Archive for June 8, 2020

Mike’s Top Hidden Gems of the Decade (170-161)

Of all the lists I’m making for this Top Tens of the Decade feature, I need to explain this one the most. Since the phrase ‘hidden gem’ can apply various different ways to a film and can mean different things: a) a movie you don’t know about that’s great and should be seen; b) a movie you may have heard of but probably haven’t seen that you should see; c) a movie you know and may have even seen, but is being underrated by the film community; d) a movie that straight up just needs to be seen by more people.

Obviously there are way more than just 200 gems from this decade. In my first run-through, simply compiling a list of things I might have on this list, before I considered whether they fit the criteria I wanted to use for it while also trying to be as exclusive as possible, I had over 250 films. I get that this isn’t a be-all, end-all list. These are just the 200 I chose to talk about because they’re the ones I felt deserved the most notice in this particular article and are the ones I wanted to shout out the most.

Now, how I went about the rankings was more vague. Part of it had to be how much I liked each of the films. I don’t see how it couldn’t be. But it’s not just that. Because that’s just a top films list, which I’m gonna do after this one’s done. This one’s also about just how much of a hidden gem I felt the movie is, or how much I wanted to give you that nudge in the direction of, “Hey, maybe you’re wrong about this and should give it a (or another) shot.” Or how much I wanted to emphasize, “You need to see this movie.”

I think it goes without saying – just because something is on this list doesn’t mean I assume you don’t know it. It’s because I figure (or know) there’s a larger percentage of people than I want to guess that either haven’t seen the movie or don’t fully appreciate the movie, and the goal is to introduce it to them. If you’re already in the camp of having seen it, good for you. I’m pretty sure most people reading this will have at least a quarter of this list that they haven’t seen. I suspect it’s more, but I truly don’t know how crazy most people are in relation to me in terms of seeing everything. I think most people will get some cool movies out of this. (more…)

Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #85 – “The Other Side,” from The Greatest Showman


85. “The Other Side,” from The Greatest Showman

This is a fantastic idea for a song — Jackman (as Barnum) is trying to get financial backing for his show, so he’s appealing to Zac Efron, a man born into wealth who doesn’t like upper crust society. So he’s telling him, “Come on, piss off your parents, buy into the circus. They’ll hate it.” So the whole thing becomes a give and a take, where Jackman’s trying to convince him, while Efron is basically negotiating his end. And then of course, the song becomes a literal negotiation by the end, which is also pretty terrific. It’s the perfect song in a way, because it furthers the plot and is just a good song. This is the stuff musicals are made of.


Pic of the Day: ♫ “I yam what I yam, and I yam what I yam that I yam / And I got a lotta muscle, and I only gots one eye / And I’ll never hurt nobodys, and I’ll never tell a lie / Top to me bottom, and me bottom to me top / That’s the way it is, ’til the day that I drop / What am I? I yam what I yam.” ♫ (40th Anniversary)