As we enter a new decade, we reflect on the decade of films we leave behind. 2010-2019 has been far too kind to us movie fans and I have decided to go over some of my favorites of the decade. What I will be doing is going over my ratings from IMDb through the years, pulling one to a few titles from each year and breaking them down quickly. Also keep in mind that this will be mixing my “best of” rating style with entertainment/re-watchability.
Now bear with me as I go through some of the earlier years of the decade. I personally do not believe I went into full film critiquing mode until about 2013 or so but I still have a good number of favorites.
After your reading of my list, please feel free to comment and let’s discuss some of your favorites, your counters, and your recommendations of what I missed! So without further ado, let’s have some fun!
Directed by Allen Coulter
Starring Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin and more.
I regret nothing… This is one of my favorite Pattinson flicks (partially) post-Twilight. I watched this movie out of a random pick and it ended up being one of my favorite dramas.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
Directed by Edgar Wright
Starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and more.
A LEGENDARY FILM! I shouldn’t even need to explain this one to ya’ll. If you don’t know, fire up a streaming service right now.
Honorable mentions/movies I have not seen in a long time resulting in me not wanting to give a breakdown:
“Shutter Island” | “The Book of Eli” | “Inception” | “Devil”
“The Raid Redemption”
Directed by Gareth Evans
Starring Iko Uwais and more
Hands down, one of the greatest martial arts films of all time. I will NEVER get sick of this film. The best and most brutal fights ever. Yet still an epic story.
“The Cabin in the Woods”
Directed by Drew Goddard
Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, and more.
This is a funny one for me because I actually despised this movie when I saw it in 2011. I was a victim of falling for the marketing scheme. This was heavily marketed as a horror film so I was waiting for a crap-my-pants horror film. Well, if you have seen “Cabin in the Woods” then you know exactly what we got.
Re-visiting this film years ago, I came to finally appreciating the craft that went into it. It is now one of my favorites and most definitely my favorites of 2011.
“You’re Next” | “X-Men: First Class” | “Fast Five”
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.
Debated by some as one of the better or worse Tarantino films. For myself, “Django Unchained” is without a doubt one of my favorite and most definitely my favorite of 2012. I could watch this over and over again, and I have.
Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and more.
Ya’ll should have expected this. The first movie to do it big. Bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe together for the first time, and now the rest is history.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” | “The Dark Knight Rises” | “Ted” | “End of Watch” | “21 Jump Steet” | “Skyfall”
Directed by Fede Alvarez
Starring Jane Levy and more
This was a hotly debated one. Some loved it, many didn’t. I, clearly, loved it. A wonderful and bloody remake. Hey Fede, fire up a sequel please!
“Fruitvale Station” | “Enemy” | “The Purge” | “Now You See Me” | “Pacific Rim” | “Oblivion” | “The Conjuring” | “This Is the End” | “The Wolf of Wall Street” | “We’re the Millers”
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, and more.
Without a doubt my favorite film of 2014. Outstanding performances. Compelling and gripping story. Excellent music. High rewatchability. Near perfection.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service”
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and more.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionately in love with Kingsman. I saw this movie in theaters more than four times. I have seen it at home countless times. One of my all time favorites and easily my favorite of 2014.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virute of Ignorance” | “Captain America: The Winter Solider” | “The Raid 2” | “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” | “Guardians of the Galaxy” | “Ex Machina” | “John Wick” | “That Awkward Moment”
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and more
Damn near a perfect 10/10 here. I loved nearly everything about this film. Stunning and beautiful cinematography. Almost every moment could be a breath-taking still. The survival. The performance. Pure excellence.
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Directed by George Miller
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and more.
An absolute high octane thrill ride. Not a moment is wasted in this film. If you want entertainment and an epic film, this needs to be in your watchlist.
“Southpaw” | “Straight Outta Compton” | “Green Room” | “The Martian”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
Directed by Travis Knight
Starring Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes and more.
