Director Karyn Kusama made her directorial debut in 2000 with the critically acclaimed Girlfight. Her sophomore effort was the 2005 adaptation Æon Flux, which she didn’t have enough creative control over. Kusama’s third feature, 2009’s Jennifer’s Body, while divisive, isn’t without its fans. Since making that horror-comedy, Kusama has directed episodes for Halt and Catch Fire and The Man in the High Castle, but after a six-year wait, the director’s newest film, The Invitation, is now opening in theaters.
The unsettling thriller shows a dinner party gone wrong, told from the perspective of a potentially unreliable narrator, Will (Logan Marshall-Green). Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, Kusama’s film is driven by an emotional and unsettling atmosphere, an uneasy sense of dread and loss we discussed with the director.
Below, read our Karyn Kusama interview.
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If The Invitation had been released last year, it would’ve made my top 10 films of the year list. I saw Karyn Kusama‘s unsettling thriller at last year’s Fantastic Fest, and for the past few months, I haven’t been able to shake it. Not just because it’s a rather unnerving experience, but because of how expertly structured, acted, and shot it is. This is a movie that fires on all cylinders.
After the jump, watch The Invitation trailer.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Studios pretty much always hope a movie will do well enough to earn a sequel, but when a studio begins working on a follow-up before the first film even opens it’s a real vote of confidence. And if recent developments at Fox and Universal pan out, we could be seeing two buddy cop comedy franchises take flight in the near future.
The former has already struck a deal with Katie Dippold to script a sequel to the Melissa McCarthy / Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat, which she also wrote. Over at Universal, meanwhile, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are wanted back to pen the Ride Along sequel. They worked on the original, which stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart and opens next January. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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If you liked the down on his luck superhero elements of the Will Smith film Hancock, but weren’t as much into the ‘gods and love’ story that dominated the second half, you should give some attention to Big Man Japan. That is Hitoshi Matsumoto‘s 2007 Japanese mock documentary about a guy who can grow to gigantic size and fight monsters, but has to deal with a sagging public image. (It was released in Japan as Dainipponjin.)
Big Man Japan is weird fun, full of goofy CGI, and has one of the most batshit crazy endings I’ve seen in some time. (The end really plays with the film’s intentional similarity to Ultraman, and given that the rest of the film has things like a giant monster with an eye-tipped penis tentacle, the fact that the end stands out as really crazy should tell you something.) So, naturally, an American studio is going to try to produce a remake. Read More »
Warner Bros Pictures has issued an official press release announcing the beginning of principal photography on Louis Leterrier‘s Clash of the Titans. I’ve included the whole press release after the jump, and it is actually worth reading because it includes a detailed cast and crew breakdown, and plot synopsis. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 26th 2010.
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