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Top 5 Films You Haven’t Heard About

Submitted by on April 21, 2013 – 4:46 pmNo Comment

Commercial Hollywood (that is, the Hollywood that gets all the press) is pretty boring. The concept is to fill seats, of course, not to push the envelope artistically or to be remotely original. The result? Everything, even the posters are just alike, as one Tweeter pointed out late last year.

However, there may be hope for adventurous moviegoers yet (as long as you’re willing to travel to the select theaters which will actually play indie flicks) as there are quite a few original concepts out there just waiting to be discovered. Check the list below, grab a few friends or that special someone, and enjoy the popcorn!

5. Upside Down

The premise in this one is pretty original, even though the theme – love depsite unspeakable odds – is not. In this film’s universe, there are twin planets with opposite gravitational pulls. The people on these two opposite planets are entrenched in a harsh and rigid caste system which keeps those who are Up (the wealthy) from those who are Down (the working class and poor). Moving between the planets or contacting people in the opposite planet is strictly forbidden, but this doesn’t stop protagonist Adam (Jim Sturgess), a poor orphan, from falling in love with his wealthy childhood sweetheart of sorts (played by Kirsten Dunst). Reviewers say the acting, and the confusing and highly-cliched storyline do this one in. Because cinematic beauty is in the eye of the beholder, check the trailer and decide for yourself if this love story is worth a try (if you can still find it in theatres!).

4. Not Today

This courageous film follows Caden Welles, a rich 20 year-old who epitomizes the meme of #FirstWorldProblems as he travels to India with some friends – just because he can. Once there, he parties it up until he meets a little girl and her father on the street. The two have nothing and ask Caden for a hand, which he refuses. His conscience gets the better of him, and he goes looking for them – only to find that the father sold the little girl into what he believes is a “better life.” From there, the story is one of the horrors of human trafficking and the triumph of the human spirit. BTW, if you’re thinking this is another “white savior” film, consider the fact that this one at least seems to involve the girl’s father in the rescue.

3. Gimme The Loot

If you’ve ever been in the abysmal “friend zone,” you’ll probably appreciate this one. Two graffiti writers, Sofia and Malcolm (played by Tashiana Washington and relative newcomer Ty Hickson, respectively), get their artwork buffed by a rival crew. They plan to respond by taking it up a notch – by tagging the New York Mets’ Home Run Apple. They’ve got to hustle up the money to do so first, and along the way to their ultimate goal lies a story about loyalty, trust, friendship, and love.

2.And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

This movie is about an advertising CEO (played by Bruce Greenwood) who goes missing and is found in front of a wall of TVs. When he comes to, he can only speak in advertising slogans. Kind of a gimmicky movie, right? Along the lines of Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words if you ask me. However, there’s potential in this film to show us how advertising affects the way we see the world and the way we communicate with each other. A couple of secrets hidden in the storyline give me hope that this movie will accomplish that goal. And Now A Word from Our Sponsor is due in select theaters May 10.

1. The Sapphires

Here’s the top of my list because I think this movie has the most potential and happens to be based on a true story. The Sapphires follows four Aboriginal women with talent and aspirations as they attempt to make it in the music biz. The women face all types of discrimination, but a drunken agent gets the quartet a gig entertaining US troops during the Vietnam War. Singing, relationships, violence and war all in the same movie – there’s surely something in it for everyone. The Sapphires was released March 22.

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