Another convention-shrugger-offer, Andrew Bujalski's Funny Ha Ha, was made a couple of years ago and has since earned much praise, but no distributor -- which gives it indie cred. The movie also has no production values, no professional actors, and just about no story. It does, however, have a real sense of lived life, and solace to offer if you feel you didn't accomplish much when you were 23.
In Smog and Thunder, about a civil war between Los Angeles and San Francisco, links two great, if easy, targets: the bitchy provincialism of California's urban foci and the buttoned-up pomp of a Ken Burns documentary. Sean Meredith's spoof succeeds for enjoyment alone, never mind the meaty, spicy details it rolls up in "the giant burrito of history."
With Revenger's Tragedy, Alex Cox -- the genre-bending genius behind Repo Man and Sid & Nancy -- transfers Thomas Middleton's play of the same title to a post-apocalyptic Liverpool. The tale is a cousin to Hamlet, and is itself an apocalypse, strangely suited to Cox's neo-punk anarchism.
The list, self-conscious and subversive, goes on. Whatever your luck, these filmmakers seem to say, making movies is a bitch; it's best to make them your own.