It’s been over three years since Ari Aster unleashed the harrowing terror of “Midsommar” on unsuspecting audiences. The writer/director’s 2019 sophomore outing, a cult film starring Florence Pugh who is best remembered for its searing finale and lush production design, echoed and exploited the finesse of his first: a nasty, distasteful film. spare possession starring Toni Collette and the best of her career. the intrepid Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro.
Aster’s breakout feature film debut, “Hereditary,” made the writer/director one of the top independent filmmakers of 2018. Previously known for his thrilling short film “The Strange Thing About the Johnsons,” the AFI grad became the face of from the flourishing art house of A24. of horrors just as his work came to shape the so-called “high horror” movement of the late 2010s. It’s a fitting arc for a filmmaker who has depicted a lifelong love affair with the horror genre. . But as you watch the two standalone horrors, you can tell that Aster is an avid moviegoer big time: as technically inspired by the intricate set design of movies like Julien Duvivier’s “Panique” as he is artistically inspired by the boundless despair of “Sansho.” by Kenji Mizoguchi. Sheriff”.
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Released in theaters April 21, Aster’s third film, “Beau Is Afraid,” stars Joaquin Phoenix and is poised to inject surreal comedy into the horror auteur’s typically punishing perspective. The film’s synopsis reads: “A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and cleverly depraved new film.” It’s worth noting that Aster’s 2011 short film “Beau” told the similar (at least, seemingly similar) story of “a neurotic middle-aged man’s trip (to visit his mother) is delayed indefinitely when he is mysteriously taken away the keys to your door.” The beguiling trailer features high-speed dream sequences, brilliant use of Supertramp’s “Goodbye Stranger,” and standout moments from Amy Ryan and Nathan Lane.
Whether you’re picking out a movie to watch, or looking for clues as to what inspired Aster’s latest sumptuous and bizarre film, here are 42 movies the A24 writer/director recommends. From the works of Ingmar Bergman to Mike Leigh, here are some of Ari Aster’s favorite movies, listed in no particular order, most recently updated to include Aster’s ballot picks on the list of the best movies of all time. Sight & Sound times of 2022.
With editorial contribution by Zack Sharf.
[Editor’s note: The following list was originally published in June 2018 and has been updated multiple times since.]
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