My Favorite Films of the 2010s (and Yours?)

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The decade is almost over and there is so much to look back on. One of them of course are movies. 2010s can be seen as the decade of the superheroes but really, it was another good decade for cinema. Looking at the last ten years, I still haven’t seen so many I still want to. And I’ve seen very little from this year so my list was actually made from the last 9 years.

If you want to share your list, please go by the release dates in your region. Foreign movies tend to take some time to come to the States and they usually spill over to the year after initial release. If you’re living in Europe or anywhere outside of the US, there is a chance many 2009 American movies qualify for you just as many 2009 International movies qualify for us here in the U.S. of A.

Here are my 10 favorite films of the decade. I try to think of the ones that not only stuck with me but ones I carry with me almost day to day. I did put them in order but just for fun really. I’m sure I could play with this list ‘til the end of time but anyways, this is a snapshot of how I see it today.

10. The Act of Killing (2012) by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous

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This is the only “important” movie that’s on the list and my god, it is a stunner. The movie’s about some of the individual members of the death-squad that executed mass-killings in Indonesia in the 60’s. What separates it from other heavy documentaries is the gimmick of the film, which gets these ppl to reenact some of their stories in cinematic fashion. There is just nothing like seeing mass-murders dressed up like characters from some of their favorite movies and genres while proudly recalling the horrible things they did.

09. The Rider (2017) by Chloe Zhao

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A movie directed by an Asian woman that takes place in the MidWest of America about a young man who has to let go of his dreams and learn to live and find meaning in life passed it. The story is heavily based on the main actors that played the roles which makes the narrative often feel like it’s bleeding into reality. It’s not a documentary but it gets really hard to tell what’s real and what’s made up. In the end, it doesn’t really matter ‘cause it feels warm, kind, and truthful. Zhao reminds of early Terrence Malick. The more grounded good Malick who made beautiful movies people could make sense of. The Malick we hope to see again but assume is long gone. At least we got Chloe to hopefully fill some of that void.

Zhao is coming up in the world. Some powerful people took notice of her talent and now she’s directing The Eternals.

08. Right Now, Wrong Then (2015) by Hong Sang-soo

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If you’re not into “boring” movies but open minded enough to try, please check out this movie and tell me boring movies are boring. :D To be honest, I only got into Hong Sang-soo’s work in the last several years but ever since, I’ve seen a bunch of his films. If I could achieve my potential or actually, surpass it, I think he’d be the director I’d become. Not saying I’m anywhere near as talented or smart. It’s just, the rhythm and tone of his movies and the words that come out the characters mouths fit my sensibilities so perfectly.

The movie is sort of a diptych, telling the same story twice with new wrinkles the 2nd time out, playing with our expectations and spontaneity of the first half. It’s a very clever movie that seems so disarmingly simple yet impossible not to marvel at the genius of it.

07. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) by Roy Andersson

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This one absolutely floored me when I saw it. I love long takes, especially long takes that’s on sticks and Roy Andersson is an absolute master at it. Literally every shot looked good enough to be framed and put on a wall. Every scene so precisely choreographed and performed. Every moment so bizarrely funny and warm.

With how long movies have been around and how many are out there, I tthink I have yet to see tons of movies that’ll become some of my favorites but I still came out of this one kinda embarrassed I didn’t know about Andersson or his work. Maybe I wouldn’t be so quick to put this one in this list if I had. As of this writing, I still haven’t seen any of his other stuff and I have no idea why. I think part of the reason is because this is the type of movie that simultaneously makes you want to make movies and at the same time, makes you feel like you have no right to.

06. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) by Abdellatif Kechiche

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Before Lea Seydoux played Fragile in Death Stranding, before she became a Bond girl, she gave of the most powerful performances I’ve seen in Blue is the Warmest Color alongside Adele Exarchopoulos. Maybe I haven’t seen enough romantic dramas, maybe I’m just a softie, or maybe this movie is just that good. This movie hit me so hard, my heart ached for literally weeks after seeing it. It’s the only gay drama where I totally forgot about that aspect of it. The only knock against it is that there is a ridiculously pornographic 5 mins long sex scene that just doesn’t belong in this particular movie.

