Welcome to my top 50 of the decade list! Every day I will do the next group of 10, according to all of the Staff here at Gorgon Reviews, on what we thought was the best of the decade.
We decided to not include documentaries, as they are much harder to compare, but you will see films represented more than one country at least.
50) The Martian 2015
Why? To me this movie is entirely pro-science in a fun and exciting way. We have smart characters, who solve problems by being smart, despite obstacles in their way. Smartness isn’t played as a joke, it is appreciated, and a lot of care went into making most (not all, that is fine) of this movie at least somewhat realistic.
I have seen this movie usually many times just showing it to my students near the end of the year.
Favorite moment? While the ending is very emotional, I enjoy most when they finally get communication up and running.
49) Chi-Raq 2015
Why? I want to make some statements with a top 50 list, and not be incredibly boring. This movie rolled a few of my jams up in one. Lyrically spoken, it brings back an Ancient Greek play into modern times, to deal with modern problems, and it is dripping with satire.
It gives new light to a problem. It doesn’t actually offer real solutions, but it is still making great points with its power.
Favorite moment? Samuel L. Jackson laying those smooth lines down as the narrator.
48) 50/50 2011
Why? Coming out earlier in the decade, this felt like the perfect blend of a comedy/drama for me. I laughed, I cried, and I laughed some more. Joseph Gordon-Levitt really showcased his emotional range and showcased how someone might deal with a surgery that didn’t technically have a favorable outcome. He isn’t in it for the sympathy.
Favorite moment? When his mood shifts right before the surgery. Tears every time.
47) I, Tonya 2017
Why? I, Tonya does a few things for me. It gives me a very different view of a story that I just had assumptions about (I was 4-5 at the time) and that is likely true about a lot of people. And it also finally let me see Margot Robbie in a different light as an actress that I had never seen before. You know, acting.
Favorite moment? The scenes where Tonya/Jeff’s relationship blossomed into an abuse for all.
46) Nocturnal Animals 2016
Why? Strangely enough, this movie probably dropped the most out of any film compared to their respective rankings in top of the year lists. For 2016, I had this as my second favorite movie, a harrowing experience I never wanted to experience again.
However, on a rewatch, it is still extremely well acted and an interesting movie, but without the surprising fear elements, it didn’t sustain as much interest.
Favorite moment? It still has to be the highway scene.
45) August: Orange County 2013
Why? Take an all-star cast of incredible actors, have them act a popular play, and sure enough, we will get emotions and wonderful acting. I hadn’t heard of this play before hand, so it was shock to me when I realized what was going on.
Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are wonderful together, in that they bring out each other’s worsts.
Favorite moment? Hard to beat the dinner scene as it brings everyone together and everything full front.
44) The Greatest Showman 2017
Why? Honestly, I loved this movie when I saw it. The worst part about it for me was how short it was (and still is). It was my most anticipated film of 2017, and I knew I was getting a fictionalized story about the real man, but didn’t care. It gave me a sense of fun and wonder that a circus was meant to give its audience, and honestly, as he deceived them, you could argue it was meant to deceive us about the real man.
This would be much higher if it was a little over 2 hours long.
Favorite moment? My favorite song shifts constantly, so at the time of the writing, I will go with The Other Side.
43) The Witch 2015
Why? I was completely shookith with this film when it came out, appreciating how much the director went for realism in a story dealing with the supernatural. The clothes, the house, the language. Anna Taylor-Joy has started her career off really with this film, escalating her into several other horror/thriller roles.
The introduction of the film started things off very bleak from the beginning, and it was the struggle throughout that made it just that much more horrifying.
Favorite moment? The ending scenes with our goat.
42) Moana 2016
Why? Our first animated film on the list, and not the last, Moana felt like they finally perfected the “modern Disney Princess” film. Trying to fix the backlash of their older films with problematic narratives.
Tangled and Frozen were obviously stepping stones to get there, but Moana has it all, including a banging soundtrack with only one overall dud in my eye. Looking at you Shiny.
Favorite moment? The ending reveal/victory I didn’t see coming and it still holds up in repeated viewings.
41) Bodied 2018
Why? Likely to be one of the more controversial films on this whole list, because this damn thing is a controversial film. It has so many elements going on in it that SHOULD lead to it being something we should avoid, that it somehow mashes together to make an uncomfortable masterpiece.
When I rewatched this movie, it still made me captivated, and cringe at all the right moments.
Favorite moment? I am going to say I love/hate the ending.
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