Great Movies Produced in Hollywood

Blair StoverThere is no doubt that Hollywood studios produce great movies, but the consistency of these films leaves something to be desired.  Lately, Hollywood seems to have fallen into the trap of focusing too much on the gross receipts a movie can generate and too little on artistic value.  This is clearly evident in the rash of “genre” movies that plague the theaters each summer.  It is not unusual to see five or six superhero movies in a span of two years as well as numerous 30-something comedies, light romances and other movies that can instantly be typecast into a specific box.

Fortunately for those who want a better choice of movies, there are plenty of quality films being made outside of Hollywood.  These films are known as “indies” and include some of the most forward-thinking plots and character developments of today’s filmed art.

This summer, you may want to check out a couple of these great films rather than the fare at your local movie theater, particularly if you find one that speaks to an interest of yours.  If you are a little afraid of the indie film, just remember that you are broadening your horizons!

Here are five incredibly diverse films that promise to be some of the best of the summer offerings:

  • Ida.  This story of a young woman about to become a nun who discovers she is actually a Holocaust survivor is directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the same director who uncovered the talent of Emily Blunt in My Summer of Love.  This film has received glowing reviews since it was released in 2013.
  • The Double.  In a hilarious version of Poe’s “William Wilson,” Jesse Eisenberg declares war on his Doppelganger who moves in next door and takes a job in his office.  Of course, they both love the same girl, Mia Wasikowska.
  • The Immigrant.  Filmmaker James Gray collaborates again with Joaquin Phoenix, this time with Marion Cotillard, to bring a 1920’s drama about a woman just “off the boat.”  The film resonates not only with great acting but also with wonderful cinematography by Darius Khondji.
  • Palo Alto.  Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, directs this story based on the work of James Franco.  Franco stars as a teacher having an affair with a student in a somewhat-comic rendition reminiscent of Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
  • Korengal.  This documentary is a parallel look at the war in Afghanistan, giving alternative viewpoints to a situation that may cause some deep introspection.

Try something new this year and take in an indie film.  You may be pleasantly surprised at how exciting an artistically-conceived film can be!

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