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Edgar Wright Picks Top 10 Films of 2014, Wants More Original Films

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December 1, 2014
Source: Esquire

Edgar Wright

We're not even one full day into December, and the folks over at Esquire have already kicked off their year-end lists by asking Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright to pick his Top 10 Films of 2014. You might think that it's a little early with an entire month of movies left to see, but someone like Wright has probably seen most of the awards contenders that haven't hit theaters yet (he saw Interstellar pretty early after all). Wright says, "I thought it was a great year for independent movies," and you'll see a few of them pop up on his list, along with a couple of surprising blockbusters. Look below!

In alphabetical order, here are Edgar Wright's personal Top 10 Films of 2014 (via Esquire):

Birdman
Boyhood
Edge of Tomorrow
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
The LEGO Movie
Nightcrawler
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin
Whiplash

Read Edgar Wright's short blurbs praising each film over at Esquire right here.

If you're wondering what films barely missed the list, Wright also lists: The One I Love, The Guest, Dear White People, Blue Ruin, Locke, Cheap Thrills, The Drop, Palo Alto, Obvious Child and Skeleton Twins as other favorites. Along with his picks, Wright makes the call for Hollywood to make more original movies and audiences to support them. Wright says, "We need to make more original movies and audiences would do well to support original movies, for the future of the medium. I tire of franchises, remakes, and endless sequels. All of the movies I [picked] work great as standalone stories. More please."

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  • ragethorn
    Has anyone seen American Sniper yet?
    • MattPeloquin
      It doesn't get released until 12/25
      • ragethorn
        So why make a list now? Unless of course the year end for these lists are end of November.
        • MattPeloquin
          Excellent point, he probably wanted to be first so his didn't get lost in the pile. He sounded like he's got an axe to grind too considering Ant Man was far from an "original idea". The whole thing sounded kind of passive aggressive to me.
          • Edgar Wright didn't go out of his way to get this list out there of his own volition. I believe he was asked by Esquire to do the list since he tweeted about it here: https://twitter.com/edgarwright/status/530121569763225600 Also, American Sniper played at AFI Fest last month, so there's a good chance that he saw it there. It's also already been sent out to Academy members as a For Your Consideration screener, so he could have seen the movie that way as well.
          • ragethorn
            Makes sense. Great list by the way. Masterful.
          • MattPeloquin
            Thanks for clearing that up Ethan, I retract my previous comments.
    • TheOct8pus
      Is this a loaded question?
  • Guest
    He must have missed Guardians Of The Galaxy.
    • TheOct8pus
      Perhaps he has no love for Marvel at the moment....
  • Jon Odishaw
    Interstellar, snowpiercer and edge of tomorrow all sit comfortably on my list too, so I approve.
  • NathanDewey
    I've only seen 6 of these. I didn't care much for Snowpiercer, I thought it went off the rails (drum roll). I loved Whiplash, it's probably number one on mine. So far mine includes: Whiplash, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Raid 2, Fury, Noah, Birdman, Nightcrawler, John Wick, Interstellar, Foxcatcher. I didn't see any of the Marvel movies. I'm hoping Exodus will make it in my top ten, so it's not complete just yet. I'm also a stickler for original movies. Especially this year. Although I liked Dawn of the Planet of the Apes a lot. Biggest disappointment was Godzilla and the worst movie that I saw this year was Deliver Us From Evil.
  • Justin R
    I'm slacking big time in the second half of 2014, I've only seen two of the films on the list and have been wanting to see 7 out of the 8 I haven't yet seen, with the only one being Under the Skin which I haven't followed much. There have been a ton of films overall that I've missed, so hard for me to debate on this list.
  • thejon93rd
    Surprisingly haven't seen much this year now that I look back on it, there's a ton of seemingly great films that I'm still waiting to see such as: Interstellar, Whiplash, Snowpiercer, Nightcrawler, Big Eyes, Selma, American Sniper, Big Hero 6, John Wick, Fury, Inherent Vice, The Drop, Get On Up, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 22 Jump Street, Foxcatcher, The Rover, Frank, Dear White People, and a few other I'm probably missing. 10. Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (3/5) 9. Godzilla (3/5) 8. Edge of Tomorrow (3.5/5) 7. Captain America: The Winter Solider (4/5) 6. The LEGO Movie (4/5) 5. Under the Skin (4.5/5) 4. Guardians of the Galaxy (4.5/5) 3. X-Men: Days of Future Past (4.5/5) 2. Birdman (5/5) 1. The Raid 2 (5/5)
  • DAVIDPD
    Everything except UNDER THE SKIN. I get why, but it is the only personal film I did not care for.
  • leiner
    The Grand Budapest Hotel and Edge of Tomorrow are my personal one-two of the entire year. Damn it. Didn't catch Boyhood and Snowpiercer. Anxious to see those in blu-ray.
  • John Everitt
    As of now, my top 10 is 10. John Wick 9. The Grand Budapest Hotel 8. Guardians of the Galaxy 7. Fury 6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 5. Snowpiercer 4. The LEGO Movie 3. Nightcrawler 2. Gone Girl 1. How to Train Your Dragon 2 Other good ones were Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow, The Raid 2 and 22 Jump Street

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