Archive for June 14, 2020

Mike’s Top Hidden Gems of the Decade (110-101)

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: #79 – “Faith,” from Sing


79. “Faith,” from Sing

Ah, yes, another stealth entry to this list. Sing. The Illumination movie that’s basically just American Idol for animals. But, while there are a lot of covers all throughout the film, there are two distinct original songs in it that are quite good. This one’s the end credits song, and it’s done by Stevie Wonder with a feature by Ariana Grande. And I remember hearing this and thinking, “Well that’s gonna be bad.” Just on principle. Because it’s for an animated movie that’s not Disney, and it’s an end credits pop song, and you just sort of offhandedly dismiss those things. But you also forget… Stevie knows how to write a good song. And you sort of know it immediately, once that bass line kicks up. That really draws you in and then Stevie uses that first verse to get you all in with it. It’s just a feel-good kinda song with a funky beat. This is one of those that, when I first started figuring out this list, had about thirty spots lower than this, and it slowly kept creeping up little by little each time I heard it as I started liking it more and more.


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