I must admit, I am a sucker for a good top 10 list. From top ten movies and albums of the year, to the top 10 moments in Veggie Tales. They all groove my soul. I blame growing up on David Letterman.
So, here we are. At the end of the 2010s. And now, it’s time to do top 10 lists of the decade. So why not? Why not join in on the fun.
My first list includes what I deem to be the best movies of the last 10 years. There are few caviots before I write about my list.
- This was hard. It was an incredible decade fore movies. With the onset of streaming sites spending millions on original films, and the ability for the general public to have access to more independant fare, there was a lot more to choose from. Having said that, the majority of my movies probably fall more on the “blockbuster” list than independant films.
- I am only choosing movies that I have seen. This is seriously limiting. I don’t spend a lot of money on movies. I mean, it’s getting expensive these days!
- Feel free to disgree…or agree. I would love to have some interaction on this post. Let me know what your top 10 would be.
10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was released with not a lot of fanfare. It was an average movie and did relatively well at the box office. But it is ending up on a lot of end of the decade lists, and for good reason. This movie delves into the modern problem of living in our closed world where our only interaction is social media. Many of us have felt like we have lived our entire life and never did anything worth while. Walter Mitty finds himself in this predicament, but fate helps him to do something about it. This movie is full of heart and a joy that is hard to find in movies these days.
9. Mad Max-Fury Road
The Mad Max franchise has been around for almost 40 years. It has suffered from many sequels. Most were mediocre at best. But the idea of Mad Max is ripe for stories and ideas. As a culture, we are always fascinated with what the world would look like if the some form of the apocalypse happened. And Mad Max helps see a vision of what that world might be like.
In this reimagining of the Mad Max world, Max finds himself racing down the road running from some evil lords henchmen. But the story really isn’t about Max. It’s about the woman. It’s about empowerment. It’s really feminist at it’s core. And the action sequences are 100% real, which adds a whole level of intensity that is sorely lacking in today’s movies.
7. Ex Machina
We live in a world that is becoming ruled by machines. We are just few short years away from realistic androids becoming reality. They are not that the stuff of science fiction anymore. Ex Machina follows the story of a a computer geek who wins a contest to spend the weekend with the CEO of the company he works for. The CEO wants to find out if the androids he has built actually can past the test of passing for true humans. The whole movie takes place inside the CEO which gives the movie a sense of chlostraphobia that adds to the elements of danger that await our hero. This movie is nightmarish in it’s skepticism of the future.
7. The Witch
The Witch is a horror film. The Witch will make you uneasy. The Witch is a classic. The premise is a prideful man who gets kicked out of a puritan community in pre colonial America. His family moves into the woods and struggles to survive. When their son goes missing, they blame it on a witch who lives in the woods. But although the premise is horror, the layers are deep. Family secrets, pride, sin, selfishness, superstitions. This movie is not only a critique of the Puritans, but it also can be a critique on current society.
6.Kubo and the 2 Strings
I have always loved animation. I honestly don’t think that animated movies get as much as love as they should. And this one is my favorite animated movie of the decade. This stop motion animation tells the story of young Kubo who goes on a magical quest revolving around a story that he has told many times and yet doesn’t know the ending. It is a stunning and gorgeous film.
I will publish the next 5 tomorrow. Don’t forget to tell me what you think. What are your picks for the 10 thru 6?