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The 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This October

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 3, 2012 at 10:21AM

Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this fall month to bring you a curated list of the 11 most worth your time. You'll find everything from one of the most divisive movies to play at this year's Sundance Film Festival to Matthew Lillard's winning directorial debut, from Parkey Posey's latest zany vehicle to Todd Rohal's follow-up to his decidedly oddball comedy "The Catechism Cataclysm." Here are the 11 films to watch on VOD this October, in alphabetical order:
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Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this fall month to bring you a curated list of the 11 most worth your time. You'll find everything from one of the most divisive movies to play at this year's Sundance Film Festival to Matthew Lillard's winning directorial debut, from Parkey Posey's latest zany vehicle to Todd Rohal's follow-up to his decidedly oddball comedy "The Catechism Cataclysm."

Here are the 11 films to watch on VOD this October, in alphabetical order:

"The Black Tulip" (October 26)

"The Black Tulip," Afghanistan's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, is a modern portrait of the country that captures the current plight and resilience of its people. After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, the Mansouri family seizes the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called "The Poet's Corner," with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read poetry, perform music and tell their stories. This moving film gives a voice to the people of Afghanistan by telling a story through the eyes of an everyday family from Kabul, who remain hopeful despite constant struggle and tragedy.

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

"The Comedy" (October 24)

There was no film more 'love-it-or-hate-it' at Sundance this year than "The Comedy." Indiewire's Eric Kohn, for one, loves it. In his glowing review from Park City, he wrote: "There's little conventionally funny about 'The Comedy,' but its status as a provocation is a grand joke. Director Rick Alverson ('New Jerusalem') has made a one-of-a-kind portrait of pathologically insecure and overpriviledged hipsters, crafting the finest awkward-bizarre character study since Ronald Bronstein's 'Frownland.' The first brilliant maneuver is its casting of Tim Heidecker as the supremely unlikable lead. Best known as one half of the irreverent comedy duo from 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!,' Heidecker embodies a supremely obnoxious Williamsburg resident committed to wisecracks, regardless of whether or not anyone laughs. Usually, they don't -- and neither do we. That's the point."

Where to Watch: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV

"Decoding Deepak" (October 5)

Deepak Chopra is that strange hybrid of celebrity and spiritual icon, known for his followers (Michael Jackson was a loyal fan) and diamond-bedazzled eyewear. But to his son Gotham, he's just Dad. In Gotham's feature directorial debut "Decoding Deepak," the filmmaker and journalist attempts to separate the man from myth by following him around the world for nearly a year. The resulting documentary is a remarkably honest portrait of Deepak, as seen through the eyes of someone who knows him best.

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

READ MORE: Deepak Chopra and His Son, Gotham, Talk About Father/Son Doc 'Decoding Deepak'

"The Details" (October 5)

Despite being shelved for over a year, the star-studded dark comedy "The Details" looks plenty appealing if the hilarious trailer is anything to go by. That and Harvey Weinstein's a fan -- he acquired it for a whopping $8 million at Sundance in 2011. In the film, directed by Jacob Aaron Ester ("Mean Creek"), Tobey Maguire stars as a doctor whose bad luck with a pesky racoon kicks off a chain reaction of trouble in his life that includes a brush with infidelity, extortion, organ donation and a crazy cat lady. Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta and Kerry Washington all co-star.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

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