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Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies

post #1 of 25
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https://mubi.com/lists/edgar-wrights-favorite-movies

 

Here it is, 1,000 movies Edgar Wright calls his favorites. It's fascinating, for all the reasons such a list would be. The surprising inclusions (The Kentucky Fried Movie!) and the perennial favorites not listed (wither Rocky?) are all very interesting, but the main sense one gets is the depth of passion for film Edgar Wright has, which, while not particularly surprising, is still pretty cool.

 

The thing that blows me away the most though is that it's 1,000 movies. I'd be hard pressed to come up with a list of one thousand favorite movies. Hell, 1,000 movies that I've seen would be tough, just from a memory retention stand point. I may actually give it a try, just to see if I can do it.

 

I've seen about half of these, which is a bit bush league, frankly. I'd like to get my numbers up, and this seems like a decent checklist to work off of.

post #2 of 25
Yeah I read through this a few days ago. I don't much care about what should or shouldn't be on there, but just as a source of recommendations it's pretty great.

I particularly like that he spent as much time on pre-60's stuff as he did, I've been ticking off a lot of classics from that era recently so it's nice to have pointers on what to check out next.
post #3 of 25

Very good list. I love that a guy in the comments immediately pointed out the lack of Predator. (Edgar himself replied that he likes Predator, so all is well)

 

Some of his choices from the last couple years are interesting...in a "Did he really like it that much?" way.

 

Seeing "The Incredible Shrinking Man" on the list got a laugh out of me. Ohhhhhh that's a salty wound.

 

After I finished reading, I was surprised how quick a 1,000 film list flew by. If I did one myself, there would be about 6 or 700 fewer "respectable" choices, hehehe.

post #4 of 25
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https://mubi.com/lists/edgar-wrights-favorite-movies

 

Here it is, 1,000 movies Edgar Wright calls his favorites. It's fascinating, for all the reasons such a list would be. The surprising inclusions (The Kentucky Fried Movie!) and the perennial favorites not listed (wither Rocky?) are all very interesting, but the main sense one gets is the depth of passion for film Edgar Wright has, which, while not particularly surprising, is still pretty cool.

 

The thing that blows me away the most though is that it's 1,000 movies. I'd be hard pressed to come up with a list of one thousand favorite movies. Hell, 1,000 movies that I've seen would be tough, just from a memory retention stand point. I may actually give it a try, just to see if I can do it.

 

I've seen about half of these, which is a bit bush league, frankly. I'd like to get my numbers up, and this seems like a decent checklist to work off of.

 

Hey, Kentucky Fried Movie is awesome and I won't hear of the hint of an implication of anything other than that!

 

Kind of ruined Enter the Dragon for me, though as I saw this first and as a result, it was impossible for me to take the actual film being lampooned seriously after that.

post #5 of 25
Genuinely surprised at how many of those I'd seen. Also made me realise the sheer quantity of films from the 40s, 50s and 60s that were aired on Saturday TV in the UK when i was a kid.

Of all the decades, think i had the highest hit rate with the 70s.
post #6 of 25

Not sure why people are surprised by it being 1,000. Instead of thinking of Wright conjuring 1,000 movies out of his head, it's obvious he went year by year starting in 1920 and did a favorites list of each year. I'm sure that took awhile, but it's easier to grasp as a compiled best of the last 100 years list by year.

 

Also, apparently this caused a kerfuffle on Twitter because people suck, and our beloved Faraci had to clarify best vs. favorites: http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/08/04/the-best-v-the-favorites

post #7 of 25
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Not sure why people are surprised by it being 1,000. Instead of thinking of Wright conjuring 1,000 movies out of his head, it's obvious he went year by year starting in 1920 and did a favorites list of each year. I'm sure that took awhile, but it's easier to grasp as a compiled best of the last 100 years list by year.

Also, apparently this caused a kerfuffle on Twitter because people suck, and our beloved Faraci had to clarify best vs. favorites: http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/08/04/the-best-v-the-favorites

You'd think that he wouldn't have to do that, and then I read a comment on a gaming website bitching about "objectivity" in criticism and realize, "yes, people are that dumb."
post #8 of 25
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 and our beloved Fart had to clarify best vs. favorites: http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/08/04/the-best-v-the-favorites

 

I'm honestly much more interested in Jaden Smith's take on the objectivity of opinions.

 

How Can Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real? @officialjaden

post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Bartleby_Scriven View Post

 

Also, apparently this caused a kerfuffle on Twitter because people suck, and our beloved Faraci had to clarify best vs. favorites: http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/08/04/the-best-v-the-favorites

 

"The attacks on Wright's list were two-fold; the first was that he didn't include enough female or minority filmmakers in his list of favorite movies. The second was that his list wasn't 'arty' enough."

post #10 of 25
Where's "Ant-Man?"
post #11 of 25
There were no Marvel movies! Invalid list!

I saw 1000 favorites and my first thought was, have I even seen 1000 movies, period? I have of course-- it's just weird to think about how much time I've spent sitting on front of a screen. So I was surprised/pleased to see that I've watched the vast majority of the ones on the list-- minus fewer than a hundred, I'd say; that dude's seen a lot of Italian movies.

And if I went year by year my list would look a lot like that. He included some I wouldn't have and left out some of my favorites, but nothing glaring. For some reason the only thing that jumped out at me is that he included "Sorcerer" but not "Wages of Fear"-- Wright may be the only guy who prefers the Friedkin movie.

Anyway, good list. Guy's got taste.
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
Wages of Fear is on there.
post #13 of 25
Well, that makes more sense. The list was set up weird in my defense. Had to start all over viewing it at one point and probably missed it while trying to find where I'd left off.
post #14 of 25
You did start this!!! Hurray!
post #15 of 25

Guy has VANISHING POINT on his list.  Very nice.

post #16 of 25

Guy has SLITHER (70's) on his List. He rules.

post #17 of 25

Some dumbass in the comments (WHY DO I READ THEM??) was like' Of all the Marvel movies, why SPIDER-MAN 2?'

post #18 of 25

Very chuffed to see It's Always Fair Weather on there - it's definitely the least of the three Kelly/Donen films, but it's a real delight nonetheless. Though I guess it's not a surprise, considering how much he talked about it in the run-up to The World's End.

 

And glad to see such diverse representation of comedy, even from the '30s and '40s - Chaplin and Keaton and the Marx Brothers, Howard Hawks and Preston Sturges and Lubitsch, but also W.C. Fields and the "Road To..." series.  Also, the run from 100-110 is kind of amazing in its diversity and pretty much sums up the list, really: The Asphalt Jungle, Ace in the Hole, An American in Paris, Strangers on a Train, The Prowler, High Noon, Singin' In The Rain, Duck Amuck, Glen or Glenda, House of Wax, M. Hulot's Holiday.

post #19 of 25
I'm very very pleased to see his number 1. That movie is HUGELY underrated and a wonderful surreal nightmare.
post #20 of 25

Caligari is underrated? Seems pretty well respected to me.

post #21 of 25
It's a canonical classic. I really dig it.
post #22 of 25

It's not rated as number 1...

post #23 of 25

Love all of the Jacques Tati films on the list.  PLAYTIME, in particular, is a flat out masterpiece.

post #24 of 25
Always nice to see Phase IV get a nod
post #25 of 25
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Always nice to see Phase IV get a nod

 

If there was ever a movie that could be remixed/made...

 

Could someone get Chris Nolan on this.

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