Five Favorite Films with Anna Kendrick

The Pitch Perfect star also chats about her new movie, her love of cinema, and understanding a cappella geekdom.

Every once in a while, a few young actors and actresses emerge who help reassure us all that Hollywood is in good hands. Anna Kendrick, whose latest film Pitch Perfect expands into wide release this week, belongs on that short list. After securing a supporting role in the continuing pop culture phenomenon that is The Twilight Saga, Kendrick went on to nab an Oscar nomination for her superb work alongside George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in Jason Reitman's Up in the Air. That breakout performance led to roles in widely praised films like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and 50/50, and while she currently appears in three movies out in theaters, she has yet another -- Robert Redford's The Company You Keep -- set to open in November. In other words, she's doing pretty well for herself.

Last week, RT chatted with Anna about Pitch Perfect, in which she plays an aspiring electronic music producer who joins her college's all female a cappella group and helps turn the team into a winner. But first, of course, she gave us her Five Favorite Films, and being that she's a huge movie fan, we think you'll enjoy the variety in her choices.


The Women (George Cukor, 1939; 90% Tomatometer)

This has been my favorite film since I was twelve years old. I'm pretty sure I could recite it in its entirety. It has a wildly funny all female cast and a female writer. I revisit it almost every year and my appreciation for the performances and the writing grows.




Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2006; 91% Tomatometer)

When I first saw this in the theater I remember laughing my ass off and then realizing it was also the best action movie I'd seen in a long time. I love that it's a love letter to action and not a spoof. It also has some of the best and fastest comedic dialogue ever.




Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain, 2001, 31% Tomatometer)

The first time I watched this movie was with a group of friends who are obsessed with it. I asked to watch it again the following three nights. It's absurd, it has the most amazing cast, and it's infinitely quotable. It's a perfect desert island movie.




Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman, 1962; 80% Tomatometer)

I love all the Bergman films I've seen, but this spoke to me personally in a really profound way. I remember feeling very shaken after watching it. I feel like the greatest thing a writer or filmmaker can do is say something so honest that most people wouldn't be brave enough and that's what I love about this film. The characters are deeply flawed and sometimes very ugly to each other, but that's why it's so effective.




Love and Death (Woody Allen, 2003; 100% Tomatometer)

I know this is not the best Woody Allen film I've ever seen, but it's still my personal favorite. Only Woody Allen could mix highbrow Bergman homages and Marx Brothers-esque slapstick. I also love how much fun he seems to be having with the great Diane Keaton. If only there were a blooper reel.



Next, Kendrick talks about collegiate a cappella, being a drama geek, and fainting on stage.

Comments

David Inman

David Inman

Such a good list. Finally, someone not afraid to be honest with the almost-always pretentious favorite films list. Case and point: Wet Hot American Summer.

Oct 4 - 05:48 PM

David Inman

David Inman

Oh, and it's important to mention that I have a huge crush on Anna.

Oct 4 - 05:50 PM

Lachlan Reynolds

Lachlan Reynolds

In that case, you have good taste as well.

I just wanna give her a hug!

Oct 4 - 09:27 PM

Rizwan Shoukat

Rizwan Shoukat

lolz

Oct 3 - 09:34 PM

Zachary Palumbo

Zachary Palumbo

Don't we all?

Oct 5 - 08:49 AM

Andy Swinnerton

Andy Swinnerton

She is my new Emma Stone

Oct 5 - 01:37 PM

Treminator

Tre Tucker

Isn't Emma Stone still the new Emma Stone? She can't possibly be played out already.

Oct 8 - 11:43 PM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

That's true. As beautiful and charming as Anna is, Emma is just impossible to replace in anyway whatosever.

Feb 19 - 10:29 AM

David Inman

David Inman

Oh, and it's important to mention that I have a huge crush on Anna.

Oct 4 - 05:50 PM

Lachlan Reynolds

Lachlan Reynolds

In that case, you have good taste as well.

