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Edgar Wright’s Top Ten of 2014 Includes ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Nightcrawler, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Edgar Wright's Top Ten of 2014 Includes 'Boyhood,' 'Nightcrawler, 'Edge of Tomorrow'

John Waters published a list of oddball favorites and movies that haven’t seen U.S. release yet, but he’s not the only director who just published a top ten. Esquire’s Emily Zemler talked to “Shaun of the Dead” and “The World’s End” director Edgar Wright about the year in review, and his picks are a little more in line with films that’ll populate top ten lists over the next month. Wright listed them in no particular order, but here they are in alphabetical order:

Birdman” (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
Boyhood” (Richard Linklater)
Edge of Tomorrow” (Doug Liman)
The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Wes Anderson)
Interstellar” (Christopher Nolan)
The Lego Movie” (Phil Lord/Chris Miller)
Nightcrawler” (Dan Gilroy)
Snowpiercer” (Bong Joon-ho)
Under the Skin” (Jonathan Glazer)
Whiplash” (Damien Chazelle)

Not too surprising that Wright went for a number of genre hits (“Nightcrawler,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Snowpiercer”), nerd favorites (“Interstellar,” “The Lego Movie”) and otherwise popular end-of-year contenders (“Birdman,” “Under the Skin,” “Boyhood,” “Whiplash”), but as with any list of favorites, the picks are only as interesting as the justification provided. Wright didn’t disappoint. Here’s his commentary on “Boyhood”:

“How could anyone be unmoved by this film? It felt like several lives flashing before my eyes and I left the cinema wondering if I had done everything I could with the last 12 years of my life.”

Wright had a more personal rooting interest in one of his other picks. Here’s what he had to say about “Snowpiercer”:

“Forgive the name-drop, but I told Chris Evans he had to do this movie, as director Bong Joon-ho is a favorite of mine. So imagine my delight when not only is it great, but he completely aces it in his most intense performance. With great action, savage satire, and horrific protein bars, it’s a real ride of a movie.”

And while many are pushing Jennifer Kent’s strong debut “The Babadook” as the year’s best horror film (including NYFCC, which just picked it as the year’s best debut), Wright has another candidate in “Whiplash”:

“My favorite horror movie of 2014. Well, J.K. Simmons is the great cinematic monster of the year, truly terrifying as the music tutor who pummels the puppyish Miles Teller into shape. Sweat and blood flies, hearts and spirits are broken, and yet all the while, you are tapping your foot to all that jazz. Superb.”

Finally, wright had a long list of runners-up: “The One I Love,” “The Guest,” “Dear White People,” “Blue Ruin,” “Locke,” “Cheap Thrills,” “The Drop,” “Palo Alto,” “Obvious Child,” and “The Skeleton Twins.” There’s no commentary on them aside from his assertion that it was a great year for independent movies. “All of the movies I [mention below] work great as standalone stories. More please.” We’re with him, though we also want to hear his thoughts on “The One I Love.”

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