Edgar Wright, Sight & Sound and Cahiers Du Cinema Pick the Top 10 Films of 2014


Well it’s the first of December and the flood of year end lists is now officially underway. First out of the gates this year are the BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine, high brow French publication Cahiers Du Cinema, and director Edgar Wright, courtesy of Esquire. While these are all very different lists, the one selection that they all have in common is Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Other not-so-surprising inclusions are Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but both the BFI and Cahiers happen to be big on David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language as well. Check out the first few Best of 2014 lists after the jump and let us know what you think.

Cahiers Du Cinema

  • 1. Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
  • 2. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • 3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  • 4. Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)
  • 5. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
  • 6. Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Trier)
  • 7. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
  • 8. Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs)
  • 9. Le Paradis (Alain Cavalier)
  • 10. Our Sunhi (Hong Sang-soo)

Sight & Sound

  • 1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  • 2. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • 3. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  • 3. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
  • 5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  • 6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  • 7. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  • 8. The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
  • 9. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  • 9. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  • 11. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
  • 11. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman)
  • 11. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
  • 11. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
  • 15. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
  • 16. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  • 16. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
  • 18. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
  • 18. The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • 18. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)

Edgar Wright

(in alphabetical order)

  • Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  • Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  • Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
  • The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord and Chris Miller)
  • Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
  • Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-Ho)
  • Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  • Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

Around the Web:

  • Essie

    Cahiers Du Cinema’s list is excellent which is not a surprise. Sight and Sound is pretty mixed, a lot of good and a few bad. Edgar Wright’s is of course fanboyish and not very good.

  • Colin

    Edgar Wrights are painfully predictable

  • Reed Farrington

    I’m surprised to see “Snowpiercer” on anyone’s list of top movies.

    Saw it at Jay’s recently. The train metaphor was unusual, but I didn’t find the movie entertaining enough.

  • Tommy

    I skipped seeing Goodbye to Language when it was at my local film festival because it was only about an hour long. I feel like a huge dumbass now.

  • Jameson

    Sorry Reed, but Snowpiercer will probably crack my top 10. I found it very entertaining.

  • Reed Farrington

    Interesting that reviewers like this film more than the general audience. I usually like quirky. Maybe if I watch it again alone at my house, I’ll like it more. :-)

  • devolutionary

    I dunno Reed, the general consensus from my theatre screening of Snowpiercer was largely positive as well.

  • Matt

    Even my 70+ year old conservative parents liked Snowpiercer, Reed.

  • Z

    what’s wrong with making a list of films you genuinely enjoyed? a good film is a good film, doesn’t matter how many other people also think it’s a good film.