they wonder if it’s worth fighting for their love or leaving those lives behind, at the platform.

Cedar Rapids (2011)
Cedar Rapids, a City in the state of Iowa, hosts an annual insurance conference, where sheltered life Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) attends for the first time. A late 30 something coming of age comedy full of fun and laughter with the ever present John C. Reilly.

Cyrus (2010)
Depressed divorcee John (John C. Reilly) finally meets the woman of his dreams, Molly. However, John did not realise Molly had baggage…extra large baggage, in the shape of one teenage Son ‘Cyrus’ (Jonah Hill). A battle between an overly protective Son and a man holding on to something good, Jonah and John are the best in the business when it comes to all out stare down time.

That’s What I Am (2011)
Truly moving drama about bravery, leadership and respect. A high school teacher and a 12 year old student spark up a unique friendship based on standing up for what is right, no matter the consequences and no matter the probable confrontation that lies ahead.

500 Days of Summer (2009)
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this ‘not a love story’ love story brings a hopeless romantic guy and a non believer of love, girl, together. 500 days of love found and love lost.

The Strangers (2008)
The film opens with a disturbing 911 recorded call, made by two little boys that have found some dead bodies in a house. We then get to see what happened in the events leading up to the victims demise… creepy masked faces in the night, stalking a young couple, in a remote vacation home.

Idle Hands (1999)
Fun horror comedy of sorts, starring a young Jessica Alba and an unforgettable angel/ underwear money shot. BUT there’s more to it then that, of course there is, for the ladies there’s, well… Seth Green! Ok maybe not. Devon Sawa – yayyyyy… and a murderous ‘Addams Family’ like hand.

Wolf Creek (2005)
Basically, don’t go to the Australian outback. That’s basically the message here. If you do, they’ll toe your broken down car out even further into the middle of nowhere and butcher you like dogs, or wolves for that matter. Heavy right.

The Last House on the Left (2009)
What would you do if your own was severely tortured and attacked by a group of vicious thugs? Wait for the Police or hunt them down yourself? Well imagine if those attackers were delivered to you, unbeknownst to them, right to your doorstep. Parents serve revenge in the coldest manner, in this dark re-make.

Like Crazy (2011)
Indie Prince, Anton Yelchin and Brit girl, Felicity Jones, fall deeply in love in this 2011 hit. Just how will there relationship survive though, when she lives in England and he lives in America?

Alpha Dog (2006)
2006 was when Justin Timberlake made his acting debut as a wannabe gangster, in ‘Alpha Dog’. Alongside up and coming Ben Foster, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried this is actually a really great movie. Oh and some guy called Bruce Willis is in it too. Crime drama revolving a group of young drug dealers and a kidnapping of a 15 year old boy.

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Robert Downey, Jnr. plays Principal Nathan Gardner and Anton Yelchin plays student, Charlie Bartlett in this quirky high school comedy. Bartlett is a unique, smart kid who begins to hand out prescription drugs whilst providing therapeutic sessions, to students. A neat office set up in the school hallway bathroom makes Charlie a very popular kid indeed and this leads to some almost disastrous consequences.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Be careful what you wish for. Teenager Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) checks into a psychiatric floor after contemplating suicide. He soon realizes that there are some genuinely very sick people in there and he would like to go home instead! However, he can’t leave and has to stay for at least a week. Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) befriends the kid and a bond grows as they begin to question each others lives. Love interest comes in the shape of Noelle (the very talented Emma Roberts), who is another troubled teen seeking help. Heart warming stuff.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
An Indie film that cost a measly $8m to make and won 2 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for the legend that is Alan Arkin. A nomination was also granted, for Best Supporting Actress, to a 7 year old girl called Abigail Breslin. Wow. A dysfunctional family take a road trip to a beauty contest that Olive (Abigail Breslin) is contesting in. A young Paul Dano also stars alongside Steve Carrell‘s character, Frank, a gay suicidal man. Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette play the doting parents. Unmissable.

Bronson (2008)
Charles Bronson is England’s most notorious prisoner. Ruthlessly violent he began a 7 year prison sentence back in the 70′s. However, as more and more violent incidents occurred he did nothing but add years to his time inside. Tom Hardy earns critical praise in this melodramatic showcasing of the enigma that is, Charles Bronson.

Hunger (2008)
Stunning masterpiece. A directorial debut that beckons belief. Not only the sensitivity of the topic but the deliverance and realism of this film is jaw dropping. Northern Ireland, 1981 and IRA prisoners are reluctant to follow British led orders. Daily beatings and humiliation leads to the ultimate human sacrifice, led by none other than prisoner, Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender).

Buried (2010)
Exactly what it says on the… well, in this case, box! Ryan Reynolds is an American civilian truck driver, who has come to do one last job in Iraq – literally. He took a job and wound up being attacked and buried alive. He awakes and finds a few objects available to him, including a lighter and a mobile phone. Will he make it out alive? Gripping thriller.

28 Days Later (2002)
Danny Boyle‘s post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, starring Cillian Murphy as Jim. Jim wakes in an empty hospital ward, in the City of London. He walks out into the deserted streets wondering if he is hallucinating or in some kind of dream as no one is to be found. Realizing that something terrible is happening he seeks answers.

Moon (2009)
Proof if you ever needed it that Sam Rockwell is one of the greatest actors of his generation. One man crew on a space shuttle, working a 3 year contract alone, with only the voice of Kevin Spacey as the shuttle’s computer system for company. A mind over matter mystery film leaving you wondering what is real and what is conspiracy.

Saw (2004)
A 9 minute short was created by two Australian filmmakers, costing less than $10,000. They showed this short film to Lionsgate Films, who instantly wrote them a cheque for over $1m to turn it into a feature length movie called ‘Saw’. Now it is a multi-million dollar franchise and that is impressive to say the least! The first ‘Saw’ was nothing short of genius and boasts not only the most unique horror concept but probably the single greatest reveal you will ever witness.

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