Is Knives and Skin Today’s Heathers?

Director Jennifer Reeder on her new film, Knives and Skin.

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Studio 360 is a smart and surprising guide to what’s happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt introduces the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy—so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life. Produced in association with Slate.

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Kurt Andersen talks with director Jennifer Reeder about her path from making short arthouse films in the 1990s to her new film, Knives and Skin. Producer Sam Kim has the story of erotic potboiler Naked Came the Stranger, which climbed the New York Times’ bestseller list in 1969 but, it turns out, was meant to parody the very bodice-rippers it was outselling. And Richard Curtis’ 2003 movie Love Actually is much parodied for its cheesy gimmicks and accelerated marriage proposals, but screenwriter Oliver Butcher makes a case for why it is actually a deft work of screenwriting and direction.