- Tuesday, 16 September 2014 -

My Top 5 Indie Films

Hello my lovelies! With the rusting leaves declaring independence from the trees, the pumpkin spice lattes growing in popularity and the comfort of home seeming ever more appealing, human hibernation appears imminent. You'll want nothing more than to wrap yourself up in a burrito of blankets with a steady drip attached feeding you your daily dose of hot chocolate (does that sound like heaven to anyone else but me!?). This weekend I succumbed to my autumnal instincts and stayed in bed binging on feel-good indie films. Indie films are regularly burrowed beneath the blockbusters and often mingle sadness with an artistic expression of life and love.

The always entertaining, infrequently informative Urban Dictionary hit the nail on the hipster head when attempting to describe an indie film: "A film made on a low, almost bare bones budget (outside the studio system), that is heralded by the underground (read:hipsters), for its usually 'new, fresh and daring' on a number of issues such as; gay life, sex, gay sex, teen angst, gay teen angst, etc. Often seen as pretentious by anyone not cultured enough to understand the 'gravitas of the subject matter'." So, get your Starbucks at the ready and have the phrase "I saw that BEFORE it was even this popular" poised at the tip of your tongue, because in no particular order my top 5 indie films are...

1/ 500 Days of Summer - Laced with quirky characters, an addictive playlist and brimming with the feel-good factor, 500 Days of Summer was probably one of the first films I wholeheartedly fell in love with. On January 8th, Tom Hansen meets Summer Finn and so ensues their 500 day relationship. The film also exhibits a lot of charming creative artwork and animation, making it oh so much harder to hate it! It's your quintessential boy meets girl scenario, and it shouldn't be missed.

2/ The Perks of Being a Wallflower - With the book being one of my all-time favourites, I was slightly dubious about the film's debut. However I was pleasantly surprised when in one of those rarer moments; a film may actually supersede a book - additionally I'd like to point out that it was probably an advantage that the film was directed by the novels author, Stephen Chbosky. The film's style is very raw and amateurish to correspond with our protagonist Charlie - the new kid in school. The film features various young adult themes such as angst, abuse, mental illness, drugs, love, and the crux of the story: friendship.

3/ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - One of Jim Carrey's more sombre roles. If I was to sum up this film in a word, it would definitely be described as deep. When sensitive Joel's world collides with colourful Clementine's, they pursue an intoxicating relationship filled with love, turbulence and self-discovery. However, as the relationship runs its course and profuse with pain, Joel attempts to erase all memory of Clementine in desperate hope of progressing with his life. It's emotional and it's beautiful.

4/ Silver Linings Playbook - You ever watched a film that you could happily watch for the rest of your life and never tire of? Yeah, well this is mine. After a failed marriage leading to months of intensive treatment for his bipolar disorder, Pat steps back out into the real world and soon gets wrapped up in the deliciously destructive personality of Tiffany. The two lost souls find solace in each other but will their incapabilities make them capable of love?

5/ Beginners - Out of the five films, this is the one you've probably never heard of. Oliver is an artist, who leads a simple life with no complications. He discovers that his father is withering away with stage 4 cancer and with this newfound appreciation for life, his father also declares his love for another man. Having the responsibility of caring for and encouraging his father's new lifestyle choices, Oliver is stuck in a rut. That is until fate pairs him with Anna. Beginners is a very moving, charming and at times, hilariously witty film (there are scenes where Oliver takes his father's dog into care after he can't look after him anymore. The dog and Oliver have actual conversations with subtitles) need I say more?

Have you seen any of the films mentioned?

  1. Oooh such a good post, especially because I need ideas for movies to watch lately haha :)
    Can I just begin by saying you have NO idea how much it THRILLS me that you included Eternal Sunshine? It is my favourite film of all time, ever! I love the characters, the creative storyline, the soundtrack, the strange style it is filmed in. LOVE IT ALL. Haha.

    Perks is another love of mine, and I too was worried because I had loved the book so much. I fell in love instantly though, I really encourage everyone to go see that.
    I haven't actually seen Silver Linings, but after reading this I think I'll give it a try!

