Thursday, May 6, 2010

Top 5 Indie films

List by Manurewa Library + Elliot, compiled by Tosca

"I am an independent film-maker first and foremost. I have always cut my own cloth."
- Mira Nair

This list comes to you straight from the warped minds of Manurewa Library staff + Elliot (again with the + Elliot? Yes! Again with the + Elliot). After a lot of hand waving and accusatory gestures with forks and dessert spoons, they are (sort of) proud to present the titles that made the final cut.

Little Miss Sunshine / Starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin
Olive Hoover is supported by her dysfunctional family when she goes to California to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant.

Juno / Starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
Juno MacGuff is sixteen years old. After a one-time sexual encounter with her best friend Paulie, she learns that she's pregnant. Juno and Paulie like each other, but not enough to start a family, complete with a child. Paulie leaves all the decisions about the baby to Juno. During her pregnancy, which she treats with care but detachment, her relationships develop.

Trainspotting / Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller
Mark Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Garden State / Starring Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm and Peter Sarsgaard
Andrew "Large" Largeman has managed to avoid a visit to his hometown and the inevitable confrontation with his father. As he reconnects with the place once he returns, a twist of fate introduces him to Sam, a quirky girl who gives Large the courage to open his heart to life's experiences.

Bella / Starring Eduardo Verástegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez and Anjelica Aragon
An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when a series of events unfold that bring his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she's unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down-- until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience.


Anonymous said...

Have you tried "Me and You and Everyone We Know"? Loved it :)

catatonia said...

Hi there - no I haven't tried that particular. Have requested it now and see that it stars John Hawkes from Deadwood (lurve that show - swearing and all) so am quite excited. Thanks for the tip :)

catatonia said...

Here's a link for people who are interested in requesting 'Me and You and Everyone We Know.'