These five new Indie movies will be sure to improve your 2018.
As I was thawing out in my bed this morning, I began to think about the dreary Winter months ahead. I need something to get me motivated out of this Siberian Tundra the east coast of America is currently under. Doesn’t help that I live right by the Jersey shore. I look at the beach like my eight year old self looked at the Space Shuttle Lego set. Hand on the Toys ‘R’ Us window pane, sad emoji face and all.
And what’s a sure fire way to get me out of that funk? Indie movies! Yes, I realise the irony of me just typing that could be the plot of many Indie movies all by itself.
Spring is generally a great time to catch Indie films, as that’s when all of the icicles finally melt off of your feet.
Indie movies need to have some key ingredients before I wade into its waters; let’s break them down. The movie studio needs to either have past successes or be completely unknown. Seems like a direct contradiction and if you disagree you have a PFP on your hands (Personal Friggin’ Problem).
The other thing I look for is the talent. This also can go either way. A proven track record is awesome but if a newbie is making their debut, all the better.
Finally, the plot has to be familiar but have its own voice. Come to think of it, Indie movies seem to be the greatest oxymoron of all time! Here are just five of the new Indie movies I’m looking forward to in 2018.
1 – Thoroughbreds (March 9th, 2018)
This dark comedy follows an emotionless Amanda (Olivia Cooke, Bates Motel) and her friend Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy, Split), as they conspire to kill Lily’s dad (Paul Sparks, House of Cards). It also stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) in one of his final roles before his life ended tragically in a car accident.
Both Cooke and Taylor-Joy have proven their chops on screen before and they seem to have fantastic chemistry in the trailer. It reminds me of Fargo, both the movie and the show, where humour plays a huge role in lightening up some horrifying outcomes.
Thoroughbreds seems to have all the right ingredients that make great Indie movies. Great cast, a plot that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and a proven production company in Focus Features. This should be a good one to get the Spring season off to a good start.
If you can’t make it to March to see something with this style and tone, you can check out I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore starring Elijah Wood on Netflix.
2 – Love, Simon ( March 16th, 2018)
Love, Simon centres around a teenager played by Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), who is struggling with the decision to come out of the closet while also having a crush on one of his classmates. The narration alone sells the trailer and also gives a very heavy subject a light spin to better identify with his situation.
Who also caught my eye in the trailer was Keinyan Lonsdale, who plays Wally West on the CW series The Flash. It seems like he’s Simon’s straight crush and can make for a few awkwardly funny scenes. I get a Perks of Being a Wallflower vibe from this one. It could very well be one of the best Indie movies of 2018.
I also kind of cheated with my own list of contradictory rules of Indie movies on this one. But let’s be honest, I think we can consider 20th Century Fox an Indie movie company after its recent sale to Disney last year.
Sidenote: The montage at the end where the straight kids have to come out to their parents is a joke I’ve heard in various stand up acts for years but seeing it acted out had me literally LOL’ing.
3 – Gringo (March 9th, 2018)
This one is a little bit near and dear to my heart (lungs). I’m a big supporter of medical marijuana and its general legalisation. Naturally, this one toked my interest.
Gringo takes an adventure with Harold, played by David Oyelowo (Selma), who breaks out his comedic side for the first time here. And it looks like he totally nails it. Harold is propositioned by his bosses (Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton) to take an experimental weed pill into Mexico for lab work.
His bankruptcy leaves him with no choice but to fulfill their wishes, and chaos naturally ensues. It seems like he encounters some surly Mexican drug lords who probably think this pill could either be creeping on their territory or a valuable addition to their business. In any case he’ll need the help of another shady character in Sharlto Copley (District 9, Chappie), a deceivingly stealthy master of Indie movies.
Oyelowo seems like he’s got the fish out of water physical comedy down, something I wouldn’t have expected with his dramatic acting prowess. Amazon seems to have another hit on their hands following last year’s success, The Big Sick.
Even if this doesn’t perform well with audiences, we can look forward to it being a cult movie in the near future that’s guaranteed to be played at the anniversary of legalisation parties when that day comes. I’ll be looking forward to it.
4 – Please Stand By (January 23rd, 2018)
As I was researching this article (Google turned me into an expert forensic scientist for pop culture, folks) I came across this gem which I couldn’t resist adding. The premise is just too good to pass up. Dakota Fanning plays a girl who is obsessed with Star Trek and even writes screenplays in her free time. When an opportunity to submit one of these screenplays for a contest arises, she’ll do anything to get a chance to win.
Getting there will prove to be a journey, being that she seems to have some kind of social anxiety disorder. I feel like this is another silent requirement for Indie movies these days.
It’s another dark comedy, which I think is the best way to ingest Indie movies, and it immediately left me wanting more. Dakota Fanning looks like she’s studied with the finest of trekkie nerds (I mean that with sincere kindness, those guys are impressive) and it shows.
Also starring here is the phenomenal Toni Collette (United States of Tara) as her mother, with Tony Revolori (Grand Budapest Hotel) hopefully playing a love interest, fingers crossed! Add to the mix Alice Eve who was also in Star Trek: Into the Darkness and Patton Oswalt, self-confessed geek, and you have yourself a recipe for success.
5 – Super Troopers 2 (April 20th *Niiiiice* 2018)
The Broken Lizard Boys are back baby! This has been 16 years in the making and by far the truest of Indie movies on this list. Funded by rabid fans of the First Super Troopers movie ($4.4M ain’t nothing to scoff at), Jay Chandrasekhar and friends are donning the State trooper outfits once again.
Rabbit is still treated like a rookie with Thorny, Mac and Foster making his Johnson into a twisted ice cream sundae, and it looks like Farva still visits Shenanigans on a daily basis.
Hopefully this doesn’t go the route of, “Damn, they should’ve never made the sequel! The original was fine all by itself!” and becomes the Terminator 2 of comedy. Get yourself ready with a litre of cola, a cheeseburger, and some schnozberries, because moustache rides will be a plenty come April 20.
For more of what’s coming in 2018 to theaters check out this list of The Top 15: Most Exciting Upcoming 2018 Movies (of the First Half of the year)