I first saw the film Memento about 8 years ago, so it is hard to recall my initial feelings after seeing it for the first time, but I do remember being blown away. I was only 13 at the time, but psychological thrillers were and remain my favorite genre of movie, so I had been around this type of film before. It was actually one of my favorites for a while along with The Butterfly Effect and The Secret Window. Now, after watching it again at 21, it has just as much relevance as it did that first time. In fact, Memento is one of those movies that really have to be watched more than once to really pick up on everything.
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The definition of Independent film is not something that can be easily explained and I would argue that there are many misconceptions about what entitles a film to be classified as ‘independent’ or ‘indie’. Prior to reading Michael Z. Newman’s “Indie: an American Film Culture” and before the viewing of examples in class, I am willing to admit that I had a pretty shallow idea about what it meant to call a film ‘independent’. I had hardly considered some of the major contributing elements that are mentioned in Newman’s book. Newman explains that ‘indie’ does not simply refer to a genre of film making, but rather is an encompassing term for the culture of independent film. At first, this seemed like a somewhat difficult concept to understand, but through Newman’s explanations it becomes obvious how essential it is to acknowledge indie as a culture.
Recognizing ‘indie’ as a culture allows for a better understanding of both the history and general aspirations of independent film and their creators. Due to the broad explanation of ‘indie’ that Newman offers it is discovered that classifying films as independent may be more difficult due to the lack of strict defining characteristics so to better our understanding, he offers us three slogans or exemplars of what distinguishes independent films from Hollywood films. These three exemplars are; characters are emblems, form is a game, and when in doubt, read as anti-Hollywood. (more…)
In just one week of this class I have a better understanding of what independent film actually is. To be honest, when I first started the class I did use the term “indie” to define what I thought was a genre of movies, but I can see now that is not the case. I thought that what made a movie indie was the content of the film, which is true to a certain degree, but it also deals largely with the context of the movie, production of the movie, and how viewers are suggested to approach the movie.
“This town has always had its share of crazies. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”
“Slacker” is one of two films - the other being “Dazed and Confused” - that established Richard Linklater as one of the premiere indie filmmakers of the early ‘90s and put Austin’s film scene on the map. The 1991 film, made with a budget of $23,000, has aged like a fine wine and is now thought of as somewhat of a cult classic. Just last year, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
“Manhattan, Christmas vacation, Not so long ago.” This is the text that appears when Whit Stillman’s film “Metropolitan” starts. I immediately start going over memories of the break I have just come back from myself, and from those past. I would find out that my memories would differ drastically. None of my memories held conversations of the validity of deb parties or glasses of fine Scotch. They held a lot more mediocre beer next to campfires on the river.
When looking for the answers to what independent film is, you look to other people or books. Yet sometimes the answer is right there in front of you.