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…)
170. “$100 Bill,” from The Great Gatsby
Ah yes, our first Gatsby song. People forget how great this soundtrack is. I listened to this soundtrack for years after the movie came out, and still have a couple of songs from it that are still in rotation. This is the one that doesn’t fit with all the others, and it’s because Jay-Z curated the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann, so of course he was gonna put one of his own songs in it and it was gonna get prime placement within the movie (it plays as they’re driving on the bridge as they’re headed into the city to that apartment). It’s a good song. The weakest in the movie, but that just tells you how strong everything in the movie is, that this is the weakest of the lot.