Top Ten: Independent Film Quotes (because five was not enough!)

“You shoot at me in a dream, you better wake up and apologise…”

Mr White – Reservoir Dogs



“It’s only after we have lost everything we’re free to do anything”

Tyler Durden – Fight Club

 

“Oh I’m sorry did I break your concentration?”

Jules – Pulp Fiction

 

“I don’t care about sleeping, Leon. I want love or death. That’s it.

Matilda – Leon

“Keaton always said,’I don’t believe in God but I’m afraid of him’. Well I believe in God and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.”

Verbal – The Usual Suspects

 

“Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”

Kyle Reese – The Terminator

 

“I was sitting there alone on prom night, in a goddamn rented tuxedo, and my whole life flashed before my eyes. And I realized finally, and for the first time, that I wanted to kill somebody. So I figured since I loved you so much, it’d be a good idea if I didn’t see you anymore.”

Marty – Grosse Pointe Blank

“This job would be great if it wasn’t for the f***ing customers.”

Randal Graves – Clerks

 

“He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!”

Brian’s Mother – Life of Brian

 

“What should have been swift revenge turned into an all out war. The City of God was divided. You couldn’t go from one section the other, not even to visit a relative. The cops considered anyone living in the slum a hoodlum. People got used to living in Vietnam, and more and more volunteers signed up to die.”

Buscape (Rocket) – City of God

Note From the Editor

The term independent has many connotations; in most respects it is a positive notion signifying freedom, self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Independent thinkers provide new perspectives and are not obliged to abide their concepts to correspond to any political or financial influences. We trust independent bodies to scrutinize those who we have entrusted with power. Nations who do not have independence fight for it and for some of those who have received it become defined by it. It would seem no matter the context independence is a valuable commodity.

This is not so true in the world of film; though independent films make up a huge array of our favourites (whether we know it or not) the stigma seems to be that of a negative one. Looking at the defining factors of what makes an independent film illustrates this point, they are:

 

  • Has to be made outside of the established studio system
  • Little known Director
  • Shoestring budget
  • Unconventional plots/characters
  • Usually attract small audiences
  • Little access to prime distribution

 

All of these points seemingly have negative implications the last two especially; but the first four points I think can actually equate to an amazing film. These restrictions force those involved to be innovative and adapt to make use of all of the limited resources they have. They cannot rely on special effects, cameos, amazing location or fancy props; they have to rely on hard work and talent. This is where real original talent can shine break through performances can be made. I am sick of the eye cancer inducing filth like Jack and Jill polluting our screens… and the budget for that monstrosity… $80 million. I understand all Sandler is trying to do is make us for our worries for 90 minutes; I just wish he would do that by be funny and not destroying the brain cells that we have all come to love.

 

There is another world out there, with interesting, realistic and beautifully portrayed films. They have class and character they are unusual and charismatic, they will make you think and stay with you long after you have seen them. They have what the big hitters have lost; excitement, charm and a timeless quality, they are the classics we will remember years.

 

Woman In Black: Competition

Courtesy of the lovely people from the Odeon on Head Street, Colchester we have some Woman In Black goodies to give away! There is a T-shirt, mug and torch up for grabs; in the spirit of all films scary just write a 200-500 review of the scariest film you have ever seen! Then all you have to do is send it to either myself at gbailea@essex.ac.uk or my deputy at njeffr@essex.ac.uk by the 7th of March and the goodies could be yours! The best entry will win the goodies and appear on the blog itself and in the Rabbit Film section in the next issue. Good luck film lovers!!

T-shirt (back)

T-shirt (front)

The lovely mug.

And finally the torch to make sure there isn’t anything hiding in the shadows.