05. Dogtooth (2009, US 2010) by Yorgos Lanthimos

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The Lobster and The Favourite are both great but Dogtooth is probably still the one to top for me. I usually describe it to people as The Village if The Village was good. A family decides to blockade themselves from society and in typical Yorgos fashion, it gets weird.

It’s the movie that turned me on to Lanthimos and if you’re into him, then you’ve probably seen it already but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. Do it!

04. Inception (2010) by Christopher Nolan

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One of my favorites of the decade is, imo, the only good movie Nolan’s made this decade. Damn Chris, I like all your movies from the 2000s, what the hell happened? Regardless, there is just nothing like it when Hollywood blockbuster budgets meets arthouse sensibilities and everything fell into the right places with Inception. Everyone knows it, most ppl love it, so there is not much I have to or need to say.

03. Holy Motors (2012) by Leos Carax

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This movie has it all. One actor playing all kinds of characters, genre blending, philosophy, Kylie Minogue. If you’re not satisfied with this, you’re not satisfied with movies, I can’t help you! I don’t know what to say about this movie. It’s just one of those movies, no I don’t understand it all or most likely, any. I think it has something to do with being actors in life, how we’re all playing roles, and how we can play different people depending on the time, situation, or moment. Anyways, it’s such a beautiful thing, ppl should see it for themselves. Idk if you’ll like it but I promise you, you won’t regret it.

02. The Florida Project (2017) by Sean Baker

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This one probably spoke to me more than any movie this decade, perhaps ever. It’s the ultimate latchkey kid movie and as a former latchkey kid, I connected with every second of it. When kids give good performances, it's really hard to compete and Brooklynn Prince tore. it. down.

I also really love seeing Willem DaFoe play a normal guy and I wish he got to more.

01. The Master (2012) by Paul Thomas Anderson

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I’m a total PTA fanboy so it was just a matter of which of his movies I was gonna put at the top. The Master is the easy pick ‘cuz it looks so gorgeous having been shot in 70mm and it has 2 of the greatest actors of our time going head to head in one of the most powerful friendships captured, certainly this decade.

I basically love everything about this movie and the subject matter is just perfect.

Actually, Philip Seymour Hoffman was from very close to where I grew up and it was heartbreaking when he passed away. He was the type of talent that made people proud to be where you’re from, so I’m happy to recognize his work whenever appropriate.

Top 10 Movies of the Decade (B-Side):

Here are some movies I really wanted to put in the actual list I just didn’t for one reason or another. These are all amazing movies and I truly dig them but as I said at the top, I wanted to pick the ones that I carry with me most on a daily basis. Even this list I had to make cuts… Anyways, this one isn’t ordered but it’s 10 other movies that totally could/should be in a movies of the decade list!

1. Blue Valentine (2010) by Derek Cianfrance - Definitely one of the best romantic dramas I’ve seen. Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, can’t go wrong. A heartbreaker.

2. Under the Skin (2013) by Johnathan Glazer - I wish Scarlett Johansson focused on doing interest projects with all the money she probably has.

3. Wild Tales (2014) by Damian Szifron - 6 short films all about vengeance. This dark comedy is a real treat and you’ll never get bored.

4. Drive (2011) by Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive is a great movie but maybe it’s like a great song that becomes popular. People get sick of it and they forget that it’s good.

5. Love Exposure (2008, US 2011) by Sion Sono - Sono’s 4 hour epic about family, religion, and upskirt photo gang is one of his ultimate films. If you liked his Why Don’t You Play in Hell? which to be honest is one of his mid-tier movies, maybe see the true depth of the fella with this one.

