A memorable line (and a tidy way to explain this article) comes from the Indie Comedy classic "High Fidelity" that has it's lead character (John Cusack) says something to the effect, and I quote- "...I agree that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like... Books, Records, Films-- these things matter, call me shallow but it's the f***in' truth."
Well this "Best of'" list for everything else that has to do with the Indie Movie scene tries to sum up that quote by presenting what I liked the most in 2012 and you might be hearing about these choices come Academy award time in February.
My 2012 Indie Movie picks:
Best Lead Actor- Jack Black for "Bernie"
Best Lead Actress- Mary Elizabeth Winstead for "Smashed"
Best Supporting Actor- Christoph Waltz for "Django Unchained"
Best Supporting Actress- Ann Dowd for "Compliance"
Best Lead Actor (Foreign)- Dennis Lavant for "Holy Motors"
Best Lead Actress (Foreign)- Marion Cotillard for "Rust and Bone"
Best Director- Bela Tarr for "The Turin Horse"
Best Screenplay- Quentin Tarantino for "Django Unchained"
Best Cinematography- Robert Richardson for "Django Unchained"
Best Art Direction- Emmanuell Cuillery for "Holy Motors"
Best F/X- Vincent J. Guastini for "Silent Night"
Best Soundtrack- Five Little Indians for "Gandu"
Best Distributor Theatrical- Sony Classic Pictures Best Distributor DVD- Drafthouse films Best Pittsburgh Art House- The Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill, Pa
Best 2012 Indie Rock Albums:
1. Of Monsters and Men "My Head is an Animal"
2. Jack White "Blunderbuss"
3. Beach House "Bloom"
4. Passion Pit "Gossamer"
5. The Delta Spirit "Delta Spirit"
Best 2012 Indie Rock Single: Cat Power "Cherokee"
Best 2012 Book (Fiction): "This Book Is Full of Spiders" by David Wong
Best 2012 Book (Non-Fiction): "Ascent of the A-Word" by Geoffrey Nunberg