Summer is the season for blockbusters, of course, but there also must be a little counter-programming for those of us less inclined to see Fast & Furious 6 or Star Trek Into Darkness. Nearing the end of May I’ve yet to see a summer blockbuster, not because they’re totally unappealing but merely because they’re not that compelling. I already know just what I’ll get from Iron Man 3 or The Great Gatsby, and while I might mildly enjoy those things, I highly doubt they’ll inspire me.
But the indies? Now there’s a mixed bag of a different sort. For those of us blessed with theaters willing to play them, the independent titles being released this summer offer all kinds of diversity. If I have a pretty good idea what I’ll get if I walk into The Hangover III, I had no idea what the hell I was in for with Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color. That’s a good thing — for me, at least, if not the majority of the filmgoing public. (They tend to reject surprises.) While I can’t say there’s more than one or two major (potential) summer blockbusters that have caught my eye in 2013, there are a slew of smaller films I’m looking forward to. I guess you could say I’m looking forward to a quiet, moody summer.
Here are the first three.