With Christmas over and many of you now having some free time before New Year’s, isn’t it a good excuse to catch up on your movie watching? Luckily for you, this Pittsburgh Indie Movie Examiner has some titles in mind to suggest to those that want to watch a good Indie flick.
This list even gives a shout out to the ‘Burgh by including one film shot here, one featuring a performer named after a hometown hero & another one not only produced, but starring a Pittsburgh native. So with no further ado, here now are new Indie DVDs You might have missed.
“A Lonely Place to Die“- British Horror has resurfaced in the last few years with films like “The Descent,” “Shaun of the Dead,” & this title now available on most Cable carriers’ VOD service or on Import DVD from England. A survival fright flick about a group of mountain climbers, visiting the Scottish Highlands, who discover a horrible secret hidden away with deadly assassins trying to protect it. Melissa (“Triangle”) George stars in this fast-paced Thriller that relies on a gritty style & a violent nature to earn a believable credibility.
“Detective Dee & The Mystery of the Phantom Flame“- China’s first Master Detective must solve a most unpredictable case of multiple spontaneous combustions. Chinese Action Director extraordinaire Tsui (“Twin Dragons”) Hark delivers a first rate Mystery blended with historical fact, flying fists and choreographed high-wire acts. Based on real-life historical figure– Di Renjie, a legendary official of the Tang dynasty who has a lot in common with Scotland Yard’s Sherlock Holmes.
“Margin Call“- A fictional expose on the 2008 financial crisis has Greentree native Zachary Quinto playing an investment firm analyst who uncovers information that the company he works for has been selling fraudulant funds that could not only topple this business but also the whole banking industry. This all-star ensemble shines with the glowing additions of Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons & Stanley Tucci.
“Tanner Hall“- 4 teenage girls, including lead Actress Rooney (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) Mara, who all reside in a boarding school while trying to figure out what the world will have to teach them. Standard teen angst-filled Drama uplifted by a solid debut performance by Mara, whose first name comes from her paternal grandfather who named her after his longtime friend– Art “The Chief” Rooney Sr., the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Warrior“- Pittsburgh-lensed fight film about two estranged brothers who end up competing against each other in a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) championship. Tom Hardy (who also is cast as the villian Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises”– which was shot here during the Summer) and Joel (“Animal Kingdom”) Edgerton portray the warring siblings with their drunken father, brilliantly performed by supporting Oscar hopeful Nick Nolte, who is caught in the middle of their fray.