The definition of “independent” is a little tricky. It means that it was produced out of the major studio systems, but doesn’t mean that it didn’t have help or distribution from major studios. In looking at the list of independent films, you might be surprised at some of the major films with great special effects that are included.
One of the films that surprised me to be found “independent” is Memento, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece. Not only is the script one of the tightest, most surprising Hitchcockian thrillers ever, but the acting is fantastic and the camera work is excellent. This year I watched for a second time and it was as wild a ride as the first.