One of my few perfect films. The story is utterly beautiful. The style itself is gorgeous. It is a beautifully blended film in regards to genres. As I type this, I feel my emotions igniting again for “Kubo and the Two Strings”.
“La La Land”
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and more.
Chazelle cracks my top list once again. “La La Land” is a beautiful love story with the world of Los Angeles. Passion, love, heartbreak, and struggle. Unconventional in some ways and that is what made me love it even more.
“Moonlight” | “Hidden Figures” | “Hell or High Water” | “Ouija: Origin of Evil” | “The Conjuring 2” | “Fences” | “Arrival” | “The Accountant” | “Hacksaw Ridge” | “Deadpool” | “Hush” | “Don’t Breathe” | “Manchester by the Sea”
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and more.
“Lady Bird” sits near and dear to my heart. I remember the emotion I felt during my first watch. I also remember my admiration for this movie was so high that I literally bought a ticket after my viewing to see it again the next day. I am eternally in love with this film.
“Blade Runner 2049”
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, and more.
I remember how I felt sitting in the auditorium for this movie. Every scene, every breath, every interaction. Absolutely masterful. I was on edge wanting more for every moment. As invested as I could possibly be and to this day I still want more and would still put this movie on my TV any given day.
“Logan” | “Dunkirk” | “Get Out” | “Call Me by Your Name” | “Wind River” |”Wonder Woman” | “Annabelle: Creation” | “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ | “Thor: Ragnarok” | “Atomic Blonde” | “The Greatest Showman” | “It” | “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” | “Baby Driver”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Nicholas Cage, and more.
I actually watched this movie way after it came out. I missed it in theaters and it somehow just fell off my radar. Once I watched it, I was floored. This movie is practically perfection.
Directed by Ari Aster
Starring Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and more.
This was SO HARD for me to pick which film to feature as the second. I was honestly split between “BlacKkKlansman”, “Crazy Rich Asians”, “Black Panther”, and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”. But I ultimately fell to my personal favorite and personal biggest shock of them all.
“Hereditary” is unbelievable. Ari Aster comes out of no where with a masterfully blending horror film of multiple elements of horror. On top of being a beautifully crafted horror movie, the performances are top notch, headlined by Toni Collette. Simply an experience like none other.
“BlacKkKlansman” | “Crazy Rich Asians” | “Black Panther” | “Roma” | “A Simple Favor” | “Green Book” | “Searching” | “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” | “Eighth Grade” | “Mandy” | “A Quiet Place” | “Bad Times at the El Royale” | “Creed II” | “A Star Is Born”
Directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
Starring Adam Sandler and more
A sudden addition to my top list. “Uncut Gems” is unbelievable. Sandler is in perfect form blending a desperate gambler with a cocky and quirky New Yorker. The story is tragic and exhausting. It kept me 100% invested the entire time. Once the credits rolled, I felt like I took my first breath in two hours. I honestly had nothing bad to say about this. I could watch it over and over. Truly exceptional.
Directed by Todd Phillips
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and more.
This film has sat with me since I first watched. It is simply masterful in many ways. The story is wildly compelling and yet devastating. The shock-value is there. The performances are immaculate. Yet while it can be broken down as a drama or thriller, typically that would keep a film at limited watches for me, I have been drawn to want to watch this over and over again the more I think about it. No doubt, one of the best films of 2019 and a top notch film for the history of entertainment.
“Parasite” | “Ad Astra” | “The Irishman”| “The Farewell” | “Ford v Ferrari”
“Waves” | “Us” | “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” | “Booksmart” | “Avengers: Endgame” | “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” | “Knives Out” | “Midsommar” | “The Lighthouse” | “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”
That’s all she wrote, folks! Again, I welcome you to comment and let’s discuss your thoughts on my list! Maybe I can explain some things more or we can discuss some counters or missed opportunities! Overall, I am looking for another decade coming!