Matt Mentions: The State of Cinema (with Film Histories)

Top 100 Films of the 2010s

100. Hereditary (2018)

Ari Aster brought a unique voice to the horror genre in the 2010s. Overall the horror genre rebounded heavily this decade, but few were as downright horrific as Hereditary.

With Toni Colette giving her greatest performance and an emphasis on grief, the film reaches a whole other level of depth. Its jump scares are used sparingly in lieu of psychological scares that are highly effective.

99. Captain Fantastic (2016)

Captain Fantastic is a warm film that handles complex themes. It’s about family and lifestyle, but told in such a nuanced way where not clear answer is given to the character’s problems.

In addition to being warm and engaging, it’s a reflection on the pros and cons of our everyday lifestyles. Viggo Mortensen is tremendous, and I hope to see more comedies from Matt Ross in the future.

98. True Grit (2010)

What a beautiful film. This remake of the 1969 classic shifts its direction to the environment and nature of the wild west. It feels comical, but also raw and real. Roger Deakins cinematography here is consistently gorgeous.

The Coen Brothers didn’t have a decade as strong as the 00s, but with this and Inside Llewyn Davis, they created 2 films that tackle their philosophies on chaos in human nature.

97. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

You’d be hard pressed to find a film as “feel good” as Peanut Butter Falcon, but it’s that way because it’s simultaneously raw in its presentation.

Nothing feels unnatural, and it doesn’t sugar-coat anything like most films of its kind. And by the end of it you feel the films electricity and gritty optimism.

96. Lion (2016)

Lion is an incredible true story. It draws a strong social attention to child homelessness in India, and you feel the tension and anxiety throughout.

There is something about Lion that sits with you, whether it’s due to its social consciousness or themes of “triumph of will,” I can’t tell. I know that this film sat with me, and continues to sit with me.

95. The Town (2010)

This may be one of the best heist films I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t treat any character as a throwaway, the emotions and tension are hard felt and it’ll make your heart race.

Ben Affleck proved to be a director of extraordinary talent. Argo was also to mirror the pace and feel of a perfectly solid thriller, but for me The Town remains his opus.


Top 20 #Films of 2019

Matt Mentions: 2020 #OscarNominations (And Winner Predictions) #Oscars

Picture (01/13/20)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Marriage Story
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Ford v. Ferrari

Director (01/13/20)
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Sam Mendes – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker


The Rise and Fall of Disney’s Star Wars

Star Wars is both the greatest thing on Earth and the worst thing on Earth. At its best it brought together a community. It created the kind of world-building that was yet to be found in the cinematic medium – only in niche fantasy/science fiction novels.

At its worse it turned portions of that community into a bunch of entitled, vicious brats. Death threats, suicide attempts – had there ever been a moment in history when art was so divisive? Were mobs established around the works of Monet or Picasso early in the 20th century or during the Renaissance?

I want to start in 2015. A quick recap: In the 1970s there was a trilogy of films that were considered some of the best films ever made. They merchandised the hell out of it. 20 years later, the creator, George Lucas, created a prequel trilogy that was scorned deeply by fans and critics. Nearly 10 years went by with “Star Wars” appearing only in the occasional graphic novel or video game. The prequels did not stop the lore from expanding.

Then Mickey Mouse came along…


The Best of the 2010s

The As the days roll by I will be unveiling various “Top 10” lists for films in different categories. This is for any film released from 2010-2019.

The categories are below and we’ll update as we move forward. Follow me on Twitter @Matty_Durham for quick updates or, you know, to yell at me for being wrong.

Top 10 Horror Films
HM: Us, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
10. Annihilation (2018; Garland)
9. It Follows (2014; Mitchell)
8. Midsommar (2019; Aster)
7. Get Out (2017; Peele)
6. The Lighthouse (2019; Eggers)
5. V/H/S 2 (2012; Various)
4. Hereditary (2018; Aster)
3. Under the Skin (2013; Glazer)
2. The Babadook (2014; Kent)
1. The Witch (2015; Eggers)

Top 10 Animated Films
HM: Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse, Toy Story 4
10. When Marnie Was There (2014)
9. Isle of Dogs (2018)
8. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
7. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
6. Anomalisa (2015)
5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
4. Inside Out (2015)
3. The Lego Movie (2014)
2. Toy Story 3 (2010)
1. The Red Turtle (2016)

Top 10 Cinematography
HM: Spring Breakers, Birdman, Gravity (1917 to be seen)
10. Life of Pi (2012; Claudio Miranda)
9. Her (2013; Hoyte Van Hoytema)
8. Moonlight (2016; James Laxton)
7. The Revenant (2015; Emmanuel Lubezki)
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014; Robert D. Yeoman)
5. The Tree of Life (2011; Emmanuel Lubezki)
4. Ida (2013; Ryszard Lenczewski, Lukasz Zal)
3. Roma (2018; Alfonso Cuaron)
2. Enter the Void (2010, Benoit Debie)
1. Blade Runner 2049 (2017; Roger Deakins)

