E.L. Katz’ directorial debut Cheap Thrills is a twisted and sadistic horror comedy that brilliantly blends social commentary with debauched hilarity. Newly unemployed, Craig (Pat Healy) drowns his sorrows in a seedy bar, where he bumps into old friend Vince (Ethan Embry). The two soon find themselves in cahoots with a rich married couple, whose promise of money and depraved idea of fun soon exposes their true colours. Continue reading “Review: Cheap Thrills (2013)”
The inspired absurdity of Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy ensured that, even after its initial box office disappointment (its overall worldwide cume rang in at a paltry $90M), the film – co-created by comedy duo Adam McKay and Will Ferrell – went on to become a well-loved cult classic. Now, nearly a decade later, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has emerged from development hell as a worthy, if at times bloated and slapdash, sequel that’s more of a hit than it is a miss. Continue reading “Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)”
The fifth instalment in New Line Cinema’s massively successful horror franchise, Final Destination 5 isn’t terribly dissimilar to the films before it, which always center on a character who has a premonition about a fatal accident and must cheat Death in order to prevent multiple fatalities. In this incarnation, Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) experiences exactly this, witnessing the death of both himself and his co-workers.
No matter how stoic and predicable the Final Destination films have come to be, credit must be given to the filmmakers and writers of each instalment who have always valiantly tried to veer away from the typical trajectory and create something new and exciting with each new instalment. Thankfully, the same can be said for Final Destination 5, in which screenwriter Continue reading “Review: Final Destination 5 (2011)”