The Best of the 2010s

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What a decade. There have been some utterly brilliant movies and, admittedly, I didn’t catch them all. I’ll be honest, my love and respect for movies did really come until 2015 when I watched Pulp Fiction for the first time. Since then, I’ve been infatuated with cinema. In this, I’ll be looking back over the past 10 years of television and movies to present what I think was the best of the 2010s. It’s worth mentioning that I haven’t seen some films that were released in this period of time but I’ll definitely get round to watching them at some point. Without any further ado, I present the best movies of this past decade.

Best Picture

Best Director

  • David Fincher for The Social Network
  • Todd Phillips for Joker
  • Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird
  • Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Christopher Nolan for Inception 
  • Martin Scorsese for Shutter Island
  • Lynne Ramsey for You Were Never Really Here
  • Ridley Scott for The Martian
  • Jordan Peele for Get Out

Best Actor

  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs
  • Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker
  • Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup 12 Years a Slave
  • Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in Get Out
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock

Best Actress

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
  • Saoirse Ronan as Christine McPherson Lady Bird
  • Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23 in Logan
  • Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs
  • Rachel Weisz for The Lobster
  • Florence Pugh as Dani in Midsommar

Best Supporting Actor

  • Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • J.K. Simmons as Fletcher in Whiplash
  • Christoph Waltz as Dr King Schultz Django Unchained
  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained 
  • Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir in Community 
  • Samuel L Jackson as Richmond Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Antony Starr as Homelander in The Boys

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight
  • Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan in Hidden Figures
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible: Fallout
  • Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave
  • Kiera Knightley as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone as Sam Thomson in Birdman

Best Animated Feature

  • Inside Out
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
  • Toy Story 3
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Bojack Horseman
  • Rick and Morty
  • Big Mouth

Best Original Screenplay

  • Bojack Horseman 
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople 
  • Her
  • Get Out
  • Remedial Chaos Theory, from Community, Season 3, Episode 4
  • The Inbetweeners
  • Ex Machina

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The Boys
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • BlacKkKlansman 
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse
  • Sherlock
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Big Short

Best Original Music Score/Soundtrack

  • Hans Zimmer for Inception
  • Sing Street
  • Scott Pilgrim VS the World
  • John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther
  • Marco Beltrami for Logan
  • Ramin Djawadi for Westworld

Best Cinematography 

A good question that may be on some of your minds is what I think the best film of this decade has been and I honestly couldn’t decide. The final four contenders are Inception, Into the Spiderverse, Whiplash and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. They all offer something amazing and different in the world of film, whether it be an interesting concept, a creative animation style, an unexpectedly brilliant performance from an actor or a director delivering a masterpiece of a movie. Most of the films on this list offer something like what’s mentioned above, but these four really stand out to me as the best movies of the decade.

Thanks for supporting me during my time blogging about films so far. 2019 has been an unexpected rollercoaster of a year, and as such, I have been unable to blog as much as I would have anticipated at the start of the year. I will continue reviewing and rating films into the New Year, but as a heads up, expect a similar pace and flow of reviews as we had in 2019.

Once again, thanks for your support. Next time you’ll hear from me will be a review of a recent satire about a young boy and his imaginary best friend. See you next year!

Black Mirror – White Christmas: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #55

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As we approach the most festive time of the year, it’s only fair to review festive films and televisions shows. As mentioned before, I love Black Mirror; it has everything. Interesting characters, weird storylines, dark twist of technology, what more could you want? With these in mind, I rewatched White Christmas, the most festive Black Mirror episode to review it for in time for Christmas.

Starring Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall, White Christmas sees two men stationed at a snowy outpost, forced to live with each other. After 5 years of living quietly together, on Christmas Day, they finally spark a proper conversation, telling the story of where they’ve come from. In true Black Mirror fashion, technological twists and shocks ensue.

Jon Hamm was so perfect to play Matthew, as his friendly, inviting look is the perfect ploy to hide a sinister character beneath. Few actors have the ability to have this natural deceptive face and voice, and Jon Hamm is arguably the best at this. His performance as Matthew in White Christmas was nothing short of captivating and fantastic, whilst also helping to enhance the brilliance of this episode. Rafe Spall played Joe, the quieter of the two who’d been arguably more affected by his past. While I much preferred Hamm’s acting in this, Spall’s acting was still amazing. You could tell Joe was traumatised from the past and Spall’s performance here was excellent.

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Joe (left) and Matthew (right) finally get to know each other

The soundtrack to this episode was composed by Jon Opstad, and the music was fairly good. By this, I mean that there have been better soundtracks for Black Mirror such as in Striking Vipers, and with this the music, while complimenting the episode, could’ve been better and didn’t really stand out for me. The only standout music moment for me was the ending, with Wizzard’s ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’ playing as the Joe is kept in the time-loop of 1000 years per minute as the camera continually zooms out of the snow globe.

The plot was creative for Black Mirror, and I liked how there were a number of twists, particularly with the use of interesting technology, such as the egg-pods and the contact lenses that can block people. The way everything played out was commendable, as it all came together neatly in a captivating string of events that kept me engrossed throughout majority of the episode.

Overall, White Christmas gets an 8.6/10 from me. It carried itself strongly throughout, and combined brilliant acting, weird technology, unpredictable twists and a thought-provoking storyline to produce what may, in fact, be the best Black Mirror episode of them all.

Thanks for reading this review. Stay tuned for a wrap up of the decade’s best coming in the next couple of weeks. See you then!