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Entries in The Invitation (3)

Thursday
Feb 23 2017

A New Awards Group?Yup,Another One for the Indies

Over the years I realize that The Film Experience has been a bit of a killjoy in terms of one very specific development that other awards sites fawn on: the explosion of film award groups.亚博主页It's just that over the years its been ridiculous to see the numbers explode but not see any correlative expansion of ideas or discussion about what constitutes great cinema.If all awards groups do is rubber stamp each other and watch the same 20 movies,we should just stick to the 3 or 4 original groups and be done with it!

This preamble is a way of saying that when I heard there was a new Independent Film Award organization I initially rolled my eyes and shrugged it off with a tweet.Weren't The Gothams and the Spirits enough?But I've had a bit of a change of heart and am keeping an open mind after further investigation.If you're going to create a new film award,you need a purpose.And the American Independent Film Awards seems to have one.In fact,it looks like they're planning to do exactly what the Independent Spirit awards originally set out to do but have long since wandered away from as they've become a mainstream big publicity party for the mini-majors and their Oscar campaigns.The AIFA will focus on movies with budgets of $1 million or less.In other words,true indies as studios don't make films that size...

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Thursday
Jun 23 2016

Links: Danielle Brooks,Shark Movies,Ghostbuster Themes

The Ringer"True confessions of Shark,"the star who invented the blockbuster (Ha!)
IndieWirecallsThe Shallowsthe best shark movie sinceJaws.Wow...but then,on the other hand,are thereanygood shark movies sinceJawsso maybe that's not such high praise?
Buzzfeedhas a long gripping read about director Karyn Kusama's tough journey fromGirlfight(2000) through two studio disasters and on to her new filmThe Invitation(2016)
TFE...which we reviewed in April,icymi
YouTubethe newGhostbusterstheme song "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)"by Fall Out Boy is basically a cover with some new flourishes including Missy Elliott so it won't be Oscar nominated (or even eligible) like the original tune from 1984

US Magazinethere's a Golden Girls Cafe opening in NYC but "cheesecake"isn't the menu headliner so fire everyone.(If you read the fine print it's actually a restaurant in honor of Rue McClanahan...but they're really pushing it as a Golden Girls Cafe so they need to step up their menu game)
VarietyThisEuphoriamovie cast gets better and better: Eva Green,Alicia Vikander...and now Charlotte Rampling?And it's got a female director and a great cinematographer (Ex Machina's Rob Hardy).Be still my (frost-bitten) heart
Slaterips apart 2016's sequels as anti-storytelling,pro-branding.Yes.
BeSpokeRedmayne awww a little precocious 8 year old who loves Stephen Hawkings and "Eddie's Marilyn movie"got to meet her idol Eddie Redmayne
NY Theaterin case you want a headstart on NEXT SUMMER's Tony Awards - lots of potentially exciting shows opening in the next 11 months including revivals ofFalsettos,The Little Foxes,Hello Dolly,andLes Liaisons Dangereuseswith Janet McTeer as the Merquise de Merteuil and Liev Schreiber as her partner-in-love-crime Valmont

Quote of the Day
Today ShowDanielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black,The Color Purple) says:

My career is a Crayola box now!"

I demand remakes ofBlue Angel,She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,Foxy Brown,andThe Creature from the Black Lagoonall starring this fine actress.LOVE HER SO MUCH.Hoping Emmy notices her soon forOrange is the New Black.

Uh...Try 'Movie of the Year'

iTunesrental deal this week is Todd Hayne'sCarol,our #1 film of 2015. It's only 99¢ so there's no time like the now if you've been putting it off.(If you're into buying digital copies of things -- I am not.I need physical copies as digitial is too ephemeral and as soon as there are technology updates or you get a new computer suddenly you lose things -- there are a ton of great deals on LGBT movies at iTunes under their Pride month label)

Friday
Apr 15 2016

Review: The Invitation

A dinner party reunion of estranged friends sets the stage for director Karyn Kusama's unnerving and twisted micro-horrorThe Invitation.The film's marketing has wisely eschewed going much further than that vague synopsis,for this one is most rewarding when experienced fresh.But don't just expect surprises with what unfolds,but from what's underneath the plentiful chills.

Shot almost entirely within one swanky Los Angeles home,the modest production is deceptive for how easily it gets under your skin and rattles.Its slim budget is hidden by a glossy presentation and a production design that finds the right alchemy of alluring and demonic (paging Daniel Walber!).Kusama treats this house as she does the many characters,all hidden corners of darkness packaged within a polished facade.If you watchThe Invitationon VOD,prepare to have home jealousy,for this is pure house porn.And you'll definitely want a glass of wine.

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