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Movies with Julio: 5 New Indie Movies Worth a Watch

Movies with Julio: 5 New Indie Movies Worth a Watch
Julio Aguirre

I wake up early on a Sunday morning, throw the pork shoulder in the smoker, mow the lawn, and get all the other chores done so that during the afternoon I can sit around and watch an endless amount of football without interruption.

But, since I don’t have cable and my local channels are either showing competitive fishing or the Browns vs. the Bills. Two NFL teams that many people in the midwest don’t care for (Trust me, I made a poll. It’s not rigged.); I am really stuck without many options. So what’s my next step?

Complain about the situation on Twitter? See if your friends can help you with a cable provider password? Or just be happy with whatever game is on TV? By now, after all of the deliberating, my Nachos are cold and I didn’t do all that work earlier so that I can get dragged to the store to look at Christmas decorations. With no luck from my friends, I make a quick decision to spend the afternoon watching movies. This is where my knowledge comes in handy. Here are a few indie movies to watch when all other options are grim.

The Witch

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A colonial family gets banned from their plantation, they attempt to start over at a farm at the edge of a New England forest. The children are told not to go into the woods for any reason. But, as soon as winter nears and the food becomes sparse, unsettling things begin to happen, and they all begin to turn on one another. Accusations of deception fly left and right.  Will the family ever be the same?

Winter’s Bone

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There are a lot of people that are fans of Jennifer Lawrence. She has acted in plenty of movies that has made a lot of money and even won an Oscar for her performance in Silver Lining Playbook. But, for me, Winter’s Bone is the only movie that I consider Jennifer to be good in. She shows a different range in emotions throughout; from sad, angry, and joy. Lawrence plays a young teenage girl who is looking for her father that put the family’s home up for his bail and then disappeared.

Dope

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I moved to Iowa from California when I was 16, it was a huge culture shock. I knew then that Los Angeles was and still is a place full of different cultures, people, and ways of life. Growing up, we didn’t really go to any neighborhoods where we weren’t comfortable being in. We almost always stayed in a mostly Hispanic community, we only went to the beach a handful of times, I think it was mostly because I can’t swim.

Dope reminds me of myself when I was young. Trying everything to fit in, trying to understand high school life, becoming a “young adult,” and ultimately just hoping that people accepted me for who I am. Now, after being in the Midwest for almost 10 years, I have the dankest memes and write a movie blog segment. Life couldn’t be any better.

The Hurt Locker

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There hasn’t been a war movie that has released recently that has made me be at the edge of my seat like The Hurt Locker. Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie star in The Hurt Locker, a movie about an Army bomb squad during the Iraq War. There are scene in this movie where the soldiers need to disarm a bomb in a relatively busy neighborhood and they will make you sweat uncontrollably. Or maybe that is just me.

Fruitvale Station

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This is the true story of Oscar Grant played by Michael B. Jordan (no relation to the basketball player), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and senses something different. During this day he encounters friends, coworkers, strangers, and life drama. Oscar, decides to spend the night with friends and enjoys the New Year’s Eve parties with loved one and friends. Until an encounter with BART police officers change his life and the Bay Area forever.

These are a range of movies that are a bit different. Movies that you have to search for and often times aren’t included in the matinee showings at your local AMC.  Some would call them Independent movies, but remember, just because a sad Bill Murray is in your movie doesn’t make it edgy or independent. These movies are out of the norm, they don’t involve Wes Anderson, I’m not saying that Moonlight Kingdom wasn’t good, it was great! All I am saying is, when was the last time Bill Murray was in a memorable movie? He has acted more while singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at a Cubs game or “crashing” someone’s engagement photos than in any movie he has been in during this decade. A friend of mine agrees, Bill Murray is a hog for the spotlight.

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