Most people have a hard time putting together a list of their 10 favo(u)rite films, but Edgar Wright put us all to shame with a list of 1,000. That’s right. I didn’t accidentally add another zero. That’s 1k films.
The acclaimed director of The Cornetto Trilogy and the forthcoming Baby Driver tweeted today that he published his list on MUBI, self-dubbed “an online movie theater,” with the help of user Sam DiSalle. Before we get into it, Wright clarified that he did not rank this list from best to worst.
Scrolling through will show he begins with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a 1920 film directed by Roger Kay about a woman trapped in a mansion by a perverted man named Caligari. The final film on the list is 2016’s The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest that is so not for everyone. When a Twitter user asked him to perform the taxing task of ranking them all, he wrote back, “Uh. Pass.” So there you have it:
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 27, 2016
More well-known classics are on the list, including Metropolis, 1921’s Dracula, the original 1932 Scarface, King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Jason and the Argonauts, Goldfinger, and the Adam West-led Batman of 1966. Other films from Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, and Sam Raimi also made the cut.
Scrolling to the bottom will reveal his favorite movies from recent years, and his only favorite from 2016 so far is The Neon Demon. Let’s hope the remaining months will change that. Some of his faves from 2015 include The Witch, The Martian, The Lobster, The Hateful Eight, Spotlight, Sicario, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Creed, Ex Machina, Carol, and Green Room.
I think it goes without saying that tastes and opinions change over time, though he added on to his choices for 2014. He previously gave his top 10 for that year, but added 12 more to the list, including Gone Girl, It Follows, John Wick, and The Guest.