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Five Best 2010 Indie Films

Philip Seymour Hoffman2010 was dominated by Inception, The Social Network, and Black Swan, either one could easily be movie of the year.  What about the best indie movie of the year? How about the best five indie films of the year? Not every film gets a budget like the aforementioned three, but these five indie films certainly left a quality mark on their viewers.

Here are the five best indie films of 2010:

Greenberg: Greenberg shed new light on Ben Stiller, it was his ‘Eternal Sunshine’ of sorts.  Directed and written by Noah Baumbach, Stiller plays Roger Greenberg, a 40-year-old who just left the asylum and deals with regrets of the past in the most awkward way possible.  The film also brought Greta Gerwig to the main stage.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing her a lot more.

Jack Goes Boating:  This film was the directorial debut from Philip Seymour Hoffman and much like most of his movies, it’s another good one.  It also stars Hoffman as Jack, a confused middle-aged man who tries to overcome his own faults and get back out on the dating scene.  While sad at times, it’ll hit home with anyone who doesn’t want to be alone.  The acting is intense and Amy Ryan delivers a powerful performance that’ll leave a bruise on your brain.

Cyrus: It’s a dark comedy centered on the bond between a single mother and her son. Directed by Mark and Jay Duplass, it stars Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly and (my future wife) Marisa Tomei.  Jonah Hill displays amazing range in this film that you won’t see in any of his other work, showcasing a sick, twisted demented love for his mother, who he doesn’t want to share with anyone else. Who knew Hill was actually a good actor? But he’s throwing it all away for a part in the 21 Jump Street movie. Catherine Keener also has a small role in the film, who doesn’t love Keener? The back-and-forth between Reilly and Hill in this film is hilarious.

Four Lions:  They advertise Inception as the most original movie idea in ages; Four Lions comes in a close second.  It offers a satirical look at terrorists who have no idea at what they are doing. It was directed by Christopher Morris. It was nice to see a group of guys have the balls to put an original take on a subject drowned out by seriousness.

The Tillman Story: This documentary film, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, goes in depth about the late Pat Tillman, a former NFL player who traded his millions of dollars to join the military and fight the war on terror.

Honorable mentions: Catfish

Did I miss anything? What was your favorite indie film of the year?

Photo Credit: Chris A Hickey

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