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…)
133. “Split the Difference,” from Boyhood
Our second song from Boyhood and definitely the stronger of the two. This is the first song performed in the film, as the kids come over to their father’s house in Houston during his days with them, and he sings this to them as a lullaby. And it’s just a beautiful song. It’s the perfect portrait of a man who still really loves his kids while separated from them and also fits his character — since he eventually stops trying to be a musician and settles down. When he was a father and was married, all he wanted was music, and now that he’s got the music, all he wants is his kids. It’s a perfect song for this moment in the film.