Archive for July 7, 2020

Mike’s Top Films of the Decade (380-371)

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: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #56 – “Never Let Me Go,” from Never Let Me Go

 

56. “Never Let Me Go,” from Never Let Me Go

I love this song. I’ve been listening to it for a decade. It’s the title track from the film. It’s meant to be a song from the 50s that Carey Mulligan’s character buys on cassette and listens to over and over. And man, did they get that right. You could swear this is a song that was from the 50s. It’s a beautiful love ballad with just achingly poignant lyrics, especially given the unrequited love her character feels for Andrew Garfield. It’s a really terrific song, one that’s gone very much ignored in the decade since it came out. I think because the movie is so underrated and because people just kind of assume the song actually did exist in the 50s and they just repurposed it for the movie.


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Pic of the Day: “So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas.” “A looper?” “A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald, striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know’. And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness’. So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.” (40th Anniversary)