One of Roger Corman's star apprentices, Jonathan Demme was a critic and publicist before he got involved with the legendary producer's New World Pictures, where he wrote and produced such lowdown fare as 1971's Angels As Hard As They Come and 1972's Black Mama, White Mama. Demme's quirky humanist touch was evident in his directorial debut, the 1974 women-in-prison classic Caged Heat, which brought humor, warmth, and a surprisingly progressive attitude to a sordid subgenre.
â€œImmersionâ€? picks up immediately after the last episode, with Philip driving home after his final conversation with Gabriel, totally gutted by his handlerâ€™s warning about bringing Paige into this line of work. For Philip, Gabrielâ€™s words may confirm his own instincts about the spy game â€” for himself, much less Paige â€” but theyâ€™re chilling to hear anyway.
This 2016 thriller from Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”) burns a long fuse in detailing the strange and increasingly ominous events at a Hollywood Hills dinner party. In fact, many of the guests are surprised to have been invited at all, not least the host’s ex-husband (Logan Marshall-Green), who hasn’t seen her since she remarried and split town for two years on a spiritual quest.