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: #139 – “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
141. “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
This was probably the single greatest discovery for me on this entire list. Apparently I listened to it and ‘didn’t like it’ when I went over it in 2014. Which 100% is because by that point I was actively anti-Hunger Games, knew this was nominated for a Golden Globe and was just very much against it. But the thing is — I love Lorde. I was all over that first album, and I think her second album is a masterpiece. So I just kind of forgot this song even existed. So as I went back to compile songs I came across this one and was like, “Oh yeah.” And holy shit. I wish I had this song in my life for the past five years.
Now, again, I have to differentiate between a great song and a song from a movie. Because this really has nothing to do with the movie. It’s more of an end credits song. So on a pure song level, of course I’d rate this much, much higher. But I had to temper my excitement for this one, since there are other songs more worthy of higher rankings because, while they’re not as catchy and I don’t want them on my everyday playlist, they do have more to do with their films.
Still, though… this song slaps.