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.
We’re starting with male lead performances, and there was certainly no shortages of those to choose from this decade. (more…)
177. “Daily Battles,” from Motherless Brooklyn
Our second Thom York song. This one from just 2019. Motherless Brooklyn is a film that got totally overlooked from the moment it came out, but this song definitely stuck out. It’s in the trailer for the film, even, but I think most people didn’t notice because they were so fixated on Edward Norton doing the Tourette’s thing. But this song is pretty great. It’s moody and very Thom Yorke, but also somehow fits the entire tone of the film.