Independent or indie films may not have the backing of a big studio or production company involved, are shot on a smaller budget, and may not have big names supporting them, yet there are such films that can effortlessly impress the audience. These films have greater control over their craft, something that they may not have otherwise. If Cristopher Nolan started with indie movies, you would know that these movies have made a niche of their own in world cinema. If you have not started watching these movies yet, now is the time to start. They can be in any genre - right from horror to biopics - and cater to the taste of any film aficionados out there. Below are the names of a few independent movies that will surely impress you.
Eddie The Eagle
This comedy-drama is based on the life story of Michael (Eddie) Edwards. This is a powerfully motivating film in which a boy, handicapped in his younger years, overcame his disability as he became a ski-jumper. He then went on to take part in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada.
The movie focuses on Eddie’s determination to find a coach and persuade the Olympic Committee to be part of the English team. The critics couldn't stop raving about the movie, giving it a thumbs up all the way.
Following was Christopher Nolan’s directorial debut and he is the same man who went on to make films such as Momento, Inception, and The Dark Knight. The movie is about a Young Man, who follows random people in London and uses them as inspiration for his work.
He meets a thief called Cobb one day who teaches him to break into people's houses to know more about their lifestyle. Nolan is a big-time director now and yet his first shot at the movies is one of his most appreciated movies.
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is one of the most popular biopics - as the name suggests - about motorcycles. It is said to be a surefire hit in the indie film world. It is a true story of a four-month road trip that Ernesto Guevara took across South America with his friend and fellow medical student, Mial, in 1952.
Guevara's life turned upside down and it was only during the trip that he found his life's purpose. He met a group of Communists and became a major figure in the Cuban Revolution. Critics loved the film and even called it a thought-provoking one. Apart from the rousing story, gorgeous location, and sparkling cinematography, the acting also impressed the audiences.
Talk To Me
The biopic is all about Petey Green, a DJ and radio personality in Washington, D.C., in the 1960s. Petey was an ex-con and a community activist whose voice captivated his listeners on the D.C. airwaves. He spoke about the issues of race and power in America with his straight-laced humor, straight-talking. His brave take on controversial topics made it an inspiring and flamboyant film that few could dislike.
Frances, the movie’s protagonist is spontaneous, carefree, and has a childish streak in her that she refuses to let go of. She nurtures the dream of being a dancer, however, she could only be an apprentice for a dance company.
Over the course of the film, Frances goes through many hurdles in life, including losing her boyfriend and her best friend, However, she was someone who went to pursue her dreams, no matter what. Critics called this film rare and wonderful that portrayed a range of emotions.
It is another rare gem that focuses on class divisions, racial identity, and the ever-growing trend of urbanization. Carlos Lopez Estrada's Blindspotting stands true to its title. Two best friends, Collin and Miles, work as furniture movers in California's bay area. As Collin tries to brave through the final stages of probation, he evaluates his relationship with Miles. A change of circumstance forces him to make a difficult choice between his freedom and his friend.
All these films are nothing short of brilliant, and if you have not had the opportunity to watch them, we urge you to so so soon. It is important to give indie films the recognition they deserve since indie makers need all the encouragement to showcase their talent and make the movie-going experience a wonderful and fulfilling one.