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I vote 'election' and 'spanking the monkey'.
no one seems to have heard of it, it's brilliant.
I'll second 'Election' - reese witherspoon's only good role?
But yeah, Election is one of my favourite films. It was made by MTV, don’tchaknow?
one can never be too sure, these days
I was going to say how it seemed like a TV movie, you could even see where the ad breaks were and stuff.
It was great though. A bit annoyingly predictable at times, but good fun.
I like Trees Lounge quite a bit
Most of the other Sundance-showing films are actually funded through subsidiaries of majors anyway, so it’s a fairly academic point.
I’m going to add Primer, the Cube and Cypher to my list too.
I had to watch it a couple of times before I understood exactly how everything fitted together.
so it follows MTV would have been more indie. I wouldn't say uber, but it used to have lots of great short films, great animation, and a much more interesting music policy
it was a genuine question, i didn't see any MTV till second half of 2001, when it was about as far from indie as it got (although MTV2 was great), in the days before the HITS factory and that gumpf.
Election came out before the formal Paramount buyout, but it was still distributed through them as part of MTV’s ownership by Viacom.
Joaquin Phoenix owned that film, so she doesn't get enough recognition for her role in it.
That's quite a lot of recognition.
but the public don't exactly give her much credit - there's a big difference between critical reaction and mass reaction.
I found her too kooky - I didn't really believe June was like that, it didn't seem that way in the footage of her I've seen.
mainly because I watched 'Freeway 2' straight after and soon wished I hadn't.
They don’t seem to get mentioned much.
office space - the boss is the only character i remember. i thought it wasn't as good as the idea suggested it might be.
Not sure about it's indie credentials but it's American and brilliant. Also The Paper, which was on TV this weekend is excellent and never gets a mention anywhere.
Although it's been a long while since I have seen it.
the station agent
great central character. i love how relentlessly miserable he is.
watching the Station Agenet (not because of the film I should add) should really watch it again.
it's one of the most ridiculously boring films i've ever seen
Wilson's performance is lesson in understatement
The director's follow-up film "Twelve and Holding" was pretty terrible though.
I've not seen it myself.
There are little clues and foreshadowing throughout the whole thing that you cannot pick up on first viewing.
and it's pretty amazing considering the guy made the film without any funding, played the main part, wrote the script, directed the film AND wrote the soundtrack, despite not having any background in cinema at all. Probably the only filmed I've watched and then felt compelled to watch it again immediately.
(see up the thread)
doesn't get talked about a lot, and it's brilliant. Watch a Wes Anderson film and you can clearly see he's a big fan.
Harold and Maude appears in every top 50 films list – everyone’s heard of it.
I don't think that Harold and Maude is underrated, and it is definitely talked about.
That's everybody's favourite film! Or it should be, at least.
Anyone a fan?
They are very independent, homemade, self-financed and released on Troma.
seen it the other night i enjoyed it quite a bit
the best comic book adaptation there is
Ed And His Dead Mother
(admittedly these three might be more because of my love for Steve Buscemi).
Oh, and Heavy
I'd quite like to see that one.
Though I can make no claims on their 'indie'-ness;
Beautiful Girls http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115639/
Kicking And Screaming http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113537/
Last Days of Disco http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120728/
but it's normally about £15 for a Region 1 DVD. Is it worth taking a risk on it? How does it compare to 'The Squid & The Whale'?
is one of my favourite films!
Will Oldham and Daniel London as leads in an understated, melancholic road movie, soundtracked by Yo La Tengo.
which reminds me, i lent my dvd of it out and i want it BACK.
with some really surprising performances. Thoroughly recommended.
That bit where he tries to record the thing about Meerkats killed me.
one of my very favourite films
as it was iron-ical that the movie of the title did make it to the cinema, albeit in a documentary about the making of it
the thespian man in it reminds me of someone i work with.
never gets mentioned much and is very good. I also think the wackness was ace, not sure if it is strictly "indie" tho!
i loved how even the way it was filmed was weirdly early 90s. it went on a bit too long, though
mysterious skin - probably one of the best films of the past ten years?
i have to stop saying yeah after every post
is definetly one of the best films of the last ten years, good call! Very brutal in places though. A beautifully shot film. the OST is ace as well! and yes to the way the wackness was flimed, its almost like a lost 90's film if that makes any sense??!?!
http://www.stopfollowingme.com/highschool/, originally was shown way back in 2005 and last year was finally released on dvd (import only) in 2008 although I'm hanging on in the hope that someone might get it for my birthday. It looks awesome, from the clips I've seen on youtube and also has various members of no age and Mika Miko acting in it.
I think I'll order it together with the new Abe Vigoda EP in March.
but I never really see it talked about. The House of Yes is pretty good (despite starring Tori Spelling) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Yes
I also second the American Movie mention.
a low budget comedy starring Katie Holmes that is really, really funny. I did not expect this when I started watching it.
I always forget about that film as I watched it on a plane, it's ace.
more like overrated
is one of the best films I've ever seen