6. Shame (2011) by Steve McQueen - This was just pure and raw.

7. The Hunt (2012) by Thomas Vinterberg - Just like I like normal Willem, I also like normal Mads. This is like a perfect movie. I can’t find a flaw in it.

8. Leviathan (2014) by Andrey Zvyagintsev - I guess beached whales are popular these days. This one has them plus seriously powerful family drama and surprising humor.

9. Fish Tank (2009, US 2010) by Andrea Arnold - It’s just one of those indie dramas that has heart for days.

10. Side Effects (2013) - Steven Soderbergh - Seems like it’s impossible for Soderbergh to do bad work but this is my favorite of his this decade. It’s like a BOGO of a movie. I fancy the direction very much. This one definitely needs more love.

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As much as i thought this was going to be an impossible thought experiment for me, the time frame actually makes it quite simple.
1. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
2-9. Insert variety of random Marvel movies not including Black Panther here
10. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear

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#2  Edited By nutter

Time to shoot from the hip!!!

Fury Road

Raid: Redemption

Raid 2

The Night Comes for Us

Inception

Interstellar

Grand Budapest Hotel

Drive

13 Assassins

The Man From Nowhere

Joker

You Were Never Really Here

Birdman

Captain Fantastic

One More Time with Feeling

Blue Ruin

Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bone Tomahawk

Django Unchained

Moonrise Kingdom

Isle of Dogs

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#3  Edited By BeachThunder

I think I've heard of two of the movies on your list...

I don't think I can really put together a reasonable list; I haven't seen enough movies this decade that I truly feel passionate about - but if I were to pick just one to call my favourite, I'd go with 10 Cloverfield Lane.

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I have a longer list of films that I think would have made the list but I haven't got around to watching them yet than I did on the top ten shortlist. I am an ex-film studies student who is ashamed to admit just how many films I didn't get to see but this was also the decade I hit 40 so life gets in the way sometimes. From what I did see I've made this list and have posted it now before I get into an endless changing things about loop (in no particular order, because time is precious enough as it is):

Mad Max: Fury Road

I didn't think there was a need for a new Mad Max film, heck, I didn't think they needed a third. Then I watched Fury Road and was very happy they did. Some staggering stunts and cinematography made this intensely watchable.

The Master

A fantastic demonstration of how to make me simultaneously think I 'got' and completely didn't 'get' the film after watching it.

Guardians of the Galaxy/Thor Ragnarok

I like the Marvel films, they are great sofa movies and some of the few action orientated films my partner enjoys - but it's rare that I think they are great. I know it's a cop out, but I'm copping out, I couldn't prise these two apart and will continue flip flop daily on which I think is the better.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

One of my favourite films ever. It might be whimsical, silly and the cause of many who have read the comics to be upset - but this reader of the comics loved it and re-watches it far too much.

Inherent Vice

I like Pynchon's books but this was the only one I've read that I thought would make a great movie or miniseries. Turns out it did make a good movie.

Whiplash

Awesome, if punishing to watch. Worth the time for J K Simmons' performance alone.

Blade Runner 2049

Utterly beautiful and worthy to be considered a direct sequel to a good, if sometimes over-loved original.

A Field in England

I knew nothing about it going in, and if possible I'd recommend that way of watching to anyone who can. Ben Wheatley made some great films in the 2010s but this is the pick for me.

Kubo and the Two Strings

So many fantastic animated films this decade - could have quite easily filled the top ten with them. Kubo managed to top out mainly due to my love of stop-motion and having such a delightful story too.

Hypernormalisation

As with animation, I could probably have filled this list out with far more documentaries but this is the one that kept me the most mesmerised. Curtis is excellent at posing his questions and theories and weaves a fantastic tale. The style from this and its predecessor, Bitter Lake (and most of Curtis' previous documentaries), seemed to suddenly echo through so many other documentaries after their release.

This was a nice list to make, made me realise just how much I actually enjoyed of the last ten years of film output and how many I've still got to watch.

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My memory is terrible.

