The insane multiverse, ubiquitous comedy-drama starring Michelle Yeoh became the first film from film production company A24 to gross $100 million worldwide.
This is a huge success: A24 has been behind some very successful films such as Moonlight in 2016, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy in 2015. However, if the studio initially gained reputation, then praise, now the money has finally arrived.
Everything Everywhere All at Once features more of A24’s previous top earners worldwide, Hereditary ($80 million), Lady Bird ($78 million), Moonlight ($65 million) and Uncut Gems ($50 million). pulled.
The film tells the story of a woman who discovers that she must connect with parallel universe versions of herself to fight an entity that threatens to destroy the multiverse. It’s making waves because it’s unpredictable, crazy, and brilliant entertainment, and it’s bringing the indie studio to an even wider audience.
Since its launch in 2012, the A24 has been getting stronger and stronger. Founded by movie industry stalwarts Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John Hodges, the studio began by distributing A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and then Spring Breakers.
Over the years, Room has produced Oscar-winning films such as Moonlight, Ex Machina, and Minari, and has worked with some of the biggest names in independent Hollywood, including Sofia Coppola (who made On The Rocks and The Rocks). Bling Ring with the studio), Gaspar Noé’, James Franco, Andrea Arnold (his American Honey won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2016) and Joel Coen (with a black and white version of Macbeth starring Denzel Washington in 2021) . A24 is also the studio behind HBO’s hit teen drama Euphoria.
A24 will screen three films for the first time at this year’s Venice Film Festival: Ti West’s Pearl, Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale and Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter.
If you’re new to the A24, you’re in for a feast. The studio has a complete list of great movies to watch – so many that narrowing down a selection is a real challenge. Still, here’s our list of the best A24 movies ever, but it’s almost certainly missing out on some dazzlers…
1. Uncut Stones – Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie
If you’ve been on the internet earlier this year, you’re unlikely to miss the viral voice of Julia Fox singing “Uncut Gems.” However, you may have missed the source of this infamous phrase: the 2019 crime thriller starring the Safdie brothers Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, and Idina Menzel. Set in New York City, Sandler plays a string of high-stakes jewelers revolving around a precious black opal. It’s fast, loud, brash, and extremely, extremely nervous. Forget about popcorn while watching, invest in a stress ball instead.
2. The Lighthouse – Robert Eggers
American director Robert Eggers, who recently shot The Northman, first had success with the folk horror movie The Witch, and then shot the psychological thriller The Lighthouse with A24. Set in the 19th century, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play two lighthouse keepers who are trapped in a small New England outpost due to a particularly severe storm. They’re getting a little crazy and it’s a scary watch with undertones of Citizen Kane and Hitchcock Psycho.
3. Farewell – Lulu Wang
Awkwafina won an Oscar for her role in this sensitive comedy-drama about a Chinese-American family who decides not to tell her grandmother that she’s been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and doesn’t have much to live for and instead plans a family reunion. The film was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It is both funny and deeply moving.
3. Souvenir – Joanna Hogg
This 2019 critically acclaimed film from British director Joanna Hogg is a semi-autobiographical retelling of her film school experience. It stars Tilda Swinton, the actress’ daughter Honor, Tom Burke and Richard Ayoade. While the story is beautifully told, the film is an aesthetic feast.
4. The Act of Children – Richard Eyre
The 2017 production The Children Act, starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci, feels like an outlet for A24. Adapted from the 2014 novel of the same name by Ian McEwan, who also wrote the screenplay, the film tells the story of 17-year-old Adam Henry, who has leukemia.
His doctors want a blood transfusion to help him fight the disease, but Adam and his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and therefore believe it is unbiblical to have a blood transfusion. Thompson is a Supreme Court judge who must solve the dramatic case.
5. Inherited – Ari Aster
This 2018 movie from Midsommar director Ari Aster is one of A24’s top earners, and it’s easy to see why. Starring Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, using the idea of hereditary trauma, the film is truly scary and plays brilliantly with classic horror tropes. After a family’s secretive grandmother dies, a dark presence haunts them. Absolutely scary.
6. Menashe – Joshua Z Weinstein
This 2017 movie tells the story of Menashe, a single father who wants to spend more time with his son. However, in the New York Hasidic community from which he came, a Rabbi decided that his son must remarry before he could return to live with her. His first marriage was unhappy, so he was reluctant.
Director Joshua Z Weinstein has been praised for giving viewers a glimpse of this often closed community through a very human story with universal themes.
7. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
This 2017 film from The Lobster and The Favorite director Yorgos Lanthimos stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and tells the story of a surgeon who secretly befriends a young boy before something spooky and terrifying begins to happen to his family.
The movie is supposed to be inspired by Euripides’ play Iphigenia in Aulis, but the disturbing white hospital walls and muffled conversations between characters evoke terror as much as tragedy.
8. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
Little Women director Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age drama Lady Bird is about the relationship between a young girl (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother (Laurie Metcalf). The film earned five Oscar nominations, won two Golden Globe Awards, and was named one of the best films of the year by Time.
9. Good Times – Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie
The Safdie brothers deserve two movies to be listed on this list – the 2017 crime thriller Good Time goes as full throttle as Uncut Gems and is backed by incredible music. Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie play two brothers who rob banks. Safdie’s character, Nick, has a mental disability and falls prey to his older brother’s antics, with dire consequences.
The film garnered some criticism for its portrayal of Nick, with The New York Times calling the film “loose-jawed” – though many praised the high-octane action, including Vulture, which said it was “the kind of thrill that sticks.”
10. Don’t Forget – Atom Egoyan
Remember is a drama-thriller starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor with dementia who decides to kill a Nazi war criminal. A devastating work playing on themes of regret, revenge, hatred and forgiveness, and aging. Director Atom Egoyan was awarded the 2015 Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award in Venice for the film.
11. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
We all remember the painful moment when La La Land was read as the Best Picture winner at the 2016 Oscars, when Moonlight actually won. They finally got there, and it’s a good thing.
Starring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes and André Holland, the coming-of-age movie is about the three stages of a man’s life struggling with his sexual identity. The film won Ali at the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney. He also became one of A24’s top earners.
12. Amy – Asif Kapadia
Amy, Asif Kapadia’s 2015 documentary about Amy Winehouse, won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, won Best Musical Feature at the Grammy Awards and Best Documentary at the British Academy Film Awards. It’s an absolute must-have for Amy fans as it follows the singer’s life as she rises to fame and then battles addiction.
The film was seen as a negative portrayal of Winehouse’s father, Mitch, and the family largely avoided the film. “The movie represents me not very well. No balance, nothing about foundation,” Mitch said on ITV’s This Morning in 2015.