Archive for July 18, 2020

Mike’s Top Films of the Decade (270-261)

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: #45 – “Someone in the Crowd,” from La La Land


45. “Someone in the Crowd,” from La La Land

So when I sat down at a screening of this movie, before I really knew what I was in for, it took me about 15 minutes to really get situated and realize just what I was watching and how amazing it was. That opening traffic number was amazing, but I still wasn’t totally able to comprehend just how incredible it all was. And then this number happened, and it was that moment when they get to the party and everything slows down that I realized, “Oh, he’s gonna win Best Director for this.” You just saw true genius at work and just real heart and soul being put into the entire piece. The songs in this movie are just stunning. And I know people have problems with the movie for whatever reason, but as far as musicals go, it’s just great. The songs are all incredible and all beautifully staged. This one is particular is a nice number with Emma Stone and her roommates, and really shows off the film’s indifference to reality when it comes to musical numbers and its Jacques Demy influence, with the color coordination on the costumes and production design. It’s just the perfect song moment.


Pic of the Day: “Listen, the sum of an arithmetic series is S=A+L times N over 2. Interesting, isn’t it?” “What do you want to learn that stuff for…? One day you’ll stop a bullet and it’ll all be worthless.” (90th Anniversary)