Archive for July 8, 2020

Mike’s Top Films of the Decade (370-361)

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: #55 – “Look What I Found,” from A Star Is Born


55. “Look What I Found,” from A Star Is Born

Gaga’s vocals are really strong here, and I love the simple piano and snaps intro and the gradual increase of the instrumentation throughout. I also really love how the song is introduced in the movie. It’s just something she’s working on, and then later they have her doing it in the studio, and there’s that bit where she can’t do it properly without actually playing it, and then Cooper goes in there for moral support. It’s a really nice moment for the two of them and the cherry on top is that the song is actually really good. It’s also the perfect bridge song between her writing songs with him and the more ‘pop’ direction her career goes in.


Pic of the Day: “In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn’t want to share… you know what they did?” “Have no idea.” “They went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever.” (20th Anniversary)