2015: #10 Tangerine


Directed by: Sean S. Baker
Written by: Sean S. Baker and Chris Bergoch
Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, and James Ransone
Distributer: Magnolia Pictures
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 7/10/2015
Date seen: 12/16/2015
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $702,354
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 4 (Best Cinematography, Best Poster, Best Soundtrack, and Best Comedy)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

I generally try to reserve the tenth slot on my top ten lists for movies that are maybe a little different from what I’d normally put on my top ten.  This year I’m putting Tangerine in the slot, in part to make a statement.  No, not a statement about diversity or inclusion (although those are both nice too), no I’m making a statement about how nice it was to see an indie movie that actually had a pulse and wasn’t mired in the naval-gazing narcissism that that scene has been mired in as of late.  Too many American independent movies these days have been obsessed with depicting the boring lives of boring upper-middle-class people who do nothing just to make the movies “relatable” to their target audience.  Here we get a movie that’s interesting in part because it’s principle characters aren’t remotely relatable to white middle class audiences and whose lives actually have interesting things happening in them when the camera decides to peak in.  Furthermore the movie has a real energy and tempo to it, it’s the kind of guerrilla filmmaking that once made the indie scene interesting before “mumblecore” happened.

Year End Honors #9