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…)
20. “Go Now,” from Sing Street
We’ve entered the top 20. Now’s probably a good time to mention that, despite all the diversity of sources on the rest of this list, the top 20 songs of the decade all come from basically the same sources. There are four Star Is Born songs, four La La Land songs, two Sing Street songs, two Patti Cake$ songs, two Greatest Showman songs, two Bond songs and three songs from Disney. Which leaves only one song unaccounted for there. I’ll leave you all to guess what that is (but I bet nobody can guess it, because it’s a pull). But anyway, let’s get into it–
It’s funny that the second highest-ranked Sing Street song is the one sung by Adam Levine. But you know what? It’s the most beautiful song in the film. It plays over the end, as the characters make their decision to run away together. And it’s just a wonderful song for the moment. And you can hear in the vocals, but it was also co-written by Glen Hansard, from Once. Which is probably why Levine doesn’t go into the falsetto as much as he normally would in another song. But it’s just a transcendent song and moment that I just adore. I couldn’t leave this one out of the top 20.