The 2010s was an extraordinary decade of cinema. Films were made that explored the deepest aspects of humanity, transported us to new worlds and re-envisioned how the art of cinema operates. We saw new worlds and explored the struggles of characters that made us more intoned with ourselves and the world around us. With that, let’s take a look at the 25 best films of the 2010s.
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The 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday will honor a remarkable year for motion pictures. Before the ceremony begins, let’s break down who will most likely win and also mention who was snubbed from each category.
2019 was a terrific year for movies, one of the best of the past decade. This past year, we saw enchanting remakes, Hollywood epics from legendary filmmakers, blockbuster knockouts, disturbing looks at society, technical masterpieces and movies that simply don’t get made anymore. 2019 was a year that made us appreciate the art of cinema for what it can do and see the world in different ways. Below are 2019’s 10 best films in order.
Director Sam Mendes’ “1917” is a WWI film that catches your attention, invites you into its domain and captures you in its glory from the very beginning. There have been hundreds of war films made over the years, but few have achieved such technical brilliance as this visual miracle of a movie, making it stand as the best war film since 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan.”
Best known for his hilarious work on “Saturday Night Live” and his god awful comedy films, Adam Sandler delivers a performance so on-key and so pitch perfect in “Uncut Gems” that we forget we’re witnessing the work of an actor.
Take a look at any film critic’s Top 10 List of 2019 and you will certainly find Noah Baumbach's “Marriage Story” at the top. A guaranteed nominee for Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards and a likely contender to win, this is a film I wanted to adore and rave about to everyone, yet sadly the film falls short of glory to be fully deserving.
“Dolomite is my name and f*cking up motherf*ckers is my game,” was the common phrase comedic legend Rudy Ray Moore gave himself in his hit films in the 1970s. The comedian portrayed Dolemite, the pimp who battled criminals and engaged in various outlandish humorous situations. His work appealed largely to Black audiences across America and he became a huge icon within the Black community.
The winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or back in May at the Cannes Film Festival, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has crafted the most original and entertaining film of 2019 in “Parasite” — a film layered in style and creativity.
One of 2019’s most anticipated films, “The Irishman” seemed too good to be true when the project was originally announced. Not only was it to be directed by Martin Scorsese, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, but the director would bring together screen legends Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in a film that sounded dreamlike for fans of mob films and the crime genre.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” released in August of this year, mostly went unnoticed and unspoken about, and for good reason. I expected much, much more from a Guillermo del Toro production. While never taking itself too seriously and trying to develop a fun, care-free story about kids versus monsters, this is a film that instantaneously starts off horribly and only goes downward.
After Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s debut critically acclaimed feature film “The Babadook” in 2014 that challenged the notions of the horror genre, she is back with a viciously disturbing tale of brutality. It captures the mostly untold horrors committed throughout history in “The Nightingale,” released limitedly in the U.S. in August.
Timothée Chalamet continues to be on the rise ever since his knockout performance in 2017’s “Call Me By Your Name,” scoring another role in Netflix’s Henry V biopic “The King.” While Chalamet proved he was a gifted talent two years ago, he seems to have left all of his skills in the past, for his portrayal of the King of England is absolutely static.
You have to credit writer/director Julius Onah for attempting to create a film that not only precipitates individual thought, but a larger societal conversation as well. Too many films these days are afraid to explore anything unsettling or provoking and simply cave into fear of challenging audiences' perceptions and emotions.
There are films that come around every now and then that seem to hit all the right notes and impact you in multiple ways. Very few times have I seen a film that can have the audience laughing out loud in one moment, and feeling emotional or sad just 20 seconds later.
Four years after his debut feature film “The Witch,” writer/director Robert Eggers has returned with another unique horror film set in pre-20th century New England.
It’s been six years since we said goodbye to Jesse Pinkman, the guilt-ridden, meth-dealing anti-hero of the hit series “Breaking Bad.” Last we saw of Jesse, he and his partner-in-crime Walter White seemed to make amends before taking down the show’s final villains. Pinkman was last seen smiling and laughing as he drove away, leaving his life of crime behind him as he headed towards a new life.
One of the most anticipated films of 2019 and without a doubt the most controversial, the infamous Clown Prince of Crime has gotten yet another film, this time in “Joker,” a stand-alone film dedicated solely to the character examination of this iconic villain.
Stephen King’s masterful horror epic “IT” captured both the trauma and beauty of childhood in such a captivating fashion in 2017. The adaptation not only became the highest-grossing horror film of all time but was a mesmerizing and unforgettable game changer.
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We live in an entertainment era today where virtually every film produced is either a remake, a continuation of an ancient series or recycled story bits put together to make a film lacking any freshness. Leave it to the biggest film-lover in the world and one of the greatest filmmakers of all time to craft a film that not only eloquently reflects on the changing world surrounding pop culture and the entertainment industry, but to create one of the most original, charismatic films of all time.