I just wanna give her a hug!

Oct 4 - 09:27 PM

Rizwan Shoukat

Rizwan Shoukat

lolz

Oct 3 - 09:34 PM

Zachary Palumbo

Zachary Palumbo

Don't we all?

Oct 5 - 08:49 AM

Andy Swinnerton

Andy Swinnerton

She is my new Emma Stone

Oct 5 - 01:37 PM

Treminator

Tre Tucker

Isn't Emma Stone still the new Emma Stone? She can't possibly be played out already.

Oct 8 - 11:43 PM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

That's true. As beautiful and charming as Anna is, Emma is just impossible to replace in anyway whatosever.

Feb 19 - 10:29 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Cool list. Hot Fuzz is my favorite on it; pretty much a masterpiece of satire.

Oct 4 - 06:23 PM

Miguel Estrada

Miguel Estrada

Cabin in the Woods is a master of satire.

Oct 5 - 04:01 PM

AJ Meadows

AJ Meadows

Now, now. There's room for both as masterpieces.

Oct 5 - 04:50 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

They are both good satires. I just recently saw Cabin in the Woods and thought it was a lot of fun. Both of them start out poking fun at the genre they are parodying and its conventions, before devolving into the type of film they were sending up. Hot Fuzz is relatively devoid of actual action up until the finale, where they hilariously try to cram as many action movie cliches as possible into the last twenty minutes. Cabin in the Woods did the same thing; by the end, it was a blood bath reveling in horror movie conventions.

Oct 6 - 01:26 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Cabin In The Woods is tremendously inferior to Hot Fuzz. Or Shaun Of The Dead. Or Paul, for that matter. In fact, i can't understand why Cabin In The Woods got such a positive reception from so many people. I though it very average myself. Far from being "Master" at anything, including satire.

Oct 8 - 03:14 AM

Damon Gentrup

Damon Gentrup

Cabin in the Woods is amazing, most fun I've had with an engaged audience in a movie theater, ever. However, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are up there, too.

Oct 9 - 12:58 AM

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Hot Fuzz is a master of obvious satire. Cabin in the Woods is the master of subtle satire. I might actually say Hot Fuzz is more ironic, considering its lack of subtlety.

Oct 5 - 05:17 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Cabin in the Woods was more subtle than Hot Fuzz, no doubt, but I still am not sure I would say it was a subtle satire given how many wink-wink, nudge-nudge moments there were and how it was pretty obvious the scenario the victims were in was being manipulated to pander to horror film cliches.

Oct 6 - 01:28 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Neither of them is Dr. Strangelove (My personal favorite), but they're great little pieces themselves and definately a cut above the usual stuff we get from their genre's now adays.

Oct 6 - 04:40 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

"Hot Fuzz" is not subtle, but neither is "Cabin In The Woods". At all.

Oct 8 - 03:20 AM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

Also everytime I watch Cabin in the Woods I get this song stuck in my head hahahaha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN_wnHYOxkE

Oct 8 - 05:49 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

I love lists with a lot of variety. Good stuff.

Oct 4 - 06:57 PM

Lachlan Dunk

Lachlan Dunk

If she'd seen Midsummer Murders she'd love hot fuzz even more

Oct 4 - 07:10 PM

MileZing

Dre M.

Anyone have a favorite Hot Fuzz moment? Mine is when Simon Pegg tells the cop with the mustache that he's got a beer mustache (he just took a sip of beer)...but the cop thinks Simon's being an A-Hole referring to his actual mustache, so he's like, "I know." Hahaha, this film has so many great moments. Terrific list by Anna too!

Oct 4 - 07:45 PM

Jesse Leon Rodgers Jr

Jesse Leon Rodgers Jr

Mine is: "I kinda like a midnight gobble." Old guy mutters, "Cocks."

Oct 4 - 08:25 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

It's hard to pick just one.

Oct 4 - 08:42 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

But if I had to pick, it'd be the swan chase.

