2017 has been one of the busiest years for cinema in recent memory, with a wide array of both huge blockbuster titles and smaller, lesser-known films having already hit the big screen throughout the past eight months. So now, as we say goodbye to summer and enter into the awards season of the film industry, here are some of the best indie movies already released this year that you might not have seen.
A GHOST STORY
Coming off of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon last year, director David Leitch returns with his most personal and profound film to date. Unlike any other film you’ll see this year, it confirms Lowery’s status as one of the most exciting new filmmakers of this generation.
Ben Wheatley’s latest feature film somehow manages to defy any and all pre-conceived expectations you might have about it. At times simultaneously reminiscent of both a Quentin Tarantino-style shootout and a Seth Rogen-written comedy. Free Fire is a hilarious, adrenaline-fueled time at the cinema.
THE LOST CITY OF Z
The first real chance Charlie Hunnam has gotten to prove his talents as an actor post-Sons of Anarchy. The Lost City of Z isn’t just a showcase for Hunnam either, as it offers a meditative and enthralling look at the story of real-life British explorer, Percy Fawcett.
THE BAD BATCH
Ana Lily Amirpour returns to the big screen with a film that’s part cannibal love story, part dystopian sci-fi flick, and part acid trip. The Bad Batch is a cinematic cocktail of influences and mood that may be overall divisive to some, but unforgettable to all who take the time to watch it.
The Safdie Brothers have made a name for themselves in the indie film scene with zany past titles like Heaven Knows What and Daddy Longlegs. With Good Time, though, not only have the filmmaking duo delivered one of their most fully-realized and breathless films to date, but also a vehicle for star Robert Pattinson to give the best performance of his career so far.
INGRID GOES WEST
It’s one thing to call Ingrid Goes West a savage takedown of the social media generation, but it’s another to also call it one of the best and funniest films of the year. The fact that writer and director Matt Spicer manages to make Ingrid Goes West such a well-rounded film, is a testament to how expertly crafted and intelligently-written it is.
Personal Shopper has been billed as being director Olivier Assayas’ attempt at making a modern day Alfred Hitchcock film, and there’s almost no better way to describe it. Personal Shopper proves to be just as strange, thought-provoking, tense, and surprisingly emotional as anyone familiar with Assayas’ work might expect too.