If James Wan and Leigh Whannell didn’t seem so exuberant about Insidious, their cheerfully twisted take on a traditional haunted-house chiller, now playing at the Metreon, you might expect them to be bitter.
It was seven years ago that the Australian filmmakers, who met while attending the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, collaborated on a short film called Saw that would prove the blueprint for the most successful horror franchise of the new millennium.
The release of G.I. Joe marks the unofficial end of the summer blockbuster season, meaning it's only a few weeks until the major studios will begin to unveil what they consider the year's strongest awards contenders. Until then, here's a list of the finest films showing this week at an indie theater near you.
The Jewish Film Festival is entering its first weekend, the Red Vic is celebrating its 29th birthday, and David Byrne's Talking Heads are taking the stage (in a manner of speaking) for two nights only. It's looking like a promising week for moviegoers seeking an alternative to the mindless savagery of Orphan and the magical incantations of Harry Potter. Here's a list of some of the finest films arriving at an indie theater near you.