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Top Indies 20 Sep 2006 19:08 #13344

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What are your opinions on the 'best' indie films to come out since Jan '06? I'm guessing "An Inconvenient Truth" is among them.

I think there was a similar thread posted for '04-'05.

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Re: Top Indies 21 Sep 2006 09:17 #13345

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A Prairie Home Companion
Thank You For Smoking
Little Miss Sunshine
The Illusionist
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Re: Top Indies 21 Sep 2006 10:37 #13346

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add truth to that list and you got the top 5. I liked Scoop!

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Re: Top Indies 22 Sep 2006 07:03 #13347

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Who Killed the Electric Car?
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Re: Top Indies 22 Sep 2006 10:43 #13348

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Should have also mentioned the "coming soon" titles that look to be promising:

Keeping Mum
Heading South
Last King Of Scotland
The Queen
Babel
For Your Consideration
Volver
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Re: Top Indies 23 Sep 2006 10:11 #13349

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Thanks to the Telluride Film Festival I have seen or heard extensively about 5 of these films.

Last King Of Scotland
A great effort with Forrest Whitaker where he plays Idi Amin. But the story is about a white doctor from Scotland who befriends him and becomes something of an advisor. It was very popular at TFF but it may struggle to find an audience. Very well done film.

The Queen
Blew away those who saw it at Cannes. Helen Mirren turns a stunning performance which might once again get an Oscar nod for playing a Queen.

Babel
Despite having Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchette it isn't a Brad Pitt type of movie. They are only in about 1/4 of the film and the other 3/4 stars unknown, non actors in subtitled rolls. May struggle to find an audience. Those that do see it may be confused. If you make it to the end, it provides hours of thought and reflection. Mixed reviews among the staff at TFF.

Volver
A very fine film from Pedro Almodovar that reunites his great female casts from years ago. This one holds your interest and you wait for the conclusion. But it has dark subject matter and it is not as kinetically funny as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and such. But His last movie did well enough at the box office.

Keeping Mum
Rowan Atkinson, Kirstin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Patrick Breezeway star in this film about marital infidelity and social responsibility. I thought it was a brilliant turn for Rowan Atkinson because there is nary a Mr. Bean in his portrayal. Patrick Swayze is creepy as an aging Lothario and Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith are brilliant as usual. May do very well in your 'old lady' demographic. Saw this one at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival.
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Re: Top Indies 23 Sep 2006 15:55 #13350

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I will vouch for The Last King Of Scotland. Can we say Oscar nominations for Forrest? It was one of the most excellent, moving films I've seen in awhile.
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Re: Top Indies 24 Sep 2006 04:39 #13351

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saw Marie Antoniette with alot of costumes set in the 16th-18th century or so will be very popular with the ladies.
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Re: Top Indies 24 Sep 2006 10:09 #13352

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Been hearing good things about "Half Nelson", but I have no clue about reading indie films' success potential. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" opened in my town 3 times before it found it's audience, and I didn't want it at our theater at all. Luckily for us I don't get to make those decisions, and we had it when it hit it's stride. I was glad to be proven wrong.

I absolutely loved "Thank You For Smoking" and "Little Miss Sunshine".
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Re: Top Indies 24 Sep 2006 22:09 #13353

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My favorite film this year has to be Kinky Boots, but nobody went to see it.
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