The Anti-Blockbuster

With Captain Marvel this weekend and a mix of other Marvel, DC and blockbuster films heading our way this summer it’s a good time to remember that the film and tv screens are the same sizes no matter what’s showing on it.  I personally love small films that feel familiar and don’t always have the fate of the universe at stake. Here are five I enjoy.

Lady Bird

This coming-of-age comedy/drama was my favorite film of 2017 and currently available on Amazon Prime.

Trees Lounge

An unemployed mechanic played by Steve Buscemi takes over an ice cream truck but spends most of his day in a dive bar called Tree’s Lounge.  That’s it and it’s wonderful.

The Station Agent

Train aficionado Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) takes over an old railroad depot in New Jersey and befriend talkative food truck ownerr Joe Oramas (Bobby Cannavale)

Mississippi Grind

Of all the films on the list, this is had the biggest budget.  Starring the charismatic Ryan Reynolds and down on his luck Ben Mendelsohn as they try to make things right at the poker table.

Duane Hopwood

I mostly like this David Schwimmer film because it was filmed in my old neighborhood.

Ghost World

Mostly known for it’s early Scarlett Johansson role, it a coming-of-age film that follows two girls trying to figure out what to do with their lives soon after graduation.

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