By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 8, 2013 at 11:57AM
#4. "Enlightened: The Complete First Season"
Laura Dern gives her most impassioned performance to date (and that's saying a lot) in HBO's new series "Enlightened," written by "School of Rock" scribe Mike White. The show centers on Amy (Dern), a self-destructuve health and beauty executive who returns to work three months after a very public meltdown. Rejuvenated after a stint at a treatment center in Hawaii, Amy begins to pick up the pieces of her old life and work on herself, all while dealing with an overbearing mother (Diane Ladd) and a slacker ex-husband (Luke Wilson).
Extras: Every episode on the two-disc set includes a short "Inside the Episode" promo featuring White. Also included are a number of audio commentaries spread out over the first season.
#5. "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"
"The Dry Land" star Ryan O'Nan makes his directoral debut with this winning indie comedy (which he also penned) about a recently dumped sad sack (O'Nan), who embarks on an imromptu road trip with his eccentric new bandmate (Michael Weston). Bringing new meaning to the term "lo-fi," the two forge a unique sound by using children's instruments to back their sweet vocals.
Extras: New interviews with O'Nan and Weston; an outtakes reel; two short films by O'Nan and Weston; the original theatrical trailer; and a live performance and Q&A (hosted by this writer!) at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY.