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Watch: David Ehrlich’s Top 25 Movies of 2014, a Video Countdown as Good as the Movies Themselves

Watch: David Ehrlich's Top 25 Movies of 2014, a Video Countdown as Good as the Movies Themselves

David Ehrlich, the former Film.com editor who recently landed a new gig at Time Out New York, spends much of the fall working on a video version of the obligatory year-end list, with the results now as hotly anticipated as some of the season’s biggest movies. Ehrlich’s taste is commendably idiosyncratic — last year’s video included “The Great Gatsby” and “Stoker” — but the way he selects and links clips makes his choices hard to argue, at least while you’re watching. The film-image juxtapositions are both inspired — pairing Vaughn Williams’ “Symphony No. 6 in E Minor” with “Godzilla” brings out the blockbuster’s melancholy undertones — and cheeky — “Selma” meets Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” likely the first time the latter has been construed as a Civil Rights anthem. (I won’t give away the soundtrack to Ehrlich’s top 2, but it’s perfect.) Look over the list as a whole — which, given that Ehrlich has given us permission to embed the video, we’ll let you watch and find out yourself — and you’ll see a distinct preference for stylish(-to-a-fault) movies like “Palo Alto” and “Only Lovers Left Alive,” but damned if they don’t cut together splendidly. You can read Ehrlich’s explanation of how the list came together via Little White Lies.

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2014: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN from david Ehrlich on Vimeo.

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