While Amazon Prime Video She is mostly known for her TV directing, with popular and popular series like Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power And swarm In their name, the studio has also been steadily making great movies since 2015. When it comes to movies, there is an emphasis on funding independent productions like Manchester by the sea, which became the studio’s first Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. By choosing to produce such films, Prime Video enables the release of interesting and unique films, often from acclaimed independent directors, as seen from this list.
For the first few years of Prime Video’s operation as a movie studio, they were making fewer than 20 movies a year. However, their number of releases skyrocketed in 2020, when a number of films were looking for new homes with theaters closed due to the onset of the pandemic. With so many movies distributed and marketed by Prime Video, it can be difficult to sort through the collection and find the best of the best. Here are the best original movies year after year from Prime Video.
2015: Chi Raq
The first Prime Video release ever, and the only one from 2015, is Spike Lee’s Chi classy. This powerful modern-day adaptation of the Lysistrata By Aristophanes sets the action in Chicago, dealing with the ongoing issue of gang violence. Teyonah Parris plays Lysistrata, with Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson making up an even more star-studded cast. Lysistrata leads a group of women in a protest movement against gun violence after a child is killed by a stray bullet. As always with Lee, the movie is iconic and engaging, with an amazing pacing to it.
2016: The Maid
the maid It is an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ story finger which she has, similarly Chi classy, to a new environment, this time in 1930s Korea. The story revolves around a Japanese heiress and her newly appointed maid, who is actually in the business of defrauding her boss. Kim Min-hee plays Lady Hideko, the heiress, and Kim Tae-ri plays Sook-Hee, her maid of honor, along with Ha Jung-woo and Cho Jin-woong. Directed by Park Chan-wook, the film manages to mix erotic and romantic ingredients, while also incorporating dark humor at the forefront.
From Todd Haynes, Director Carol And Far from heavenCome wonderstruck. Here, we see the parallel stories of two children, one in his twenties and the other in his seventies, who are both deaf and searching for a missing father. The children are played by Millicent Simmonds and Oakes Fegley, and they are joined by Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. The way the two stories mirror and amplify each other is incredibly good because they are similar enough to create clear connections between children, but not so similar that it feels like we’re watching the same narrative twice. It is a touching and uplifting movie that is worth watching.
2018: You Weren’t Really Here
On the other end of the spectrum is touch and encouragement You weren’t really here. It stars Joaquin Phoenix in a central role as Joe, a war veteran haunted by his time and who dedicates his life to tracking down missing girls. Eventually, the line between reality and its traumatic memories begins to blur when a potential conspiracy overwhelms it. The movie is beautifully constructed, though it doesn’t shy away from its necessary gore moments. There are layers of commentary on masculinity and aggression, something director Lynn Ramsay knows well in her work.
2019: Guava Island
One of Prime Video’s most unique outputs to date is Guava Island, an hour-long musical-drama-comedy hybrid film. It stars Donald Glover, Rihanna, and Letitia Wright, as Glover plays a musician seeking liberation for the residents of the fictional tropical country of Guava Island. The project falls somewhere on the scale between a feature-length music video and a music video, which makes it stand out among the majority of Prime Video’s output. Plus, with the shared charisma of Glover and Rihanna, it’s almost impossible not to join in Guava Island.
2020: Radioactive materials
radioactive is a creatively told biography of Marie Curie and her world-changing work with radium. Directed by Marjane Satrapi, director Persepolis, and stars Rosamund Pike in the central role. Using batches of animation and dream sequences, the world of radioactive It rises above the mundane world we’ve become accustomed to, and puts us in the mind of someone as brilliant and innovative as Corey. While the film’s narrative can be frantic, this further enhances the immersion in Kore’s unstable world.
From a biography to a full documentary, burning Documents bushfires in Australia from 2019 to 2020, also known as the Black Summer. Directed by Eva Orner, the film explores the perspectives of scientists, activists, and those whose lives have been affected by the fires. He clearly and frankly dictates the increasingly urgent effects of climate change on our society, and no sentiments are spared. Despite the shocking information and images we’re presented with, the film’s storyline is so engaging it’s hard to look away from it.
2022: Katherine is called Birdie
Written and directed by Lena Dunham, Katherine’s name is Birdie It takes place in medieval England, but offers a more modern sense of humour. Bella Ramsey, known for her roles in game of thrones And The last of us, she plays Birdie, a 14-year-old girl who dies trying to avoid marriage. Ramsay is joined by charismatics such as Andrew Scott, Billie Piper, and Sophie Okonedo. In a similar situation like Bridgertonit blends period details with current sensibilities to create a wonderfully entertaining world you won’t want to leave when run time is over.
2023: Someone I used to know
It was written by husband and wife team Dave Franco and Alison Brie who co-wrote the screenplay, with Franco directing and Brie in the lead role. in Someone I used to knowBrie plays Ally, a hometown woman whose interactions with her ex-boyfriend, Jay Ellis, and his new partner, Kiersey Clemons, make her remember who she once was. This charming film plays with romantic comedy conventions to constantly surprise and intrigue the audience. It may seem simple, but it is much deeper and more attractive than it seems at first glance.