Indie things!

29 Jul

Note: I’m in a very critical mood right now, keep that in mind! And this post is going to be a terrible read because I’m posting whatever I think, which also means that my thoughts are not coherent at all. But I think anyone who’s used to reading this blog is used to that!

I wouldn’t say I hate all things indie, but I feel like it’s become “cool” in that fad kind of way. Indie no longer stands for independent; now, it is practically synonymous with cliche.

Firstly, not everything that’s indie is good. For example, there are indie films that just plain suck. There are also indie bands that just plain suck as well. People who are for all things indie need to realize that just because it is labeled as “independent” does NOT make it good.

I would also like to note now that I tried to get into the whole indie music scene, and I managed to find some music that I genuinely liked. Ultimately, I realized that a lot of it doesn’t interest me. I’m not ashamed to say that I like top 40 music. Indie just isn’t my scene. My honest opinion is that while there are some gems in the rough, there is also a lot of dumb shit that involves scratchy dainty whisper-soft bad vocals and two repeated guitar chords in the background.

SORRY, THAT’S JUST NOT HOW I ROLL WITH MY MUSIC. I would rather listen to something auto-tuned. If you’re going to judge me because of my taste in music… LOL go right ahead. If I like it, I like it. There really isn’t anything else to it. Does the fact that I prefer something sounding artificially perfect over harsh but real imperfections say something about my personality? You must think I’m the type to get plastic surgery to look perfect instead of accepting my flaws, right?

Gosh.

I will say that I appreciate the hard work and genuine efforts that go into any real independent work, even if it does suck. Putting together a movie or an album on your own is not easy, and I would never take that for granted, especially when all the work is done by some poor filmmaker or band with big dreams and an empty wallet.

Okay, so Fox Searchlight is just one of many studios that kinda offer movies that would be considered “indie.” These are the geniuses that brought you films like Juno, Waitress, Slumdog Millionaire, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, Sideways, I Huckabees, The Last King of Scotland, Crazy Heart, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Quite an impressive list of films, no?

I won’t begrudge them the honors they earned and deserved, but I feel like some of them became these cult classics that became cool to watch instead of genuinely good films. Like Juno. And Slumdog Millionaire. AND NAPOLEON FUCKING DYNAMITE, WHICH WASN’T EVEN THAT FUNNY.

Okay, now I’m going to rave about a film that is for real indie and typifies the world of independent media that is good but not appreciated.

I used to have Netflix and a huge, huge celebrity crush on Haley Joel Osment. Combine the two and what do you get? LOTS OF HJO MOVIES!

So there was this movie that he was in called Edges of the Lord. It was rated R, and I was like 12 at the time. I didn’t really know if it was my type of movie, considering it was just another Holocaust flick.

(NOTHING AGAINST THE HOLOCAUST, but there are only a billion movies on the subject, and a lot of them earn all these awards simply because they deal with the Holocaust. We don’t need another film to show us one of the worst tragedies in history.)

I decided to rent it anyways. No loss.

So this movie was never theatrically released in the United States. It was made in 2001 and released on DVD in the US in 2005. Everything about the film screams – oozes – ultra low-budget.

The film is extremely simplistic, in my opinion, and yet it is not without its fair share of flaws. The story isn’t completely coherent, and at times I have to ask myself what I’m watching, or why this scene is relevant to the film as a whole. It moves really slowly, but it piques throughout with little bursts of action that wake you up.

The most incredible thing was the film’s ending. You cannot comprehend the extent to which the ending broke my heart. I didn’t even cry. It’s just one of those things where you have to sit through the whole movie and in the end realize that what Tolo does is… I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s just probably one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen.

Okay, this post took way too much brainpower to produce.

I’m done!

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