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Cara Zajac

“The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you’re the pilot.” So says the protagonist of “Cash Back,” an indie dramedy released in 2006 that centers around Ben Willis, an aspiring artist who breaks up with his girlfriend and quickly become an insomniac. After spending night after night lying awake alone in his apartment, he takes a night shift at a nearby grocery store and soon discovers he has the ability to freeze time. Mind you, this film is certainly not about having a superpower but more about this 20-something’s quest for sanity and emotional contact. Willis spends most of the film searching for love in the messed-up and mundane world around him. While featuring charmingly quirky and relatable characters, the feature also contains an memorable soundtrack, as well as stunningly composed stills that Ben describes as “wrapped in beauty hidden away between the seconds of your life.”

For those that have ever wanted to put a bird on something and call it art, “Portlandia” will be an instant favorite. This sketch comedy series originally airing on the Independent Film Channel pokes fun at the “weird” alternative culture of the Pacific Northwest, full of organic food stores, indie bands and insufferable hipsters. Recommended for fans of “Arrested Development” and “30 Rock,” this show will have you quoting for weeks.

Though Law and Order: SVU, after more than a decade of broadcasting, is a certified megahit, Season 12 has recently made its Instant View debut. Specifically, the first episode of the season, “Locum,” is wildly suspenseful, featuring a 10-year-old girl who goes missing only to reveal a family’s incredibly dark and twisted secret past.