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2020: The Year in Reviews (The Unreleased Films)

And now for the bookkeeping. We went over all the stuff that did come out, now for all the stuff that didn’t.

I always cover way more films than actually come out. Most years I’d say there’s about 100-150 that don’t end up coming out for various reasons. Last year was around 140. This year we’re at least 90-100 films above that. Of course, we all know why, but that just means we’ve got an abundance of stuff to deal with presently. Which, as I said, is just bookkeeping. The real interesting step is gonna be when we start going over next year, when we consider how few things shot this year and whether that affects next year’s totals.

But, before all that, let’s go over all the stuff I previewed that didn’t come out this year. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (December)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over December. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (November)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over November. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (October)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over October. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (September)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over September. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (August)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over August. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (July)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over July. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (June)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over June. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (May)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over May. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (April)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over April. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (March)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over March. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (February)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

Today we go over February. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (January)

No matter how strange the year is, we still gotta do the thing. You know how it works: in January I preview and guess ratings for a bunch of movies, then most of them come out over the course of the year, and then we recap it all in December. This year will be no different, though admittedly it’s a much thinner year to review than I’m used to. But, we can only review what comes out.

It started as a game for me to see how well I could guess stuff, but really, like most things on this site, it becomes a vehicle to try to get people to watch stuff. The tallying part is just for me to make it interesting. Mostly I’m just trying to tell you about all the cool stuff I saw this year.

We’ll begin with January and all the films I saw that haven’t officially been released yet. (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (Part III)

Well… we made it. What a weird year this was. Just when I got myself around to starting 2020… theaters closed and the world stopped. The film calendar was decimated, a lot of stuff was released online and streaming, but a lot of the major studio stuff was pushed entirely to next year. So we had this weirdly thin year for movies, which is really gonna make it hard in two weeks to pick out a top ten. But fortunately that’s two-weeks-from-now-me’s problem. For now, all we’re doing is going over all the movies I saw between August and now.

As always, some stuff isn’t out yet, so I can’t have reviewed it. I’ll specify it all at the end. Then tomorrow we’ll get into the wrap-up articles. For now, here’s the last batch of reviews (I know you’re all on pins and needles, waiting to hear what I thought about Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square): (more…)


2020: The Year in Reviews (Part II)

Every year at this time, everyone’s coming off summer and has all these $200 million movies they say are the ‘greatest thing ever’, and I’m always like, “But there hasn’t really been anything that good out,” waiting for the last three months of the year when all the really great stuff comes out. So I was prepared for this. How are the rest of you feeling?

One thing I’m finding with this year is that now that there isn’t a premium on seeing movies and things are either going PVOD, regular VOD or being pushed altogether, I haven’t been in a rush to see things like I normally am (is anyone else even watching stuff? Because it doesn’t feel that way). This year just feels so… inconsequential. There’s been so little I’ve gotten excited about. And also, just so little. I watched less than 100 movies during these past four months and still managed to see 98% of everything that came out. Which is insane. This whole year is insane.

Anywho, here are reviews for everything that’s come out this third of the year (plus a few leftover from the first third): (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (10-1)

This was probably the list I was most excited to create when I came up with the idea of all these ‘Decade’ lists. It’s the most immediately gratifying. The songs are all right there to listen to and appreciate.

One of my favorite things to do each year (before they tried to take it away from us with that shortlist bullshit) was go through the list of all the eligible songs for Best Original Song at the Oscars and then figure out which ones I liked best. So I already had a giant pool of songs to work from, and then all I had to do was go in and look for any others that may have not been submitted or eligible, etc. And after that it was just making a playlist and figuring out what order they were going in. Which, I’ve gotta tell you, if you’ve never tried it… do it. It’s great. This is now a playlist on my phone that I listen to occasionally because it’s just great songs from movies.

Anyway, this is a list of my 200 favorite original songs from the decade in film. I was pleased that I could get to 200 here because there actually were that many (and more) that I liked enough to deem worthy of one of these lists. We’re gonna post it in chunks of ten, the way we’ve posted all the other lists. Only this one has been slowly been rolled out over the past couple of months, one each day. So really this is just cleaning all that up and putting it all in one place.

