Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

Last Friday night ImaginaryFriend put up this thread asking people to share their unpopular opinions. Many of us did including this one that I shared. Most interestingly, the opinion that engendered the most discussion was this other one shared by Matt McC. So, in an effort to have my opinion changed and in completion of a promise I made to Matt:

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I admit I have not seen a lot of independent films. I live in a small-ish town with one movie megaplex (currently showing 11 movies if you count 2D/3D as the same movie) so we really don't get much in the way of indie films. Does District 9 count as indie? I saw that here in town. Since they don't show the movies they don't show the trailers. My DVR effectively immunizes me from television advertising. Other than the occasional shout-out here on io9 I really don't get exposed to what titles might be out there. It is very likely I'm missing the boat. Please point me to the dock so that I can find the boat.

I've seen Moon and Robot & Frank, both of which I thought were great. I saw Primer which I thought had a fascinating idea for a time travel story but was told, filmed and acted in the most boring way possible. I understand low budget requirements on lighting and special effects but would it kill you to paint a wall, frame a shot in an interesting way, or convince your actors to display some real emotion? Non-genre, I watched Lost in Translation last year. I watched Somewhere last week (I'm convinced that if Elle Fanning can keep her head on straight that she will be a force in Hollywood for decades). Both of them were so uninteresting that I ended up fast-forwarding big chunks of them in the hopes that something, ANYTHING, would happen to the characters. Alas.

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It's not that I require dazzling SFX and explosions or laugh out loud comedy to enjoy a movie. My favorite film is Casablanca. I loved Schindler's List (I'm not sure loved is the right word since I sat in the theater with tears streaming down my face but you know what I mean). I enjoyed Atonement. I think Hanna would have been just as fascinating if they had left all the violence implied and off-screen. That said, as I said in my post, I think that most independent films are self-involved, boring twaddle.

If you disagree I leave it to you to convince me otherwise. Bring your best arguments and suggestions and I will do my best to see your side.

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