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8 Things We’re Thankful For

Indie Sci-fi Film

Indie Sci-fi Film

Big-budget blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers are all well and good (except when they’re not), but if you’re like me sometimes you’re just in the mood for something a little… smaller. Not to take anything away from the larger sci-fi movies that have graced movie screens over the last 12 months, but not being beholden to a big studio can leave filmmakers better able to tell stories that are more personal, more risky, and often more rewarding. I love a good popcorn flick, but speaking as an inveterate cinephile, there’s something about indie film (if done well, of course) that’s just… more valuable to me. And indie sci-fi?

Give me all the indie sci-fi!

2012 featured a slew of such films whose directors were able to do things a $250 million (plus the marketing budget!) studio epic probably wouldn’t be able to, from building a story around a six-year-old girl (Beasts of the Southern Wild) to turning the horror genre on its head in a gory, inventive way (The Cabin in the Woods).

Movies like Citadel, ParaNorman, Robot & Frank, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, and Attack the Block (OK, that last one was 2011, but I just saw it this year, and believe me, I’m very thankful I did) may not have had the audience of one of this year’s sci-fi extravaganzas, but they’re every bit as worthy of your time. Sometimes even more worthy. I’m looking at you, Battleship. – Rebecca

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  • Anonymous

    I suspect at least some in the US are mainly thankful at least some of them survived the coming of the European guests.

  • Megan

    Black Widow didn’t have to seduce someone in Avengers, but she did start the movie tied up and wearing a dress. She’s a step forward, but I’m not ready to be thankful yet.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to state that I am thankful that I found “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil” on Netflix Instant Watch a few days ago. Two seasons in less than a week. I also HOPE to be thankful for a renewel to a third season.

  • Jinian

    Yes! Smut Peddler is SO GREAT!

  • Anonymous

    Aww I’m thankful for you guys too!

  • Sylvia Sybil

    “Jennifer Lawrence took the screen as Katniss for the first time… and was exactly how we imagined her while reading the novels.”

    >.< You mean aside from the whitewashing? How Katniss was described as "olive skinned" in the books but only White actors were allowed to audition for the part?

    I mean, yeah, be grateful that The Hunger Games made so much money with a female lead, and that the female lead wasn't sexualized. I'm right there with you. But claiming that JLaw is "exactly" how you imagined a character who's canonically olive skinned is insensitive at the very least.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I wasn’t referring to her physical appearance there but rather her actual characterization.