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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:
1

"Fat Kid Rules the World" (October 25)

Matthew Lillard's directorial feature debut "Fat Kid Rules The World" opens rather inauspiciously with a suicide attempt. Fortunately for Troy BIllings ("Terri" breakout Jacob Wysocki) -- our eponymous fat kid -- a charismatic young high school dropout by the name of Marcus (Matt O'Leary) is there to push him out of the path of a speeding bus. Before long, Marcus has enlisted Troy as drummer in his punk band, and though Troy's new identity gives him much-needed confidence and purpose, his father is less than thrilled by his choice of friends. The story here is not new, but given the number of indie film fans who harbor nostalgic memories of punk rock adolescence, it will warm more than a few hearts.

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, DirecTV, Bright House Network, Cox, inDemand


 

"Hotel Noir" (October 9)

If you're a fan of the bygone noir era, then you'll not want to miss this black and white homage that plays like "Sin City" meets "L.A. Confidential." Set in Los Angeles circa 1958, "Hotel Noir" centers on a detective who holes up in a downtown hotel waiting for a band of killers to come and get him. As one long night turns to day, he meets various characters with haunted pasts of their own. The all-star cast includes Carla Gugino, Danny DeVito, Rufus Sewell, Malin Akerman, Robert Forster, Rosario Dawson and Mandy Moore.

Where to Watch: Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner


 

"The Loneliest Planet" (October 30)

Julia Loktev's haunting follow-up to "Day Night Day Night," "The Loneliest Planet," has been on our radar since its debut at the Locarno Film Festival last year, where Eric Kohn raved, "it should help re-establish Loktev's status as a film artist with a clear vision." The slow burner follows a couple (Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg), whose relationship is tested in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, a few months ahead of their American wedding. "The performances, particularly Bernal and Furstenberg's ceaselessly ambiguous expressions, provide the essential glue that holds together Loktev's conceit," wrote Kohn. "Patient viewers will be rewarded with a pay-off worthy of post-screening debate, although it arrives with only brief nuggets of new information that nudge along a virtually non-existent plot."

Where to Watch: Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner

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