On average, more than 250 billion photographs have been uploaded to Facebook since birth. This means that much more images are taken daily than all those that were captured at least 50 years after the invention of the camera. This does not mean that humanity advances quickly. Users upload images of irrelevant moments, selfies or postcards of their food, when in the past only important moments were translated into photos.
In spite of that, the cinema proves that these changes have favored art. The rapid evolution and ease of access to professional cameras has meant that more and more creators dare to produce films. Obviously, with little budget, but full of memorable scenes and unique visual proposals.
That is to take the technology to the limit.
Since the middle of the last century, independent cinema has tackled unconventional subjects in a more creative way than Hollywood. Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen became masters of the scene, inspiring new generations to continue their legacy and shoot even better works.
On Netflix we can find extraordinary indie works that have marked the story and now it is enough just click to enjoy them. These are some:
“Only Lovers Left Alive” (2013)
Considered one of the best works about vampires in history, “Only Lovers Left Alive” is a letter to eternal love. Starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddlestone, focuses on two “bloodsuckers” in love who must deal with the constant human horror and their own problems. The film demonstrates, subtly, that we live in the worst era of recent history and that only the passion of lovers survives the passage of time.
“Swiss Army Man” (2016)
Daniel Radcliffe plays a corpse, possibly his best role since Harry Potter. Paul Dano is Hank, who is about to commit suicide when he befriends a decomposing body that can only expel flatulence. The movie is disgustingly beautiful. Take risks that few filmmakers and writers would dare to do with unusual results. It is one of the best films of recent years and shows that beauty is found even in flatulence.
“Do The Right Thing” (1989)
The masterpiece of the genius of African-American indie, Spike Lee. This work represents the moral duality of these communities and how a simple summer day can become a tragedy. It presents harsh realities that are still lived in that country.
“I’m Still Here” (2010)
This documentary follows the deception that Joaquin Phoenix developed to make fun of the media. The story focuses on the actor, who suddenly decides to become a rapper. People begin to find out if he is going through a crisis or other psychological distress while he continues to pretend. The tape is daring, the uncomfortable record of the destruction of a public figure. It is essential to see it and know how much damage the pseudo-journalists do to the real ones.
“Mean Streets” (1973)
Of the last completely independent works of Scorsese. Starring the iconic Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro, follows the story of Charlie, who seeks to rise in rank within the New York mafia while his brother ruins any opportunity. It is one of the best works of the director and – although the story sounds simple – there are not many films of the genre with this quality.
“I Am Not A Serial Killer” (2016)
Called “the new Donnie Darko”, “I Am Not A Serial Killer” is another story about a disturbed teenager diagnosed as a sociopath. He has strong impulses to kill and tries to stay calm by following different habits, however, everything changes when Crowley enters his life, motivating his desire to kill. Eventually he descends into madness while ignoring his thirst for blood … or so he thinks.
ake Gyllenhaal stars in this story unlike any other. She plays Lou, a young thief whose interest in photojournalism comes after seeing an accident. From that moment he decides to sell images about crimes and take the role of hero, however, when it becomes difficult to find people committing crimes, he begins to consider doing them on his own.
Although the evolution of technology evidences the social regression, works like the previous ones show that there are still people ready to exploit to the maximum the possibilities that this offers. Easy access to high definition cameras motivates filmmakers to create better jobs and demand more than any Hollywood movie.
That is the real breakthrough.