hereditary puzzle

Puzzles are back in a big way this year! Why? Because we’re all stuck in our goddamn houses (or at least we’re supposed to be). The folks at A24, who sometimes make movies when they’re not selling wildly overpriced tchotchkes, have decided to get in on the action and release three mini-puzzles featuring images pulled from their films. Two of the puzzles are harmless and kind of cute – one features the cast that Saoirse Ronan wore in Lady Bird, and the other is the black opal that ruins Adam Sandler‘s life in Uncut Gems. The third, however, is bound to make some people do a double-take. It features the severed, ant-covered head of Charlie (Milly Shapiro) from Hereditary. So, uh, it’s NSFW.

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first cow trailer

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow opens with a quote from Romantic poet William Blake: “The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” In Blake’s estimation, these are the active creations of each species – as well as their homes and resting places. Humans take refuge in each other through the creation of social connection and affinity. It is natural.

How fitting that Reichardt should choose to amplify this worldview in her latest film given how her films argue that we are communal, collective creatures at heart – and much of our misery stems from the presumption that we can survive without the support of others. Her Oregon-set oeuvre has largely made this case by depicting the intimate tragedies of people who experience the pitfalls of a society that places a premium on self-sufficiency. First Cow, on the other hand, points toward a positive alternative where people can succeed not at the expense of others but in cooperation with them. Her statement is all the more potent given the genre conventions in which the film largely operates: the Western.

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a24 books

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 MoonlightThe 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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saint maud fantastic fest

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 WitchIt Comes At NightEnemy, HereditaryMidsommar, even the upcoming The Lighthouse. Now the indie distributor has added another slow-burn terror to their cannon: Saint MaudRose 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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A24 Films Streaming

Good news: the full A24 collection is now streaming on Kanopy! And right about now, I can practically hear all of you asking: “What the heck is Kanopy?” Kanopy is one of the best streaming services you probably don’t know about. What makes it so great? It’s not just the selection – although that’s very good, too. No, what makes Kanopy worth paying attention to is its cost: nothing. That’s right, Kanopy is free through participating libraries.

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ari aster new horror movie release date

Next summer, Ari Aster will terrify audiences all over again with a new horror film released by A24. Aster caught everyone’s attention this year with his creepy debut Hereditary, and his next fright fest sounds like it might be even scarier – and it now has an official release date. Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh and Will Poulter star in a story about a vacation that goes terribly wrong.

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Slice Trailer

Last fall, A24 revealed a teaser trailer for Slice, a long-delayed horror flick starring Chance the Rapper. Since then, all has been quiet on the Slice front, save for a few pizza-themed posters popping up in the last few weeks. Now, the first Slice trailer is here. Dig in below.

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Climax trailer

Gaspar Noé, a filmmaker who revels in pushing things to the extreme, is back with Climax. The latest film from the Irreversible director focuses on a troupe of dancers dealing with a bad trip after accidentally taking psychedelic drugs. Sounds fun! Watch the Climax trailer below.

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Ari Aster's new horror movie

Hereditary director Ari Aster already has his next horror film set up at A24, and the cast is starting to take shape. Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and Florence Pugh will star in the film, which has a synopsis that seems heavily inspired by the cult classic The Wicker Man (the original; not the one with Nic Cage and the bees). More on Ari Aster’s new horror movie below.

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Hereditary box office

Much was made about Hereditary‘s very negative CinemaScore, but it seems that was much ado about nothing. Because the terrifying horror film has become indie powerhouse A24’s highest grossing film worldwide. Audiences really wanted to see Toni Collette lose her mind on screen!

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