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…)
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.