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Independence Never Tasted So Good

February 9, 2015

Within a timeframe that could arguably be squeezed into the last decade (or maybe a tad more), the idea of independent cinema has taken on a variety of characteristics that many would either shun or dismiss as under-the-radar gems that happened to be picked up by one of the big studios and put into the limelight with overfunded publicity that overshadows artistic integrity.

A lot of critics might agree, but there is undoubtedly a trend happening in the filmmaking industry that seems to embrace unapologetic, unorthodox screenwriters, directors, and production teams in a way that might send reverberating shocks of anxiety into the blockbuster bleachers. Louis A. Habash, an actor and film critic based out of San Francisco, is undoubtedly in a prime location to feel the rippling effects independent cinema is having on the moviemaking industry, and in a way a lot of cinephiles are standing in the outermost regions of the business quietly applauding the accomplishments of an underdog who has waited far too long for their chance at the title.

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By the look of things so far, we are already in store for experimental filmmaking that no longer has to abide by overbearing budgets and big-name studio execs who care about nothing but overheads and ticket sales. Now, we have a new breed of filmmakers that are more than happy to snub their noses at the Hollywood elite and make the kinds of movies they themselves have always wanted to see.

Quentin Tarantino is by and large one of the most influential figures in independent cinema, and that was etched in cinematic stone with finality upon winning the 1995 Best Screenplay Oscar for “Pulp Fiction.” Ever since, his movies are eagerly anticipated at the theatre and now cause rampant buzz on the internet with endless conversation on fantasy collaborations, possible retirement announcements, leaked screenplays, and other speculations that follow someone who is arguably the most successful, and most spearheading figure in independent cinema today.

For someone like Louis P. Habash, the ability to stay inspired by the work of Tarantino is likely not that difficult, but following developments in his career and what could or could not be deemed as a rumor is never an easy task. Film critics are always on their toes no matter who they are covering, but with someone like Habash and a background in acting, the stakes are far more personal and tangible.

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