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My Indie Netflix Recs

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I've always found my inspiration through film and the soundtracks that go along with them. The ability to transport yourself into another world, even if only for a few hours, has always mesmerized me and kept me coming back for more. 

Independent coming of age films specifically are my genre of choice. Though it'll probably change as I get older, I tend to gravitate towards this genre because I find myself relating to it much more than anything other. Independent films in my opinion have always had better, more realistic storylines that are sometimes controversial but totally relatable. 

Below are my top four independent recs that are currently streaming on Netflix. Check them out, get inspired, and share with a friend 

My first rec is Starlet. This movie came out in 2012 and features Dree Hemingway (über cool girl) and (late) Besedka Johnson. Taking place in Los Angeles, Jane (played by Dree) goes to a yard sale put on by Sadie, (Besedka) and after buying what seemed like a normal thermos, Jane soon finds literal wads of cash. Feeling stuck in whether or not to return the thermos (Sadie made it clear there were no returns) an unlikely friendship forms. 


My second rec is a movie called Sky. This film features Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus (two extremely notable and talented actors.) Without giving too much away, this movie follow a French tourist on holiday in the Western United States trying to reignite her marriage. While some things dont go according to plan, Romy (Diane) meets a 'cowboy' along the way who literally flips her world upside down. I laughed, I cried, and fell completely in love with this film. 

My third rec is Bang Gang. This independent is a French film, and is definitely not one for you if you're easily uncomfortable with nudity or sex. While I can't say I absolutely loved this movie while watching, I think I came to love it will I was able to process it after. I think this is kind of the perfect take on what it's like to be a teenager or young adult in Europe. While I'm obviously only speaking from a biased American perspective, I think it's refreshing to watch foreign films that don't freak out about the naked body and sex. Both are natural and completely normal.  This is basically a coming of age film focused on friendship, betrayal, and love. While the ending isn't super realistic it's kind of that dream, "if only" ending. 

My 4th rec is the independent drama: Teenage Cocktail starring Fabianne Therese and Nichole Bloom. This film was exactly what I'd been looking for in my next movie search. The way it's filmed, the characters, the storyline, etc. were all things I wish were touched on more in mainstream films.There was this huge Palo Alto feel to this film, but even with that it still held its own and left me thinking about it for hours on end even after the credits had rolled. 


Movies to Watch

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I'm obsessed with watching films. It's probably my favorite past time and honestly, I should consider becoming a movie critic because I love films so much. Due to this infatuation I'm always on the hunt for the next lineup. Though this selection is definitely an eclectic one, they are all films that have stuck out to me, and I think you will enjoy.

*It should be noted a majority of these are on Netflix however the ones you can't find, can be easily googled and found on those 'sites' if ya know what I mean.

God Help the Girl

I watched this movie one Thursday night after a long day of classes in my dorm room. It happens to have two of my favorite people in the lead roles, Olly Alexander (lead singer of Years & Years) as well as Emily Browning (one of my fav actresses.) This movie basically focuses on a girl who deals with a lot of emotional issues within herself, however the one thing she finds solace in is music. Obviously this isn't the whole movie as there are two other main characters in the movie however the premise focuses a lot on music and friendship and I fully enjoyed it. It's a bit kooky and sometimes a bit slow but a good late night watch. 

The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun

So I watched this one after a long day of work. I had just developed a major cold from attending Gov Ball the day before so Netflix and bit of soup was my plan for the evening. I knew I wanted to watch a foreign film, more specifically a French film and I just so happened to fall on this. This movie is a bit of a mystery thriller and takes place in the 70's I believe. The main character has never seen the sea, however when an opportunity arises, and the keys to a nice car are so delicately put in front of her, she springs at the opportunity. Of course nothing falls in line that perfectly, and soon enough super weird things start to happen to her along her journey. The actress in this movie is gorgeous and the style in this film is like to die for.


I watched this movie last week and it was kind of amazing. I've always been a lover of independent films, especially those that take place more out west in desert towns. This movie stars Diana Agron who I'm sure you know of from Glee, as well as wild child (now woman) Paz De La Huerta who is kind of insane (in a good way.) Diana is living a tired boring life, with a boring group of friends and a boyfriend who doesn't really even know her. However when Diana meets Paz, everything about her becomes ignited. 


