Archive for July 21, 2020

Mike’s Top Films of the Decade (240-231)

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: #42 – “Young and Beautiful,” from The Great Gatsby


42. “Young and Beautiful,” from The Great Gatsby

This is basically the ‘theme’ of Gatsby. There are a lot of songs, but this one felt like the one you heard the most and the one that sort of got associated with the movie. Mostly because it’s Daisy’s theme. And it’s the one that plays over her scenes with Gatsby. Plus it’s Lana Del Rey, and the orchestration really soars behind her. It’s clearly the one you’d remember most from the film. NOT my favorite, however. And we’ll get to why that is in a few days. However, a beautiful song that perfectly captures Daisy as a character and represents the longing within the Gatsby character to reconnect with her. I thought we were gonna get a lot of these Lana Del Rey original tunes in movies based on the first couple of years of the decade, but then it didn’t happen. Mostly she’s just done covers of other songs (“Once Upon a Dream,” “Season of the Witch”). Oh well, we’ll always have this one.


Pic of the Day: “If ever I should meet him again you will find out who is the best man of the two. I’ll fight him sword or pistol, captain as he is.” (45th Anniversary)