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10 Amazing Indie Films You May Have Missed in 2016

02 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists | by Red Stewart

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With October over, there are only have two months left until 2016 itself ends, and with it its plethora of cinematic releases. While big blockbusters like “Captain America: Civil War”, “Zootopia”, and “The Jungle Book” dominated the cultural sphere, 2016 also proved to be a lucrative year for the indie film market, with such movies as “The Birth of a Nation”, “The Lobster”, and “Loving” getting considerable Oscar buzz.

However, indie filmography went beyond this, stretching across the entire globe to give us a variety of genre films that ranged from comedy to tragedy. Unfortunately, most of these went under the radar of the mainstream public, but we at “Taste of Cinema” have found them and compiled them into a list. Consider adding these awesome flicks to your backlog!

 

10. Cemetery of Splendour

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The years following World War II gave rise to a prominent film industry in Thailand. While lacking a catchy “Hollywood-esque” nickname like “Bollywood” or “Nollywood”, Thai cinema has been a source of some of the most compelling dramas, with “Cemetery of Splendour” being the latest example.

Directed by acclaimed director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, “Cemetery of Splendour” is a magical realist story revolving around a hospital in the Isan region. Intersecting the lives of patients, doctors, and visitants, Weerasethakul relies on dimly lit imagery to leave a lasting impression on audiences.

 

9. Creative Control

Creative Control

Science fiction has always been the greatest way of making indirect remarks about current problems in society. Auteurs can entertain general audiences with snappy visuals whilst providing intellectual fodder for critics around.

“Creative Control”, one of the first major distribution projects from the recently-formed Amazon Studios, does not quite live up to the expectations set forth by the esteemed “sci-fi” genre, but provides enough flair in its own right to stand apart from the crowd. Balancing a cyberpunk aesthetic against a monochrome backdrop, “Creative Control” is a significant entry in the techno-thriller genre.

 

8. Men Go to Battle

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“Men Go to Battle” took two all too familiar premises, the American Civil War and a conflict between brothers, and combined them into a unique set-up that made for some compelling drama riddled with dry humor.

Showing how domestic tensions within a family lead to a harsh divide, “Men Go to Battle” did not push any boundaries with regards to the war drama, but countered this minor issue with strong performances and a fervid premise well-executed by Zachary Treitz.

 

7. Sing Street

Sing Street

Ireland remains one of the newer countries to become a prominent producer of films, with its most successful works emerging only back to the 90s with titles like: “My Left Foot”, “The Crying Game”, and “Michael Collins”.

2016, though, saw a more contemporary attempt by Irish filmmakers to produce a musical. Directed and written by John Carney, who had previously helmed the critically-acclaimed “Once” in 2007, “Sing Street” opened to widespread applause at the Sundance Festival, with most critics praising the blend of urban teen drama with rock music. An introspective look into Irish heritage and their arts.

 

6. Indignation

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Phillip Roth is an American novelist whose books, like Dennis Lehane’s, have been attracting the attention of Hollywood since the mid-2000s. While adaptations like “The Humbling”, “Elegy”, and “American Pastoral” have earned a mixed response, 2016’s “Indignation” received positive reviews.

Masterfully directed by James Schamus, “Indignation”, like most of Roth’s other novels, tells of a clash between antiquated religious beliefs and more modern societal issues, in this case human sexuality, and the resulting effects it has on the protagonists and their environment. Honest and well-crafted, “Indignation” provided a mature look into a mature topic.

 

 

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  • Chrisychipz

    The Handmaiden and American Honey??

  • sailor monsoon

    Blood father
    Kicks
    The wailing
    Train to busan

    • BaronMarx

      The Wailing was an exceptional gem. In my opinion it features the most harrowing zombie scene in recent memory and has the most visually stunning exorcism I’ve ever seen in a film.

      • sailor monsoon

        Agreed. The director is turning into one of my favorites

  • D Train

    Nice list. Loved The Girl With All the Gifts and Moonlight especially.

    • D Lame

      Well, I don’t mind if I ain’t got time
      But that don’t bother me
      I’m a hillbilly girl in a hillbilly world

      But that don’t bother me
      Well I ain’t that bright
      But I know what’s right
      From mistakes and my colour TV
      Well I don’t care if I lose my hair
      ‘Cause I’m living happily.
      Well the sun don’t shine in the wintertime
      But that don’t bother me
      And the car won’t go if you drive too slow
      But that don’t bother me
      And your heart won’t ache
      If you’re here to take
      All this love from me
      Well they don’t give a damn
      ‘Bout a worried man
      As far as I can see.
      Well, I don’t mind if I ain’t got time
      But that don’t bother me
      I’m a hillbilly girl in a hillbilly world
      But that don’t bother me
      Well I ain’t that bright
      But I know what’s right
      From mistakes and my colour TV
      Well I don’t care if I lose my hair
      ‘Cause I’m living happily.
      Well it ain’t this town makes the world go round
      But that don’t bother me
      ‘Cause the time’s too slow when I’m on the go
      But that don’t bother me
      And the dirty old road that nobody knows
      Feels like home to me
      Well I might not stay
      But this town has a way
      Of catching up to me.
      Well, I don’t mind if I ain’t got time
      But that don’t bother me
      I’m a hillbilly girl in a hillbilly world
      But that don’t bother me
      Well I ain’t that bright
      But I know what’s right
      From mistakes and my colour TV
      Well I don’t care if I lose my hair
      ‘Cause I’m living happily.
      Well, I don’t mind if I ain’t got time
      But that don’t bother me
      I’m a hillbilly girl in a hillbilly world
      But that don’t bother me
      Well I ain’t that bright
      But I know what’s right
      From mistakes and my colour TV
      Well I don’t care if I lose my hair
      ‘Cause I’m living happily.
      I don’t care if I lose my hair
      ‘Cause I’m living happily.

  • Solid list. I’ve only seen a couple of these