This movie stars also stars Emily Browning and is focused on music. The movie is directed by Twilight director, Christine Hardwick and definitely has Twilight vibes (not so much in the vampire sense but in the moody-mysterious way.) If you've ever dreamt of being a rockstar this is kind of the movie for you. Though it is a bit weird, raunchy and dark, it's that type of movie that keeps you up at night wondering wtf but kind of in a good way. 


Another French film that focuses on a young teenage girl who's dull life becomes everything and more when a new girl arrives at school. However when this new girl who is the picture perfect idea of your wild BFF becomes bored in the friendship, things take a dark twist. I absolutely loved this film because I feel like it touches on the female friendship to a T. It highlighted the harsh reality of being young in school, and the way it ends will leave you in complete shock.


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Theres nothing I love more than a good fashion doc. Whether or not you love fashion, I can guarantee you that you will be inspired after watching one. Sometimes when I'm bored or need to do some busy work like organizing or cleaning my room, I'll scour the internet for one just to have in the background. The fashion world not only encapsulates the creative side but the analytical side as well, so regardless you'll be able to find something in a fashion doc to hold onto.

If you happen to be bored, check out one of my top 5 favorite fashion docs! You wont be disappointed I promise you.

  • IRIS: Dive into the crazy world of a flamboyantly dressed 93 year old, Iris Apfel. She 100% dresses better than you and thats 100% okay. 
  • DIOR AND I: See what it's like to not only be the one and only Raf Simmons, dashion designer and creative director, as he takes on the creative director role for Dior during haute couture time (it gets crazy.) Theres also a point where he compares himself to Mr.Dior himself and you simultaneously laugh out loud while rolling your eyes but also agree immediately after because Raf is that good. 
  • BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK: Love street style, and more specifically street style photography? Meet the man who's been capturing it for years. Cunningham is weird and eccentric but also amazing and talented so it all makes sense. 
  • MADEMOISELLE C: Meet former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld and follow her as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine. Roitfeld is kind of like the end all be all of fashion. Shes that woman, and you'll instantly get inspired after watching this.
  • SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S: Take a look at the ICONIC Manhattan department store and the insane designers they've carried throughout the years. I saw this when it first came out and I was SO in love with it. A MUST see!




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If you dig cult classics you'll be into this one. Now it's crazy even to ME that I've just now seen Cruel Intentions, however getting over that fact, I honestly can't get over this movie. It's truly a classic.

The main characters in this movie are names you'll most likely recognize: Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, and of course Sarah Michelle Geller (or as many of us know her, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) 

I don't want to give anything away because it's kind of that movie you just need to go in without any knowledge, but basically it's this dark steamy romance which will make you think you know whats going on, but then spin it and leave you hanging wanting more. Also some exciting news if you're a fan and have already seen this movie, theres apparently a tv remake of it coming soon to a home near you. Get excited.



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I recently watched this movie this past Saturday and it's by far one of my favorite movies I've seen to date. I remember seeing ads for this movie online, and I think it even played in theatres, but from what I remember it was very short lived.

Personally, I think this movie was the most underrated film of 2015, and heres why:

Not only is this movie hilarious & paired with a PHENOMENAL soundtrack (a couple of songs might I add were personally produced by Pharrell Williams) But, the casts majority is black and get this (it's sorta kinda definitely relatable.) Although the movie definitely touches on drug culture in a humorous way, I think it paints the picture of teenagers in high school perfectly. Kids are exploring their weirdness and creativity (embracing it nonetheless), feeling the hardships of not finding love, applying to college, and having to think critically to solve problems. 


Directed by Rick FamuyiwaDOPE takes place in modern day LA, and focuses on a group of teens who basically bond over all things 90's (hip-hop,fashion,culture,etc.) Somehow this group of low-profile "nerds" get caught up with a drug dealer played by the ever so beautiful A$AP Rocky, and after a seemingly fun party, one of the three teens played by Shameik Moore ends up with a bag of ecstasy stashed in his backpack. How they figure out this shit show is why you NEED to watch. Not only does the movie also feature the beautiful Kiersey Clemons (who SURPRISE! Will be feature on an upcoming Cool Girl of the Week) but you'll also get a some Tony Revolori who played Zero in The Grand Budapest Hotel!

Other notable people should be mentioned like: Zoë Kravitz, Chanel Iman, and Blake Anderson.

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