Top 10 Suspense/Thriller
HM: Take Shelter, The Lighthouse, Argo, Hell or High Water
10. The Town (2010; Affleck)
9. Searching (2018; Chaganty)
8. Wind River (2017; Sheridan)
7. Gone Girl (2014; Fincher)
6. Zero Dark Thirty (2012; Bigelow)
5. Sicario (2015; Villeneuve)
4. The Grey (2011; Carnahan)
3. Black Swan (2010; Aronofsky)
2. You Were Never Really Here (2017; Ramsay)
1. Parasite (2019; Joon-ho)

Top 10 Sci-Fi
HM: The Lobster, Edge of Tomorrow, Upstream Color
10. Annihilation (2018; Garland)
9. Midnight Special (2016; Nichols)
8. Cloud Atlas (2012; Tykwer, Wachowski, Wachowski)
7. Under the Skin (2013; Glazer)
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014; Reeves)
5. Interstellar (2014; Nolan)
4. The Cabin in the Woods (2011; Goddard)
3. Arrival (2016; Villeneuve)
2. Melancholia (2011; von Trier)
1. Blade Runner 2049 (2017; Villeneuve)

Top 10 Fantasy
HM: Moana, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
10. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016; Knight)
9. How to Train Your Dragon (2010; DeBlois, Sanders)
8. Rogue One (2016; Edwards)
7. A Ghost Story (2017; Lowery)
6. The Red Turtle (2016; Dudok de Wit)
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012; Zeitlin)
4. Life of Pi (2012; Lee)
3. Midnight in Paris (2011; Allen)
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1/2 (2010/2011; Yates)
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; Miller)

Top 10 Action/Blockbusters
HM: Joker, Hugo
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015; Abrams)
9. Rogue One (2016; Edwards)
8. Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse (2018; Various)
7. The Grey (2011; Carnahan)
6. Kick-Ass (2010; Vaughn)
5. The Apes Trilogy (2011-2017; Wyatt, Reeves)
4. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010; Wright)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; Miller)
2. Edge of Tomorrow (2014; Liman)
1. Inception (2010; Nolan)

Top 10 Film Scores
HM: Annihilation, Birdman, The Theory of Everything
10. Under the Skin (2013; Levi)
9. How to Train Your Dragon (2010; Powell)
8. Life of Pi (2012; Danna)
7. The Red Turtle (2016; Del Mar)
6. Sicario (2015; Johannsson)
5. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018; Britell)
4. Carol (2015; Burwell)
3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012; Romer, Zeitlin)
2. Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk (2010, 2014, 2017; Zimmer)
1. The Social Network (2010; Reznor, Ross)

Top 10 Coming of Age
10. Honey Boy (2019; Har’el)
9. The Edge of Seventeen (2016;Craig)
8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016; Waititi)
7. Terri (2011; Jacobs)
6. Eighth Grade (2018; Burnham)
5. Boyhood (2014; Linklater)
4. Lady Bird (2017; Gerwig)
3. Mid ’90s (2018; Hill)
2. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016; Linklater)
1. Moonlight (2016; Jenkins)

Top 10 Comedies
10. The Cabin in the Woods (2011; Goddard)
9. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012; Trevorrow)
8. Easy A (2010; Gluck)
7. Midnight in Paris (2011; Allen)
6. What We Do in the Shadows (2014; Clement, Waititi)
5. The Lego Movie (2014; Lord, Miller)
4. The World’s End (2013; Wright)
3. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016; Linklater)
2. The Death of Stalin (2017; Iannucci)
1. This is the End (2013; Goldberg, Rogen)

Top 10 Contemporary History
HM: The Fighter, Spotlight, Lion
10. I, Tonya (2017; Gillespie)
9. Pain & Gain (2013; Bay)
8. I Love You Phillip Morris (2010; Ficarra, Requa)
7. Moneyball (2011; Miller)
6. Bernie (2011; Linklater)
5. Foxcatcher (2014; Miller)
4. The Big Short (2015; McKay)
3. Zero Dark Thirty (2012; Bigelow)
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; Scorsese)
1. The Social Network (2010; Fincher)

Top 10 Editing
HM: Waves, Uncut Gems, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
10. Dunkirk (2017; Smith)
9. Bodied (2018; Haynes)
8. Moonlight (2016; McMillon, Sanders)
7. Black Swan (2010; Weisblum)
6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; Sixel)
5. Jallikattu (2019; Joseph)
4. The Big Short (2015; Corwin)
3. Whiplash (2014; Cross)
2. The Social Network (2010; Baxter, Wall)
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; Schoonmaker)

Top 10 Ensembles
HM: Knives Out, The Favourite, Inception
10. American Hustle (2013; Russell)
9. 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017; McDonagh)
8. 12 Years a Slave (2013; McQueen)
7. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018; Jenkins)
6. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; Scorsese)
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019; Tarantino)
4. Les Miserables (2012; Hooper)
3. The Irishman (2019; Scorsese)
2. The Master (2012; PT. Anderson)
1. Moonrise Kingdom/The Grand Budapest Hotel (2012/2014; W. Anderson)

