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by Peter Knegt
October 1, 2013 8:15 AM
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The 8 Indie Films You Must See This October (Which Is Shaping Up To Be One of the Best Months For Film In a Very Long Time)

5. Kill Your Darlings (October 16)
Director: John Krokidas
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Criticwire Grade: B

Why is it a "Must See"?  Daniel Radcliffe continues his very best to make us forget all about Harry Potter with a bold turn as beat poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’s directorial debut “Kill Your Darlings.” The film – which also stars Ben Foster as William Burroughs and Dane DeHann (in a breakout performance) as Lucien Carr – premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it was made clear to audiences that the film didn’t hold back in regard to exploring the queer identities of many of its characters, particularly Radcliffe’s Ginsberg, who gets some serious man-on-man action.

Check out the trailer below:

6. Escape From Tomorrow (October 11)
Director: Randy Moore
Cast:  Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez
Distributor: Producers Distribution Agency
Criticwire Grade: B

Why is it a "Must See"? "Escape From Tomorrow," the provocative indie shot guerrilla-style at Disney World, landed U.S. distribution via Producers Distribution Agency (PDA), despite many assuming because of its controversial method of shooting it would never hit theaters. But this October the loosely constructed, starkly black-and-white directorial debut of Randy Moore -- which follows a family on their twisted final day of vacation in Disney World -- will do just that. And we promise: You'll want to see how.

Check out the trailer below:

7. Concussion (October 4)

Director: Stacie Passon
Cast: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Ben Shenkman, Janel Moloney
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Criticwire Grade: A-

Why is it a "Must See"?  The story of a suburban lesbian housewife (an amazing Robin Weigert), “Concussion” is likely to be dubbed “the lesbian hooker movie” (as opposed to "the French lesbian movie that won at Cannes," we suppose).  But it’s much more than that. While indeed Weigert’s character decides to secretly become a prostitute for women behind the back of her wife and kids, the film uses that context to explore a complex woman who implodes amidst the heteronormative lifestyle that crept up on her. Weigert plays Abby, a forty-something lesbian who's married with two kids and lives in the New Jersey suburbia. But after being hit in the head by her son's baseball, Abby begins to unravel and through a series of events finds herself with a new double life: Lesbian housewife by night, high-end lesbian prostitute by day. It's a sexy, uncompromising and unique take on the cinematic mid-life crisis that works in large part because of Weigert's performance. It also very much continues the trend of hot lesbian sex on big screens this month.

Check out the (Red Band) trailer below:

8. In The Name Of (October 30)
Director:  Malgorzata Szumowska
Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Lukasz Simlat
Distributor: Film Movement
Criticwire Grade: C+

Why is it a "Must See"? Winner of the Teddy Award for best LGBT narrative film at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival (did we also mention this is a very gay month for movies?), Malgorzata Szumowksa’s Polish drama “In the Name Of” sensitivity approaches the central character of a gay priest. Father Adam (Andrzej Chyra, in a rather mesmerizing performance) is the pastor of a tiny parish in the middle of the Polish countryside. As drama begins to surround Father Adam, “In The Name Of…”  develops into a thoughtful, distinctive portrait of a truly devout man struggling to come to terms with himself (notably after developing a relationship with a Jesus lookalike youth at the center for difficult boys he devotes time to). And though the film is largely a serious affair, look out for the film’s doozy of a sole comic scene, in which Adam gets ridiculously drunk and dances with a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI.  

Check out the trailer below:


  • Introspective Man | October 2, 2013 11:21 PMReply

    Another must-see indie film this month is:

    "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" (October 11)
    Director: George Tillman, Jr.
    Writer: Michael Starrbury
    Cast: Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jennifer Hudson, Jordan Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie, and Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje
    Distributor: Codeblack Films and Lionsgate
    Criticwire Grade: Go see it, and be your own judge!

    Why is it a Must See? This movie, about two boys, 14 year-old Mister and 9 year-old Pete, who
    suddenly find themselves alone, and are forced to fend for themselves over the course of a hot summer in New York, played to a packed 1,270 seat Eccles Theater in Park City, Utah when it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It ended with tears, smiles, and a thunderous standing ovation for the amazing performances by its two young leads, a beautifully written script by Michael Starrbury, and masterful direction by George Tillman, Jr.

  • Caulfield Harrigan | October 2, 2013 9:31 AMReply

    12 Years A Slave - Steve McQueen should get back in the driver's seat; he can't make a movie for the life of him.

    Blue Is The Warmest Color - What better way to raise controversy than by sticking in a throw-away sex scene between an "underage" girl and another girl? How better to bring the LGBT community to the forefront than by using lesbians (and make sure to make at least one of them underage!) for mass appeal?

    The Square - 1) Take a recent political event
    2) Create fictional personal stories revolving around said event
    3) ???
    4) PROFIT!!!

    All Is Lost - Another manly man vs nature movie? Boring. Didn't we see a billion of these already? I guess there are still masses of effeminate males looking to be inspired. Queue the beer and whiskey commercials.

    Kill Your Darlings - Allen Ginsberg? Really? LOL.

    Escape From Tomorrow - The actual description of the film is: " ... an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls ... ". See a pattern yet? Apparently underage girls gets movie reviewers hard enough to give a good rating.

    Concussion - Another movie that tries to satiate the LGBT community with a lesbian? This is more of an insult than a breakthrough. Where are the transgendered individuals? Where are the male homosexuals? Let's put them on the back burner so that we can have some lesbian sex scenes. What's the bet there are no LGBT actors in this movie?

    In The Name Of - Possibly the only film worth seeing, but the gay priest trope has been beaten half-past death, came back from the grave, and died a second time. Enough already. Points for no underage lesbians, though. As far as I know anyway.

    Lastly and most importantly, as Philip has mentioned: None of these are truly indie films.

  • Philip Eastwood Miller | October 1, 2013 4:25 PMReply

    These are not indie films...

  • Harrigan | October 3, 2013 9:05 AM

    awwww, what's the matter? Can't offer counter-arguments to back-up your terrible taste so you try to use rhetoric to sound smart?

    Try replying to the right person next time, Jeanette's Daughter. At least then you won't look half as vapid.

  • jeanettes daughter | October 2, 2013 1:04 PM

    awwww. what's the matter? got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? too bad, too sad.