but if not, Pan's Labyrinth.
well that's just, like, your opinion, man
but if not, Pan's Labyrinth.
The Painted Veil
Not sure if they're indy enough for ya though
I saw Hanna. It's not the best movie ever but it's a pretty fun ride. The music by the Chemical Brothers is great.
I haven't seen The Tree of Life, the new Terrance Malick movie, but the reviews have made me really want to see it. It hasn't been released here yet.
In indie theaters right now: Meek's Cutoff.
Darjeeling Limited if you haven't seen it. Wed Anderson directed with Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman. Very very good.
the last rites of ransom pride...a newerish western with dwight yoakam
If you are looking for a new western then rent True Grit, not as good as the original but still good.
The Machinist with Christian Bale,he did this movie in between Equilibrium and Batman Begins so the had to gain and lose a lot of weight in 3-4 yrs. crazy
Before the Devil Knows Your Dead
Despite the girly title and theme of the movie, I actually found it to be pretty hilarious.
It's dark which seems appropriate for you Dark Blue. I found some parts funny but no one else in the theater was laughing. Marissa Tomei gets naked a lot so that's good.
Perfect selection for Dark Blue, it seems.
Anthony LaPaglia, Danny Aiello. About Frank Pesce, the first winner of the New York Lottery.
Check out Moon. It's a great movie and it isn't very sci-fiy if you're worried about it.
i was going to suggest this, so i'll just second it. if there is one time people need to take what I say seriously this is it.
also scott pilgrim vs. the world, but make sure you watch the alternate ending, it is waaaaaaay better.
also brotherhood of the wolf is really good, but its in french so im not sure you will like it, very action-y
and if you want space sci-fi check out sunshine with cillian murphy
Trailer Park Boys - The Big Dirty
This is a great movie, but I think Dark Blue would have to watch a fair amount of the tv series first.
Bunny and the Bull
Oldboy is great but at the same time one of those, "oh god why did I just watch that" kind of movie; Audition is in the same boat.
Oldboy was one of the most horrifying movies I've ever seen. Really well made, but just awful.
My suggestions to the OP:
You guys make it sound like it's Samurai Princess or something (last I checked, also available streaming on Netflix - not recommended). Maybe it's because of the "twist" in the end? If that one little detail was changed, I can see the movie not being as horrifying, as you say. But I still think it's good and worth watching.
For something much less offensive but still Asian, I'd suggest to the OP some Kurosawa films like Seven Samurai and Yojimbo.
Oldboy is great. It's very intense and graphic but it has my favorite scene in a sushi bar ever. About 6 years after seeing it, my friends and I still reference that.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is not as good but it is still alright. I haven't seen Lady Vengeance yet.
so i actually go and find this on netflix per your suggestion and it's available for streaming but apparently they only stream the dubbed version instead of korean w/ subtitles. unless anyone knows a way around this i guess i'll have to get the physical dvd. bummer.
A good bit of the movie is narration in the main character's head, so a dubbed version really isn't that bad because no one's lips are moving. I think you should try it out and see if you can handle the dubbing.
Just watched The Black Swan. It's kind of a indie movie. It was great. Portman was spectacular.
If you're into trippy movies check out anything by darren aronofsky especially his first movie pi.
I think they should revamp high school health curriculum to just include a screening of Requiem for a Dream.
Great movie though, one of the best I've ever seen.
It might be one of my favorite movies of all time but holy crap, it's a hard one to watch. It's so well done that it's hard to watch the end of that movie.
IIRC it's the only film to ever get two standing ovations at Cannes. It lives up to that, but you're right, you have to be in just the right mood to even sit through Requiem.
The last minute or so might be the saddest I've seen in a movie not involving mass death (the end of Saving Private Ryan is worse, for example).
High School health class should use this movie as drug deterrant. Great movie, and great acting all around especially with Ellen Burstyn.
If you wanna go the dark route, Requiem for a Dream is your ticket. HOLY SHIT i needed to wash my eyes and brain out after that one.
Black Swan was very good and Portman was excellent, but the parallels to The Wrestler were a bit too similar IMHO.
"I Spit on your Grave." If the wife or G/F is around you might wanna check out another film.
Should have won best picture....
Extract - Mike Judge movie with Mila Kunis and Jason Bateman
Green Street Hooligans.
Think they made a horrible sequel too.
I remember that guy.
A classic...also Deuce Bigelow because I am in it.
Way too big of a chick flick for any one man to handle!
I'm not sure if this is "indie" enough, but if you're into dark comedies, you need to check out "World's Greatest Dad" w/ Robin Williams... the writing is top notch and it is absolutely hysterical.
I don't think it ever came out in theatres b/c it isn't exactly a "mainstream" comedy
One of the funniest movies I've ever seen for sure.
Very good movie. Shows what life is like in the slums of Rio. It's in Portuguese with subtitles which adds to the authenticity.
from Netflix since about the second week of December. (Yeah, I know I've probably paid for it 2-3x.) Maybe I'll try to power through it this weekend. Is it a real downer?
If it is I probably dont want to spend my limited free time on it as personal time is pretty tough to come by with a 3.5 month old at home these days. :-)
It's pretty depressing but it's got some lighter moments too. The protagonist's story is pretty inspiring. I'd say give it a shot but then again I don't have a newborn baby.
City of Men
Fantastic movie. Christian Bale is fantastic in it.
dont forget the sequel: the rules of attraction
(another oustanding flick)
Not the fastest movie as far as plot development, but totally worth the time investment.
