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by Nigel M Smith
June 1, 2012 10:00 AM
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The Top 10 Indies to Watch On VOD This June

(June 15)

"Timecrimes" director Nacho Vigalondo (what a name) is back with "Extraterrestrial," another loopy comedy with a sci-fi bent. The film opens with an industrial design student waking up in the apartment of his one-night stand Julia, only to discover an alien spaceship hovering high above their city. Don't let that set up fool you. Vigalondo isn't making his answer to "Independence Day." Think of this as "No Exit" for the sci-fi set.


"Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together" (June 1)

Love can sometimes suck, can't it? "Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together," an appealing lesbian romantic comedy tells a familiar story of two folks who are destined to be together, but let drama get in the way. When Jamie (Jacqui Jackson) tells her best friend Jessica (Jessica London-Shields) that she's moving from Chicago to New York to become an actress, Jessica gets upset because she harbors a secret crush on her buddy. As the moving day nears, Jessica acts out by dating a slew of other women, forcing Jamie to see her friend in a whole new light.

"Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" (June 15)

When not shutting it down on red carpets in Cannes with her age-defying figure, the legendary Jane Fonda still occasionally acts. Her latest (her first film since 2007's "Georgia Rule") finds the actress is comedy mode playing a free-spirited hippie mother to a high-strung Catherine Keener in a fun romp from two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford. Elizabeth Olsen ("Silent House"), Chace Crawford ("Gossipt Girl") and Kyle MacLachlan ("Blue Velvet") round out the stellar cast.

"Walk Away Renee"
(June 27)

It's been eight years since Jonathan Caouette's fascinating auto-biographical documentary "Tarnation," and now, finally, comes the long overdue follow-up to his award-winning sensation. In "Walk Away Renee," the filmmaker embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee (who you'll remember from "Tarnation") across the country. As they come up against roadblocks in the present, Caoutte flashes back to the past, offering up insight into their fractured mother/son relationship.



  • Marc | June 12, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    Can't find Cook County.Can someone give me the site on which it's on?

  • Jazz | June 8, 2012 6:02 AMReply

    This movie has a very good social message everyone should see atleast one time.
    Sweating Armpits

  • Jessica | June 8, 2012 6:00 AMReply

    Rebecca is looking very beautiful in Bag of hammers.

  • jingmei | June 3, 2012 2:25 AMReply

    Cool list thanks. Monica Belluci just made viewers horny in Un Ete Brulant though she's quite old. Under the struggling emotional surface in this film, Philippe Garrel actually always gets potential political subject matter, et he juste can direct his son Louis Garrel do anything in his films. Collaborator is a worthy film, Martin Donovan should deserve making more awesome stuff, though he's been envolved bunch of horror flicks recent years.

  • zag | June 1, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Bad spell check on the column. No CHERYL Wright in country music!

  • Nigel Smith | June 2, 2012 9:53 AM

    Apologies! It's been fixed.

  • Bruce Spencer | June 1, 2012 6:54 PMReply

    Conspicuous by its absence is the hilarious comedy documentary, "Abel Raises Cain," by the first time filmmakers, Jennifer and Jeff Hockett. It won First Grand Prize at Slamdance in 2005 and again at the 2009 Fargo Film Fesival. Subsequently, after winning top awards in Canada, England, Denmark, Germany and France, this movie has demonstrated long legs by continually playing worldwide and receiving additional critical acclaim and thousands of adoring emails from fans. (

  • willis reed | June 1, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    Nice list. Hope doc makes it next year!