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…)
132. “It Ain’t Fair,” from Detroit
There’s a lot of songs of this ilk that came out during the latter half of this decade. But I’ll say one thing in defense of this one — I sat in my seat as this came on during the credits, and I didn’t move for the duration. There’s that wonderful, soulful voice at the beginning, and then after the a cappella, there’ that great piano beginning, leading into this great 70s soul ballad song, and then BOOM. The song just takes off. And then the rapping section is just fantastic. Honestly, every time I go back and hear this song I wonder why this didn’t get more awards attention at the time. Especially since they nominated one other song like this the same year that’s not nearly as good a song as this is.