Archive for August 11, 2020

Mike’s Top 100 Films of the Decade (30-21)

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: #21 – “You’re Welcome,” from Moana


21. “You’re Welcome,” from Moana

How can you not have this here? Even if you were a bit iffy on Moana and its songs by this point in the movie, it is impossible not to smile and sing along or at least bob your head along to this one. It’s a perfect introduction to the character. You’ve got the great songwriting from Lin-Manuel Miranda and a great vocal performance by Dwayne Johnson to really give one of the best Disney songs of all time. Also, what an amazing premise to a song — the absolute hubris of the character, bragging about his exploits. “You’re welcome,” as a chorus is just perfect. It’s catchy as hell, too. And, even better, it works within the film, because it’s his way of distracting her (and trust me, we all get distracted with that musical number, singing along to it) so he can take her boat and get off the island. It’s a perfect entity, this song. This is one of the few Disney songs you actually don’t mind having to hear endlessly on a loop when the kids want to hear it, because it’s just lovely.


Pic of the Day: “Nice speech, Eve. But I wouldn’t worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be.” (70th Anniversary)