Often people just go to the cinema to watch blockbusters and they don’t know that the world is plenty of thousands good (or even amazing) indipendent films. I’m not a critic so this is just my humble opinion on some good films.
THE LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS (AKA SUMMER FLINGS) 1996
“It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer organising a beach party, having lustful thoughts about two girls he believes are unobtainable and fending off the advances from a visiting American family friend, all whilst coping with his oddball family.”
It’s not the classic teen movie about adolescence sex & drugs & rock n’ roll but it faces some important issues: ethics linked to religious intolerance and the Irish Question. Moreover the lines quotes James Joyce and Hemingway.
MYSTERIOUS SKIN 2004
“In 1981, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the eight years old boy Neil McCormick is sexually abused by his pedophile baseball coach and his deranged and promiscuous mother does not pay attention. Meanwhile, the also eight years Brian Lackey awakes from a brief amnesia of four hours with a bleeding nose, but his negligent father does not pay attention to the event. Brian grows-up believing he had been abducted by aliens. The gay Neil grows-up as a hustler. When Brian is eighteen years old, he looks for and meets Neil, who discloses dark innermost secrets of their past.”
This film is a real masterpiece but you have to be strong to watch it! I don’t want to ruin the surprise so I won’t tell anything about it… just watch it! Last but not least, in this film I’ve discovered an amazing actor called Joseph Gordon-Levitt that reminds me Heath Ledger (R.I.P.)
HOW TO BE 2008
“At first fancying himself an “enigmatic poet”, twenty something Art gradually realizes that he must take action if he’s going to escape his depressed life as a struggling musician in London. A solution comes in the shape of a book titled “It’s Not Your Fault”. Not content to just draw inspiration from its pages, however, Art invites the elderly author of the book to come live with him and his parents, which quickly becomes a painfully funny journey about dysfunction and growing up”
I really like this film because it’s an oxymoron: realistic & oneiric, comic & dramatic. Everyone feels depressed sometimes but the most important thing is the reaction.
Now that I’m on holiday I have time to watch a lot of films and it’s really great to find pearls hidden in their shells, not only blockbusters!
Have you already watched these films?
Plots taken from imdb