‘Branded,’ ‘Crave,’ and ‘Coldwater’: Independent Movies Come to Comic-Con
There are the movies that you see in the big, multi-plex theatres along with the rest of the country and then there are movies that you catch on Netflix two years after they’ve been released. Yes, I’m speaking of “B movies,” but I am not disparaging them. They are not, by definition, terrible films. They’re just out of the mainstream. Branded, Crave and Coldwater are three such examples, and Film Equals was at Comic-Con to learn all about these upcoming releases.
The filmmakers and actors are very proud of their efforts, as they should be. It’s no small feat to write, direct and produce a movie without the support of the major film studios. Still, it was sad to see a mass exodus out of the biggest hall at Comic-Con just before their panel began. These movies don’t have the biggest names or massive amounts of money attached to them, but a lot of passion goes into them, and that deserves some respect.
Branded is a set in a dystopian future where human lives are controlled by corporations and fast food slogans and…wait…that pretty much sounds like the present. Basically, everyone is implanted with some sort of device and their every purchase is controlled by some higher, evil power. The trailer has some amazing CGI, but keeps the crux of the story a mystery. I honestly wasn’t sure what to make of it. It felt like I was stepping into someone else’s nightmare.
Crave is a much smaller film, not in length, but in scale. It tells the story of a crime scene photographer who steals a gun from a scene when the line between the reality of his life and the fantasies in his mind start to blur. It looks to be a pyschological thriller, a portrait of a man hanging by the last thread of his sanity. And Ron Perlman is in it, so it has to be awesome on at least that level.
Coldwater is a horror film about a man who is asked to look after a particularly creepy house in LA’s Coldwater Canyon. If the trailer is any true indication, this will be a properly scary film with a lot of jumpworthing thrills.
If you’re not one for the megablockbusters that are easily seen at the AMC theatres across the country, these movies offer an entertaining alternative movie experience. They may never get the attention that those other films do, but thanks to Comic-Con, they had their moment in the spotlight.
Branded is set for release on September 7th, 2012, Crave was released on July 19, 2012 and Coldwater was released in September 2011.