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Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (20-11)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #150 – “I Run, “from Chi-Raq

 

150. “I Run, “from Chi-Raq

I’ve already said once before on this list in so many words — if you wanna make a song sound better, put Jennifer Hudson on it. In the other case, it was a song that was just okay that she elevated. This is a good song that she makes very good. This is straight gospel and it’s hard not to be moved by this one. This is one of those songs where, if it were playing over the end credits of the movie (it doesn’t in this one), you don’t get up. You listen to it. That’s the power of Jennifer Hudson.


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Pic of the Day: “With all my heart, I still love the man I killed.” (80th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (30-21)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #151 – “Suddenly,” from Les Misérables

 

151. “Suddenly,” from Les Misérables

Ah yes, the lesser song they wrote and shoe-horned into the film version of the musical without a single bad song in it. Fortunately for them, this song is actually okay on its own, though when put amongst the masterpieces in the rest of that musical, really sticks out. Still, Jackman does his all to make it work and the song does what it needs to do. If you isolate the song by itself and don’t compare it to the rest of them, it’s a very nice song.


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Pic of the Day: “Why do you come here, Charles?” “Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answer?” “Ah, yes. Your continuing search for hope. You know this plastic prison of theirs won’t hold me forever. The war is still coming, Charles. And I intend to fight it, by any means necessary.” “And I will always be there, old friend.” (20th Anniversary)


Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (40-31)

I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.

These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)