Under The Radar: 7 Indie Films You Should Watch Now

We here at VIBE.com are clearly in support of the man behind the man. To make it more clear, independent anything seems to be the wave of the future. All you have to do is take a look at your iWhatever if you don’t want to believe us. With summer quickly coming to an end, the need to get that quick fix of dopeness is nothing you kind readers should be ashamed of.

That’s what we’re here for.

The art of independent cinema has reached its tipping point, as studios like American Empirical, Big Talk Pictures and others are reaping in critical acclaim and serious bank from putting out original films that tug at your heartstrings or make you exalt in ecstasy. And while you’ve been hitting the streets trying to get your summer festival scorecard filled, us here at VIBE Pop Culture want to make sure you keep your cinephile membership card in tact! If you haven’t seen these movies then find your nearest Hustleman or Kim Dotcom and get to digging! So, sit down, strap up and keep some popcorn handy as we roll out the 7 Indie Flicks You Should Watch Now!

Drive — Dir. By Nicolas Winding Refn

Drive was the picture that made women all over the world forget that Ryan Gosling was ever on the Mickey Mouse Club. Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn made him into a leading man the likes of Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood by playing to his strengths. Gosling’s cool charisma, perfectly framed face and intonation allowed Drive to play out just like those classic noir films of yore.

In the 2011 heist-gone-wrong flick, Gosling plays a mysteriously unnamed character who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver who seems to be trying to escape more than just the federale. His shady past returns just when he’s falling for his next door neighbor (played by Carey Mulligan) whose husband is in prison and who’s looking after her child alone. There is gangland style murders, deception, and a human element that cannot be ignored once the film starts.

If you haven’t pulled up to rev your engines for this extremely violent and very stylish picture, just press play on the trailer below and feast your eyes on some awesomeness: