I absolutely love a good independent movie. They usually blossom with creativity that wide releases won’t dare touch. But sometimes they can be a little hard to find since only certain theaters show them and sometimes they can be hard to find on DVD. Here are some easy ways to find great independent flicks.
Independent Movie Theaters
This is probably one of the most obvious tips I can give and won’t apply to everybody, but if you live in a city especially, pay attention. There are some great theaters out there that screen almost exclusively independent films (usually the tickets don’t cost as much and the crowds are less obnoxious than typical moviegoers). Check out the theaters in your area and see what they’re screening because usually there’s something interesting that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
Premium Cable Channels
This tip also applies to a more specific crowd, but for those who have digital cable with OnDemand, check out some of the premium channels you have. They usually have some great movies you’ve never heard of before, but you have to pick and choose a bit because they have lots of crap too.
Netflix Instant Watch
This is by far the best tip I can offer here, since I’ve become a huge fan of Netflix Instant Watch since signing up. There are flaws with it (for example, sometimes foreign movies are dubbed, which sucks, and there are literally no settings that you can play with other than the defaults), but I’ve used it to see a lot of great films that I ended up recommending to friends. Also, there are usually user reviews for almost every movie on there, so for every selection you can see if it’s been generally well received or not (something you can’t do with the previous options). Once again, there are some flaws but I think the pros generally outweigh the cons.
Follow New Releases
If you’re truly interested in continuously learning about independent films releasing near you, I can’t recommend this enough. Check out aggregate review websites and look at the weekly released and their reviews. Sites like www.metacritic.com and www.rottentomatoes.com are probably the best for this, though Rotten Tomatoes is generally always my preference. They always show new releases on the side and show what the ratings have been so far, then offer a consensus based on the most common opinion of the movie.
If you are interesting in checking out independent films, these tips are great for helping you get started. Usually I check out a lot more sources too, but these are some of the most common ones and I’ve seen some of the best independent flicks though these. Enjoy!