A24 holds the first and third spots on the list thanks to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s multiverse action-comedy, and a tiny mollusc with tinier footwear. Since we already accepted an acceptance speech from the Daniels when EEAAO briefly became the highest-rated film of all time earlier this year, we reached out to Marcel the Shell with Shoes On director Dean Fleischer-Camp for his reaction to Marcel’s midyear third-place achievement.
“She’s got the Midas touch,” he told us of actress and co-creator Jenny Slate, who is in both Everything (as a laundromat customer) and Marcel (as his voice), not to mention other 2022 releases, The Bob’s Burgers Movie and the Amazon rom-com I Want You Back. “I mean, if you want your movie to be a word-of-mouth hit, hire Jenny Slate!” Fleischer-Camp advises, before admitting to his fear of success via Letterboxd ratings:
“I don’t try to make things to be unanimously loved—that’s a recipe for disaster. So when something you make is unanimously loved, it’s scary. The fact that people are rating it highly, I think, probably means that, sure, they like the movie, but that they feel a little bit like they’re judging Marcel or rating Marcel. You would never rate someone who’s really charming. After meeting them for an hour and a half, you’d never be like, ‘Nah, I’d give her a three’. But no, I mean, I’m so happy.”