Interview: Cory Finley Talks ‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’, Unusual Alien Invasions, Creative World Building, And More

Cory Finley’s third feature, Landscape with Invisible Hand, is an unusual brand of alien invasion movie. There isn’t an invasion at all. The extraterrestrial Vuvv arrived and purchased the Earth and all of humanity, putting most people out of work and into poverty. The only way for a lot of people to make money is to stream their lives to the Vuvv as entertainment, since they find human relationships, in particular love stories, so fascinating.

I had the good pleasure of speaking with Cory Finley about Landscape with Invisible Hand. In our conversation, I told him how his film ended my streak of bad movies to close out Sundance. We talked about what drove him to adapt M.T. Anderson’s book, and any challenges in doing an alien invasion movie that goes against the grain. We also talked about how he wanted to depict the Vuvv visually, and his eagerness to work with star Tiffany Haddish.

Landscape with Invisible Hand opens in theaters on August 18th.

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Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.