Archive for August 10, 2020

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.


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)