One of the great things about indie movies is that films which fall in this category have the ability to hit home with a charm and realism that the big names of Hollywood have difficulty capturing sometimes. Maybe it’s because we see these actors and actresses too much. The picture is too clear, the colors too bright. The ideas that go into big name film have to be cleared by the producers, they have to meet the needs of the masses, because no matter the creative desires of a writer or director, nobody is going to spend millions without some return on investment. An indie filmmaker has a little more room to work their magic, the investment isn’t quite so great and the audience a little more selective. If you’re reading this blog then you probably enjoy a good indie movie, so each week we are going to provide some of the most interesting looking trailers in the world of independent films. Please feel free to let us all know what you think of them.
What Maisie Knew
There have been a lot of great performances by extremely young actors and actresses in recent years, most notably nine year old Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounce that!) who was nominated for Best Actress for her part in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Early indications suggest we might be onto something similar here. Based on a novel by the same name, What Maisie Knew stars Onata Aprile (a girl so new to the scene that her age isn’t even on IMDB!) as a young girl trapped in the confusion of divorce, and new relationships. Julianne Moore, who seems to have a knack for these “family and relationship dynamics” movies (Crazy Stupid Love, The Kids Are Alright) joins on as Maisie’s mother, along with a mixture of new and veteran actors. The trailer looks both sad and incredibly charming, and you get the feeling it will make you feel all kinds of emotions but you really don’t get any clues as to which direction the conclusion will swing you in the end. If you love great acting and a plot that holds nothing back in terms of emotion and real life drama, this one may be one indie movie to look out for.
I sure do love a good horror movie. Even more than this, I love a unique, original horror movie that brings something new to the table and avoids clichés. It’s a tough time to be a scary movie fan, and a good scare is truly hard to come by. When I see a horror trailer these days, I sometimes wonder if the same trailer could be used for each and every film. So when I see a one that looks like something I haven’t seen before, I am all over it. I’ll let this one speak for itself, but the vibe I get from this trailer is similar to how I felt when I saw the trailer for Bellflower, a recent indie favorite of mine. Enjoy!