Archive for March 11, 2020

Mike’s Favorite Male Lead 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.

We’re starting with male lead performances, and there was certainly no shortages of those to choose from this decade. (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #174 – “Let It Go,” from Spark: A Burning Man Story

 

174. “Let It Go,” from Spark: A Burning Man Story

How many of you freaked out when you saw the title and went, “What? THIS EARLY?!!”

I’ll admit, the only reason I know this song is because every year I listen to every song I can that was submitted for Best Original Song. So I came across it there and liked it and always remembered it from there.

The documentary is about the history of Burning Man, and is something I’d never know about aside from this song and never something I’d deliberately watch. But it doesn’t really matter to me how I came across a song, just how I feel about it. And this is a very likable song.

Admittedly, this is the kind of song that would play over a Target commercial as the family comes home and plays with the dog in their perfect suburban home, and I fully admit that it sounds just like all those songs. But… I also like it. I think I could get away with it on this first 15% of the list, before the heavy hitters start showing up. The first bit is always gonna have some personal choices on it. But also, you hear it. You know this song is charming. What am I gonna do?


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Pic of the Day: “I’m sorry Cary. I don’t know what got into me. I know you’re not like that. I apologize for what I said.” “That’s all right, Howard.” “But I don’t apologize for wanting you.” (65th Anniversary)