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 directorial efforts of the decade: (more…)
137. “Hey Baby Doll,” from Danny Collins
It’s hard to write the right kind of throwaway catchy pop tune for a movie. Clearly they’re trying to make Al Pacino Neil Diamond and have this be his “Sweet Caroline.” And you get it immediately. And even if you want to hate this song, you can’t deny how catchy that hook is. And that’s the point. Dude’s been dining out on this song for 40 years. That’s what it’s supposed to be. It’s a perfect song for the film and the character.