This documentary follows the trials and tribulations of four door-to-door Bible salesmen as they travel across the country. The men must contend with constant rejection, being away from home and family for long periods of time, and peddling expensive, decorated bibles to families with very little income. Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. Categories: Documentary, Independent Film. Year: 1969.
Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Gordon (Cary Elwes) are two strangers who wake up locked in an unfamiliar room with a dead body lying between them. They are the victims of Jigsaw, a serial killer whose elaborate traps are designed to make them appreciate their fragile lives. As the police try in vain to find the two men, Adam and Gordon must solve Jigsaw's riddles and find a way to escape his grip before he finishes them off for good. Directed by James Wan. With Danny Glover and Ken Leung. Categories: Thriller, Horror, Crime. Year: 2004.
After serving a three year prison sentence, Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) returns home to New Jersey eager to reestablish herself as a mother to her young daughter. But, Sherry discovers that coming back to the world she left behind is far more difficult than she planned. Directed by Laurie Collyer. With Brad William Henke, Sam Bottoms and Kate Burton. Categories: Drama, Independent Film. Year: 2006.
Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper) is a down-home politician running a gubernatorial campaign in Colorado. With his bad grammar and likeable simplicity, he's a popular choice with the people until he pulls in a corpse while pretending to fish in an environmental political ad. Knowing it can't be a coincidence, his campaign manager, Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss), hires a private investigator (Danny Huston) to find out who planted the corpse. As the mystery unravels, it becomes clear that dozens of people are implicated in the damaging event. Directed by John Sayles. With James Gammon, Billy Zane, Maria Bello, Tim Roth and Daryl Hannah. Categories: Politics, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Year: 2004.
Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) has spent his young life sheltered from the outside world, including TV, music and movies, by his strict, religious family. But, when Lee Carter (Will Poulter), a school troublemaker and would-be film maker, introduces him to a bootleg copy of Rambo: First Blood, Will's eyes are opened and he becomes entranced with his new friend's exciting, forbidden world. Together, the pair set out to film a low-budget sequel to Rambo, with Will acting as stuntman, and end up becoming the most popular kids in school. Directed by Garth Jennings. With Neil Dudgeon, Jessica Hynes and Jules Sitruk. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Independent Film, Foreign Film. Year: 2007.
Son of Rambow
Les Franken (Michael Rapaport), a lonely, unremarkable metermaid, leads a boring life until he decides to enroll in a study for an experimental anti-depressant. Once on the drug, Les believes that he has developed special powers and quits his job in order to devote his life to becoming a superhero. Directed by Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore. With Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck Robert Baker, Jack Kehler, Alexandra Holden and Michael Shamus Wiles. Categories: Drama, Comedy, Independent Film. Year: 2006.
In 1986 Park Slope, Brooklyn, Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels), a once promising author, now spends more time teaching than writing. When his wife, Joan (Laura Linney), begins to pursue her own literary talent, years of tension come to a head and break up the family. With their sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Kline) left confused, hurt and searching for answers, Joan continues an affair with Frank's tennis coach (William Baldwin), while Bernard makes advances on one of his college students (Anna Paquin), whom Walt has fallen for. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Independent Film. Year: 2005.
The Squid and the Whale
In high school, Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) was a popular cheerleader, but now, at 30, she finds herself a single mother working as a maid. In order to get her son into a better school, Rose talks her sister Norah (Emily Blunt), who still lives at home with their father Joe (Alan Arkin), to go into business with her cleaning up crime scenes. Up to their necks in murders, suicides and other messy situations, Rose and Norah build a successful business and find a closeness they've always wanted. Directed by Christine Jeffs. With Jason Spevack, Steve Zahn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Clifton Collins Jr. and Eric Christian Olsen. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Independent Film. Year: 2008.
Documentarian Morgan Spurlock sets out on a seemingly simple mission: for thirty days, he will eat nothing but McDonald’s fast food, three times a day. His emotional and physical breakdown forms the backbone of this compelling look at why America leads the world in obesity. Talking to experts and consumers alike, Spurlock's discoveries and disasters will make you wonder if the taste and convenience is really worth it. Categories: Documentary, Expose. Year: 2004.
