Best Of 2012: Here Are 12 Of The Most Life-Changing Indie Movies Of The Year!


1. Rust And Bone

If ever I orgasmed all over a film review, it was for the one I wrote on Rust and Bone. Y’all know how I feel about Marion Cotillard, but I didn’t even know how much I was in love with this woman’s work until I sat in a screening room watching what is now my absolute favorite film of all time. I’m a Scorsese fan so I like my movies chock-full of Daddy issues. Rust and Bone was all like, Check! I’m also a big fan of really emotional boxer movies  à la The Hurricane and Million Dollar Baby. Rust and Bone was all like Check! And then Rust and Bone was all like, Shannon? Don’t you love French films? Check. Don’t you love when movies suddenly get really dark really fast (AKA don’t you love French films)? Don’t you love when class issues are addressed, without being directly addressed? Don’t you love unforgettable sex scenes that make you re-examine your life? Haven’t you always wanted to see what Marion Cotillard would look like if SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT she got a few tattoos (that happens later in the movie and it’s insane)? And don’t you love a really, really, really fucking good love story? Check, check, check, and check. Everyone thinks Rust and Bone is about a woman who gets into an accident and becomes a double amputee, and it is… but it’s about so much more; mainly Matthias Schoenhart’s character, who was as caring as he was heartless, who drove the movie in so many ways, who absolutely changed my life when he finally, finally put all that street fighting to good use. But alas, I’ve said too much! If you take nothing else from this list, please go see THIS movie. It’s currently duking it out with City Of God to claim the number one spot on my list of Favorite Films Ever In The History Of Everdom. If I absolutely had to choose, I would say that City Of God was my favorite film between ages 17-27, and Rust and Bone will hold the top spot for the next decade of my life… or more. It was perfect.

Okay, which indies did you see and lurve all over? Oh, crap… the Bob Marley documentary was also pretty amazing. Agh! Such a good year for movies!

  • KJ

    Thanks, Shannon! This list is exactly what I needed. It’s hard for me – who is a casual film watcher, blockbuster or otherwise – to find good indies.

    • Shannon

      KJ, you’re welcome! It was really fun putting this together. Got to relive all the moments, lol. Let me know if you get to see any of these, and what you think :)

  • Natalea

    Thanks for the list, Shannon! I’m so glad a few of these are on Netflix. I literally cannot wait until I see Rust and Bone!

    • Shannon

      Natalea, Netflix is awesome! And some of them are really cheap (like $3 or $4) on Amazon. I have to hear what you think of Rust and Bone! My sig other just bought the book for me; I’m so excited to relive the perfection :)

  • rayoflightCOADF

    I love this movie. I was so freaking stoked/happy to find it on Netflix! Its a great film and Chris Rock is so good.

    • Shannon

      rayoflightCOADF, yes! If ever I questioned my love for Chris Rock, this movie put all that to rest. He was great and the chemistry between him and Delpy was so on point. Glad you loved it too!

    • rayoflightCOADF

      How hysterical was the dad!? He killed me! Love this movie :) I can’t wait till you see 2 Days in Paris Shannon! :)

    • Shannon

      rayoflightCOADF, yes, The Dad was everything. I almost used that photo of him and Chris Rock in the sauna for the main pic of this post. Unforgettable!

      2 Days In Paris is on Netflix– I’m so there in a few!

    • Shannon

      UPDATE! I saw it! And while I didn’t love it as much as I did 2 Days In Paris, it was awesome. I loved learning the back story on Papa keying the cars, lmao! But yeah, Julie Delpy is brilliant.

    • rayoflightCOADF

      She is so brilliant. I agree I think 2 days in NY is a better film but Paris is great too. I love Papa and the keying of the cars and his general awesomeness. I want to marry him IMMEDIATELY :D. You’re so awesome Shannon. I thought I was the only one who loved TDKR and 2 Days in NY ;)

  • JCZ

    I don’t know if they’re considered ‘indie’ (yet definitely not mainstream) but my faves were; Perks of being a Wallflower & The Seven Psychopaths.

    Both were light-hearted, funny, dramatic & powerful and;
    Both had two terrific endings I will forever remember (possibly some of the best endings I’ve seen)

    • Shannon

      JCZ, those are def indie flicks and they’re two of the big ones I missed this year! But thanks for your mini-review– I’d been really wanting to see them (esp Seven Psychopaths) so I’m glad to hear you liked. I’m also very curious about these endings now. Thank you!

  • MItchel

    wow great list, I’m excited to work my way through… you seem to have really good taste! Thanks!

    • Shannon

      MItchel, oh! So glad you caught this. Hope you have fun working your way through these films :)

  • Rowan

    Id jut like to put is down to whoever provides love for Shannon from the movie industry..I just googled, got to this site, read the entire list and orders four of them on iTunes…so take this person out to dinner you cheap f@cks s/he’s making you money,

    • Shannon

      Rowan, I’m just now seeing this comment and cracking up! Alas, I don’t get a lot of love from the movie industry– certainly, no one tells me which movies to blog about. I do get the occasional free screener for work, and that’s good enough for me :)

  • Stephonjia Dedrian

    the randomers

  • Angel

    Excellent list. Thank you for introducing me to movies I hadn’t heard of.