Posts tagged “2010-2019

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.


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.


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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #152 – “Into the Unknown,” from Frozen II

 

152. “Into the Unknown,” from Frozen II

It’s a bit of a weird mashup of a song. Those opening piano notes sound just like “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” but they’re clearly going for the “Let It Go” ballad with this. The first time I heard this song in the theater, I thought, “What a weird song structure,” with all the fits and stops. And I also couldn’t make out what she was saying in the chorus at all. Truly I did not know until I looked it up afterwards that she was saying “Into the Unknown.” I have no idea what I was hearing instead, but I truly did not know what it was supposed to be.

But also, this is definitely another Elsa ballad — that doubles as a metaphor for the inherent gayness within the character that Disney refuses to acknowledge (let’s not pretend like “Let It Go” isn’t one of the gay anthems of the 2010s) because backwards people will burn their stuffed Olafs if they did that. It’s not as good as “Let It Go” by any measurement, but it definitely is a stronger song than I gave it credit for the first time I heard it.


Mike’s Favorite Male Supporting Performances of the Decade (50-41)

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: #153 – “I’m Still Here,” from Miss Sharon Jones!

 

153. “I’m Still Here,” from Miss Sharon Jones!

God, how good is Sharon Jones? The Dap-Kings are one of those wonderfully throwback bands that brings back that 70s funk sound that the music world just sorely misses. And she wrote this song to go along with the documentary about her continuing to tour all while fighting the cancer that would eventually take her life within a few months of the documentary coming out in theaters. But just listening to this song, she’s gonna go on for a lot longer than that. What an amazing talent.