Good sources for learning about new and upcoming non-popcorn movies?
September 4, 2017 8:38 PM   Subscribe

What are some good websites or other resources for keeping up with non-Hollywood-blockbuster movies? Meaning: independent flicks, interesting non-American / non-English-language stuff, or just Hollywood fare that's (1) a bit off-the-radar and (2) isn't a remake, a comic-book movie, or a "property". Bonus points if they have a Facebook page that I can follow for utterly passive consumption!

When I think back to the movies I've enjoyed over the last few years, it includes stuff like Moon, Get Out, Primer, Upstream Color, Enter the Void, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, White God, The Awakening, Let the Right One In, and The Innkeepers.

In terms of genre, that's all over the place: comedy, sci-fi, horror, drama, whatever. Some are fairly big-budget; others were made on a shoestring. Some are American; others are not.

But none of them are entries in a pop-culture franchise with a built-in fandom. They're all artistic statements that are meant to stand on their own. None are derived from other media. This seems to be the exception in cinema these days.

So: how can I keep up with this side of the cinema world?
posted by escape from the potato planet to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
When I was in college, I bought Sight & Sound religiously. Now they have a website and a Facebook page.
posted by infinitewindow at 8:53 PM on September 4, 2017

Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell over at Observations on Film Art?
posted by juv3nal at 9:23 PM on September 4, 2017

Kanopy Streaming is fantastic. It's like Netflix but for the stuff you're interested in. There are a lot of public libraries and universities that have subscriptions you can use, too.
posted by thebots at 9:59 PM on September 4, 2017

IndieWire covers most of the major indie/arthouse/festival films that are on a similar level to the ones you mentioned, and they have a Facebook page with regular updates. Or you could follow a film critic like David Ehrlich on Twitter or Letterboxd.
posted by RubyScarlet at 11:23 PM on September 4, 2017

Metacritic lists limited release movies.
posted by brujita at 11:22 AM on September 5, 2017

The reviewers at have an eclectic range of films and I've found many a surprise there. They have a FB page too
posted by spamandkimchi at 2:39 PM on September 5, 2017

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