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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Lets face it, the MTV Movie Awards is not a real award show. It’s more a piece of badly choreographed television “entertainment” than anything else. I mean, at what other Award show does Twilight: New Moon take home five awards, and the movie Obsessed win… well, anything — EVER?
For those of you who are interested, you can find a list of winners of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards after the jump. Leave your snarky sarcastic-filled responses below.
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The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again. Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.
And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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Costing only $15,000 to make, Paranormal Activity makes up for what it lacks in budget with pure ingenuity. The most obvious comparison is naturally The Blair Witch Project, with both films being presented as if they were genuine footage that’s been discovered after-the-fact. Where Paranormal Activity shines though, is its setting: a house. Not a forest, not an isolated mansion—a normal, everyday house. When it comes to fearing a supernatural presence, there’s no place people feel more vulnerable than their own home. Paranormal Activity takes advantage of this, and uses subtle filmmaking tricks to slowly ratchet up the tension as night after night goes by. I can fully understand why somebody would find the experience terrifying. I, however, did not. Though I certainly appreciate the film, and admire it for the incredible success that it’s found, Paranormal Activity might just be one of the least scary horror films I have ever seen, and that’s an issue that no amount of admiration or appreciation can cure. I get the distinct impression that those who found the movie frightening are people who went into it with a built-in apprehension of ghosts, which would certainly explain why it did nothing for me. I consider myself a total pansy when it comes to most forms of horror–I nearly pissed myself in terror when I saw The Grudge in theaters—but any movie that relies on my real life fear of the supernatural isn’t likely to garner much of a response. If you don’t share that problem, then you should only see Paranormal Activity if you’re prepared to stay awake every night for the next two weeks.
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Do popular movie trailers always result in huge box office? Not necessarily. Silicon Alley Insider has an interesting chart comparing online movie trailer views up against opening weekend box office receipts, and the results are pretty interesting. A film like Jennifer’s Body had over 7 million trailer views online, but made less than $10 million on opening weekend, while a film like Law Abiding Citizen had only a few hundred thousand trailer views, and made over $20 million during the first weekend.
In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the sad state of Disney’s live action brand, assess Tomas Alfredson’s proclivities for gender-bending storylines, offer up some unabashed praise for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and report back on the first week of the fall TV season. Special guest Adam Kempenaar joins us from the Filmspotting podcast.
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It’s a slow news day, so I thought I’d share this video which hit the web last week, but we never got around to posting. When National Lampoon’s Matt Zaller does junket interviews for Jennifer’s Body, star Megan Fox gets ignored and forced into putting a bag on her head.
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Last week I had the opportunity to interview screenwriter Diablo Cody and producer Jason Reitman about the new teen horror comedy Jennifer’s Body.
During the interview we talked about the 1980’s horror influences of the film, the magic of old horror movie cover art, Diablo’s cameo and the full burn that never happened, the prospects of a Cody/Reitman comedy tour, the warm thoughts from /Film commenters, Cody’s writing process, the troubles of keeping pop culture jokes relevant through the lengthy development process, Jason’s thoughts on directing horror films, the first time Jason watched Nightmare on Elm Street, Diablo on writing strong female protagonists, and finally… Reitman and Cody address the Juno backlash.
And since Diablo and JasOn are both very active on Twitter, I also decided to ask some quick questions from Twitter users: Will Reitman direct Tara? Does Diablo feel pressure to change her writing style? Will Diablo direct? Will Jason and Diablo work together again? What does Diablo think of the “unfair criticism”? Does Jason feel pressure to be more like his father? How are the characters in Juno and Jennifer’s Body connected? Which John Hughes teen movie would be better with Demons?
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Two years ago, screenwriter Diablo Cody made a huge splash with her big screen debut Juno, which was praised by critics, and was ultimately met with backlash by those who arrived on the backend of the hype. An Academy Award and two years later, Diablo is back in Toronto with something to prove. If you hate Cody, I doubt Jennifer’s Body will do much to change your mind. There are sure to be a lot of naysayers with a vocal agenda who will likely never give this film a real chance.
For me, Jennifer’s Body was a lot of fun. The movie feels more like the teen horror films that I grew up with in the 1980’s than the contemporary slashers produced by Platinum Dunes or Dimension Films. Actually, it plays more like a teen comedy than a horror film, and that’s not a bad thing. The laugh to jump ratio is probably 50:1.
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A whole ton of new photos have showed up on the web today, thanks in part to the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. But before I get to those, perhaps the most notable stills are scanned from Empire‘s Avatar cover story. They show, among other things, Sigourney Weaver‘s avatar. We saw her in the Comic Con and Avatar Day footage, but if you missed those exhibitions, this is your first chance to see a blue alien that looks a whole lot like Dana Barrett. See more of Empire‘s Avatar images after the break, along with stuff from Valhalla Rising, Jennifer’s Body, and Whiteout. Read More »