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Best Movies From Millennial Filmmakers to Watch



Lady Bird and her friend Julie in Lady Bird.

Per Forbes, millennials have witnessed many social and technological changes through the years. They watched the beginning of the internet and the birth of smartphones. They also watched how these changes have changed the way the world works. As such, millennials give a unique and interesting perspective when it comes to filmmaking. Of course, it can be harder for younger filmmakers to make it in Hollywood due to a lack of experience. However, we have seen many millennial filmmakers rise to the top. We watched Damien Chazelle rise to fame with his breakthrough film Whiplash, and he followed it up with the acclaimed musical La La Land. We also watched millennial Chloé Zhao take home the Academy Award for Best Director for her film Nomadland. These filmmakers are breaking boundaries for newer generations.

With the current state of technology, it is getting easier and easier for younger filmmakers to direct and produce their passion projects. Great talent, and a little bit of luck, can result in a fantastic film to gain attention. Many young filmmakers like Bo Burnham focus on artistic and colorful aesthetics as well as honest characters to deliver great movies. Ryan Coogler has become a leading force in Hollywood after his acclaimed superhero movie Black Panther

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. Every year, we tend to see new millennial filmmakers come to light to give us a unique perspective on cinema. Let’s dive into the best movies from millennial filmmakers that you should watch right now.

Robert Eggers co-wrote and directed The Lighthouse, showcasing some of the best work ever from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. The story follows the psychological journey of two lighthouse keepers who become stranded. Eggers showed that he could get the best of his actors and, once again, direct a highly original and entertaining film. His direction style blends together cinematic genres, and he makes films that are frightening and thought-provoking at the same time.

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Chloé Zhao took home an Academy Award for Best Director for her brilliant film Nomadland. The story follows Fern (Frances McDormand), who starts a new life on the road, working job to job. The film features some of McDormand’s best work of her career, and it also features several great supporting performances from non-professional and first-time actors. Zhao proved that she is one of the most prominent filmmakers working. The film gives an honest look at the turmoils that the economy has had on individuals across the country.

Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade portrayed the turmoil of teenage life with a brilliant performance from Elsie FIsher. Burnham’s feature film directorial debut proved that he could effectively tell an honest story and get the best out of his actors. It is a film that defines a generation and a culture based around technology. It is no easy feat to get honest performances from young actors, but Burnham pulled it off and gave us one of the best coming-of-age films in recent years.

Ryan Coogler has proved time and time again that he is a very talented filmmaker and storyteller. Black Panther gave audiences some of the best action sequences, plot lines, and performances of any film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The brilliant cast, featuring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and more, all bring their A-game, and we are given a classic comic book film.