Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Say YES to Indies or Movies I Can't Stop Thinking About

Sunshine Cleaning (March 13)

A single mom and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Directed by Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia), this uplifting film about an average family that finds the path to its dreams in an unlikely setting screened in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Academy Award nominee Amy Adams) now finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah, (Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their dad Joe (Academy Award winner Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other…specialized situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find a true respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. By building their own improbable business, Rose and Norah open the door to the joys and challenges of being there for one another—no matter what—while creating a brighter future for the entire Lorkowski family.

TiMER (April 26)
What if a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate?

In this alternate version of present day Los Angeles, a revolutionary device called the TiMER fulfills this fantasy. For a reasonable installation fee and moderate monthly charges, a TiMER implanted in the wrist will accurately display the numbers of days, hours, minutes and seconds until the wearer’s date with destiny.

Sounds awesome, right?

Not if you’re Oona O’Leary (EMMA CAULFIELD, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). She faces the rare dilemma of a blank TiMER. Her soul mate—whoever and wherever he is—doesn’t have a TiMER. While her family and friends move through life with predetermined romantic fates, Oona searches for her perfect match via process of elimination, tentatively dating TiMER-less men but never getting emotionally invested. Instead she convinces them to get TiMERs, only to have her hopes crushed time and time again.

Staring down the barrel of thirty and tired of waiting for her would-be life partner to get off the dime, Oona breaks her own rules and falls for Mikey (JOHN PATRICK AMEDORI, Gossip Girl), a charming and inappropriately young supermarket clerk with a countdown of four months. But what will happen when those four months are up? Only when Oona ignores the ticking clock can she finally experience the exhilarating and unpredictable hot mess that is love.

Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Rudo Y Cursi (May 8)

Beto (Diego Luna) and Tato (Gael García Bernal) Verdusco are brothers who work at a banana plantation and also play soccer for the village team. Nicknamed “Tough” because of his personality and football style, Beto dreams of becoming a professional soccer player; Tato’s dream is to be a famous singer, and both share the dream of building a house for their mother, Elvira (Dolores Heredia). They have a change in luck when “Batuta”, a soccer talent scout, discovers them accidentally. Tato is the first to move to the big city where he becomes the star goal scorer for the prestigious Deportivo Amaranto (Amaranto Club). His baroque playing style earns him the nickname of “Corny”. Although Beto feels he has been betrayed and left behind, he soon travels to Mexico City to become the goalkeeper for Atlético Nopaleros (Nopaleros Team). At the peak of glory, they forget all animosity, although it does not last long. At the very real possibility of fulfilling all of their dreams, the siblings must face an innate rivalry as well as their own demons and limitations. Beto is a gambler and allows his addiction to drag him down; Tato is unable to recognize his true talents and squanders every opportunity by pursuing a false idea of celebrity and status. The dream seems to slip through their fingers. And it is at their worst moment that the brothers find forgiveness trying to help each other while casting headlong towards their individual destiny.

Summer Hours (May 15)

“The divergent paths of 3 forty-something siblings collide when their mother, heiress to her uncle’s exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), a successful New York designer, Frédéric (Charles Berling), an economist and university professor in Paris, and Jérémie (Jérémie Renier), a dynamic businessman in China, confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, background and unique vision of the future.”

Away We Go (June 5)

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, this funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple (John Krasinski [“The Office’] and Maya Rudolph [“Saturday Night Live"), as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time. The movie features the music of Alexi Murdoch.

500 Days of Summer (July 24)

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t. This post modern love story is never what we expect it to be — it’s thorny yet exhilarating, funny and sad, a twisted journey of highs and lows that doesn’t quite go where we think it will. When Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong. His reflections ultimately lead him to finally rediscover his true passions in life.

Paper Heart (August 7)

Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. Well, at the very least, she doesn’t believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into yet another modern-day skeptic. PAPER HEART follows Charlyne as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn’t fully understand. As she and her good friend (and director) Nicholas search for answers and advice about love, Charlyne talks with friends and strangers, scientists, bikers, romance novelists, and children. They each offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does true love really exist? Then, shortly after filming begins, Charlyne meets a boy after her own heart: Michael Cera. As their relationship develops on camera, her pursuit to discover the nature of love takes on a fresh new urgency. Charlyne risks losing the person she finds closest to her heart. Combining elements of documentary and traditional storytelling, reality and fantasy, PAPER HEART brings a fresh perspective to the modern romance and redefines the classic love story.

Blurbs from except for the TiMER blurb, which is from the official website.


  1. 500 Days of Summer is one I want to see!

    Great post!

  2. OMIGOODNESS! I want to see them all... Diego Luna *sigh* Gael Garcia blahblah *sigh*...

    I've heard some great things about Sunshine Cleaning. Must watch...

  3. I saw Sunshine Cleaning over the weekend. Excellent! I can't wait to add it to my DVD collection. I'm excited to see all the rest you mentioned except the Gael Garcia one.

  4. AWESOME post Alea!

  5. Several I want to see! I most want to see 500 Days of Summer. I love Zooey Deschanel. :)

  6. Anonymous1:02 PM

    Sunshine Cleaning was a surprisingly good movie. Really snuck up on me, and I keep thinking about it.

  7. I'll be posting about Sunshine Cleaning tomorrow. I still don't know what I think about it. It was not what I was expecting.

  8. 500 days of summer and Sunshine Cleaning are on my list. I'll watch the trailers for the rest-I love indie movies!

  9. Thank you for this! I've been trying to find something new to watch!

  10. Ooh, these look fantastic! I need to get a movie date on the calendar ASAP.

  11. I've been waiting for three of those to come out FOR MONTHS!!!! I want to see them sooo bad!! Especially 500 days of summer :D

  12. i want to see sunshine cleaning and away we go. John Krasinki and Maya Rudolph in a Sam Mendes film? Woo.

    And Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal in another film together????? *Swoon!!!!*

  13. I am bookmarking this post and spending my summer watching all of these movies. :)

  14. Wow!!! Thanks so much. Some terrific films here. Hope you do this kind of post every few months.

  15. Yes - Away we Go and 500 Days of Summer look AWESOME!!

  16. They all look really good. I think I really want to see Sunshine cleaning, Timer, 500 days of summer
    and away we go.

    Thanks for mentioning them Alea.

  17. Anonymous8:03 PM

    I want to see 500 Days of Summer. :)

  18. Oooh Timer looks so good! I really want to see it has a cool sci-fi twist, huh?

  19. I'm so glad you guys enjoyed this! I definitely need to do it more than like twice a year HA!


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