Indie Movie Round-Up: November

Most every town has a giant movie multiplex but there’s only one Main Art. Independent movie lovers from all over the region felt their pulse quicken a little when they saw the construction begin on the Emagine entertainment complex–directly behind one of Metro Detroit’s longest tenured and most popular art house movie theaters, no less. Landmark’s Main Art Theatre helps Royal Oak keep its independent, alternative roots with all sorts of first-run indie flicks. Let’s take a look at the theater’s current crop.

11/2 The Other Dream Team

“The film documents the Lithuanians’ experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to the vagaries of Communist rule. As they smuggled VCRs on road trips and hid from KGB agents, Lithuania’s basketball stars always shared a common goal—to utilize their athletic gifts to help a nation bloom. The ’92 Lithuanian team won fans around the world for its hard-nosed play—and its unusual connection with the Grateful Dead. Inspired by the team’s message of freedom, the Dead provided financial assistance and helped create their distinctive tie-dye warm-ups.”

Read our review of the film HERE.

11/9 Simon and the Oaks

“Based on the Swedish bestseller by Marianne Fredriksson, Simon and the Oaks offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II. Nominated for 13 Guldbagge Awards (Swedish Oscars), including Best Picture, Director and Cinematography. (Fully subtitled)”

11/9 The Loneliest Planet

“The summer before their wedding, Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are backpacking through the scenic Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The fit young couple, playful and affectionate, hire a local guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours without encountering another soul, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time, and enjoy the scenery. Suddenly, a brief but shocking pivotal incident occurs that changes everything.”

11/21 A Royal Affair

“The epic historical romance A Royal Affair is based the true story of an ordinary man who wins a queen’s heart and starts a revolution. The 18th century drama centers on the intriguing love triangle between young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), her deranged Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), and the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism, Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen, Casino Royale). A Royal Affair is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people. Above all, it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.”

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Mike G

Mike G

Mike G is a songwriter and local musician, freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, lover of travel, and a terrible mechanic. When MJ graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Creative Writing, he was immediately barraged with 'questions' of "What are you gonna do, teach?" He is determined to not get a job teaching. So far, so good. With music, MJ's traveled the country touring on his songs. Having spent time in places from Chicago to Seattle, LA to New Orleans, and Nashville to NYC, he is convinced that Detroit and its 'burbs have the the highest concentration of 'native' songwriting talent anywhere. Eat it, New York. You too, LA. MJ started writing for the Urbane Life in the summer of 2011. He also writes for a handful of other websites as well as an immigration lawyer. He used to work in a publishing house. He's glad he's out.