Category Archives: Indy Moviegoing

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – October, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I made a decision this month. I won’t call it monumental, that’s much too grandiose, but it’s a big deal for me and consequential for this blog. I decided to stop pushing myself to see movies where the main reason to see them is to pick off a new Hollywood release to review this or that weekend. I’ve seen too many bad movies this year following on a couple of other not so great years, and it’s worn me down. Looking on the bright side, some of those recovered hours can be allocated to other writing and some to seeing interesting-looking here today, gone tomorrow limited release titles. Continue reading

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – September, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Warrior and Drive are two of the best movies I’ve seen in the theater this year. However, there is one downside to the return of good movies to the multiplex, namely that when I go out of town for a weekend it’s hard to catch up with what I’ve missed. I’ll have to move fast if I’m going to catch The Debt, and after that comes Killer Elite. Continue reading

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – August, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I’m not confident enough in my definitions to say if indie comedy-dramas about misfit high-schoolers are a genre, a category, or a trend, but whatever they are Terri fits the bill. The bill includes a cast of (mostly) unknowns, natural lighting, unobtrusive camerawork, and on the story front, an open-ended ending after piling on (the difficult home life, the bullying at school, the weirdo best friend, the physical differentness, the etc., etc.). I enjoyed it even though that’s not really my cup of tea; you’ll definitely want to catch it on DVD if it’s yours. Jacob Wysocki, the young actor who plays the title character, is natural and appealing, but the main attraction is the unusual, truthful, and delicately handled friendship between Terri and his principal, played wonderfully by headliner John C. Reilly. Continue reading

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – July, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I had an ambitious movie-watching plan laid out for this year’s Indy Film Fest- until ridiculously long days at the office and a sudden business trip to Georgia intervened. In the event, I only made it to one film, The City Dark. A documentary about light pollution, it was entertaining and surprisingly informative. Continue reading

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – June, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A few months ago I asked readers why they read movie reviews. Prioritizing was a common theme in the responses and like many of the commenters, I’ll read a review or two when I’m on the fence. Since I found abundant reasons in the reviews to not go to either of this weekend’s new movies my multiplex movie count stands at three for June. Continue reading

My Life As an Indy Moviegoer – May, 2011 Recap

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series in which I relate my reflections on life as an independent-minded moviegoer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Last month I saw the three movies I wanted to see at the multiplex: Fast Five, Thor, and Kung Fu Panda 2. They were all a lot of fun and they were all better than I expected. I’d happily see a sequel to each. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was neither fun nor better than I expected. The franchise officially wore out its welcome with this entry and it would take a lot to get me back to the theater for the next one. Assuming there is a next one, which seems a pretty safe assumption given the already stupendous grosses. Continue reading