DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
The definition of an independent film is one that's produced mostly or completely outside the major studio system. With so many smaller independent producers tracing their paychecks to the top Hollywood moguls, it's a little harder to tell which films are truly independent and which ones are engineered to look that way. I say it's easier to treat it like any art, "I know it when I see it." It's somewhat dangerous to take a chance on an independent film, as the quality can vary drastically from one to the next. Some baffle you why a larger studio didn't scoop it up, while others just make you want to watch Batman to scrub your brain of what you just saw. When done right, an independent film can be a smaller, more intimate, and ultimately more surprising experience than anything big Hollywood can pump out. The quality of the gems you do find wholly outweigh the disappointments along the way, and I highly recommend throwing the dice every so often. Just be prepared to shed a tear or two.
1. Safety Not Guaranteed
Based on a real-life newspaper ad asking for a companion for time travel adventures, this film focuses on a group of reporters who want to get to know the type of person who would post such a job opening. Part of the charm of this film is figuring out whether the film universe is ours where time travel is still speculation, or if it's a film world where there's a chance of flying Deloreans and the like. The real core of the plot revolves around the exploration of what lives the main characters are leading, and why time travel would even be a desirable thing to do. It's cute, exciting, funny, and was produced for $750,000!
What really gets me is a moment at the end where:
The jerk reporter who had proven himself a career skeptic up to that point raises his fist in solidarity. At a glance, this fist raise seems just a gag, but reflecting on that character's nature I took it as an admission of defeat. The reporter wanted to time travel just as much as the inventor, however his method was to never mature emotionally or mentally. A good portion of the film is dedicated to show this guy being stuck in the past metaphorically and failing miserably, so when confronted with someone else who might have found a better way, he admits defeat. It's touching.