Indie Beat: Top 5 Most Intriguing Indies In November

U.S. Editor; Los Angeles, California (@benumstead)
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When we get down to awards season, it becomes even harder to discern the nature of so-called independent and limited releases. Like October, many of November's limited releases, start out as such, but are in fact "high-pedigree" studio films (or studio acquisitions) that by February are hoping for some rather rich accolades garnished upon them by the Academy. Though I did highlight 12 Years A Slave last month -- which is undoubtedly one of this year's biggest contenders for awards -- as, at least initially, a limited release, this month I'm doing my best to steer clear of such films, and instead aiming for the more odd or left-field choices. Yes, some rather prestigious names still appear on this list, but then again, one could argue that's just a symptom of the season. C'est la vie.       

THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY (November 1)

If Neal deGrasse Tyson is the rock star of today's science world (or at least the popular culture's entry point), then surely the awesomely bearded, Slovenian-born Slavoj Žižek is his equivalent in the land of Philosophy.

And one need not agree with the man's take on our current state of being to be entertained and amused herein.

Sophie Fiennes' follow-up to The Pervert's Guide To Cinema, employs the exact same approach as that film, having Žižek use cinema as a way of processing and dissecting certain ideologies. This largely means having the man occupy recreated sets from such films as John Carpenter's They Live and Titanic. From Žižek's take on the Coca-Cola brand to how Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy' has played an important across the 20th century, the film is thoroughly and equally engaging, whimsical and startlingly. No doubt a favorite of 2013 for me.

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  • Quietus

    " And one need not agree with the man's take on our current state of being to be entertained and amused herein. "

    What's up with the disclaimer ?

  • Ben Umstead

    It's a disclaimer?

  • Gašper

    Slavoj Žižek is Slovenian not Slovak. They get mixed easily.

  • Ben Umstead

    Thanks! I felt there was something off about the entry, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Now it's clear. And I feel a bit embarrassed... as I did know. I have a few of his books sitting right next to me.

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