Archive for June 24, 2020

Mike’s Top Hidden Gems of the Decade (10-1)

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: #69 – “Tightrope,” from The Greatest Showman


69. “Tightrope,” from The Greatest Showman

The sneaky thing about The Greatest Showman is that most of its best songs are not ones sung by Hugh Jackman. Not that he doesn’t have some good ones, but typically you don’t think of the non-Hugh ones as being any good. Every musical always gives the other characters a number or two, and they always slow everything down and no one really cares. And that’s what I figured I was getting with this one, when they decide to finally pay some attention to Michelle Williams’ character in the latter half of the film. But then you realize, oh no, this song is great. Maybe you don’t necessarily realize it in the moment, but when you hear the song apart from the film, you get it. This song is terrific. It’s kind of separate from the rest of the film, as she is as a character, but it’s a really great song that is much better than you might think it is at first listen.


Pic of the Day: “Bless me, Father, for I have just killed quite a few men.” “No shit!” (25th Anniversary)