Romantic comedies can be wonderful, and Netflix has plenty of them. But there's nothing like an indie romance because an indie romance don't stop. No, seriously. They just don't quit! They don't care to follow the usual formulas, the guy doesn't always get the girl, and the artsy ending outranks the happy ending every time. So when you're in the mood for a love story with a twist (or with the ocassionally dark moments, or with some seriously intense scenes d'amour), check out any of these indie romance films on Netflix.
Take This Waltz
Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby are the lead players in this film and the seasoned actors do fantastic job of carrying this story of a relationship on the outs, as an affair arises. Interestingly enough, Sarah Silverman also has a significant role and delivers a memorable performance as the alcoholic sister of Williams' character. A great romance and a great drama, Take This Waltz is definitely a must-see.
The Other Woman
Based on the novel by Ayelet Waldman, Natalie Portman plays the other woman-turned-wife, turned-step-mother in this 2009 film. Starring alongside Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow, the trailer alone will make you totally weepy.
Parker Posey is unforgettable in this workplace comedy/affair drama. Totally hilarious and totally bizarre, Posey plays the new boss to Eric Mabius' character whose boring life working in the corporate offices of a supermarket chain gets all shook up when he starts falling for his superior.
Only good things can happen when Ryan Gosling teams up with director Derek Cianfrance. This year we got to experience their magic via The Place Beyond The Pines, but back in 2010 Blue Valentine happened and the indie romance genre would never be the same. Gosling and Michelle Williams play Dean and Cindy, and the film follows the two, brilliantly cutting back and forth between their past and contemporary relationship. So intense that it was initially given an NC-17 rating, if you missed this one back when it first came out, do yourself a favor and watch it now!
Written by Lena Dunham and Ry Russo-Young, Nobody Walks got lots of attention on the festival circuit last year. Starring Olivia Thirlby and John Krasinsky of The Office, critics raved that the film surged 'with sexuality,' And unlike many films, this drama about a young artist who stays with a family and brings a whole lotta sexual tension with her, women's sexuality is at the center of the narrative and is the very driving force behind the story.
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A big family dinner — there's no scenario quite as dramatic.
In the new film Nobody Walks, directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by the Emmy-nominated Lena Dunham, a nice family meal barely gets going before the elephant in the room comes trampling across the table. Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt) and her boyfriend Peter (John Krasinski) have invited Julie's ex-husband and rock band burnout Leroy (Dylan McDermott) over for dinner. The couple also plays host to another guest: Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a family friend and young filmmaker whose aimless pursuits and flirtatious nature grate on Julie. With a mix of personalities, it's not too long before tension bubbles over.
Check out this exclusive clip from the family drama, one of the many 2012 Sundance hits that have rolled out since their debut in January. Nobody Walks is currently on VOD/iTunes and opens in theaters October 12.
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Dylan McDermott is a busy dude. Despite just signing onto an FX pilot called American Horror Story, the former Practice star just signed on for two feature films: Nobody Walks and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, according to Variety.
The former, written by Lena Dunham and Ry Russo Young (who will also direct), centers on a Los Angeles family that takes in a stranger who ends up "disrupting their lives." Nobody Walks already features John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Jane Levy in its cast. Meanwhile, Wallflower is a quieter, coming-of-age tale adapted and to-be-directed by Stephen Chbosky (also, the author of the novel) following a boy named Charlie through his freshman year of high school and the dramatic developments that occur.
The two projects both sound like good choices for McDermott, especially for a guy who will be (probably) forever type-cast as a lawyer; well, except for that time he chased flying cows through my home state.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shameless actress Jane Levy is in talks to play a role in Paramount's upcoming teen comedy Fun Size, a film to-be-helmed by TV showrunner and first time feature director Josh Schwartz. Penned by The Colbert Report's Max Werner, the Halloween-set story follows a teen (played by Victoria Justice) as she takes her little brother trick-or-treating only to lose him along the way. Levy will play the best friend of Justice's character, though we don't know anything else about the character or the film at this time.
With her striking eyes and beautiful features, Levy is sure to climb the ladder to Hollywood's hot list. She's about to start shooting her first feature, Nobody Walks, with John Krasinski and director Ry Russo-Young and will likely return for Shameless' second season as well.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It’s raining here in New York City. And not the fun kind of rain that you feel replenishes the Earth. No, this is the kind of rain that barely drizzles and really exists just to piss you off. Even 4/20 couldn’t make this better. But this news helps, in a slight way.
John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Olivia Thirlby are all in negotiations to star in Nobody Walks, a film that finds a family living with a wild artist who causes some anarchy for a week. Ry Russo-Young is directing the indie that she co-wrote with Lena Dunham. Seriously, this project couldn’t have a better cast, director or writers. While I’m not as familiar with Russo-Young as I am with Dunham (whose Tiny Furniture was absolutely wonderful, and her HBO series Girls looks amazing), I’m pretty sure that anyone she's willing to work with is worthwhile. And the cast? DeWitt has been killing it on United States of Tara lately and Krasinski has nonchalantly shrugged his way into America’s hearts for the past seven seasons of The Office. As for Thirlby? Juno’s writing was good and all at the time, but it hasn’t aged as well as Thirby has.
So yes, this film will probably be just as good as the ice cream with cereal I’m eating right now. Come to think of it, today’s date might have a little something to do with my excitement. Probably. Maybe. Ooh, someone brought cake!