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16 of the best debut films from first-time directors, including Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' and Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 17 Aug 2018


From today's rising stars to veteran auteurs, some of the best Hollywood filmmakers have delivered fantastic debut feature-length films.Some haven't reached the promise of their first film yet (Neill Blomkamp peaked with "District 9"); some haven't slowed down (Brad Bird makes hit after hit); and some are just getting started (Bo Burnham is earning widespread praise for this year's "Eighth Grade," now in theaters).We looked at the work of filmmakers past and present to determine some of the best debut features of all time.Below are 16 of the best:SEE ALSO:5 movies in 2018 that could be nominated for the new, controversial 'popular film' award at the Oscars"Eighth Grade" (2018) ' Bo BurnhamBo Burnham rose to stardom on YouTube and has developed a successful stand-up comedy career where he expresses his own thought-provoking questions about humanity through unique musical performances. He does something similar with "Eighth Grade," his feature-length directorial debut after directing Chris Rock's "Tamborine" Netflix special this year. Only in "Eighth Grade," a middle schooler played by Elsie Fisher (also in a brilliant debut) takes the spotlight. The movie premiered this year to widespread acclaim for its heartwarming, and all-too-real, take on adolescence in the age of social media. "Hereditary" (2018) ' Ari Aster Ari Aster's polarizing horror film "Hereditary" split critics and audiences. Moviegoers expecting a mainstream, spooky ghost story were treated to something more complicated, but that's why the film sticks with you long after the credits role. The marketing campaign effectively hid the movie's most shocking moments, transforming it into a brutal and terrifying family drama once we were actually in the theater seats."Lady Bird" (2017) ' Greta GerwigGreta Gerwig co-directed a mostly-improvisational film called "Nights and Weekends" a decade ago, but her first real, solo debut was with "Lady Bird" last year. Inspired by her own childhood in Sacramento, the movie is a hilarious and relatable mother-daughter tale that earned Gerwig a best director Oscar nomination.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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