Another year is upon us and brings forth a new wave of independent films. So if you’re feeling “franchise fatigue” and want to branch out here are some original films to check out.
Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre
Recently Guy Ritchie has been focusing on making more mid-budget crime films in the same vein as the movies he used to kickstart his career. The Gentlemen and Wrath of Man were two of Ritchie’s strongest films to date. Therefore, I have high hopes for Operation Fortune to provide a stylish, naughty, and badass piece of crime fiction.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Nicolas Cage’s superpower as an actor is his ability to elevate even a B-film into something truly entertaining. It’s long been speculated whether Nic Cage is aware of his own reputation, or has some attraction to weird movies. Cage’s strange antics have garnered him a cult following. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent appears to be less of a Nic Cage parody film and more like a love letter to Cage’s bizarre fanbase.
In Alice, a Black woman escapes a Southern slave plantation only to discover that she’s in 1970s. What follows is a journey of her personal growth into a heroine capable of exacting her revenge. The plot is like a blend between a Twilight Zone episode and a Blaxploitation film. Depending on how far they push the subject matter, Alice could become a transgressive example of genre filmmaking.
Everything Everywhere All At Once
I felt that action films post-John Wick have gotten overly reliant on the “hitman seeks revenge” storyline. Admittedly, my only bar for a good action film is good fight choreography. The narrative or moral justification for the action is less important to me. That’s why Everything Everywhere All At Once looks like such a breath of fresh air. As a lover action movies and arthouse movies, I hope Everything Everywhere All At Once will bridge the gap and change the narrative.
Jordan Peele changed the landscape of modern horror with Get Out and Us. His following film, Nope focuses on a group of horse ranchers who witness a strange phenomenon. Whether this is a “Bad Miracle” or an alien invasion remains to be seen. Given Peele’s track record for horror, comedy, and filmmaking, Nope is a film you can’t miss.
Directed by Robert Eggers, The Northman follows the epic revenge quest of a viking whose crown was stolen. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard and Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit) in a gritty period piece reminiscent of The Revenant. Judging by Egger’s fascination with folklore as explored in The Lighthouse, we might expect some Norse mythology elements in The Northman.