Oct 4 - 08:45 PM

Robbie T.

Robbie Turner

"Fascist." "Hag."

Oct 5 - 04:18 AM

KTWozniak

Kevin Wozniak

"Nobody tells me nothin'."

Oct 4 - 10:52 PM

jomo999

Joe Morris

Stay back! Or the ginger nut gets it!

Oct 5 - 05:52 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

When the guy keeps jacking the mine with his gun. Don't know why, but that cracked me up.

Oct 5 - 05:57 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I always laugh at "The Greater Good!" Sequence. Every Time.

Oct 5 - 07:38 AM

King  S.

King Simba

So do I. Although it's hard for me to pick a favorite moment in the film, if I was forced to that's the one I'd go with.

Oct 5 - 09:44 AM

Sam Mooy

Sam Mooy

When sergeant Tony Fisher is first introduced to Nicholas. His face fits right in a word spider with negative traits in it. Hilarious!

Oct 5 - 03:53 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hard to pick one but one that has stuck to my mind is when he finds the sketelons of the murdered townspeople, amongs which is the previous Sargent's remains that he identifies by recalling that he had something he didn't have - a "big red bushy beard". But there are fdasr too many great sequences to single out a "favorite" moment.

Oct 8 - 03:26 AM

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

WET HOT! Nice pick, Anna.

Oct 4 - 08:13 PM

Jesse Leon Rodgers Jr

Jesse Leon Rodgers Jr

Mine is: "I kinda like a midnight gobble." Old guy mutters, "Cocks."

Oct 4 - 08:25 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

It's hard to pick just one.

Oct 4 - 08:42 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

But if I had to pick, it'd be the swan chase.

Oct 4 - 08:45 PM

Robbie T.

Robbie Turner

"Fascist." "Hag."

Oct 5 - 04:18 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

But if I had to pick, it'd be the swan chase.

Oct 4 - 08:45 PM

Robbie T.

Robbie Turner

"Fascist." "Hag."

Oct 5 - 04:18 AM

Nathan S.

Nathan Sellers

Winter Light!! Finally, someone mentions Bergman's underrated masterpiece. Both Hot Huzz and Love and Death are great satires.

Oct 4 - 08:55 PM

Lachlan Reynolds

Lachlan Reynolds

In that case, you have good taste as well.

I just wanna give her a hug!

Oct 4 - 09:27 PM

Rizwan Shoukat

Rizwan Shoukat

lolz

Oct 3 - 09:34 PM

Guilherme Bich

Guilherme Bich

Wow, she's so herself, i've liked this!

Oct 4 - 10:45 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't think anyone should apologise because "Love and Death" is their favorite Woody Allen film. It's one of his strongest of his comedies. "Winter Light" is a very admirable choice as it usually doesn't get as much attention as either "Through the Glass Darkly" or "The Silence" in the "faith/doubt" trilogy, which itself is not even Bergman's most highly regarded trilogy. It was also one of Bergman's favorites of his own films.

Oct 4 - 10:48 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Also one of the few film's on here with 100%. Me and my wife play find the 100 and it's actually a lot more difficult than it seems.

Oct 5 - 07:39 AM

KTWozniak

Kevin Wozniak

"Nobody tells me nothin'."

Oct 4 - 10:52 PM

Grant Johnson

Grant Johnson

Awful list, Wet Hot is horrendously overrated. And Hot Fuzz is just not very good, Sean of the Dead is roughly twice as funny. I have seen the Women and it isn't amazing, solid film but nothing I would revisit again and again. Haven't seen the other two.

Oct 5 - 01:15 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Agree on Hot Fuzz, it was 'ok' but nowhere near as good as 'Sean'.

Oct 5 - 03:33 AM

jake s.

jake suttles

man you must have liked it so much you couldn't remember its shaun no sean eh?

Oct 6 - 12:36 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Actually I took the spelling from the post above without paying much attention. It's still pronounced the same so who fucking cares.

