And here we are. The big list. Theoretically the one we’ve been building toward. But really anticlimactic when you get down to it. You think the list of my ‘favorite’ films of an entire decade would be the thing you want. But really it’s just me going back over a lot of the stuff I covered on the other lists and a broad regurgitation of my top ten lists from the ten years. So, rather than treat this like some big holy set of rankings, I’m just gonna do what I did with all the other lists – try to get you to see some of these you haven’t seen before and maybe introduce you to some cool movies.
It’s important to note, as it’s important to note with all my lists – the rankings don’t really matter. The number is only a function of the day I put it together. The only way to truly get a real ranking of my favorite films of the decade is for me to take the pool of films I used and make up this list from scratch at least ten different times and then use some sort of formula to figure out the average position of each movie and then create a ranking. And that’s not the goal here. I don’t care about the numbers. I care about talking up the films I like and trying to get people to see some of them.
So, if you feel like you want to get upset about where something is ranked, know that it’s a broad ranking. For the most part, films are in the general range of the 25-50 where I’d generally rate them next to everything else. Things will change as I revisit stuff and as time goes on. Like I said, this is really just about telling you what I enjoyed most in the hopes that it gets you to check out some of the stuff you either didn’t know about before or never bothered to see (or maybe saw and didn’t fully appreciate at the time). That’s it. It’s really just about celebrating movies. Don’t get so hung up on the numbers.
So, here are my 500 favorite films of 2010-2019:
65. “Buddy’s Business,” from Brawl in Cell Block 99
Yeah, Buddy. I was all over this song from the minute I heard it over the end credits of this movie. First off… it’s the fucking O’Jays! How amazing is that? Craig Zahler is friends with the O’Jays and just makes music with them. It’s just a wonderful throwback 70s tune that perfectly encapsulates the kind of grindhouse/B-movie type experience the film tries to give you. Not everyone knows about this movie, though anyone who’s been around me the past few years has definitely heard me recommend this. I’ve personally shown this to like five people, all of whom at the end went, “Oh my god, I loved that.” Because it’s just a badass, fun movie. Basically it’s a prison movie. Vince Vaughn ends up in jail, and basically things start to get worse and worse over the course of the film. What’s great about it is that it doesn’t start where you expect, doesn’t always go the route you’d expect, and doesn’t really put him in the ‘prison’ type situation you’d expect him to be in until really the last hour of the movie. But trust me, it’s worth it. The film gets further away from reality as it goes along, and by the time you get to that third act, you’re just all in.
Plus, it’s the only film I’ve seen that fully utilizes Vince Vaughn’s 6’5” frame. They shoot him full frame in this movie, like Fred Astaire, and trust me when I tell you this — you believe he’s going to kick the shit out of anyone he gets his hands on. I can’t say enough great things about this movie, and this song is just an amazing companion piece to it that I love to listen to on its own. But the kicker is when other people hear it, like it, and then I get to talk about how great the movie is on top of it. That’s the total package for me.