It sure has been an eventful summer, superheroes, sequels, and epic set pieces have once again dominated the cinematic landscape, but not here, here at From The Projection Room we have given you alternatives to the blockbuster season and now it’s time to look at August. Traditionally August is slower on the blockbuster front but it doesn’t mean there are mainstream films that over shadow some incredible indie fare. Because of that I’m going to give you three more indie alternatives to the studio produced films of the main stream, let’s get started.
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It’s that time again, time to look at the blockbuster’s of summer and allow me to give you an indie alternative to watch during these warm weather months. Last month we looked at sequels that abandoned anything fresh or new. This month I’m going to delve less into a theme and more into genres we’re going to look at a super hero actioner, a video game adventure, and comedy road movie. I said it last month and I’m going to say it again, there is nothing wrong with the films I recommending alternatives to, but I want to give the underdogs, the indie wizkids, and the classics a little love during the season of special effects and spectacle.
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How could it work? A movie about an exclusive and incredibly expensive golf club, its eccentric members, it’s rag-tag group of employees, a gopher that’s tearing up the course, and an assistant greens keeper who’s not quite all there.
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Deadly falls, crucifixions, acid melted faces, flesh eating spiders, a killer seeing-eye dog, zombies, a gateway to hell… what did I just watch. Those are just a few of my thoughts after watching Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond (1981), and I’m not sure how that makes me feel. I went in to The Beyond having seen several Fulci horror films but even that couldn’t have prepared me for what I was about to endure. The story is surprisingly simple, Liza, played by Catriona MacColl, has inherited a hotel in Louisiana that just so happens to be built on one of the seven gates to hell, this is of course bad for real estate values but good for horror.
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We’ve all seen it, a family with children walking out of a theater, the children pretending to be their favorite character or quoting scenes they enjoyed. I fondly remember times as a child when my friends and I would re-enact Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Star Wars, it was a fun way to share your love of a movie with your friends or siblings. Now imagine that same situation except those movies are all you know about the outside world, imagine not seeing films in the theater but exclusively at home, in fact you don’t leave home much if ever, instead you and your siblings are raised in the confines of an apartment with a growing love for film because it’s all you have. With this relationship with film you begin to create your own props and special effects at home, you begin re-enacting the movies you like the most and making them your own. This might sound like some off kilter sequel to Be Kind Rewind except this isn’t a work of fiction, it is, in fact, the story of The Wolfpack, a documentary directed by Crystal Moselle that premiered in January of this year.
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We all know they’re coming, we hear the announcements months, or sometimes years, before their actual release dates, we hear every casting rumor and plot leak, we’re perfectly content sitting in an air conditioned theater and enjoying the spectacle before us, it’s the summer which means blockbuster season is here. The summer blockbuster is a force to be reckoned with at the box office, of course for every digital effect heavy retread, reboot, or sequel there is an alternative, more independent, option. With smaller budgets, more practical effects, and original thought provoking concepts, the world of indie cinema has given us alternatives to the same old blockbuster. Every month I’m going to give you three or four blockbuster motion pictures and then give you an indie alternative that I think you’ll enjoy just as much, if not more. These indie options could be showing in theaters, could be available for home viewing, or maybe even coming to the Alamo Drafthouse for Film Club 3.0. Regardless of where you can find them I’m just hoping you do, so let’s get started.
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