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The Invitation
« on: September 03, 2015, 02:30:25 PM »
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director: Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body, Ćon Flux, Girlfight)
release date: not sure

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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2015, 02:08:59 PM »
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release date: USA March 2016

people are saying nice-enough things about this movie from Beyond Fest. it's actually because i was investigating The Tribe's blu-ray release that i realized Drafthouse Films is the distributor. their name absolutely makes me more excited about this movie.

here's Drafthouse's recent roster:

#35 The Look of Silence
#36 The Tribe
#37 Roar
#38 The Invitation

plus outside that roster there's



i consider this post on topic spiritually speaking

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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2016, 01:49:54 PM »
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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 03:38:59 PM »
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This looks intense and amazing and I haven't the vaguest clue what it's even about.
Now you're in the *spoiler* place.

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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2016, 12:56:43 PM »
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Spoilery trailer

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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2016, 12:17:36 AM »
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Yes, yes, and more yes. This was great!

FYI, the full trailer gets spoilery. Don't watch it. But the teaser is good. (And hopefully people realize the trailer in the first post is a joke.)

I honestly can't remember the last movie that put me in fight or flight mode for the entire duration, but this certainly did. Sure, that's partly because I don't like parties, but still.

The Invitation definitely benefits in comparison to The Witch (which is fresh in my mind). This movie develops an atmosphere ten times deeper and more affecting, using only people's faces and very subtle mysteries. It's so expertly crafted to create and maintain tension. What a breath of fresh air to see a movie that so thoroughly accomplishes what it set out to do.

I can get into spoilers once more people have seen this.
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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2016, 04:51:56 PM »
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I also loved the trailer, but it's funny you bring up The Witch because.... hmmm....

KINDA SPOILERS... NOT VERY SPECIFIC THOUGH



The Witch builds and builds and pays off while this builds and builds and just ends up where you think it will.
I still loved it, it just made some moves toward blowing my mind and then just kinda gave it a quick handjob.




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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2016, 05:04:44 PM »
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Oh RK, will we ever agree?

MAJOR SPOILERS

I totally concur that this is a conventional thriller. And maybe it did have some other kind of potential. But would I have been okay with a crazier ending? I honestly don't think so.

I was momentarily excited when the movie teased that it might have all been paranoia... but then I realized I did not want that at all. It would have just been a movie about grief and what it does to our minds, etc. But how deflating would that be? And is that what anyone signed up for?

What's a better alternate ending? Vampires?
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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2016, 05:43:34 PM »
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Haha! Pretty sure we line up with most things. Lately you've just picked a couple of my faves to not like.

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I agree that just paranoia would have been a let down. That's not what I wanted (Vampires would have been hilarious though). Again, I really loved it and I thought the ending was fine, but there was psychology at play that didn't pay off. If I knew what exactly what I wanted from it, it probably wouldn't have been a very good ending because it would have been what I expected (which is what I got).

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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2016, 10:37:06 AM »
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Short version: I watched this a few days after seeing Green Room which as a claustrophobic thriller beats this in every conceivable way. This was fine. And the ending was creepy and Twilight Zone-ish but the preceding 90 minutes seem to think the movie contains a lot more secrets than it actually does as RK mentions it kinda goes exactly where you think it's going to and just takes a while getting there.
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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2016, 11:28:31 AM »
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spoiler: i'm going to side with jb, based on knowing i like and respect the talents of Karyn Kusama, and based on jb describing and liking this movie based on what the movie is.

Karyn Kusama's next movie btw:



i mean, come on.

^that's a female directors' horror anthology btw btw, the other directors being Mary Harron, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, the musician St. Vincent, and two directors i've never heard of.

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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2016, 12:00:18 AM »
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Now on Netflix.
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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2016, 04:08:14 AM »
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This was exactly everything I want in a movie.
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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2016, 01:13:46 PM »
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i have been known to claim that the theory of watching a movie the second time can make it better is a complete myth and a psychological illusion.

but my god.

i loved this movie the first time i watched it, a few days ago, but then i rewatched it
with my fiancee last night and i lost my shit.
this movie is so amazing. at first i was reminded of 'you're next' and things like that, but it is so incredibly original. with green room and this, 2016 is pretty fucking impressive.

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Re: The Invitation
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2016, 03:51:39 PM »
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This, Green Room, and The Witch are all setting the bar crazy high this year.
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