Standouts to me would be:

Birdman

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse

Thor Ragnarok

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

They Shall Grow Not Old

Grand Budapest Hotel

Ken Burns' The Vietnam War (not a film, but this is my damn list)

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Tron Legacy

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1. Mad Max: Fury Road - As far as action movies go, it's hard to top this. It is spectacular in every way. It doesn't let up at all, and is completely over-the-top on, well, everything. The story is passable enough, but the movie is gritty and loud and on fire all at once and it completely rules. The guy randomly shredding on an electric guitar as effectively a glorious hood ornament is a hilariously perfect mascot for the film, as you just kinda want to yell "fuck yeah!" the entire time as the endless chase scene unfolds before you. It's rad as hell.

2. Rush - I never hear anyone talk about this movie, but it's fantastic. It's based on the true story of competing F1 drivers back in an era where the racing was ridiculously dangerous, as the cars had far more power than refinement and virtually no safety measures. Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth play their respective roles perfectly and their contrasting personalities make for an engaging watch. While it takes a few liberties with the actual events, it's well-worth seeing.

3. The Nice Guys - I find myself rarely liking comedies these days, but this movie manages to capture my sense of humor. Ryan Gosling is a complete dope in this movie and it's hilarious. Paired with a gruff, no-nonsense Russell Crowe, the movie follows these two as they're often being the world's worst private detectives, which is a gag that remains rather charming throughout the film. The story is a bit forgettable, but it doesn't really matter because it's a fun and funny movie that very much entertains.

4. Skyfall - This is probably my favorite Bond film. It's either this or Goldfinger. I realize that Casino Royale is the more popular pick of the "modern" Bond films, but the cinematography of Skyfall puts it over the top for me. It's bombastic, beautiful, and has a narrative that's among the better ones in the franchise. It's also refreshing to see a Bond that's more fragile physically and emotionally than most film portrayals, as these character flaws are explored often in the Fleming novels.

5. Dunkirk - I've got two Nolan films on this list, and while neither are even among my top three favorite films of his, they're both still too impressive to leave off, and I actually came close to including The Dark Knight Rises here as well for ably closing his excellent Batman trilogy. Anyway, with Dunkirk, the story was framed interestingly in the battle being viewed from multiple perspectives, and I enjoyed that it wasn't just a tale of heroes.

6. John Wick Chapter 2 - I imagine most people would lean towards the first John Wick, but I liked how the second actually explored some of the weird parts of the movie's universe with the coins and this hotel/world full of assassins. Kudos to this franchise for establishing Keanu as the world's preeminent cool dude, and it's a title that's earned. It has style for days, the combat delves in both realism and brutal spectacle at once, and it's intense.

7. Inception - While this film isn't quite as deep as it ultimately wants you to think it is, it's still a bit of a mindfuck. There is also weirdly a very good action movie within what would otherwise be a fairly staid corporate espionage narrative. At minimum, this movie is interesting as hell and a solid watch for the action sequences and special effects alone, but it does challenge the mind a bit as well, and therefore merits inclusion here.

8. The Town - It's not a particularly different film than many crime stories are with the "one last job" sort of tale, but aside from Heat, this is probably the most well-executed one I can recall. Rebecca Hall is a delight as always, Affleck (who I'm not typically a fan of) is at his Boston best, and Jon Hamm is excellent as the FBI agent determined to catch him in the act. The supporting cast is terrifically seedy, and Blake Lively has a memorably tragic role.

9. Looper - Time-travel movies can be a little lame, and the plot of this one is basically the plot of Terminator, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Provided you can adjust to the weird uncanny valley of Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Bruce Willis face, there's quite a bit to like here. It's filmed well, a guy who's been criminally underutilized in his career in Garret Dillahunt gets some screen time, it has Emily Blunt in it, and the narrative is a good "one of those" with some standout scenes and moments.

