Ah, jury duty…the persistent inconvenience that always seems to occur at the worst times. I received my first ever call to duty and, after the standard groans, accepted my fate. After a glorious 6:30 wake up, I joined my fellow patriots at the King County Court House for my two-day requirement. As I settled in for the long haul, I decided to embrace jury duty and make these days the most productive they could be.
I joined the IndieFlix team almost a year ago now and came in as a complete indie film virgin. I have slowly gained some credibility around the office, nodding or smiling appropriately at the standard Martin Scorsese or Federico Fellini references and accepted these two days of solitude to watch all the IndieFlix films I’d been mentally noting to see. And, to make your lives easier, I utilized an elaborate ranking system to provide you with an IndieFlix Best of the Best list (according to this film novice). In no particular order, let’s begin…
Signs – This was a re-watch for me as this sweet short film was one of the first IndieFlix films I ever watched. It remains a personal favorite, due largely to the fantastically cast romantic male lead. His anguish is palpable and his affection is charming. As I write this, I am reminded with just how smitten I am with this fictional character.
Return to El Salvador – A favorite of my fellow blogger Kurt (read his review here), this recent addition to the IndieFlix library is a well-made documentary, which describes the current political issues in El Salvador through touching personal accounts and entertaining animations.
The Lost Thing – This Oscar winning short film, based on the children’s book of the same name, is charming and well done. Co-director and artist Shaun Tan’s animation is fantastic and the story is a sweet one.
A Stiff Upper Lip – Only a bit biased due to my love of bearded men and English accents, I loved this documentary on one man’s commitment to perfected facial hair. This film has it all; the thrill of the competitive beard world and lots of drunken Bavarians. These mustaches aren’t messing around.
One Night Only – Dark angsty hipsters, dark angsty movie. This film is an honest depiction of unhappy couples and is incredibly well acted. Kristen Wiig, of Saturday Night Live fame, is surprisingly good in her role as the lonely wife, Karen. The film’s music and live performances are by Phosphorescent, Peter & The Wolf and The Relatives, all of which are worth a listen.
The Life and Death of a Pumpkin – This award-winning short film is the total package; novel concept, hilarious story line and completely entertaining until the end. I laughed out loud, much to the surprise of my fellow would-be jurors.
So there it is; this girl’s March selections for Top Six Favorite IndieFlix Films Watched During Jury Duty. Check out my selections today and tell me what you think! Any favorite films I missed? Let me know!