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 supporting performances of the decade: (more…)
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #142 – “Wish That You Were Here,” from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
142. “Wish That You Were Here,” from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I’m a sucker for Florence Welch’s voice. Hollywood figured it out and had her contribute a bunch of original songs for movies. She’s also pretty perfect for a Tim Burton movie. He had Karen O for Frankeweenie and Lana Del Rey for Big Eyes. So it was only a matter of time before he got to Florence. And this song is really good. Did you guys even know this song existed? This sounds like a song I’d listen to just normally, unrelated to this movie that we all just kind of forgot about because it was forgettable schlock from the guy who made some of the best movies of our childhoods.
But man, this song is wonderful. And really the only thing keeping me from ranking this higher is the distinction between a song I love and an original song from a movie that I love. Because let’s face it… this is just an end credits song designed to sound good on the soundtrack. It has very little to do with the movie. One of my goals was to elevate the songs that actually did appear in their films and actually had a purpose within them. But still, I really like this song a lot.