It’s fun to see the film landscape shake up, and since 2013, a new player has come to town. A24 has quickly established itself as a studio that releases interesting films, as well as awards contenders. The studio was formed in 2012 and released their first movie by 2013. Since 2013, they’ve released a bevy of contenders and indie hits. In 2013, they released “The Spectacular Now,” “Spring Breakers” and “The Bling Ring.” 2014 brought them “Under the Skin,” “Tusk,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Obvious Child.” In 2015 they made their biggest dent yet, with wins for Brie Larson in “Room” and Visual Effects for “Ex Machina.”
This year, they’ve already released popular horror indies, “The Witch” and “Green Room,” as well as the absurdist comedy “The Lobster.” With “Moonlight,” “American Honey,” and “20th Century Women” still to come, this is going to be a huge year for A24.
This weekend, they open the fantastic “Morris From America” with Markess Christmas and Craig Robinson. Clayton currently has Robinson in his 20 for Supporting Actor, and its tough to ignore Christmas if the film proves a hit. With the film coming out this weekend, we know which A24 film is your favorite release so far? I’ve got my 3 below to start us off.
1. “The End of the Tour”
I’ve been a fan of Jason Siegel for a very long time, but even I didn’t believe he had such a captivating performance in him. My love for this film centers entirely around Siegel’s performance and James Ponsoldt‘s excellent direction. The film follows David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg) as he follows David Foster Wallace (Siegel) on the last days of his book tour for “Infinite Jest.” Siegel is able to crush his performance of Wallace, and adds levels to the man destined for a tragic ending. A24 has certainly made stronger films, but this one spoke to me in a more personal, tragic way than others.
2. “A Most Violent Year“
The NBR thought “A Most Violent Year” was one of the year’s best, and I certainly agree with them. The combination of Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain feels like a pairing we’ll look back on and ask ourselves why we didn’t reward it. Chastain has the stronger argument for a snub (only because 2014 might be one of the best Lead Actor races ever), but the fact the film got completely ignored by Oscar is a travesty. “A Most Violent Year” should have shown up in screenplay, cinematography, and score if nothing else. Regardless of its performance with Oscar, the film is an incredible testament to what J.C. Chandor can accomplish. Chandor may be one of the best voices of his generation, and this might be his masterpiece.
3. “Green Room”
When I first sat down to watch “Green Room” I thought the concept and ideas behind were pretty basic. However, in execution, this film is easily one of the best I’ve seen this year. The horror/thriller worked on numerous levels and delivered a satisfying film in the process. Excellent performances from Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin anchor the film, but the ensemble works well. “Green Room” is proof that a simple concept can still deliver on scares and thrills in seemingly obvious ways. For those who scare easy, or don’t like the sight of blood, this might be pass. However, I doubt I’ll see another horror films that works as well as “Green Room” in 2016.
What do you think? Which A24 films are your favorites so far? Let us know in the comments below!