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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This June

By Ben Travers and Nigel M. Smith | Indiewire May 31, 2013 at 11:18AM

With summer soon upon us (the season officially kicks off June 21), can you think of anything better to do during the hot, sweaty months than stay inside a cool air conditioned space and catch up with some must see indies on VOD? To help with you figure out what to watch, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies to watch on VOD this month. Included are everything from a creepy, noir-inspired thriller starring the ever reliable Toby Jones, a hard-R stylized Viking epic, the terrifying sequel to "V/H/S," Alex Gibney's latest acclaimed and very topical documentary, and much more. Below are the 10 indies to watch this June, in alphabetical order.
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"Maniac" (June 21)

Do you prefer Elijah Wood in "Lord of the Rings" as the lovable Frodo Baggins, or in "Sin City" as the murderous, spectacles-wearing Kevin? If you answered with the latter, then you might want to check out "Maniac," the 2012 Cannes-entry and remake of the 1980 B-movie horror flick of the same name. Wood stars as the titular whacko who owns a mannequin shop and also thoroughly enjoys stabbing people, something Frodo would never dream of.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner, Dish Network, Blockbuster on Demand, Cablevision


"Nancy, Please" (June 11)

Part cringingly distressful comedy, part taut dramatic thriller, "Nancy, Please," the debut film of director Andrew Semans, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last year (you can read our review here). Starring relative newcomer Will Rogers and Eleonore Hendricks ("The Dish and the Spoon") as his titular crazed ex, the film follows a Yale student struggling to finish his dissertation when he realizes that his unhelpful ex-girlfriend still has his copy of the book he needs in order to do this.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Playstation, XBOX, YouTube, Nook, CinemaNow and Vudu


"The Rambler" (June 25)

Starring the undervalued Dermot Mulrooney, this 2013 Sundance selection is not about a man who won’t shut up. Rather, it focuses on a recently released convict who decides to search for his long-lost brother rather than take an easy job and put up with a no-good girlfriend. "The Rambler" marks director Calvin Reeder’s second feature and was adapted from his 2008 short of the same name. Both got into Sundance, and both co-star Lindsay Pulsipher.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner, Dish Network, Blockbuster on Demand, Cablevision


"VHS 2" (June 6)

The sequel to the Sundance and SXSW horror spectacular "V/H/S" somehow replicated its predecessor’s impressive admittance streak by obtaining entry to both festivals as well. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn certainly approved, stating the gory short films that make up “V/H/S 2” are “relentless in their attempts to provoke immense shock,” while the footage “smartly contextualizes its nightmarish cavalcade of violence by acknowledging the luxury of enjoying it from a distance.” If brave enough, you can enjoy “V/H/S 2” up close and personal via the modernized spirit of its creation: VOD.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner, Dish Network, Blockbuster on Demand, Cablevision


"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" (June 7)

Though released in select theaters on May 24, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” makes it at-home debut June 7 after stirring up plenty of buzz at its Sundance premiere. The documentary tracks the controversial website created by Julian Assange from creation through its part in the largest security breach in U.S. history. Assange only appears in archival footage and has denounced the film, but critics responded positively to veteran documentary-filmmaker Alex Gibney’s piece.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner, Dish Network, Blockbuster on Demand, Cablevision



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