cheap-thrills-TOP-LA-3-17-14If you love movies, right now it’s all about what’s going on in theaters, because it’s been deadly slow on the home video front, though this week brings two Criterion editions that will have fans salivating.

New:

Cheap Thrills: We loved this indie picture, which stars Ethan Embry and Pat Healy as two down on their luck gentlemen who enter into a relationship with a weird rich man (David Koechner) and his wife (Sara Paxton) when the rich guy starts betting them to do things. Perverse and compelling (and a painful black comedy) this is one of the best films of the year.

Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time: Doctor Who has been around for fifty years now, and if you want to know how the series was born, this is the story of how the show came to be.

Endless Love: This came out earlier this year, and is a remake of a garbage 80’s film, though the new version didn’t make much of an impression.

Gambit: This semi-remake was written but not directed by the Coen Brothers. Likely they were keen to make it at one point, but whatever happened, the results are basically going straight to video.

Classics:

Death Spa: This is the sort of film that may have gained some cult popularity based on the title and video box art. No one has suggested it’s a good movie, though as a period film, it’s going to deliver some cool gore and nudity.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Red River: The Criterion Collection is releasing the Howard Hawks classic and one of Wes Anderson’s transition films. Both are well worth picking up.

Sleepaway Camp: A film that is on deck to be remade, and is famous for its great ending. The film itself is a familiar summer camp slasher film, with the requisite awkward performances. But that ending…

What are you picking up this week?