After being dealt some bad luck in the studio system with the underwhelming action flick Aeon Flux and the undervalued horror comedy Jennifer’s Body, director Karyn Kusama emerges with her best film since she made her feature debut with 2000's Girlfight. The Invitation is an exceptionally unnerving thriller, a sharp study in the horrors of platonic indulgence and the over-extension of courtesy.
Disclaimer: It's best to go into Karyn Kusama's The Invitation completely blind, if possible, in order to get the most out of this exquisitely unnerving thriller. But if you absolutely, positively must watch a trailer before you commit to seeing the film, then this is a pretty great preview of what's in store.
I don't like dinner parties. They make me uncomfortable. I’m not great at meeting new people; I’m terrible at remembering names, and I’m a really bad conversationalist when I don’t have a shared language like movies or comics to fall back on. So even before the actual horror, The Invitation is already my nightmare. A dinner party where a guy has to endure an evening with his ex-wife, her new husband and all her friends? And then you mix in some serious scares? Yeah, no thank you. I’d like to sleep again at some point this century.
Following her role in Cary Fukunaga’s gorgeous and haunting adaptation of ‘Jane Eyre,’ Mia Wasikowska is at it again with another adaptation of a literary classic—this time, it’s ‘Madame Bovary,’ which boasts a lovely cast and even lovelier scenery, with Wasikowska playing the titular role of a woman who quickly discovers that she’s married a total Debbie Downer. So what does Mme. Bovary do? Have some affairs with some handsome fellas, of course.
Since the first glimpse of Tom Hardy as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises' hit the airwaves, we've been secretly wondering what lies underneath that mask of his. Apparently, it's a beard the likes of which can only be matched by Christian Bale's insane scruff.