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How A24 is Saving Movies

How the Small Distribution Company is Giving a Much Needed Voice to First-Time Directors

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My first proper date with my first ever girlfriend was to see Spring Breakers, the weirdest movie granted a wide theatrical release in 2013.

Directed by the mostly-underground Harmony Korrine, the film became notorious for James Franco's performance as Alien, an off-beat, very colorful gangster with a head covered in dreadlocks and an accent somewhere between a Tallahassee truck driver and Marcellus Wallace. I saw that movie in theatres. I didn't know it at the time, but the A24 Productions logo that kickstarted the experience would go on to become one of the most important symbols you could pin to a movie in the 2010's. It's since become a mark of excellence. Now, in 2020, you see a movie distributed by A24, and you know one thing: that movie will certainly be awesome, but might even be visionary, too. A24 is very quietly saving movies, and they're doing it by going against the most time-held and obvious of box office rules: They invest in uncertainties.

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The 9 Best JRPGs of the PS4 Era

The modern boom of JRPGs

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They don't make JRPGs like they used to, but maybe that's a good thing.

While classic JRPGs thrived during the PlayStation 1 era and saw major innovations during the PlayStation 2 era, the PlayStation 3 era marked a major fall from grace for the genre. Save for a few major titles like Dark Souls and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, fresh JRPG releases had grown increasingly scarce, and even the more major titles like Final Fantasy XIII were plagued by mixed reviews.

But with the PlayStation 4, JRPGs have seen a return to prominence. Sure, there may not be as many individual releases of bizarre, unheard of IPs like there were during the PS1 era, but PS4 era JRPGs have more than made up for quantity with quality. These are the best-of-the-best:

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Taika Waititi Stars as Adolf Hitler in Satirical "Jojo Rabbit" Trailer

Taika Waititi plays Hitler in Jojo Rabbit

Walt Disney Studios

New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi is best known for his comedies, namely vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and Thor: Ragnorak (the only good Thor movie).

But even for someone who loves Waititi's screwball sensibilities, the premise of his newest film, Jojo Rabbit, might come as a shock. See, in his newest movie, Waititi (who's half-Māori and half-Russian-Jewish, by the way) plays Adolf Hitler. No, not the real Adolf Hitler! Just a child's good-natured, imaginary best friend version of Adolf Hitler. If that sounds absolutely bats**t insane, that's because it is. You can watch the whole trailer here:

JOJO RABBIT Trailer (2019) Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson www.youtube.com

The craziest thing about the Jojo Rabbit trailer is that it actually looks very promising. Although maybe that shouldn't be a surprise considering Waititi's excellent track record.

Billed as an "anti-hate satire," the plot of JoJo Rabbit focuses on a young boy in Nazi Germany who befriends an idealized, imaginary version of his hero, Adolf Hitler. As the young boy makes his way through Hitler Youth camp, his secretly anti-Nazi mother (Scarlett Johansson) harbors a young Jewish girl in their home.

The cast also includes Sam Rockwell as the Hitler Youth camp leader, Captain Klenzendorf; Alfie Allen as his second-in-command, Finkel; and Rebel Wilson as a brutish instructor, Fräulein Rahm.

Love it or hate it, there's no denying that this is one of the most original premises to hit movie theaters in ages.

JoJo Rabbit is set to be released on October 18th, 2019.