Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama wrote and directed her first feature film, Girlfight in 1999. Since then she has directed the science-fiction love story Aeon Flux, and the comedy-horror film Jennifer’s Body. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Sorry, Wrong Number

1948
Paramount
Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama takes us through the 1948 film version of...
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Paris Texas

1984
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Wim Wenders’ fatalistic road movie stars Harry Dean Stanton as an amnesiac who wanders...
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The Hustler

1961
20th Century Fox
This gritty, downbeat adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel was director Robert Rossen’s favorite of his films, and one of Paul Newman’s as well. He reprised...
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

1982
Universal
Amy Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on screenwriter Cameron...
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The Year of Living Dangerously

1983
MGM/UA
Peter Weir’s superb political thriller set against the upheaval of Sukarno’s...
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Paris, Texas

1984
20th Century Fox
Wim Wenders’ 1984 French-German coproduction features a typically (for Wenders) unconventional cast, including the...
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Eraserhead

1977
Libra Films International
David Lynch’s visionary black comedy was shot in sunny California but the bleakly surreal black...
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Heathers

1988
New World Pictures
The original Mean Girls, this acerbic black comedy from director and TFH guru Michael Lehmann...
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Fat City

1972
Columbia
John Huston’s career rebounded after a series of boxoffice duds when this downbeat neo-noir...
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Deep Red

1976
Howard Mahler Films
Music teacher David Hemmings investigates a series of brutal axe murders in Dario Argento’s...
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Blue Steel

1989
MGM/UA Distribution Company
Kathryn Bigelow followed Near Dark with a gritty urban thriller also co-written by Eric...
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Near Dark

1987
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
For her second film, director Kathryn Bigelow’s original intention had been to make a...
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Point Break

1991
20th Century Fox
Kathryn Bigelow’s first commercial hit is a visceral surfing/heist thriller that takes its title...
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Valley Girl

1983
Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Martha Coolidge’s directorial debut introduced the local phenomenon of ValleySpeak to an unbelieving world....
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Shoot the Moon

1982
MGM
Alan Parker’s emotionally charged portrait of a collapsing marriage showcases Diane Keaton and...
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Foxes

1980
United Artists
Coming of age via sex and drugs in the San Fernando Valley as observed by...
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The Parallax View

1974
Paramount
A corporation devoted to political assassinations?! What seemed pretty far out to some...
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Smile

1975
United Artists
The bromide is that satire is what closes on Saturday night, and the boxoffice reception...
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Alligator

1980
Group 1 International
John Sayles wrote the witty script, mostly on airplanes, at the same time he was...
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

1974
Bryanston Distributing
Gritty, visceral and intensely disturbing, Tobe Hooper’s Nixon-era magnum opus achieves almost...
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