So here are my favorite original songs from the films of 2010-2019: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #1 – “Shallow,” from A Star Is Born

 

1. “Shallow,” from A Star Is Born

It really couldn’t have been anything else. They called their shot with this one, and it’s still going. They debuted this song in the trailer and you knew it was gonna be great. And then they handled it perfectly in the film, the song went on to be a giant #1 hit across the entire country, and then they had that incredible performance of it at the Oscars just before it won for Best Song. It’s the total package of ‘original film song’.

But also, it’s completely rooted within the story and the characters. It’s the song she’s working on when they first meet, and she sings it for him in the parking lot, unfinished. And then he flies her out to the show and has her perform the song for the crowd, which is that first moment where she finally emerges. And it’s all handled so brilliantly on the screen, underscored by the great performances (vocal and acting) by both Cooper and Gaga. And then there’s the lyrics, which perfectly capture who these people are and provide this wonderful love song for both of their personalities to merge in this beautiful piece of music. This is it — the moment they fall into the deepest depths of love with one another.

I’ll say it again — it’s the total package of a song, and there’s really no film to better call the best original film song of the decade than this one.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (20-11)

This was probably the list I was most excited to create when I came up with the idea of all these ‘Decade’ lists. It’s the most immediately gratifying. The songs are all right there to listen to and appreciate.

One of my favorite things to do each year (before they tried to take it away from us with that shortlist bullshit) was go through the list of all the eligible songs for Best Original Song at the Oscars and then figure out which ones I liked best. So I already had a giant pool of songs to work from, and then all I had to do was go in and look for any others that may have not been submitted or eligible, etc. And after that it was just making a playlist and figuring out what order they were going in. Which, I’ve gotta tell you, if you’ve never tried it… do it. It’s great. This is now a playlist on my phone that I listen to occasionally because it’s just great songs from movies.

Anyway, this is a list of my 200 favorite original songs from the decade in film. I was pleased that I could get to 200 here because there actually were that many (and more) that I liked enough to deem worthy of one of these lists. We’re gonna post it in chunks of ten, the way we’ve posted all the other lists. Only this one has been slowly been rolled out over the past couple of months, one each day. So really this is just cleaning all that up and putting it all in one place.

So here are my favorite original songs from the films of 2010-2019: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #2 – “Drive It Like You Stole It,” from Sing Street

 

2. “Drive It Like You Stole It,” from Sing Street

I mean, how could it not be? It’s amazing, not only how great the songs in this movie are, but how they build throughout the course of the film. This is the climactic song of the film. This is their ‘big’ song. Of course, it’s shown in a fantasy sequence, but even so. If by now, you haven’t realized this band is the real deal, you do now. This song is just a straight banger. You put this song on a list of ‘Best of the 80s’ without mentioning what it is or where it’s from and it just fits. It’s perfectly done and honestly, was pretty damn close to being my #1 for the decade. That’s how much I love it.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (30-21)

This was probably the list I was most excited to create when I came up with the idea of all these ‘Decade’ lists. It’s the most immediately gratifying. The songs are all right there to listen to and appreciate.

One of my favorite things to do each year (before they tried to take it away from us with that shortlist bullshit) was go through the list of all the eligible songs for Best Original Song at the Oscars and then figure out which ones I liked best. So I already had a giant pool of songs to work from, and then all I had to do was go in and look for any others that may have not been submitted or eligible, etc. And after that it was just making a playlist and figuring out what order they were going in. Which, I’ve gotta tell you, if you’ve never tried it… do it. It’s great. This is now a playlist on my phone that I listen to occasionally because it’s just great songs from movies.

Anyway, this is a list of my 200 favorite original songs from the decade in film. I was pleased that I could get to 200 here because there actually were that many (and more) that I liked enough to deem worthy of one of these lists. We’re gonna post it in chunks of ten, the way we’ve posted all the other lists. Only this one has been slowly been rolled out over the past couple of months, one each day. So really this is just cleaning all that up and putting it all in one place.