10. Bad Times at the El Royale - In a lot of ways, this is like a Tarantino movie not made by Tarantino. At least for me, it takes the elements of Tarantino films I enjoy (charm, style, intensity) and sheds some of the ones I don't (meandering, crude). It's a visually striking film with an intriguing enough plot to keep you interested throughout. It came down to this or Django Unchained for the final spot on the list, and while I'd say Django is a better film, I don't ever want to watch it again, whereas this is an enjoyable re-watch.

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The Descendants

Whiplash

The Wolf of Wallstreet

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Let Me In

The Impossible

Ex Machina

Baby Driver

The Tree of Life

The Fantastic Mr.Fox

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Honorable mentions...

Under the Skin

The VVitch

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I'll just add Senna into the mix. It takes some liberties but you get the essence of the man right there. And it all leads up to Formula One's 9/11.

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1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

2. Cemetery of Splendour (2015)

3. Mandy (2018)

4. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

5. The Square (2017)

6. Whiplash (2014)

7. Moonlight (2016)

8. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

9. Drive (2011)

10. Four Lions (2010)

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For me, it begins and ends with A Ghost Story.

I get that it's very much a ymmv film. For me, and the way that my alien brain works, this movie is essentially perfect. The expository scene at the party with Will Oldham is its only real blemish (way too on the nose), but it is otherwise a gorgeous, thoughtful, empathetic meditation on life, death, love, family, time..... it's just a beautiful, wonderful film.

Casey Affleck makes it cringeworthy, at best, and an absolute deal-breaker for some. Which I totally understand and am pretty conflicted about. But it's probably one of the five best films that I have ever seen. It might even be my number two of all time (The Thin Red Line is hard to top).

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@dotdashdotdash: I enjoyed it. Did you see Ain't Them Bodies Saints? I thought that one was good too. Still have to see The Old Man & the Gun.

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I don't really have a good enough memory to sandwich in everything I liked from the last ten years, but I'll say I'm glad to see Thirteen Assassins get a nod. Here are some other stand-outs from this last decade I liked:

No Tears for the Dead
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
A Quiet Place
It Follows
Tucker and Dale Versus Evil
Stake Land
Fright Night
Edge of Tomorrow (and really, most every action movie Tom Cruise did this decade)
Kingsman
The Other Guys
Ex Machina
Super
The Tempest
Due Date
The Judge
Rango



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The Killing of a Sacred Deer by Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most phenomenal films I've ever seen and with The Lobster and The Favorite, the trilogy is an examination of relationships, and I was really happy to have seen The Lobster when I did because that's a hell of a film to watch after a breakup.

The Death of Stalin by Armando Ianucci also holds a special place in my heart, though it was partly due to the pageantry at the time of watching it (I happened to see the only public screening in a packed theater in Moscow before it got temporarily banned screens from by the clueless ministry of culture but that's a whole other story). Even watching it again long after the fact I think it will hold up because of the amount of care and research that went into it. Going in I was very worried it was going to be a series of cheap jabs at Russia but there are some super niche things in there that are so entrenched in Soviet history that I couldn't help but be impressed, including the fact that they don't even bother to have any character speak Russian at all and instead rely on different thick English accents for the party members (which is an absolute GENIUS way of getting around the problem of regional dialects).

Lastly, Profile by Timur Bekmambetov is a 2018 horror/thriller that is framed entirely from someone's desktop computer. Lowkey, this is literally one of the most brilliantly paced films of this genre and I don't think it gets mentioned much if ever, but Bekmambetov (or whoever works with him) has made great advances over the years in how you do the sort of "texting in film" thing. The use of desktop elements and drawing of the audience's eye is extremely clever and must have been a massive headache to produce.

