I am obsessed with A24 as a production company. They have had some BANGERS come out in recent years, and to get myself pumped for ‘Saint Maud’ coming out (hopefully) soon, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and make a list of the best movies that they have put out. I should add that these movies are the ones that I have actually seen, so I’m sorry but ‘Uncut Gems’ will not be on this list, no matter how much I probably would like it.
This movie is such a love-it or hate-it movie, and I completely understand when people tell me that they don’t like it. It’s not my favorite horror film, but I just love how the director, Ari Aster, can make a movie that is so different and complex. No surprise to anyone, he will be appearing a little later on this list as well…
‘Eighth Grade’ (2018)
I only recently watched this movie, and it is just so good. One thing that I love about A24 is that they take chances on smaller/new directors. Bo Burnham has always had a sense of humor that I love, and this movie really worked well with that. Also, eighth grade in itself is a time in everyone’s life that doesn’t have enough movies made about it. More awkward puberty movies please!
Yeah yeah we all know that I love ‘Hereditary’. I can’t stop talking about it. You can read more about my thoughts in my Favorite Movies of All Time list.
‘The Disaster Artist’ (2017)
I hadn’t actually seen ‘The Room’ yet when this movie came out, so I sat down with a friend and did a double feature of ‘The Room’ and ‘The Disaster Artist’. I would absolutely recommend that to anyone interested. ‘The Disaster Artist’ is shockingly heart-felt while still being hilarious.
‘Good Time’ (2017)
I may not have seen ‘Uncut Gems’, but I have seen another Safdie Brother’s film that I feel is probably similarly stressful from what I’ve heard. This movie made me so sad, but I still really loved it, and Robert Pattinson is the best I’ve ever seen him here.
‘It Comes at Night’ (2017)
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I’ve written a full review and a more in-depth theories post, and I can’t recommend this movie enough. It was marketed horribly, as some kind of jump-scare thriller, but it is so much more than that.
‘Green Room’ (2016)
Another A24 movie that is so stressful to watch, but so good. A gritty, bloody, cat-and-mouse film with Sir Patrick Stewart playing a neo-Nazi bad guy?! Sign me up! Also a great last film for Anton Yelchin before he sadly passed away. I’m pretty sure this movie is still on some streaming platform somewhere, and I highly recommend giving it a watch.
‘Ex Machina’ (2015)
This film is what first turned me on to Alex Garland as a director, and I have been a fan ever since. This movie in particular is easily my favorite, and has an amazing cast. How can you not love Poe Dam– I mean Oscar Isaac? I started watching ‘Dev’s’ recently, from the same writer/director and love that as well.
I suppose I can end this list with a movie from my favorite director, Denis Villeneuve. This is a movie that leaves you with way more questions than answers, and I love that. I love seeing a movie and then looking up all sorts of theories and possible answers. I totally understand how that can infuriate some people, but I just love not knowing everything about a movie and letting my own interpretation take over.
So this list ended up being a lot longer than I meant for it to be, and I skipped over a few more movies that I think are great. I just love how experimental all of the films that come out of A24 are, and how free it seems that they let their filmmakers be.
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