Welcome to 2012’s initial book of Indie Insights, a Movies.com mainstay in which we take a wide-angled perspective of what’s function in a eccentric movie community.
Issue #1: Do Older People Watch Independent Films?
Three important drive-in theatre non-stop in singular recover final weekend. The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, got off to an superb start, averaging $71,452 per shade during a 4 locations where it opened. Streep’s star energy will positively assistance a movie as it expands, as will her approaching Academy Award assignment as Best Actress — she’s already snared a Golden Globe assignment — nonetheless a movie itself is a dispiriting jumble, a competition by Thatcher’s hold up which picks out moments which do tiny to irradiate a hold up of a argumentative politician. Telling it from a indicate of perspective of a aged Thatcher in decline, raid with Alzheimer’s Disease, might lean a little hearts, though.
Iranian drama A Separation enjoyed some-more modest, nonetheless still encouraging, returns, with an normal of $26,839 during 3 locations. It’s an unusual film, exploring a after-effects of a tied together couple’s preference to separate; a mother wants to leave a country from Iran to a U.S., whilst her father insists upon superfluous to manipulate in-home caring for his elderly, who has Alzheimer’s Disease. The consequences for their preference have been inclusive as great as devastating. Critical notices have been intensely positive, as great as word of mouth should be strong. A Separation is approaching to land an Academy Award assignment for Best Foreign Language Film, as great as already has a single from a Golden Globe nomination. The Globes will be presented upon Jan 15, as great as if a movie wins, which will assistance it as well.
American indie Pariah, created as great as destined by Dee Rees, debuted during Sundance a single year ago as great as drew courtesy for a excellent lead opening by visitor Adepero Oduye. The story revolves around a coming-of-age of a tall propagandize lady who only happens to be black as great as lesbian. The movie did flattering great business, averaging $16,337 during 4 locations, nonetheless will need to rest upon great word-of-mouth to continue; it should, given it’s a really great movie.
The initial dual weeks of Jan are, frankly, rsther than slow, nonetheless these titles cocktail out.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. (Pictured above; opens in New York today.)
Critically-acclaimed given it debuted during Cannes final year, a latest movie by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Three Monkeys), set in Turkey, “takes a artless form of a military investigation,” says Manoahla Dargis in The New York Times. “As miles as great as difference mount, [it] evolves in to a plangent, visually overwhelming imagining upon what it is to be human.”
Norwegian Wood. (Opens in New York Jan. 6.)
Based upon Haruki Murakami’s 1987 novel, a movie chronicle by Tran Anh Hung follows a attribute of 3 immature people vital in Tokyo during a late 60s, as great as how a energetic in between dual of them changes when a third commits suicide. Rinko Kikuchi, Academy Award-nominee for Babel, leads a cast.
Beneath a Darkness. (Opens in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Diego, Palm Desert Jan. 6.)
A thriller, in which Dennis Quaid plays a highly-respected mortician in a tiny locale in Texas. When 4 teenagers mangle in to his home to examine a bizarre sighting, a single of them doesn’t have it out alive, as great as it’s up to a others to remonstrate a authorities which it wasn’t an accident. With Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights). Directed by Martin Guigui (Swing).
While a grounds is aged — teenagers go in to a woods, where a slasher awaits — actress incited first-time executive Vincent D’Onofrio has attempted to have something different, described as a “twisted musical/horror hybrid.” The movie has been accessible from distributor Tribeca Film around assorted Video On Demand platforms, as great as right away gets a singular melodramatic release.
Indie Insights will lapse upon Wednesday, Jan eighteen — a day prior to Sundance starts!