New to Blu-ray: CHEAP THRILLS, THE LIFE AQUATIC Criterion, RED RIVER Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Criterion Collection HD upgrade, a new addition to Criterion, a buzzworthy comedy thriller, a caper remake that was unceremoniously released, and more.  Briefly:

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

Ethan Embry and Pat Healy Talk CHEAP THRILLS, How the Film Defies Genre Labels, The Attraction to Playing Dark Characters, and More

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There’s nothing better than a film that grabs you by the throat and knocks you square on your ass.  Cheap Thrills, out now on VOD and in select theaters, is one of those all too rare films.  Director E.L. Katz takes a simple premise – a pair of old friends who’ve fallen on hard times participate in a series of escalating dares for fast cash – and turns it into a brutal, funny, surprisingly emotional, and occasionally deranged exploration of just how low we’ll go when fueled by desperation.  Cheap Thrills stars David Koechner, Pat Healy, Ethan Embry and Sara Paxton.

At a recent LA press day I had the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with actors Pat Healy and Ethan Embry.  They talked about how the film defies genre labels, what attracted them to their roles, how the watching experience holds up across different media, making a film their proud of, and more.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

CHEAP THRILLS Review

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Cheap Thrills wouldn’t have half of its impact before the 2008 crash.  At the very least, it would be far less resonant and more confusing.  Sure, not everyone was living it up before 2008, but there was the sense of being able to get a job, and it was less obvious that 99% of the country was being ruled by the remaining 1%.  We’re now in desperate times demanding desperate measures and the dark comedy of Cheap Thrills perfectly plays into our despair.  Although it keeps hitting the same thematic notes, those notes becomes louder as director E.L. Katz and screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga implicate the audience’s desire for not only more money, but more disturbing entertainment.

E.L. Katz Talks CHEAP THRILLS, The Excellent Cast, How the Script Evolved, Transitioning from Screenwriter to Director, and More

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There’s nothing better than a film that grabs you by the throat and knocks you square on your ass.  Cheap Thrills, out now on VOD and arriving in select theaters this weekend, is one of those all too rare films.  Director E.L.  Katz takes a simple premise – a pair of old friends who’ve fallen on hard times participate in a series of escalating dares for fast cash – and turns it into a brutal, funny, surprisingly emotional, and occasionally deranged exploration of just how low we’ll go when fueled by desperation.  Cheap Thrills stars David Koechner, Pat Healy, Ethan Embry and Sara Paxton.

I recently had the opportunity to jump on the phone for an exclusive interview with director E.L. Katz.  He talked about his transition from screenwriter to director, what surprised him about being a first time director, landing the excellent ensemble cast, how the script evolved through re-writes, setting the film in LA, what’s up next, and more.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say. 

Red-Band and Green-Band Trailers and Poster for CHEAP THRILLS from Drafthouse Films

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Along with the news that Drafthouse Films has acquired E.L. Katz’s directorial debut Cheap Thrills for a theatrical release, we also have the green and red-band trailers for the film to share with you, along with the first poster.  Cheap Thrills stars Pat Healey (Compliance) as a man who attempts to drink his financial troubles away with an old friend (Ethan Embry), until the pair encounters a mysterious and wealthy husband and wife (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) who challenge them to increasingly dangerous dares in exchange for money.

Cheap Thrills opens in limited release starting March 21, 2014.  Hit the jump for both trailers, the poster and more.

Midnight and Shorts Lineups for SXSW 2013 Include LORDS OF SALEM, V/H/S/2, YOU’RE NEXT, and More

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Just last week the official lineup for the upcoming 2013 SXSW Film Festival was announced, and today the fest has unveiled its lineups for the midnight and shorts categories.  While films like Before Midnight, Much Ado About Nothing, Evil Dead, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will screen in the film festival’s other sections, the midnight lineup includes films like Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, the anthology sequel V/H/S/2 (which recently changed its title from S-V/H/S), and the much buzzed-about horror pic You’re Next.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup.

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