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

In Case You Missed 'Em!
 

5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Trent gave this one a rave review a while back and so did everyone else in the entire universe. Paste, in fact, gave it one of the highest ratings I’ve ever seen on the site (we rarely give 9.0s or better– Beasts got a 9.4), and described it as ‘the best film of 2012.’ The story centers on Hushpuppy (played by young Quvenzhané Wallis), a little girl in a fantastical, almost mythological Louisiana utopia called The Bathtub. Her relationship with her father (played quite well by Dwight Henry) and their fight to survive and thrive in The Bathtub (amidst storms, floods, and other dangers) makes up much of the plot, and although the film was a bit too mysterious for me at times (like, I sooo wanted to learn more about her mother… who we kind of meet… or do we?) I still enjoyed the experience. It’s safe to say that I’ve never seen a story like the one in Beasts, one where a child is being raised to be independent, to be a warrior, to be ‘the man’ (I’ll put aside any feminist critiques for the moment– the film makes it work). And I really liked that Quvenzhané came off, truly, as a little girl. So many times when we see young people in the lead of a movie, they are unbelievably precocious. Hushpuppy was strong and unforgettable, but she was always a child. And that made the story all the more compelling.

Watch Beasts Of The Southern Wild on Amazon Instant Video now!

 
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  1. 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.

    • 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 :)

  2. 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!

    • 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 :)

  3. 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.

    • 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!

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

    • 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.

    • 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 ;)

  4. 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)

    • 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!

  5. MItchel

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

  6. 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,

    • 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 :)

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