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My tastes tend to lean more "pulpy" but, in no particular order:

  • Your Name - Its manipulative, a bit cliche, and fairly brutal in a few moments but it is just so incredibly well done and one of the few anime where I insist on watching subs as English just isn't set up to convey some of the points in the film
  • The Raid 1+2: Which I prefer more will vary depending on my mood, but both are spectacular action films for different reasons. But they are also largely the same film (also see: The Night Comes for Us and that movie where Iko dates a nurse and was a child soldier) and only one really deserves to be on the list
  • Arrival: Between this and Your Name I am starting to wonder if I might have a thing for language-heavy films. I need to read the book one of these days as I imagine it is MUCH better, but I loved the movie and felt it to be incredibly well acted and well paced (even with the hamfisted China plot). It helped a lot that I went in with absolutely no idea what the film was other than "Its worth seeing n theatres and I have an afternoon to kill"
  • Into the Spider-Verse: Still a bit too soon to know how well this one will hold up, but it is definitely the best comic book movie yet (edging out Big Hero 6) and is a visual and audio spectacle that focuses on all the great parts of Spider-Man and less of the power fantasy bulshit (see the Garfield ones). But considering the 2010s were all about comic book movies, it definitely deserves a slot
  • Drive - Will definitely second the notion that it is a good film that somehow got over exposed.
  • Live Die Repeat/Edge of Tomorrow - Amazing premise (I should read that manga) with wonderful special effects and Tom Cruise acting the living hell out of things. I rewatched a few months ago and noticed that Emily Blunt got done dirty, but she still stole about 80% of the scenes in which they interacted.
  • Warm Bodies - Yeah... its schlocky and cliche. But it is a fun premise with really great acting, particularly on the part of Nicholas "The Kid from 'About a Boy' Hoult. Him and Emily Blunt are the kinds of actor/actresses who are WAY too talented for the roles they get and, as a result, elevate otherwise "okay" films by just going all in. Ian McShane is in a similar boat.
  • John Wick 1 - I like action movies and this is a spectacular action film. It did for shootouts what Ronin did for car chases by eschewing spectacle in favor of cold hard efficiency and technical excellence. Don't get me wrong, I love me some John Woo and them white doves. But John Wick was a lot more like a stylized Heat. This and The Raid had a lot in common as both distill realistic combat down to its essentials, emphasize real world tactics, and then add just enough pizzazz to keep it "holy shit, that is awesome" rather than "I am watching a snuff film, aren't I?". Not as big a fan of 2 and 3, but looking forward to 4 none the less.
  • Fast and the Furious 8 (? The one with Statham on a plane): Like before, a catch all for the entire series (except 2. That is garbage). Starting around 5 or 6 the F&F series largely perfected what Marvel wouldn't really pull off until Infinity War by managing to have a cast of awesome characters that people have grown to love and just give them a chance to shine while making sure Ludacris gets to fight increasingly powerful military vehicles. ... Avengers 7 better have Ludacris.
  • Star Wars: Rogue One - We are living in a world where there are new Star Wars movies and they are mostly good (I actually loved The Last Jedi. Solo never happened). Rogue One is very much manipulative Disney crap, but it is well acted and a pretty good "war movie" in the vein of things like A Bridge Too Far and The Dirty Dozen (... those are probably problematic so let's not think back too far). But mostly, as shitty as Solo was, I appreciate Rogue One for what it represented. In the past you had the movies which ranged from good to horrible but it was the video games and books that took a chance and told less conventional stories. With Rogue One we had a tentpole film telling an Expanded Universe story which actually focused on the idea that The Rebellion did bad shit too. And while Solo and people losing their shit over TLJ probably put the kibosh on a lot of things, we still are getting The Mandalorian and that new video game (I hear both are actually really good?) out of it. So evidently the dream is not dead
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If my Letterbox account is to be trusted, I’ve watched 281 new movies that came out in the 2010s...and since 10 is a nice number to limit myself with, let’s go with that.

  • Arrival
  • Colossal
  • Dredd
  • Ex Machina
  • Get Out
  • Inception
  • Logan
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse
  • Turbo kid
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@gundato: Headshot was the one where Iko dates a nurse. ;)

I’d argue that the straight action of Raid, the dramatic aspirations of Raid 2, and the straight-up madness of The Night Comes for Us would differentiate those films enough, but I hear ya.

