It’s been a decade of films, and with so many to choose from, these are the ones I most remembered.
2010 – Inception
Christopher Nolan cribs Dreamscape, Total Recall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and pretty much the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street series; as God is my witness, that top is still spinning.
Honorable Mention: Let Me In
2011 – Melancholia
Beautiful doom, gloom, and the peaceful certainty of the end of the world courtesy of Lars von Trier. What’s not to love?
Honorable Mention: The Artist
2012 – The Avengers
The culmination of four years and six movies building to the film DC and Warner Bros. coveted (and refused to wait for): an organically built superhero team saving the world… and also helicarriers.
Honorable Mention: The Cabin in the Woods
2013 – Her
Between Walk the Line’s Johnny Cash and the title character of Joker, Joaquin Phoenix played a lonely man who falls in love with an operating system that sounds exactly like Scarlett Johansson; who wouldn’t?
Honorable Mention: Gravity
2014 – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Whether your life is on hold taking care of an ill parent or you’re a centuries-old vampire mistaken for a young girl out on a stroll, how much are you willing to risk or forgive to make a human connection?
Honorable Mention: Maleficent
2015 – Mad Max: Fury Road
In a world where mass manufacturing is dead and every bit of junk can be repurposed, it’s a movie of heavy metal imagination and bone-grinding engineering. Feminist? Absolutely. Detrimental to the film? Not in the slightest.
Honorable Mention: Edge of Tomorrow
2016 – A Monster Calls
Emotional punch and adventure in spite of general predictability, a fearless fairy tale that thrives in the dark; this monster has a higher calling.
Honorable Mention: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2017 – Get Out
Well cast and slickly edited, writer/director Jordan Peele doesn’t go for silliness or slapstick but instead goes for the jugular; laugh is what you do instead of scream or cry.
Honorable Mention: Atomic Blonde
2018 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Similar to the Chris Claremont/Alan Davis epic “Cross-Time Caper” Excalibur comic series, variants are brought to one locale rather than a group traveling to each of them in turn… and still a Miles Morales origin story as well. It’s ambitious, it’s incredible, and it works damnably well.
Honorable Mention: Crazy Rich Asians
2019 – Jojo Rabbit
A stark reminder of what’s at stake if the world ever forgets in the funniest yet most heart-wrenching way possible. A child’s fairy tale for adults… with Nazis.
Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Here’s to the next decade of film, and see y’all next year, mortals!
~ Grim D. Reaper #grmdrpr
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