After discovering some new movies and re-watching others, I felt the need to update my earlier post ‘8 Best Films of the last Decade’ (and the bring my list up to 10). Keeping the old list up for reference!
1) The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
Arguably one of the first great films of the decade, Fincher’s slick dissection of how the world’s biggest social media site was created impressed audiences and gave a false impression of how cool cyber-villain Mark Zuckerberg actually is.
A film to add to your best final line list (google it).
2) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, 2019)
Lived in Hollywood in the late ’60s? No? Well, it doesn’t really matter, as Tarantino’s latest box office smash gave audiences a surprisingly authentic journey through the town at the time, as well as providing plenty of laughs and (as always) impressively inventive violence.
Read my quick review for a more in-depth look.
3) Monsters University (Dan Scanlon, 2013)
Pixar are well-known for creating sequels that at least equal the quality of the original -or even surpass, as with Toy Story 2 & 3 – and Monsters University is no exception.
For a children’s film, the message is powerful, but refreshingly realistic: you can’t be good at everything, but find what you are good at and knock it out of the park. Or something similar. And there’s plenty of funny situations and lovable new characters along the way.
4) The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
While I love WOWT, lets get one thing straight: it’s kinda the same film as Goodfellas. And Goodfellas did it better (but seeing as Scorsese’s classic gangster flick is one of the greatest movies of all time, we’ll let him off).
Stellar performances from DiCaprio, Hill and Robbie, as well as that famous trying-to-get-in-the-car scene, secure the film’s place as one of the most entertaining movies of the last decade.
5) Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)
The future is bright for Jordan Peele, the comedy legend and writer/director of some of the decade’s most interesting movies. While I am personally obsessed with Us, and that performance from Lupita, Get Out is the twisted, hilarious, horrifying genre mash-up that got everyone talking back in 2017.
If you still haven’t watched, you need to – just not directly before you meet your new girlfriend’s parents.
6) Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
Another entry from Pixar; this time the engaging and moving animated tale of a young girl who struggles to balance her emotions when she moves away from her hometown. The film cleverly uses different emotion characters that live in her brain to explain how sadness can sometimes take over.
In a modern society determined to end of stigma of mental health, Inside Out does well to get this across to kids – and of course, in the end, Joy wins.
7) Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone, 2017)
A low-key indie flick that follows a teenage girl spending the summer in Chicago with her introverted writer aunt, meanwhile exploring her sexuality with a couple of summer romances. With overall average reviews, and seemingly promoted by Netflix as nothing more than a romantic movie in LGBT teen category, I feel that Princess Cyd is largely underrated.
If you’re a fan of indie coming-of-age type dramas (or, I suppose, gay romances), I’d highly recommend it.
8) The Farewell (Lulu Wang, 2019)
Lulu Wang’s comedy drama packs so much truth into a heartwarming story about an almighty lie. Based on Wang’s own family, Awkwafina and co play an Chinese-American family who return to the motherland when news comes that their matriarch is terminally ill.
However, as is tradition in Chinese culture, grandmother Nai Nai isn’t told of her diagnosis, and instead the family pretend they are returning to China for the hasty wedding of a cousin.
Equally hilarious and emotional, The Farewell features a *SPOILER* unexpected ending that will leave you smiling long after watching.
9) Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018)
Bo Burnham’s debut feature length will bring to mind every teenage insecurity you ever had, have you watching through your fingers at various moments, may possibly lead to hysterical tears…and yet, believe it or not, is ultimately up-lifting.
Elsie Fisher is sensational as Kayla, a friendless teenager determined to start high school a new and improved version of herself – but, in the end, she realises that embracing her real self will lead to a more rewarding future. (Which may seem obvious, but is something that plenty adults fail to register).
Eighth Grade is perceptive rather than preachy and the teens presented really act the way today’s adolescents do; YouTube creator Kayla is obsessed with social media, while wacky tv show Rick and Morty gets a mention.
Definitely the peak of the last decade’s coming-of-age dramas.
10) Us (Jordan Peele, 2019)
I initially felt two Jordan Peele movies would overcrowd the list, but seeing as Get Out and Us are the two best films in recent times, we’ll let it slide.
The plot follows an ordinary mum who’s harbouring a big secret; and, when she and her family return to the location of a childhood beach holiday, terror unfolds as the ‘tethereds’ – carbon copies of everyone on earth, who have been trapped underground, forced to live a miserable version of their above-ground selves, emerge from underneath.
Magnifying this formidable plot are a killer soundtrack, and beautiful cinematography that contains many hidden clues to the plot. Definitely a film that improves with each watch.
Ok, I’ll allow one Superhero Movie.
My personal favourite Superhero/Comic Book movie of the last decade was…
Logan (James Mangold, 2017)
One of the darker films of it’s genre, Wolverine’s final outing was the peak of the newer X-Men films, and gave divisive conclusions to some of the franchise’s more popular characters. (I won’t spoil it any further than that).
Slightly overshadowed by big Marvel movies that debuted at the same time, Logan is well worth a watch if you missed it the first time.