Archive for February 26, 2020

Mike’s Favorite Animated Films of the Decade (50-41)

Our first official list. My favorite animated films of the decade. What I love about animated films in particular is that, in a lot of ways, they’re the first films we’re exposed to as children. Anyone growing up pretty much from the 80s onward grew up with these films in our lives, because of the home video age. Before we went to theaters to see stuff and before we got into ‘movies’ at large, there was all those movies we grew up on. And now, even though I’m not of the age for most of the animated fare to appeal to me like they used to, there’s still some amazing stuff that comes out each year that’s worth talking about, because they, while entertaining for all, are an art form of their own.

So we’ll shout out the 50 that I liked best over the past decade. Animation is a genre with some great stuff, but overall a very limited number of films that come out each year, owing to the length it takes to actually make one of them. So 50 feels right, rather than trying to stretch it.

So here are my top animated films from the decade 2010-2019: (more…)

Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #188 – “Beautiful Ghosts,” from Cats


188. “Beautiful Ghosts,” from Cats

Ah, yes, the tradition of adapting a stage musical for the screen and including a single new song for Oscar contention. Because Taylor Swift was in this movie, she wrote it with Andrew Lloyd-Webber. And the version that appears in the movie, as sung by Francesca Hayward, is a nice little song. It’s really no different than the song they wrote for Les Mis, except for maybe the overall quality of the songwriting and how you feel about it. This one feels a bit too much like Taylor Swift for me to put any higher, but overall, I do like it as a song and don’t think it stands out that badly from everything else in that movie.

Pic of the Day: “Alcoholics are mostly disappointed men.” “Sure, I know. You was never disappointed, were you, Doc?”