Personal top movies of the decade. There were a lot of great ones and I didn’t watch them. Instead we have:
3. Pacific Rim. For a majority of people this isn’t really anything to write home about in terms of anything other than production design and world building. I love this movie. I’ve seen this movie the most in theaters more than I have any other movie. As a life long tokusatsu/kaiju movie fan, seeing something like this one the big screen was a dream come true. It’s far from perfect. The lead actor is…something. I feel that it’s enjoyable and I notice something new every time I watch it because, really, the art direction in this is maybe too good for this movie.
2. Shin Godzilla. The best Godzilla movie to come out since 2001. It took my breath away when I saw it in theaters just because of how horrific they made Godzilla once again. If you’re not a fan of the two newer American iterations because they may be too bombastic, this is the perfect foil. It’s like an episode of West Wing, but the problem is Godzilla. I at least find it very interesting to see the concept of a giant monster taken this seriously and the tactics they they deploy to deal with the situation.
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Once upon a time I wanted to be an animator and make a Spider-Man movie. That shit didn’t and isn’t happening anymore, but I doesn’t need to because this movie exists. It’s really everything I want in both an animated movie and a Spider-Man movie and it’s not a horrible mess. The animation is stylish as hell and doesn’t rely of realism to be impressive. There’s a lot of Spider-Man characters and fan service and it’s all handled beautifully. The script is tight as hell, the pacing is great. It’s an absolute total package.
The other, arguably better, great movies of the decade:
Rubber: A spoof, meta “horror” movie about a killer tire. I love humor and the way weird structure of the story. There’s an audience watching things unfold, but only some people in the story know it’s a movie. Real weird. Into it.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: One of the best live action adaptations of a comic. Really dig the neon, video game style and the editing.
13 Assassins: 13 samurai are hired to take out a warlord. This movie is wild. It’s 2 hours long and just builds and builds up to the 40 minute long, non stop action climax. I haven’t seen anything like it and haven’t seen anything like it since really. An impressively patient movie.
The Raid: Cops go into a building of criminals and they all fight. Some of the best fight choreography in cinema. It’s a rush.
The Muppets: I like Muppets and it was good to see them all again. I thought this movie was very funny and sweet.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day: An interesting animated film about a man’s bizarre life and his place in the universe told in little vignettes. I’m big on the visuals and the dark humor.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?: Yakuza’s decide to make a movie. Weird, violent hilarity ensues. Probably my favorite movie about making a movie. There’s four story lines presented and they all come together with the joy of violence and film making. It comes off as so sincere, pure, inspiring, and heartfelt but is juxtaposed with wild violence. Like it.
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Might be my favorite Wes Anderson movie? I personally think it’s his funniest. I like the art direction and the visual comedy of the movie. Really great stuff.
The Lego Movie: This could’ve been so bad but it wasn’t and was way better than it needed to be. Really surprised by how funny it is and the animation in this is really crazy. I thought for like the first 15 minutes it was stop motion.
Colossal: Anne Hathaway controls a giant monster across the planet. I didn’t expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did. Jason Sudeikis is really fantastic in this movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: The best Marvel movie. It’s impressive for a movie like this to have this many major characters and for all of them to have some sort of pay off. I’d say the most emotionally charged of the Marvel movies as well. It’s really something special and I wonder if Guardians 3, or any other Marvel movie, will come close to this.
Logan Lucky: Ocean’s Eleven but in the south. A really funny and clever heist movie. The acting and characters are great and what make it. I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel to this.
The Shape of Water: What a strange little love story with fish people. Really liked the look of the world and the fish guy. Michael Shannon is a great villain. Del Toro has a lot of great human villains.
Hereditary: A family comes to terms with a death in the family. The scariest and most emotionally brutal movie I’ve seen in a theater. Don’t know if I’ll ever watch it again but I really liked it. I know some people didn’t think, horror wise, that it was anything special but subjectively hit every one of my branches on my subjective horror tree. Tony Collette should be recognized more for this.
Annihilation: A group of scientist travel into a weird space bubble in Florida. Stalker with monsters really. This movie really should’ve had more eyes on it. The pacing is great. The acting is pretty great. There’s very weird, suspenseful moments. Four scientist female protagonists. Great effects and story. It’s the dream of combining the spectacle of blockbusters with the character and emotion of more grounded movies. A beautiful middle ground.
Mission Impossible Fallout: Ethan Hunt does more impossible missions but all his shit doesn’t work. One of the most impressive spectacle movies I’ve ever seen. The whole helicopter bit is a stand out for me.
They Shall Not Grow Old: The day in the life of a World War One soldier. An incredible documentary and a revolutionary step forward for film restoration. It’s mind blowing to see the work that went into making look as good as it does. Highly recommend if you’re into that sort of thing.
Booksmart: One of, if not, the best teen comedy I’ve seen. Great characters and humor. It’s good to hear teenagers sound like teenagers.
Movies I should’ve watched and didn’t:
Blade Runner 2049: I’ll get around to it. Leave me alone. I’m lazy.
Sorry that this got long and congratulations if you made it this far. Also watch Tampopo. It came out in 1988 but I watched it in this decade and it’s one of my favorite movies of all time now. Same for Zazie dans le Metro. Both terribly charming films. Can’t remember if I first watched The Abominable Dr. Phibes this decade or not but I like that a whole bunch too. Watched Buckaroo Banzai in 2007 but it’s still my all time favorite. Will always recommend that. Keep watching movies.