Like a lot of things, the time between when I came up with the idea of this blog and when I actually started doing something with it was far too long. In the mean time, IndieWire – a great indie film website & the first web newsletter I ever signed up for – started a nice post called TOP 10 INDIE TO WATCH ON VOD. I could be wrong, but it looks like they do this monthly. It also features the top end of the Indies – those with names you’ve seen on marquees and in comic book movies. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I will gladly link to them every month – but hopefully we can turn you on to many flicks as well.
Check out there list here. There are several really good films worth checking out.
In the meantime, they feature a documentary by fellow West Virginian MORGAN SPURLOCK. As I’ve said before, I’m here to promote lesser known flicks you can support now on-demand – as well as pimp my friends’ stuff. IndieWire talks about MANSOME (available July 17), Morgan’s look at the creams and grooming that is involved in looking so …. marvelous. Speaking of marvelous
It has been a mighty productive year for Mr. Spurlock – recently premiering COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE. With Stan Lee, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles at his back, Morgan journeys to San Diego to be a part of the world’s top pop-culture event and comic book extravaganza with five uber-fans with unique dreams of their own. It may not be surprising to hear this — but I am a huge comic book nerd. And I’m not half the nerd I used to be. My grad school graduation present to myself was going to Comic-Con in 2008, where I took a date. The world is funny sometimes. Stood in line for 3 hours to see the WATCHMEN panel. Got her a graphic novel about mice with swords. Met Chris Gore. It was better than I dreamed it would be – which is about what Morgan’s movie says.
I know a lot of hard core documentary fans who complain about Morgan’s “style” of filmmaking, but that style is what has brought quiet a few non-documentary fans into the world of non-fiction films. A FAN’S HOPE is very engaging and fun and at times sappy. I can’t imagine wanting it any other way. Excelsior!