Archive for March 14, 2020

Mike’s Favorite Male 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.

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: #171 – “Love and Lies,” from Band Aid


171. “Love and Lies,” from Band Aid

I was so happy when I went back to compile this list of songs and came across this movie. This is exactly the kind of thing I want to be championing on this list.

The song is from the movie Band Aid, which was written by, directed by, produced by and stars Zoe Lister-Jones and had an all-female crew. The premise is a married couple going through tough times who attempt to save their marriage by starting a band, getting out all their frustrations in the music. It’s a really wonderful premise and a really charming movie.  And, as the premise suggests, involves the leads singing and performing all original songs. All of which, I’ll add, were written by Zoe-Lister Jones.

Hopefully you hear how awesome that song is and think about checking out the movie, which is really a worthwhile indie that I assume most people know nothing about. This is a song that I keep wanting to rank higher on this list every time I hear it.


Pic of the Day: “I’ve had so little love in my life. I’ve been kicked about so much. Take me away from here.” (85th Anniversary)