So here are my favorite original songs from the films of 2010-2019: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #3 – “Let It Go,” from Frozen

 

3. “Let It Go,” from Frozen

It’s a showstopper. I know we’ve all heard this song to death and some people might not yet be past that threshold of being able to listen to it again. But even so, there’s no denying the strength of this song. I remember watching the film for the first time and almost having to stop watching after this happened because I was so full of emotion after this song. It’s really due to the entire film up to this point, which was just so much better than I ever thought possible, and this moment is a real culmination. It is the showstopper number, where you almost have to go to intermission afterward, because it’s just such an amazing piece of work. Plus, it’s a great moment for the character, finally deciding to be herself and not hide who she is anymore. There’s really not much more I need to add to this one. If you’re ranking the best original songs of the decade and get to this in the top five, most people will go, “I get it.” That’s the kind of song this is.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (40-31)

This was probably the list I was most excited to create when I came up with the idea of all these ‘Decade’ lists. It’s the most immediately gratifying. The songs are all right there to listen to and appreciate.

One of my favorite things to do each year (before they tried to take it away from us with that shortlist bullshit) was go through the list of all the eligible songs for Best Original Song at the Oscars and then figure out which ones I liked best. So I already had a giant pool of songs to work from, and then all I had to do was go in and look for any others that may have not been submitted or eligible, etc. And after that it was just making a playlist and figuring out what order they were going in. Which, I’ve gotta tell you, if you’ve never tried it… do it. It’s great. This is now a playlist on my phone that I listen to occasionally because it’s just great songs from movies.

Anyway, this is a list of my 200 favorite original songs from the decade in film. I was pleased that I could get to 200 here because there actually were that many (and more) that I liked enough to deem worthy of one of these lists. We’re gonna post it in chunks of ten, the way we’ve posted all the other lists. Only this one has been slowly been rolled out over the past couple of months, one each day. So really this is just cleaning all that up and putting it all in one place.

So here are my favorite original songs from the films of 2010-2019: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #4 – “I’ll Never Love Again,” from A Star Is Born

 

4. “I’ll Never Love Again,” from A Star Is Born

This is her Whitney moment. This is her ‘I Will Always Love You’. It’s a perfect way to end the film, the musical version of ‘This is Mrs. Norman Maine’. And it’s the moment where she fully comes into her own (hence that last shot). But aside from how amazingly the song is written and how perfect it is for the moment, the vocals are just out of this world great. This is truly her doing that Whitney Houston type vocal (just listen to it and imagine it being Whitney. It’s really not hard to do), and you never hear Gaga do that sort of stuff, which makes the song stand out even more. And what the film does that really just rips your heart out is do that cut to Cooper singing the song with her at home, which, normally I’d get upset that you took Gaga’s vocals away for a moment, but goddamn does that just destroy you when you see it. Honestly, you could make a case that this is the best song in the film and I certainly would not argue that fact.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (50-41)

This was probably the list I was most excited to create when I came up with the idea of all these ‘Decade’ lists. It’s the most immediately gratifying. The songs are all right there to listen to and appreciate.

One of my favorite things to do each year (before they tried to take it away from us with that shortlist bullshit) was go through the list of all the eligible songs for Best Original Song at the Oscars and then figure out which ones I liked best. So I already had a giant pool of songs to work from, and then all I had to do was go in and look for any others that may have not been submitted or eligible, etc. And after that it was just making a playlist and figuring out what order they were going in. Which, I’ve gotta tell you, if you’ve never tried it… do it. It’s great. This is now a playlist on my phone that I listen to occasionally because it’s just great songs from movies.

Anyway, this is a list of my 200 favorite original songs from the decade in film. I was pleased that I could get to 200 here because there actually were that many (and more) that I liked enough to deem worthy of one of these lists. We’re gonna post it in chunks of ten, the way we’ve posted all the other lists. Only this one has been slowly been rolled out over the past couple of months, one each day. So really this is just cleaning all that up and putting it all in one place.

So here are my favorite original songs from the films of 2010-2019: (more…)