To help support its upcoming streaming service, Apple has gotten into the film production game by striking a deal to co-produce movies with the arthouse indie studio A24. They’re already in production on their first film, On the Rocks, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, but now they’ve lined up their second film as part of their multi-year agreement.
The Sky Is Everywhere, the young adult novel by Jandy Nelson, is being turned into a feature film with Madeline’s Madeline director Josephine Decker getting behind the camera. But what’s this book about? Read More »
A24 has quickly risen to be a recognizable name in the film world. From humble beginnings, they’ve sprung up to release Oscar-winning films like Moonlight. They’re not just a distributor – they’re a brand, and a popular one at that. A24 has already branched out into products: clothing, candles, and so on. Now they’re adding books to the list, too. A new line of A24 books will launch next week, devoted to Moonlight, The Witch, and Ex Machina, respectively. Each book will contain the film in question’s screenplay, along with other features like essays, stills, and more.
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It’s always a pleasure to see Adam Sandler take a break from the mind-numbing broad comedies that are keeping him paid by Netflix, but his latest artistic collaboration with the Safdie brothers, Uncut Gems, guarantees anything but a good time. The A24 ingenues, Josh and Benny Safdie, are well-known for their anxiety-inducing crime dramas in which the protagonists make exceedingly bad decisions. And in Uncut Gems, Sandler’s jewelry dealer makes all kinds of bad decisions. Watch the Uncut Gems trailer below.
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The slow, burning, ever-mounting dread. A scenario that always seems slightly off, as if the world itself has somehow become askew. And a climax that cranks the terror up to 11. These are the familiar trappings of the A24 horror movie – The Witch, It Comes At Night, Enemy, Hereditary, Midsommar, even the upcoming The Lighthouse. Now the indie distributor has added another slow-burn terror to their cannon: Saint Maud, Rose Glass‘ sensational creeper that puts the viewer entirely within the mind of its religion-obsessed protagonist. From the very first shot it becomes clear that horrible events are lurking in the shadows of Saint Maud, and by the time the shocking final frame arrives, we’re left with nothing but unrelenting nightmares.
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Just as “cable knit sweater weather” begins, A24 is dropping a new trailer for The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers‘ creepy and bizarre follow-up to The Witch starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two unhinged lighthouse keepers with indecipherable old-timey accents. Watch the new The Lighthouse trailer below.
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The Farewell is returning to theaters for a special Grandparents Day release. This weekend, The Farewell Mandarin version is coming to theaters, with the entire film subtitled in Mandarin for the film to reach an audience that will get to see themselves in the movie.
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Soon enough we’ll be heading into awards season, but before that, some prestige films are vying for acclaim at the likes of film festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. One of them has been getting rave reviews after debuting in the mountains of Telluride and is already being called a breakout, must-see film of 2019.
Waves is the latest film from It Comes At Night director Trey Edward Shults, and it sounds like a heart-wrenching drama following a family (Sterling K. Brown, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Taylor Russell and Kelvin Harrison Jr.) that is one the verge of falling apart. With all the buzz on the festival circuit, A24 has released the first Waves trailer to get keep the anticipation growing for this promising indie. Read More »
Labor Day traditionally marks the unofficial end of summer, but if you’d like to revisit writer/director Ari Aster‘s shot-in-broad-daylight horror film Midsommar, his director’s cut is still playing in a few select theaters. But if you don’t want to hoof it out to a theater to check it out, the extended director’s cut is coming to home video through an exclusive deal with Apple TV. Read More »
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Standing alongside J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series as one of the fundamental pieces of high fantasy storytelling is Ursula K. Le Guin‘s Earthsea series, a collection of novels set in a fantasy archipelago of hundreds of islands where magic lays in a delicate balance. Or, at least it should be. Forgotten in classrooms and ignored by major Hollywood studios, we have yet to receive an adaptation that does justice by Le Guin’s sweeping, majestic series, which spans five novels and nine short stories. But maybe we will soon.
A24 is developing an Earthsea TV series based on Le Guin’s novels with Nightcrawler producer Jennifer Fox, who originally optioned the rights to the series last year and received the blessing of Le Guin before her death in 2018.
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“Poppies bleed petals of sheer excess. You and I, this sweet battle ground.” – Janet Fitch, White Oleander
Whether they’re in full bloom or slowly wilting, petals delicately falling to the floor like abandoned dreams, flowers can represent an array of emotions. It is customary to give flowers to loved ones during times of celebration and remorse. Their striking beauty and distinctive aromas provide a quick comfort, while some possess noxious traits that can elicit hallucinogenic, painful, or even fatal outcomes.
Ari Aster’s sophomore feature, Midsommar, utilizes flora to enhance the film’s visual and thematic use of juxtaposition. Light and dark. Foreign and familiar. Freedom and codependency. Safe and dangerous. The presence and use of flowers are reflective of both life and death while a young woman navigates through her grief in the sun-kissed fields of Sweden. Spoilers for Midsommar ahead. Read More »