8 May

Last weekend my friends dragged me to go see X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as they have been hungry to see this type of action/popcorn/comic character flicks this year and X-Men’s release marked the official 2009 Summer Blockbuster release schedule that attempts to satiate these fans.  But will these films REALLY succeed in satiating their fans?

x-men-origins-wolverineAs Rotten Tomatoes critics agrees X-Men is a VERY DULL slapstick film that proved to be uninventive and a total bore during its first half and slightly better its remaining time.  This is not a good sign for the slew of big Hollywood blockbusters releasing this year yet again…particularly, when people are simply looking for a good quality movie or at the very least a decent film!

Here is the proof…read this blurb from the UK Sunday Times about X-Men:

Ratings ImageX-Men Origins is really a series of action sequences, the usual mix of bangs, chases and fights, held together by a plot so predictable that you get no points for guessing right.”

Are the rest of the films, scheduled to be released during Hollywood’s biggest money making time, going to make a big splash this year with critics and fans?

So, far X-Men has proven to be strong at the box office on its opening weekend, but will it stand to survive younger and fresher approaches to a franchise like Star Trek–which releases this week?  Just time will tell…word of mouth from fans and critics will get around and big budget films sales will taper off, as new films are released every week, creating an over crowded field for films and more competition among them!

BUT, what about other smaller films that are really worth seeing and are getting critical acclaim and are releasing this summer?

Those are the films people should be watching and provide with a great alternative to loud non-sensical big budgeted films!

Here are a couple of some great Indie Films that I highly recommend this weekend!

Rudo Y Cursi


A great follow-up to Y Tu Mama Tambien: starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, directed by Alfonso Cuaron’s brother, Carlos Cuaron and produced by the “great three Mexican Musketeers: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro”.

Synopsis: Beto (Diego Luna) and Tato (Gael García Bernal) Verdusco are brothers who work at a banana plantation and also play soccer for the village team. Nicknamed “Tough” because of his personality and football style, Beto dreams of becoming a profes…

Little Ashes


Synopsis: A romantic story about the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dali, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico Garcia Lorca. In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional…

Starring: Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell

Director: Paul Morrison

The Limits of Control


The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner (played by Mr. De Bankole), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness.

Starring: Isaach de Bankolé, Bill Murray, Gael Garcia Bernal, Tilda Swinton

Director: Jim Jarmusch



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