Archive for June 17, 2020

Mike’s Top Hidden Gems of the Decade (80-71)

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: #76 – “The Keeper,” from Machine Gun Preacher


76. “The Keeper,” from Machine Gun Preacher

This is just a great song. It just happens to have been written for Machine Gun Preacher. I love that Chris Cornell wrote a bunch of these songs for the end credits of movies (or opening credits, in the case of Casino Royale, which has become one of the best Bond themes of all of them since its release). The song is just beautiful and it’s a great one to listen to. Another one that’s hard to rank just because it straddles the line between song I just listen to and song that technically also is a movie song. It’s like when you’re trying to rank the Bond songs (speaking of Bond) and get to “Live and Let Die.” And it’s like, what do you do? Because that’s the one I’ve heard on terrestrial radio all my life. Shirley Bassey sure as hell wasn’t on radio. So it’s hard to separate the two. That’s kind of how I feel about this song.


Pic of the Day: “Once more, we play our dangerous game, a game of chess against our old adversary – The American Navy. For forty years, your fathers before you and your older brothers played this game and played it well. But today the game is different. We have the advantage.” (30th Anniversary)