Is there a mega thread or single threads for any of these non major release movies? I'm talking about non-theater shit but not straight-to-dvd. Like Netflix, Amazon or even Vudu produced. Often times I come across these movies and look up reviews but don't find a whole lot. I just came across "Winter Ridge" and I couldn't find much besides a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (which I don't rely on). It sounds decent but I've watched too much crap on a whim lately.
I randomly stumbled on Brawl in Cell Block 99 not too long ago and really enjoyed it. There were only a few comments on here though. Is anyone out there watching all these streaming produced films? I feel like I can trust Netflix to some degree but Vudu... not sure I'm willing to waste my time.
these are the best movies i've seen in the last few weeks. i need to emphasize they were maaaaasssive hits in their country of origin, but here they qualify for your post. they aren't produced by any streaming company, however. pk was finally added to netflix recently, but 3 idiots i don't believe is streaming anywhere.
i watched 3 idiots first, and it surprised the hell out of me. it reminded me how much i love watching asian movies because they help me feel less alone in my thoughts, i just apparently live on the wrong continent. i can't remember why i rented this, and i didn't have high hopes because the few bollywood movies i can remember seeing didn't impress me much. this movie had everything. it is overall a comedy but is so much more. maybe if i spoke hindi and grew up in india i would have a very different reaction and be less impressed, but i'm not so sure. there's a reason it was such a hit there. i was very moved by it, and it is very funny even from an outside perspective because it touches so much on universal themes and ideas while still being very much about india and indian culture.
a few years after that movie was made, writer-director rajkumar hirani and megastar aamir khan (seriously, after watching 3 idiots, i was surprised how deep and varied his filmography is) reteamed for pk, which in hindi is a homophone for "tipsy" as in drunk. this one has a slightly shorter run time, more songs, a bit less innocence, and is about as ambitious. it is a satirical takedown of authority figures in government and religion but manages to be lighter than 3 idiots because the main character is a humanoid alien, whereas the setting for 3 idiots is a school.
for a director i had otherwise never heard of and who hasn't done many films, rajkumar hirani has a terrific sense of style and is able to justify comedies that run well past 2 hours, nearly 3 for 3 idiots. that's because they have so much more depth than the comedies we are used to seeing in the u.s., regardless of their budget or mode of distribution. these lengthy films are gripping and absorbing, a total joy and a journey to watch, with the nuance you get out of really good dramedy tv series, and i can't recommend them more highly.
i've been thinking ever since that rajkumar hirani would have been an excellent choice for the director of aladdin. Longo's right, not everyone can just do a musical; hirani can. (disney would take care of americanizing his vision enough for a western audience and the run time.)
5. "Another example... Armed" In response to Reply # 0
just came across Armed. Apparently released a few days ago and plot sounds good but can I really trust something that popped up outta nowhere? Straight to iTunes? Vudu? I don't even know. There's probably been a dozen of these random movies in the last month that I've contemplated watching but never do.