Escanaba in da moonlight.
Starship Troopers is a great franchise and definitely worth watching. The first two movies take a lot of liberties with the M.I. but they're still very entertaining. If you like watching Marine-like soldiers vs. Bugs, they movies are right up your alley. I also recommend reading Heinlen's novel that the movies were based on to get a more complete picture of the M.I. and how they train. (The book is on the reading list for 3 of the 5 U.S. military academies.)
i just watched the 3rd one a few days ago, solid movie
M.I. is the Mobile Infantry. They're the backbone of the ground forces, while the Fleet hangs out on their capital ships in space and mostly transports the M.I. from planet to planet.
I loved the first Starship Troopers, but assumed the others would probably be crappy. Now, I will plan to check them out.
let the right one in (swedish haven't seen american yet)
180 degrees south (documentary)
dude, 180 degrees south is AMAZING
I'll second City of God and add:
A Serious Man
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worry and Love the Bomb
The Brothers Bloom
45 post, no Transformers 2?
Best. Movie. Ever.
Porn typically has a more cogent plot.
Knowing Dark Blue a little bit, this may be a great movie for him.
Leprechaun in the Hood
And Inside Job are two excellent documentaries.
Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac.
Zach Braff directed, it's quite fantastic.
Zack Galifinakis: Live at the Purple Onion or Grandmas Boy.
Dennis Hopper at his finest in this one. I love Cronenberg movies as well so you might want to check out Videodrome, Scanners, and The Dead Zone.
It's on youtube, it's so awful it's good
In Bruges. One of my favorite's and relatively "indie"...nominated best adapted screenplay (I think that was it..?) a few years back
an excellent movie. a hitman seeking redemption. another goodie.
Link to the list of one person's 50 most insane at the top.
I'd suggest Buckaroo Banzai, personally. But tonight I'm going to watch Hell Comes to Frogtown
Thankskilling and Troll 2
I'd second Thankskilling. Fantastic movie! ....well...okay, maybe not.
Blade Runner is great, but it's very VERY slow-paced.
Also, Akira is great, but you should read the books as well to get the whole picture.
im also an indie buff, though havent seen muich in the past year.
consider my advice if you enjoyed any of the following main stream movies:
inception, lucky number slevin, three kings, or syriana.
king of california
a guide to recognizing your local saints
children of men
and here are a few more:
Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
new york, i love you
Is that as good as everyone says? A lot of people have been saying that may be the best one yet.
One of the less known Kilmer movies is the Salton Sea. It's one of my favorite movies and not well known.
Also prolly seen it but The boondock Saints.. It didn't become popular until a couple years ago.
Speaking of Val Kilmer, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a pretty underrated movie. If you like Robert Downey Jr he is also in it.
Let's stay with underrated Val Kilmer movies for 600 Alex.
Wonderland from 2003 is enjoyable. Kilmer plays the late porn star John Holmes. It's based on the real life 1981 murders on Wonderland Ave in LA:
Excellent indie movie starring Paul Giamatti, one of my favorite actors, and a kid named Alex Shaffer, who is in his first movie and was cast because he was a champion prep wrestler. Great script, funny, great plot. Written and directed by rising star Tom McCarthy. Just saw it on Wednesday night at an indie theater in DC.
just don't get the dubbed version, which is done so poorly it distracts from the movie. The subtitled version is one of the best, most influential "shoot em up" movies ever.
Holy heck, somebody doesn't like the suggestions in this thread.
Mr. Nobody is probably one of my 5 favorite films of all time, and it's generally unknown. Made and released in France (still can't buy the DVD/Bluray in US yet) but it's in English and stars Jared Leto and Dianne Kruger. It's made by Jaco Van Dormael, one of those indie guys that makes a film every 10 years or so. It's a trip.
If you are into thrillers at all (not horror) you should check out a movie called Exam. I had never heard of until I saw it on the netflix instant queue and was very pleasantly surprised how good of a movie it was.
It's able to be thought provoking and exciting enough without blood being splattered everywhere. Plus its not very well known.
You will never see this as it is way too far down the thread, but I propose to you not a movie, but a resource by which you may never wonder this again.
I recommend highly the website Criticker (.com) - You enter what you think of however many movies you want (At least 10, most enter their entire history). Then, it keeps on file the ratings of thousands of others. It finds people who like the movies you like, and makes a handy list of recommendations based upon movies they have seen that you haven't.
More than recommendations - it gives you a probable score for whatever movie you run across based off the weighted scores of those most similar to you in taste. I've found this to be very accurate.
It weights movies by tiers - you rate 1-100 however you will, and it breaks them up by your top 10% (This is brilliant, as some people are overly kind, and rate movies that bore them an 85 while every movie they like falls in 98-100 - whereas others are harsher critics, the kind of people who never give a score above 70, unless it's directed by Kubrick - with the percentile weighting, it doesn't matter how harsh or feathery people are.
You can even get your friends to sign up, and it will find movies that are acceptable to you both.
I am not affiliated with them, I just think it is one of the best websites around. A brilliant idea that is well executed to the benefit of all movie fans. I hope the pool of people will grow and thus increase my own pool of knowledge from which to draw.
you will love the classic, Hoop Dreams. It's been on ESPN Classic for the past couple days. A great movie of triumph and struggle of two inner city kids trying to make it to the D1/NBA level. One thing that you don't see is the AAU involvement which is the norm for our society.
A pair of movies called the National Russian Fishing and Hunting. Or something to that effect. Very funny movies.