I guess there's some kind of big movie event happening on TV this weekend, but enough about that. The Indie Spotlight is here to tell you about the limited-release films opening today that haven't been beaten into your head already by a thousand TV commercials. Here are the gems -- all of them very well reviewed -- that the indie gods have blessed us with this week:
- Must Read After My Death (pictured) is a personal documentary by Morgan Daws in which he uses old Dictaphone recordings, home movies, and photographs to tell his family's story, including details he never knew until after his grandmother died. Cinematical's James Rocchi, reviewing the film at last year's L.A. Film Festival, said, "In a time when memoirs and tell-all books clot the shelves, the effort and skill evident in crafting the visual flow and soundscapes of Must Read After My Death make it a welcome reminder of the difference between true confessions and true art." (That means he liked it.) It currently has a 100% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. In a bold move, the film is being made available theatrically in New York City and everywhere else over the Internet -- yes, for $2.99 you can watch the film online, in high-definition, through Gigantic Digital. Give it a look.
- Delhi 6, opening nationwide on about 100 screens, is a Bollywood import about an American-born Indian man who accompanies his grandmother to Delhi and undergoes a cultural awakening. Only two reviews are up so far, but they're both positive.
- Eleven Minutes is a documentary presenting a year in the life of Jay McCarroll, the fashion designer who won the first season of Project Runway. Almost every review at Rotten Tomatoes is a thumbs-up, so those of you who are into this sort of thing should be pleased. The rest of us will content ourselves with observing the hideous fashions on display at the Oscars, and leave the real couture analysis to the experts.