    ^__^ Jemma xx

  2. Such amazing films, I love all of them but my absolute favourite out of these would have to be Perks of Being a Wallflower and Silver Linings Playbook (good books also). Such a lovely post :) made me want to watch one of these films now x

    Beauty with charm

  3. Ooh this is fab! I love all of these except Beginners which I've never seen (its going on my list though!).

    Eternal Sunshine would probably be my fave one! xx

    Little Miss Katy | Fun, Food & Fashion

  4. I love 500 Days of summer so much. Now I want to snuggle up with pizza and watch it! I still don't really know how I feel about The Perks Of Being A Wallflower though.
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  5. I have only ever seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind and I loved it! It was a tad confusing for a while but I still loved it. I'm definitely going to have to give some of these a go! Xx

  6. this is such a great list!! i've seen (and loved!) all these films except beginners. i've never heard of the film before but i'll be sure and check it out!! xoxo

  7. I love Jim Carrey so much! He's amazing.
    I was super disappointed in the ending to 500 days of summer though!
    Love Victoriajanex

  8. Ahh I just love the way you wrote this! So perfect. I've only seen two of the films in this list, clearly need to up the indie. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was brilliant, though I still need to put aside time to read the book which I've heard is good too. And who doesn't love 500 Days of Summer, watched it so many times now!

    Issy xx

  9. I'm terrible at watching films- I've only ever seen one of these! It was 500 Days of Summer and I loved it so much. I'll try to get round to watching the rest of these (can't promise though!) seeing as the come recommended by you now :)
    Jennifer x

  10. I've only seen 500 days of summer and perks of being a wallflower and I loved them both! so I should go try out the others since we probably have similar tastes then :)

  11. I absolutely LOVE Silver Linings Playbook. There's something about it connects with me, and it actually superseded Love Actually to be my favourite film of all time. I haven't seen the other films, but they're all on my list so hopefully I'll get to them soon!

    Sarah xo
    Diary of a Beauty Padawan

  12. I love this, 500 days and eternal sunshine are two of my all time favourite films. You were right that I'd never even heard of Beginners but I'm definitely going to add it to my to watch list now!

  13. I loved 500 days of summer and perks of being a wallflower! Haven't seen the others though so will have to see them soon! Abi :)

  14. *Queue monumental embarrassment* I haven't seen any of these films yet they all sound right up my street - how on earth did this happen? I'm going to have to correct this at some point, thanks for pointing them out :)


  15. I haven't seen all of these films but Indie films are one of my favourite genres so I've made a note to give them a watch! The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is such a beautiful film, and I think it was just as good as the book, which is quite rare!



  16. I've seen (and loved) all of these bar Beginners, but it's on my "to watch" list right now! I much prefer "indie" films to more mainstream movies, I think the stories are beautiful!


  17. Perks is such a perfect film, all those themes and in no way did I feel overloaded by them. I don't know if these are Indie films but if you haven't seen them you should check out Harold and Maude, Kill your darlings and nick and norah's infinite playlist :) xx
    Beyond Bally

  18. Eternal Sunshine FTW!!! Until blogging I never met anyone else who knew what that movie was haha! xo

  19. I haven't seen Beginners yet - I have read Perks but yet to see the film and the rest are just great :D Good list!

  20. I haven't seen Eternal Days of Summer or Beginners, I love the others so I'll give these two a watch sometime!xo

  21. I love all of these movies!!! Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!

  22. I watched all of these movies and loved all of them. I probably couldn't point a favorite from these movies in any way but I am so amazed by Ewan McGregor's work that whatever movie he is in it will make my top list for sure.

    Chamomile Dealer

  23. I was gonna say, the only one I've never seen is Beginners! Definitely going to add that to my list.

    Vickie | dearvictoria.co.uk

  24. What I love the most about the Beginners was of course, the lovely Melanie Laurent <3
    There are a few indie films I really love: Daydream Nation, Hateship Loveship, I Love You Philip Morris, Wristcutters, Fish Tank, Smashed, Virginia, Wendy and Lucy... xx