It's that time of the year again! 'End of year' lists and 'best ofs' are saturating the internet. Sure, some are a little subjective and sometimes we don't agree. Yet, it's fun to compare and contrast what other fellow indie film lovers are liking and hating after a bit of a rough year. One list that you should definitely check out is the one created by the curatorial team over at Vimeo. While it may not float your boat 100%, Vimeo definitely has their pulse on what makes up the best of the best. Do yourself a favor and expand your tastes in 2017 by seeing some of the best 2016 had to offer over on Vimeo's blog!
A must watch Sundance flick by director Damien Chazelle tells the story of Andrew Neyman, an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Whiplash isn't the straight-up, feel-good, inspirational jazz film that the adverts might have you believe - it's a jolting thriller and bruising character drama, built around a core of pure white heat. It's not just the performances that make Whiplash - it excels technically too, rat-a-tat-tatting along on a snappy current of snare fills and cymbal crashes. Writer/director Damien Chazelle builds jazz music and drumming into the language of the film, and even in its most heart-palpitatingly intense moments your toes remain tapping to the vibrant musical compositions that the film centres around. At once precise and controlled, but also bursting with energy, the riveting climax will have you struggling to remain in your seat and leave you both a nervous wreck and an awestruck punter. Read More
Penned (and re-penned) by Clara Mamet, this off-beat coming-of-age flick encompasses all the tragedies of teen-hood: suspension from school, family woes, the loss of a friend, a broken heart and lack of inspiration. The film raised funds on Indiegogo to help create this dysfunctional ecclectic-family comedy (in the same vein of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums). This will make for perfect holiday viewing: Rent it on Vimeo On Demand.
Indie Street is not completely supportive of the shockumentary approach where documentarians scare the viewers into changing their ways. Not because we don't agree with many of the messages of these films, but more so because the only ones watching the docs are typically those who more or less agree with the message. This newly released documentary "Plastic Paradise" brought to you by Virgil Films, is a well done piece, but even more importantly it has such a simple cause and action that can be taken by any person in society to help ignite change. Purchase the film on Vimeo on Demand.