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@nutter: How could I have forgotten such a unique name. I should totally rewatch that again

Come to think of it, Raid 1 and Night are probably the closer pairing and Raid 2 and Headshot for the other. The former are about ridonkulous ultraviolence with a touch of hypermasculinity. The latter are attempts at being "real" movies that accel in some ways and fail in others

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@gundato:

I LOVE The Raid 2, and like Headshot. Frankly, all I could really point anyone to in Headshot would be the Iko/Julie Estelle beach fight.

If you want a less hyper-manly Iko film, and I’m guessing you may have seen it, Merantau is kinda Shenmue the movie, from a vibe perspective. It’s a little corny, a little like an after-school special about bullying, but I was into it as a curiosity and became a fan by the end of my viewing.

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I really liked Pawn Sacrifice, Hotel Mumbai, and All the Money in the World also

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@dudeglove: Did you see Dogtooth? You said you like Yorgos' latest 3, I think you'll really like it if you haven't

I also liked Death of Stalin. That's a good one. I've been meaning to give it a second watch, there is lot to take in there.

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@dudeglove: Did you see Dogtooth? You said you like Yorgos' latest 3, I think you'll really like it if you haven't

I also liked Death of Stalin. That's a good one. I've been meaning to give it a second watch, there is lot to take in there.

I've been told about Dogtooth but hadn't heard of the guy prior to Lobstor. There's other films I might include, but the one's sticking in my brain are those three. I am glad Yorgos got to make those movies and that Colman got her duly-deserved Oscar (not that i should careit's rare but occasionally the Academy fucks up and actually awards the right person). With some luck he won't go the same way that frequently happens with foreign directors who become Hollywood darlings (lookin' at you, Del Toro).

I guess in terms of cinematic spectacle, I'd also include 2015's Fury Road for being outrageously gorgeous (I had the coffee table art book at one point), and having about a page of dialog to boot.

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Great list. I especially loved The Florida Project too.

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Of 2010s?

The Hobbit, first, second, and third films. All rest are insignificant to these three.

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Don't feel like ranking, since a lot of my favorite movies are already listed. But I just wanna throw Annihilation into the pool because that movie rules.

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Harry Potter and Deadly Hallows is my favorite movie. I have seen that series many times.

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Great list OP, I've seen 8 of 10, The Rider is in my queue and I overlooked Blue is the Warmest Color (Almost every highly acclaimed coming of age film I've ever seen doesn't resonate, latest examples being Boyhood and Lady Bird, but I should give it a shot). I'm still filling in some gaps before making a long-list, and then whittling that down to a short-list, but two spots are reserved for PTA (The Master and Phantom Thread), and Dogtooth/The Florida Project are two of my favorites as well. Here are some movies that immediately come to mind before scraping IMDB/critic lists -

Amour - Michael Haneke - 2012

Melancholia - Lars Von Trier - 2011

Poetry - Lee Chang Dong - 2010

Burning - (Lee Chang Dong 2018)

Stray Dogs - (Tsai Ming Liang 2013)

Norte, The End of History - (Lav Diaz 2013)

The Irishman - (Martin Scorsese 2019)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese 2013)

Parasite - (Bong Joon Ho 2019)

The Handmaiden (Park Chan Wook 2016)

Force Majeure - (Ruben Ostlund 2014)

First Reformed - (Paul Schrader 2017)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - (Quentin Tarantino 2019)

The Social Network (David Fincher 2010)

Movies still in the queue - All of Nuri Bilge Cylan, Leviathan, The Death of Stalin, Toni Erdmann, Uncle Boohnme/Cemetery of Splendor, The Square, Timbuktu, Carol, Ida, The Babadook, The Rider, Blue is the Warmest Color, Before Midnight, Lincoln, 45 years, Phoenix, Elle.