Exciting double bill! (at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown)
When the world burns I want this image to be all that survives for us to be remembered by.
Every team of mercenaries needs a guy who’s supposed to be fishing but just stands around like an asshole with his hands in his pockets.
How much would it cost to cut off your pinky? To cheat on your wife? To destroy a friendship? That’s the burning moral question â well, rapid-fire series of burning moral questions â at the center …
Grantland headline says it all.
A new thriller, directed by E.L. Katz.
The movie is better than Mr. Elbri gives it credit for but I appreciate his kind words towards me.
Pat Healy discusses his rise in the independent film realm and lessons learned while making ‘Cheap Thrills
63. Cheap Thrills (2014) Dir. E.L. Katz
Cheap Thrills is one of the darkest and nastiest comedies I’ve ever seen. It’s the story of an average Joe who slowly descends deeper and deeper into a black hole before coming out filthy and battered on the other side. It’s an audacious display of bad taste and mean spirit, essentially en episode of Jackass with a plot. This is the perfect film to be watched at home, behind closed doors with the curtains closed. It shines a light on a small dark corner of American suburbia that you somehow feel guilty for witnessing but strangely exhilarated by. All these things are positives. It’s got a great little cast of indie genre stars including Pat Healy and Sara Paxton (who also starred together in Ti West’s The Innkeepers). Paxton is one of the most interesting and versatile young actresses working right now and I always enjoy seeing her on screen. Here she plays a mysterious and alluring siren, dangerous but sympathetic. Compare it to her work in both The Innkeepers and the remake of The Last House on the Left and it will take you a second to believe it’s the same actress. Healy too is his ever-reliable self. You never once question his decisions or motives, nor do you ever leave his side. For a first film, Katz and his writers Trent Haaga and David Chirchirillo have created something very bold and aggressive, it gets up in your face an demands your attention. Low budget punk filmmaking at it’s finest. It’s that rare thing: a comedy that bruises.
'A comedy that bruises.' I like that.
“I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun at the movies.” I cringed when I heard these words come out of my mouth when describing the experience of seeing the film Cheap Thrills, fully realizing how dopey I sounded. I then repeated it in a mock-1950s Eisenhower-era businessman…
I wrote about the movie Cheap Thrills ! Go read! Then GO SEE!!!!!!!!!! (SPOILER ALERT: IT IS A PRETTY PERFECT MOVIE)
Cheap Thrills has left me in a daze. It’s a similar feeling to the one I had after watching Taxi Driver or Funny Games for the first time. That “did I see what I just think I saw” feeling. Even as I write these words, I realize that this one will be sticking with me for awhile to come. The…
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★★★★☆ Dir: E.L Katz (2013) That ever used comedic introduction of a character at the beginning of an absolute nadir of life kicks of the devilishly morbid…