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…)
165. “Thick N’ Thin,” from Patti Cake$
Patti Cake$ #2. This one’s more a freestyle than the last song. It’s Jerry, Patti’s best friend, trying to cheer her up, so he starts banging out a beat on the hood of her car and freestyling, trying to get her to join in, which she eventually does. It’s a great moment, because it shows how talented she is and drives home the notion of ‘I wanna get out of this place’. Plus you find yourself going, “Aww shit” as it goes along, because you’re starting to realize that the songs in the movie are gonna be really good. And it only builds from here.