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Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (40-31)

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: #22 – “Oblivion,” from Oblivion

 

22. “Oblivion,” from Oblivion

This might be the most underrated film score/soundtrack of the decade. The movie’s pretty good, but the score… the score is just incredible. This song — you know how some songs start on the ground and then take flight by the time they get to the chorus? This song starts in the air. You’re in the cosmos at the beginning of this song, and you’re just floating along to the melody and the irresistible lyrics by Susanne Sundfør. Looking at all the songs left on this list, this is the song I’ve listened to the most over the past decade as a pure song. This is just regularly on shuffle for me at all times. It’s just a beautiful piece of music. And if for some reason you completely missed the boat on this one when it came out, well, then you’re welcome for introducing this incredible song into your life.


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Pic of the Day: “Don’t be like me. Salvation doesn’t lie within four walls. I’m too serious to be a dilettante and too much a dabbler to be a professional. Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected.” (60th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (50-41)

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: #23 – “Up,” from Sing Street

 

23. “Up,” from Sing Street

Another Sing Street song. I’m telling you, everything in this movie is perfect. The simplicity of this one is what makes it so amazing to me. It’s just a love song. And once they get to that chorus, it just takes off. I also love how they slowly bring the rest of the band is as the song progresses. This is one of those songs that’s just guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


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Pic of the Day: “You’ll not take her while I live.” “Then I’ll take her when you’re dead.” (85th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (60-51)

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: #24 – “A Million Dreams,” from The Greatest Showman

 

24. “A Million Dreams,” from The Greatest Showman

What an incredible song this is. The ‘dreamer’ song, perfectly introducing the character and taking us from him as a child to him as an adult. That chorus is really what drives the song — it captures the spirit of invention and creativity and shows how infectious it can be. Because the song is also a bit of a seduction. The character is talking about all these ideas he has, but also saying, “Come, share this with me, we can do this.” And it’s just a fantastically structured song, too (that again, would be perfect on the stage): the kid talking about his dreams, then inviting his crush to share them with him, then right as we get to another chorus, he’s an adult, which is just a perfect way to bring the main actor into the film/show. And then we get into the duet, as the two characters are now married and are doing this all together. It’s just a really incredible piece of work.


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Pic of the Day: “Rollin’ with the homies.” (25th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (70-61)

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: #25 – “To Find You,” from Sing Street

 

25. “To Find You,” from Sing Street

I love this song. What a beautiful little ballad. What is there to say about it? You can just hear the greatness in it as you listen to it.


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Pic of the Day: “Perry?” “Yeah?” “I peed on it.” “What? You peed on what?” “I peed on the corpse. Can they do, like, ID from that?” “I’m sorry, you peed on…?” “On the corpse. My question is…” “No, my question, I get to go first: Why in pluperfect hell would you pee on a corpse?” “I didn’t intend to! It’s not like I did it for kicks!” (15th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (80-71)

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: #26 – “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

 

26. “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

U2 doesn’t contribute to soundtracks all that often, but when they do, it’s usually something special. The last one I can remember is “The Hands That Built America,” from Gangs of New York, which was just a wonderful song. This one was pretty special for them, as they’d been friends with Mandela for years and stopped work on their album to work on this song for the film. It’s just a really lovely song that is among the best work the band’s put out this decade.


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Pic of the Day (95th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (90-81)

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: #27 – “Please Mr. Kennedy,” from Inside Llewyn Davis

 

27. “Please Mr. Kennedy,” from Inside Llewyn Davis

What a perfect film moment this song is. You’re watching this movie, and Oscar Isaac is singing folk songs, and then he comes in to do a studio bit with Timberlake and Driver and you’re thinking, “Okay, it’s more of that.” But no, it’s this. A novelty song. And it’s just perfectly written. Adam Driver’s vocals on this are just wonderful. I actually memorized just his part to the song after it came out, just because I loved it so much. But it’s a great moment, because you just see them performing this, and it’s both catchy and also funny (because of Driver) and you see Isaac’s character perfect in this moment — he helps with the song, makes it better, performs it well, and then is like, “This is shit and it’ll never make money.” All around one of the most memorable music moments of the entire decade.


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Pic of the Day: “How can you talk like this? Your gun has got you everything you have. Isn’t that true? Hmm? Well, isn’t that true?” “Yeah, sure. Everything. After awhile you can call bartenders and faro dealers by their first name – maybe two hundred of ’em! Rented rooms you live in – five hundred! Meals you eat in hash houses – a thousand! Home – none! Wife – none! Kids… none! Prospects – zero. Suppose I left anything out?” “Places you’re tied down to – none. People with a hold on you – none. Men you step aside for – none.” “Insults swallowed – none. Enemies – none.” “No enemies?” “Alive.” “Well. This is the kind of arithmetic I like.” “Yeah. So did I at your age.” (60th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (100-91)

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: #28 – “For the First Time in Forever,” from Frozen

 

28. “For the First Time in Forever,” from Frozen

Your typical Disney princess song — this is usually the moment where the princess wishes her life could be better, but here it’s more, “Oh wow, change might actually happen.” And it’s her looking forward to all the stuff she’s gonna be able to do that she’s never been able to before. The humor in this one does detract slightly, but the actual serious/emotional moments are quite wonderful. This is pure classic Disney, through and through.


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Pic of the Day: “In the end it’s all nice.” (20th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Films of the Decade (110-101)

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: #29 – “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls

 

29. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls

It’s just a joyous song. Sure, it doesn’t exist without “Happy,” but hey, a song’s a song. And this is just a really wonderful piece of music. It’s funny, for as generic and not-good a movie as Trolls is, there are two incredible songs on the soundtrack. This, I think, was like the top song in the country that year it came out. And, even more impressive to me, is how Timberlake called his shot. They hired him to do the soundtrack and he was like, “We’re gonna get this nominated for an Oscar.” And he made it happen. All credit to him, it’s a really wonderful song.


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Pic of the Day: “We’ve got to tell everybody. We’ve got to remind them. We’ve got to remind them how good it is.” “How good what is, Leonard?” “Read the newspaper. What does it say? All bad. It’s all bad. People have forgotten what life is all about. They’ve forgotten what it is to be alive. They need to be reminded. They need to be reminded of what they have and what they can lose. What I feel is the joy of life, the gift of life, the freedom of life, the wonderment of life!” (30th Anniversary)