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The Top 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This February

By Indiewire | Indiewire February 4, 2013 at 10:43AM

This month on VOD: A timely fantasy starring indie darling Juno Temple; a family drama starring "The Sessions"' John Hawkes; an Alex Karpovsky double feature; the directorial debut from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl; the latest from odd-ball writer-director-musician Quentin Dupieux ("Rubber"); a horror film that takes aim at the one percent; and much more. Below are the 10 indies to watch on VOD this February in alphabetical order. 

"The Playroom" (February 5)

John Hawkes continues his run of decidedly less intimidating roles that he started with "The Sessions" in Julia Dyer's sensitive familial indie which premiered at Tribeca last April. The title refers to the place where a group of 1970s siblings led by teenager Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris) gather to tell stories by candlelight while downstairs their unhappily married parents (Hawkes and Molly Parker) get drunk with a couple of friends. What follows is a night of bitter confrontations and arguments between the adults, seen from the perspective of the kids upstairs.

Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu and Google Play.


"Red Flag" (February 19)

The increasingly visible Alex Karpovsky (best known for his roles in Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" and "Girls," but also seen in last month's "Supporting Characters" and the upcoming Coen brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis") has been a budding auteur since his freshman film "The Hole Story" dropped in 2005. If you're a fan of the funnyman then this is your lucky year, and more specifically month, as two of Karpovsky's features are slated to hit VOD in February after riding out the festival circuit. "Red Flag" is heavily indebted to both Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" and Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm;" following Karpovsky (as himself) on awkward comedic misadventures as he travels around the country with his 2008 feature "Woodpecker," struggling through Q&A's and hotel stays as he reels from a recent breakup. Eric Kohn called it an "eloquent portrait of narcissism" after it aired at LAFF last summer, and it earned many accolades for Karpovsky's charmingly loopy distinctive voice.

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


"Rubberneck" (Febrary 19)

Start planning your Alex Karpovsky double feature party now, as this month also sees the VOD release of "Rubberneck," which premiered at Tribeca last year. Here Karpovsky and co-writer Garth Donovan go for something a bit more sinister than "Red Flag" and the actor/director's more well known comedic roles. A taut, uneasy thriller about workplace obsession taken to the extreme, Karpovsky stars as a Boston research scientist who has a brief, unlikely fling with a co-worker (Jaime Ray Newman) and can't handle her subsequent dismissal of him for another man. It's a dark character study with undertones of "Psycho," but the general consensus among critics seems to be that Karpovsky handles the unlikely dramatic elements realistically and competently

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

This article is related to: New On VOD, Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution, Wrong, Brooklyn Castle, Would You Rather, Rubberneck, Red Flag, Beware of Mr. Baker, The Brass Teapot, Sound City, The Playroom

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