30) The Favourite 2018
Why? While not my favorite movie of the decade, this is my favorite of Yorgos Lanthimos, whom was doing really good in the last few years of the decade. A women centric cast, that is a bit absurd, while having some historical truth, it led to a lot of comedic gold moments that could only happen with a great script and great actresses to carry it all out.
Also, the camera work in this film was atypical, and a bit inspiring.
Favorite moment? Don’t look at me.
29) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018
Why? This is my “half” sequel on the list. Technically standalone, but also one of the realities is totally the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, so it takes place after them. Spider-Verse is on this list as my third (and not yet highest) rated animated film because of how blown away I was with the art style.
It offered something unlike any other animated film of that year or recent years, keeping it still feeling like a comic movie, and with stunning fight scenes and humor throughout.
Favorite moment? Alright, let’s start at the beginning.
28) Sing Street 2016
Why? This is a film I expected almost nothing out of, and should have realized it was something special. The third music centered film by John Carney feels very personal and ends up being more than a strange pre-teen romance film.
It also deals with a strong relationship with brothers and how those older can pave the way for their siblings, taking on more burdens that the younger ones would never realize. And hey, the music is fun too.
Favorite moment? Basically every scene with Jack Reynor.
27) 12 Years A Slave 2013
Why? 2013 called, it wants its number one movie back. 12 Years A Slave is a hard movie to get through. Torture, near death, and obviously enslavement does not equate to a movie you want to see over and over. Hell, I knew it would take me awhile to rewatch it after I saw it in theaters, and only rewatched it for this list finally, never really getting in that mood again.
Well acted, a terrifying real story, but one that is something I will rarely ever see again in my life.
Favorite moment? Favorite is a bad word here, but the “hanging” scene is the most powerful and shocking.
26) Hereditary 2018
Why? I do believe Toni Collette was robbed for he performance in this film, and not given anywhere close to enough credit as she deserved. I knew she was a great actress, and this film really cemented it in my mind. A demented film overall, one that builds the fears inside of you overtime and masterfully at that.
Very few “jump” scares but instead an overall sense of dread and wondering how could things get worse or scarier. This is my favorite horror film of the decade.
Favorite moment? Dinner time.
25) Whiplash 2014
Why? I don’t know if I need a long paragraph for this one? J. K. Fucking Simmons. There. That’s why.
Favorite moment? Tempo changes.
24) Kubo and the Two Strings 2016
Why? Kubo is an animated film that tried to give me something I hadn’t seen before. Laika has been pushing the boundaries of their stop-motion films a lot over this decade, and I don’t think anything came out as fresh and stunning as Kubo. Combining characters both big and small, we got a fresh lead with an interesting story, and hell, some scary villains to boot.
It still felt like a good film for the family, despite its darker elements. Honestly, the only thing I hated were the names of the sidekicks. This is my favorite animated film of the decade.
Favorite moment? The magic origami.
23) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2014
Why? Another top film of its year that is getting surpassed by others, I will still attest that Birdman is a wonderful film, start to finish, really no faults. I love everything about it, from the meta casting choices, to the long takes and monologues, to the play within a play. The catchy drum beat that wraps up most of the film keeps it moving and on the edge.
It is a great movie and will be celebrated for a long time.
Favorite moment? Edward Norton.
22) Gone Girl 2014
Why? Gone Girl is a thriller where the twist is revealed much earlier on than most thrillers. Hell, the twist turns it into almost a completely different movie, and makes it go places that would be very hard to predict. Affleck is wonderful as the distant husband, but Pike really gives a haunting performance, which elevated far past anything I’ve seen her do before. Mostly TV shows, notably.
Because the twist is so early on, it is still a movie worth watching over and over.
Favorite moment? What happened to Amy.
21) Mad Max: Fury Road 2015
Why? Ah! Many people picked this their top of that year and top of the decade, and I will admit, this is an over the top film unlike almost anything else. The stunt work, the practical effects, the gruesome moments. It is definitely a story that doesn’t hold a lot of equals. And I can acknowledge all of it, and still want more from the actors and plot.
This is the only other sequel on the whole list, which is interesting as this one works very well as a standalone and just uses 1 character.
Favorite moment? The race back.
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