Fresh Air Weekend: The Best Of 2014 For Films, Books, Music And TV David Edelstein finds some greats in a "depressing" year for films; Maureen Corrigan picks 12 books of the year; Ken Tucker names his top nine albums; David Bianculli says 2014 was a good year.
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Fresh Air Weekend: The Best Of 2014 For Films, Books, Music And TV

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Fresh Air Weekend: The Best Of 2014 For Films, Books, Music And TV

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Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role. Made over the course of 12 years, the film is David Edelstein's favorite of the year. Courtesy of Matt Lankes hide caption

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Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role. Made over the course of 12 years, the film is David Edelstein's favorite of the year.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats: Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.

Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014: This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.

Ken Tucker's Top 9 Albums Of 2014, Plus A Book: Making new sounds while staying mindful of the past is a common theme in the Fresh Air music critic's year-end list.

Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming": TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, which has "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."

You can listen to the original interviews here:

In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

Ken Tucker's Top 9 Albums Of 2014, Plus A Book

Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'