Archive for March, 2020

Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (60-51)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #154 – “Ancora Qui,” from Django Unchained

 

154. “Ancora Qui,” from Django Unchained

Ah yes, the song Ennio Morricone wrote for Django that Quentin put during a scene of Leo’s slaves setting the table for his dinner with Waltz and Foxx. And I think Morricone came out and was like, “What the fuck is that about? You ruined my beautiful song!” But anyway, the song’s really great.


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Pic of the Day: “I knew you’d be back. They all come back for me.” (90th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (70-61)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #155 – “Love Me Like You Do,” from Fifty Shades of Grey

 

155. “Love Me Like You Do,” from Fifty Shades of Grey

What is it with Fifty Shades of Grey having actually passable music? It’s really only the first one. I think they realized the bubble had burst after that and threw the rest of them together. But here, they actually went all out on the music. This is just a very nice song. It’s a nice romantic ballad that is way too good for the film for which it was written. I’m not gonna pretend like it can hold a candle to any of the love ballads from 80s movies, but hey, in terms of the state of pop music nowadays, this is actually a very passable excuse for a love theme.


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Pic of the Day: “There’s a story going around ’bout how some twenty Redcoats got killed by a ghost or some damn thing, carried a Cherokee tomahawk.” “Aren’t you a little old to be believing in ghost stories?” (20th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (80-71)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #156 – “Alive,” from Vox Lux

 

156. “Alive,” from Vox Lux

I’m telling you, this Vox Lux soundtrack has some bangers. This one’s sung by Raffey Cassidy, who plays young Natalie Portman in the first half of the film and Natalie’s daughter in the second half. Her voice in this is really impressive (you may have heard her sing a cappella in The Killing of a Sacred Deer). It’s also a very Sia song, which means it’s a very catchy pop tune, and the kind of song that you could have heard on the radio if she gave it to an artist for the radio. Which is exactly what this character would be singing.


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Pic of the Day: “My face frightens me. My mask frightens me even more.” (60th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (90-81)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #157 – “Love Is a Drip,” from Band Aid

 

157. “Love Is a Drip,” from Band Aid

Our second song from Band Aid, and another song I keep wanting to rank higher every time I listen to it. The songs from this movie are so good.

As a refresher — this is a very underrated movie from Zoe Lister-Jones (she writes, directs, stars and produces) about a couple whose marriage is falling apart, so they decide to start a band, which helps them get all their angst and anger out in the music. It’s pretty awesome, and the songs are great.


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Pic of the Day: “Women make the best psychoanalysts until they fall in love. After that they make the best patients.” (75th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (100-91)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #158 – “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from Ted

 

158. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from Ted

I’ll say it every time about Seth MacFarlane… he is committed to music. I don’t know how or why he chose a jazz tune with Norah Jones singing to be the opening credits to his movie, but hey, that’s cool. It’s a fun song. It’s almost too good for the movie. It’s this really pleasant, happy tune, and here we are watching him getting arrested for having mushrooms underneath it. But hey, the song is the song.


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Who is that girl I see / Staring straight, back at me / Why is my reflection someone I don’t know / Somehow I cannot hide / Who I am / Though I’ve tried / When will my reflection show who I am inside? / When will my reflection show who I am inside?” ♫


Mike’s Favorite Female Lead Performances of the Decade (10-1)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite female lead performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #159 – “Memories,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

159. “Memories,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Ah, yes, our first Spider-Verse song. Don’t worry, there will be quite a few of these on the list. They did a lot of things right with this movie, but one thing they did very right was this soundtrack. I don’t know whose idea it was to do the old school 90s hip hop soundtrack, but it’s a great idea. This and Black Panther did the same thing, and this one did it better. That one had higher-named talent on it and probably more money, but this one has the higher ration of great songs.

This one in particular is just a smooth ride. This is almost the Lite FM of hip hop songs, the way it washes over you. You could just have this on in the living room and just groove along to it. Or like, in the office. It’s just a nice, easy listen. Which is awesome.


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Pic of the Day: “What’s your name?” “I can’t remember.” “Where are you from?” “I can’t remember.” “Can you remember anything?” “I remember… the Alamo.” (35th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Female Lead Performances of the Decade (20-11)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite female lead performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #160 – “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman

 

160. “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman

It’s just an upbeat, lovely song. Part of the charm is that he wrote it for his own biopic and sings it with the actor who plays him in the movie. It is trading a bit off “I’m Still Standing,” since he’s basically trying to do the same thing in a different way, but hey — a fun song’s a fun song.


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Pic of the Day (85th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Female Lead Performances of the Decade (30-21)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite female lead performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #161 – “We Are Sex Bob-Omb,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

 

161. “We Are Sex Bob-Omb,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

This is the opening credits song and is just perfect. This is exactly what it needed to be and really gets you amped for the rest of this movie. I can still remember seeing these opening credits in the theater for the first time, as the camera pulls all the way back up the living room and behind the couch. It just brings you all in on the movie in the best possibly way.


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Pic of the Day: “Wouldn’t it have been lovely if we’d met before?” “Before we did? Yes.” “We’d have got married, had a house and children. If we’d had children, Yuri, would you like a boy or girl?” “I think we may go mad if we think about all that.” “I shall always think about it.” (55th Anniversary)