Super Size Me
Justin Cobb (Lou Taylor Pucci) is desperate to find a way to stop sucking his thumb and alleviate the undue stress his habit puts on his family, his love life and his identity. His father (Vincent D'Onofrio) gives him a cayenne-pepper cream and takes him fly-fishing. His mother (Tilda Swinton) is wrapped up in a fake relationship with a TV star. The only thing that stops his thumbsucking is hypnosis therapy administered by his orthodontist (Keanu Reeves), but the problem resurfaces in other forms. Directed by Mike Mills. With Benjamin Bratt and Vince Vaughn. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 2005.
Harvey Milk was San Francisco's first openly gay Supervisor and one victim of a deadly attack by fellow Supervisor Dan White that killed Milk and Mayor George Moscone. The subsequent trial resulted in one of the most controversial criminal verdicts in American history. Directed by Rob Epstein. Narrated by Harvey Fierstein. Categories: Documentary, Biography. Year: 1984.
The Times of Harvey Milk
Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is trapped in the perpetual routine of heroin addiction in the underbelly of Edinburgh, Scotland. Amongst his friends, a group of losers, liars, psychos and thieves, Mark alone has the insight and opportunity to escape his fate. The only question remains is whether or not he wants to. Continually weighing the pros and cons of going and then staying straight, Mark comes to the conclusion that an ordinary life is not for him and heads straight into a scheme with his pals that will lead them to the biggest score of their lives. Directed by Danny Boyle. With Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Robert Carlyle. Categories: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Independent Film. Year: 1996.
When Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins), a widowed economics professor, travels to New York for a conference, he is surprised to discover that a young couple has been living in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman), a Syrian man, and Zainab (Danai Jekesai Gurira), his Senegalese girlfriend, are illegal immigrants with nowhere else to go. Reluctantly, Walter allows them to stay, and eventually forms a close bond with Tarek, as the young man teaches him how to play the hand drum. After Tarek is arrested in the subway and held for deportation, Walter is compelled by his renewed passion for life and sense of purpose to help his new friend through his desperate situation. Directed by Thomas McCarthy. With Hiam Abbass. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Independent Film. Year: 2007.
Dean (Justin Long) didn't consider working at Shenaniganz a waste of time until he learned about a former classmate's success. But, Dean's friend Monty (Ryan Reynolds) couldn't care less. During the course of one shift, Monty trains a shy new employee (John Francis Daley), and introduces him to the rest of the Shenangan's crew: the tough-talking ex-girlfriend, Serena (Anna Faris), the over-zealous manager, Dan (David Koechner), and disgusting head cook Raddimus (Luis Guzmán). Directed by Rob McKittrick. With Chi McBride, Dane Cook, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Andy Milonakis. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2005.
With summer coming to an end, Camp Firewood director Beth (Janeane Garofalo) tries to keep the peace and fight off feelings for Henry Newman (David Hyde Pierce), a local astrophysics professor working to save the camp from falling space debris. Meanwhile, naive counselor Coop (Michael Showalter) does his best to win the heart of Katie (Marguerite Moreau), even though she has a thing for Andy (Paul Rudd), the sleazy lifeguard. And, as drama counselor Susie (Amy Poehler) struggles to put together a talent show that meets her high expectations, Victor (Ken Marino) abandons his campers on a field trip for a chance to lose his virginity. Directed by David Wain. With Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Christopher Meloni and Elizabeth Banks. Categories: Comedy, Independent Film. Year: 2001.
Wet Hot American Summer
On October 30th, 1974, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman faced off in the "Rumble in the Jungle." Shot in Zaire, this documentary highlights one of the most famous heavyweight bouts in boxing history and follows the weeks leading up to the event, giving an inside look at the fighters' last minute training and the soul music festival put on by Don King. Directed by Leon Gast. With Spike Lee, Norman Mailer and George Plimpton. Categories: Documentary, History, Sports. Year: 1996.
When We Were Kings
Following the death of a fellow prisoner, a group of juvenile delinquents is sent to an isolated British island. What starts as a punishment turns into a fight for survival when the young men find that they are not alone. Directed by Michael J. Bassett. Categories: Horror, Thriller, Independent Film. Year: 2006.
Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is a former champion professional wrester whose glory days have passed him by. When the opportunity for a rematch with his former arch rival comes along, Randy begins to hope that the bout will be his ticket back into the big time. But, after suffering a heart attack, Randy is forced to reexamine his life and makes an effort to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and admit his true feelings to an emotionally unavailable stripper (Marisa Tomei). Directed by Darren Aronofsky. With Mark Margolis and Judah Friedlander. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Sports. Year: 2008.