Google+


IN NYC

May 19, 2012

TOP 10 SUMMER 2012 INDIE PICKS

2 days

Now that Memorial Day is right around the corner and ‘The Avengers’ has already made $1/2 billion worldwide, it is officially summer movie season.  Now granted, the summer is traditionally a time for blockbuster after blockbuster and we are all aware of such little films as ‘The Dark Knight Rises, ‘Prometheus’, ‘The Amazing Spider Man’, ‘Men in Black 3’, and so on and so on, the summer also is a time for some indie favorites, and recent festival successes to gain release as well.  We here at Indiewood/Hollywoodn’t went through the slate of summer releases and picked a few indie’s, foreign films and docs for the more mature viewer to catch at their local theater this summer.

1.  ‘God Bless America’May 11

Comedy legend Bobcat Goldthwait returns with writing and directing duties on this blistering satire of contemporary American culture.  When a lonely, middle-aged man finds himself jobless and alone he decides the only thing left to do is go on a country wide killing spree targeting the most appalling members of our modern culture.  Along the way he finds a surprising accomplice in a 16-year-old travel companion, equally as disenchanted with the world.  This one is sure to offend, enlighten and has us look at exactly where we as a people and a culture.

2.  ‘Polisse’ May 13

Busting child molester’s, interrogating abusive parents, treating underage drug users are all parts of a particular Parisian police precinct Juvenile Protection Unit daily routine.  Furthermore, all those involved with such emotionally rich activities, must also find the proper way at balancing their own personal lives, freedoms and ideas.  A little ‘Law & Order’, a little ‘The Class’ and elements of ‘A Separation’ all come together in this festival stunner from writer/director Maïwenn Le Besco.

3.  ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ May 25

What proper Independent Film list would be complete without the new Cannes Film Festival opening, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton staring Wes Anderson vehicle?  This time, a gang of loveable misfits goes into the woods in search of a pair of young adventurers.  This one is sure to be a hit for Anderson lovers and haters alike.

4.  ‘To Rome with Love’ – June 22

After the wonderful ‘Midnight in Paris’, Woody Allen travels to yet another hugely romantic city rich with aesthetically pleasing locales and cinephile pleasing shot possibilities.  The usual ensemble cast including Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and Allen, himself frolicking around Rome in a series of location-centric vignettes.  Can Allen continue his return to form in a city other then New York or Paris? We shall see this summer.

5. ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ – June 27

Winner of the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for US Narrative Filmmaking, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ marks the emergence of a major new narrative talent in director Benh Zeitlin.  This journey of a six year old named Hushpuppy, in the face of environmental doom, the fading health of her father and disappearance of her mother has been a universal crowd pleaser, and conversation piece with virtually every audience who has already seen it.

6.  ‘Take this Waltz’ – June 29

It’s been six year’s since Sarah Polley showed everyone her strong directing chops with ‘Away From Her’.  Now she returns with this ensemble dramedy.  The story of a love triangle, set against the backdrop of nihilism and art, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman (in a very revealing performance) pack the strong performances on in this Tribeca favorite.

7.  ‘Ruby Sparks’ – July 25

‘Ruby Sparks’ marks another 6 year hiatus, this time from the duo behind ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris.   This quirky comedy about writer’s block, loneliness and lost love features a return to form for ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘There Will be Blood’ Paul Dano and, especially Zoe Kazan as a writer’s character and muse, willed to life.

8.  ‘Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” – July 29

Another much talked about Sundance documentary, follows controversial artist, architect and human rights activist Ai WeiWei as he gives exclusive access to his one of a kind life.  The creative process, personal struggle and political pressures which Ai WeiWei has been subjected to over his decades are all masterfully worked in this documentary that is the definition of the phrase “all access”.

9. ‘2 Days in New York’ – August 10

A little ‘2 Days in Paris’ (also featuring Julie Delpy), a little Woody Allen and a lot of ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, ‘2 Days in new York’ follows Delpy as she resides in New York City with her son and new boyfriend (Chris Rock).  This Sundance favorite

10.  ‘Lawless’ – August 31

Another official Cannes 2012 selection, ‘Lawless’ rounds out our list (and the summer) with a violent bang.  The stellar cast of roughnecks and acting heavyweights (Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowa) take this prohibition era, bootlegging gone wrong gangster flick from director John Hillcoat (‘The Road’).

By: Steve Rickinson






 
 
 

 
Lionsgate_Tribeca_Tribeca_Short_List_SVOD

Lionsgate & Tribeca Partner to Launch Branded SVOD Platform

In a move to offer premium content to a growing online audience, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Tribeca Enterprises, a diversified global media company which owns and operates the Tr...
by Steve Rickinson
0

 
 
10355000_1514330972153114_655070738214511366_n

Review: ‘Birdman’

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, & Armando Bo  Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifian...
by David Teich
0

 
 
RUDDERLESS6 (1)

Review: ‘Rudderless’

Directed by William H. Macy Written by William H. Macy, Casey Twenter, & Jeff Robison Starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez, and Miles Heizer NOW on iTunes and in Select T...
by Jason Teich
0

 

 
Some_Kind_of_Spark_Doc_NYC_Premiere

Ben Niles’ ‘Some Kind of Spark’ to PREMIERE at DOC NYC

With children’s music education sharply declining over 20% since 2001 (according to Music Educators National Conference), Ben Niles, director of the award-winning “Note By Note (The Making of Steinway L1037),” chronicles ...
by Steve Rickinson
0

 
 
kristen-stewart-camp-x-ray-movie-photos-hq-_1-forward-march-kristen-stewart-s-new-camp-x-ray-trailer-hits-hard

Review: ‘Camp X-Ray’

Written & Directed by Peter Sattler Starring Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaddi & Lane Garrison NOW PLAYING in NYC & Select Theaters “They will test you and they will best you,” says an army corporal near the beginn...
by Jake Kring-Schreifels
0

 
 
ST. VINCENT

Review: ‘St Vincent’

Written & Directed by Theodore Melfi Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Terrence Howard, Naomi Watts & Chris O’Dowd NOW PLAYING in NYC & Select Theaters There’s only one moment in St. Vincent when Bill ...
by Jake Kring-Schreifels
0

 




9 comments
Omar Warhol
Omar Warhol

It's actually a cool and helpful piece of information. thanks for sharing this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date in the future. Thank you for sharing.

Luigi Seppanen
Luigi Seppanen

Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

Intro Scherzo Score
Intro Scherzo Score

Wow, I have a blog too but I can't write as well as you do. Good stuff.

summer scheme bus hire
summer scheme bus hire

I appreciate your wonderful article. super work. I hope you release more. I will continue reading

Google Places Allentown
Google Places Allentown

thank you for this post, I am a big big fan of this site would like to go on updated.

jailbreak
jailbreak

You have remarked very interesting details! ps nice site.

swtor credits
swtor credits

Very interesting information!Perfect just what I was searching for!

Laurence Kastanes
Laurence Kastanes

I was recommended this website by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You're incredible! Thanks!