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.
1. GODZILLA Set Visit Coverage
While I have little to no experience with the oft referred “King of the Monsters”, I’ve been looking forward to director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake since the first trailer debuted over three months ago. Add in this sensational second trailer and, at this point, I’m just shy of counting down the days to May 16th. It should come as no surprise, then, that Matt’s Godzilla set visit coverage takes this week’s top spot: his set visit recap, on set interviews with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, director Gareth Edwards, and Legendary Pictures CEO/producer Thomas Tull.
2. DIVERGENT Interviews and Review
Though I’m still guilty of the occasional eye roll when the trailers pop-up in front of a movie I’m seeing at the theater, I always try to keep a sense of perspective that a majority YA novel adaptations are not made for me and that’s okay. There’s a substantial market for said adaptations as evidenced by Divergent‘s solid $22.8 million Friday box office take and I can’t begrudge either side for their involvement in making and seeing the film because it’s not all about me. This self-realization aside, I encourage those excited about the film to check out Matt’s review; Steve’s slew of video interviews with the excellent Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller & Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort (who stars alongside Woodley in my much-anticipated The Fault in Our Stars), Tony Goldwyn & Ashley Judd, and Christian Madsen & Ben Lloyd-Hughes; and Sheila’s text interview with composer Tom Holkenborg (a.k.a. Junkie XL).
3. Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
Having already released enough clips and trailers for the film for someone with enough time, interest, and skill to recreate the completed film from its parts, Sony revealed what it claims is the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this past week. In spite of my snide remarks, I’m looking forward to the film even if this trailer does spend more time running in slow motion than not. Also, if the trailer does anything for you then I believe Tommy’s recap of the movie’s first 15 minutes will also be relevant to your interests.
4. MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews with Tina Fey and More
The follow-up to 2011’s exceptionally fun The Muppets hits theaters this weekend in the form of Muppets Most Wanted. To celebrate we peppered the site this week with video interviews for the pic with the likes of Tina Fey, Kermit & Miss Piggy, producer Todd Lieberman, and songwriter Bret McKenzie. We also have a few press conference transcripts for you to read through with Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, and some of the Muppets gang as well as director James Bobin & Bret McKenzie.
5. CHEAP THRILLS Interviews and Review
As I note in this week’s second spot, I’ve come to accept the fact that not every movie that gets made is done with my own sensibilities in mind. Then again, some are. Enter Cheap Thrills: a disgusting, exhilarating piece of cinema that seems to be after my own sick heart. Though it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I look for it to go down as a cult favorite and a film that I’ll gladly add to my collection. These endorsements in mind, do yourself a favor by checking out Matt’s review, Haleigh’s interviews with director E.L. Katz and stars Pat Healy & Ethan Embry, and if I haven’t scared you off already, the movie itself on VOD and in select theaters now.