Oct 6 - 06:45 PM

Seth Mecklenburg

Seth Mecklenburg

It's important to note it's "Shawn" because when you are giving an opinion and you make a mistake it leaves you wide open for a critique. So stfu and take it like a man when you get corrected.

Oct 7 - 12:09 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And just like that, Val finds the romance online he's been looking for. Get a room, you two.

Oct 8 - 01:37 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Do you want to break the news to her that her list is wrong or should I? She's gonna be awful disappointed, she was so sure those five films were her favorites. Probably should have vetted them first I guess.

Oct 5 - 06:00 AM

Dani Fenn-Wells

Dani Fenn-Wells

Haha I'm glad you said that I was thinking it. She should really double check with other people what her favourites are. If I were doing my five favourites list it would be completely different to my five best films list. I have movies that I love to watch all the time and are my favourites but they wouldn't be anywhere near a best movie pick for me

Oct 5 - 11:48 PM

André Lucas

André Lucas

I can't tell if you're being awfully ironic or you did not get the post above you...

Oct 7 - 09:28 PM

filmmaniac123

Aakash Kumar

it's her opinion how the hell is there a right or wrong...

Oct 6 - 08:01 PM

jimb14red

Michael Sullivan

Not great at understanding hyperbole I see.

Oct 10 - 06:49 PM

jimb14red

Michael Sullivan

LOL, Great post but only people who put the Godfather on their list are wrong, you know that.

Oct 10 - 06:47 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Both were really good, but personally, I enjoyed Hot Fuzz a lot more than Shaun of the Dead. Not only was it funnier but it was also much better plotwise (spoilers - even though the explanation for all the murders turned out to be far simpler than what Nicholas Angel had originally assumed I still like re-watching the film just to pick up the clues that lead to his conclusion, because it's more complex than most detective movies even if it turns out to be completely false).

Oct 5 - 09:39 AM

Mark Weistra

Mark Weistra

Hot Fuzz was better "plot wise"? Tell me that this is a (bad) joke, right? Hot Fuzz had a first act that was way too long and had many illogical story moments/plot points. Shaun was a brilliant homage, funny and scary/suspenseful, great characters and many original moments. I love it so much that i've seen Hot Fuzz three times because i just cannot, even now, understand how those people that made Shaun could make something as flat and uninspired as Fuzz...

Oct 5 - 02:47 PM

Sam Mooy

Sam Mooy

I'm kind of hoping there was a dislike button for this kind of comments by now..

Oct 5 - 03:56 PM

jake s.

jake suttles

yeah youre right, the plot of oh noes theres a bunch of zombies we better get to the pub is waaaaaay better than the plot of Hot Fuzz. don't get me wrong, I love both movies but lets be honest you don't watch them for their dense complex plotlines. you watch then for their quirky spoof comedy and in that regard they both deliver beautifully.

Oct 6 - 12:40 PM

Voice O. Reason

Voice O'Reason

Thank God we have you here to set everyone straight!

Oct 5 - 12:18 PM

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Voice O. Reason

Voice O'Reason

Thank God we have people like you to point those things out!

Oct 5 - 05:06 PM

Steven Bailey

Steven Bailey

u as

Oct 5 - 11:37 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Agree on Hot Fuzz, it was 'ok' but nowhere near as good as 'Sean'.

Oct 5 - 03:33 AM

jake s.

jake suttles

man you must have liked it so much you couldn't remember its shaun no sean eh?

Oct 6 - 12:36 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Actually I took the spelling from the post above without paying much attention. It's still pronounced the same so who fucking cares.

Oct 6 - 06:45 PM

Seth Mecklenburg

Seth Mecklenburg

It's important to note it's "Shawn" because when you are giving an opinion and you make a mistake it leaves you wide open for a critique. So stfu and take it like a man when you get corrected.

Oct 7 - 12:09 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And just like that, Val finds the romance online he's been looking for. Get a room, you two.

Oct 8 - 01:37 PM

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