As Everyone’s Going to Die releases in cinemas on 26th June, we look at some of the Top independent films that have done well at the Box Office.
Independent films are coming out in abundance due to so many people now owning video cameras and recording equipment. Independent movies are produced mostly or completely outside of the major film studio system and are usually much lower budget than a lot of the major movies you’ll see in the cinema now.
Here are some of the best independent films, and you’ll probably be surprised that some of them are even independent!
American Beauty was a highlight in the 90’s as director Sam Mendes captures the struggles of Lester Burnham, a sexually frustrated father who is caught in a serious midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with his daughter’s best friend. When everything begins to fall apart all of the characters start to find beauty in little things.
The Breakfast Club
This 80’s classic has been seen by millions of people. It follows five high school students who couldn’t be more different. They spend a Saturday detention together and during this time they move away from their differences and connect on a deeper level. The actors give a cliche version of their characters and show that everyone can learn something from teenagers.
The Blair Witch Project
This horror movie is one of your more traditional independent movies as it’s filmed by the cast themselves. The terrifying movie seems amateur which makes it feel like a real story. Three young movie makers set into the words to document the myth of the Blair Witch, but little do they know that the legend is still alive and waiting for its next victims. Warning: don’t watch this on your own!
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Based on the novel by the same name, the movie follows emotionally unstable teenager Charlie through his first year at high school. He becomes friends with a pretty girl called Sam and her gay half-brother Patrick, and the pair teach Charlie how to enjoy life and forget your troubles.
Thirteen shows the life of a normal but unhappy teenage girl called Tracy whose life changes when she meets the adventurous Evie. For the first time in her life Tracey is now popular, cool and has fun but her new lifestyle comes at a cost which might be too much.
Donnie Darko is one of our favourite movies and combines growing up, romance and mystery. Troubled teenager Donnie is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit called Frank who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes. You’ll want to watch this again and again in order to make sense of all the events and plot twists.
500 Days of Summer
Romantic comedies don’t come much better than this as Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel portray a couple called Summer and Tom. The pair fall in love and spend a romantic few months together until things begin to fall apart. The movie shows about relationships and their decaying.