Top 10 Remakes/Reboots/Sequels
HM: Jackass 3D, Rogue One, V/H/S 2, Frankenweenie
10. The Lego Batman Movie (2017; McKay)
9. A Star is Born (2018; Cooper)
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1/2 (2010, 2011; Yates)
7. Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse (2018; Various)
6. The Muppets (2011; Bobin)
5. True Grit (2010; Coen, Coen)
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014; Reeves)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; Miller)
2. Toy Story 3/4 (2010, 2019; Unkrich, Cooley)
1. Blade Runner 2049 (2017; Villeneuve)

Top 10 Romance
HM: Marriage Story, Ride Your Wave, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl
10. Greenberg (2010; Baumbach)
9. A Star is Born (2018; Cooper)
8. Like Crazy (2011; Doremus)
7. Amour (2012; Haneke)
6. Anomalisa (2015; Johnson, Kaufman)
5. Carol (2015; Haynes)
4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012; Anderson)
3. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018; Jenkins)
2. La La Land (2016; Chazelle)
1. Call Me by Your Name (2017; Guadagnino)

Top 10 Drama
HM: Beasts of No Nation, Mustang, The Revenant
10. 99 Homes (2014; Bahrani)
9. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012; Zeitlin)
8. A Ghost Story (2017; Lowery)
7. Room (2015; Abrahamson)
6. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012; Cianfrance)
5. The Florida Project (2017; Baker)
4. Silence (2016; Scorsese)
3. Roma (2018; Cuaron)
2. Moonlight (2016; Jenkins)
1. The Social Network (2010; Fincher)

Top 10 Romantic Comedies
10. Frances Ha (2012; Baumbach)
9. Silver Linings Playbook (2012; Russell)
8. Easy A (2010; Gluck)
7. I Love You Phillip Morris (2010; Ficarra, Requa)
6. The Lobster (2015; Lanthimos)
5. Seeking a Friend at the End of the World (2012; Scafaria)
4. Her (2013; Jonze)
3. Lady Bird (2017; Gerwig)
2. Midnight in Paris (2011; Allen)
1. Moonrise Kingdom (2012; Anderson)

Hot Take: The Rise of #DisneyPlus, The Fall of #Netflix

These are fascinating times if you’re a fan of entertainment.

Businesses have become more monopolized/consolidated. Many publicist’s deemed the start of the “Streaming Wars” a bit too early when Hulu and Amazon rose up to the occasion.

Now Disney aims to corner the market, particularly in entertainment for children. A big chunk of Netflix’ revenue was based on the rights they had for various Disney properties. I watch Netflix. I just finished a terrific season of Atypical and the first half of the final season of one of Netflix’ greatest shows – BoJack Horseman. My viewing habits aren’t rare, but they are definitely more diverse than the typical streamer.

Every time I would visit my niece over the last few years she’d be enjoying various Netflix series’ like Daniel Tiger, The Magic School Bus and A Series of Unfortunate Events. This was amplified by the catalogue of Disney films and properties they had – which are no more.

I have not purchased Disney Plus yet. The only reason I would is The Mandalorian, which is almost reason enough. I’m trying to be patient and wait for the entire season to be out (almost worth the payment to avoid spoilers), that way I can own the subscription for a month, binge it, then cancel.


Matt Mentions: The Current State of Cinema

It’s less.

And by less I mean quantity not quality. Quality films are still consistently being created by some of the medium’s greatest auteurs. The quantity is down though. Quantity of great films, quantity is low for the budget of great films, and attendance is low.

We have our “event” films or as Scorsese and Coppola like to call them “theme park rides” and that’s fine. These films push the limitations of technical achievement for a unique experience that utilizes the bombastic capabilities of modern sound and modern screen. They make bank. Film has never been more profitable simply because of these movies.

In the early 2000s/late 90s studios created branches of their companies that sought out independent film. They’d finance obscure projects by filmmakers with credibility, but mostly they bought films at festivals and produced them. Often they’d hype up their quality (reviews, awards campaigns, etc.)

That’s still happening and independent films are cinema. Spotlight, Boyhood, Birdman, Parasite, The Lighthouse so many unique films that utilize ambitious storytelling techniques come out every year. One of the biggest ones of this year will undoubtedly be The Irishman.

Is cinema dying?


Matt Mentions: The Consequences of #BoJackHorseman

Nothing juxtaposes chaotic slapstick with crippling depression like BoJack Horseman. The animated series from Netflix has aged like fine wine – each season feeling more compact, more mature, more strained while still digging to deeper lows and climbing to higher highs. Basically, it gets funnier and funnier and sadder and sadder.


The first 8 episodes of season 6 were a trip though. Maintaining the chaotic nature of Hollywoo these episodes deliver gags at the highest caliber. We begin observing the growth of each character.

BoJack as he grows from rehab, Diane as she finds her passion, Mr. Peanutbutter while he addresses an unfamiliar guilt, and Princess Carolyn as she learns to become a mother, and Todd as he finds a job and searches for his asexual partner.


Hot Take: #StarWars #RiseofSkywalker Final Trailer

I’m a big fan again, I swear!

The worst part about not being a fan of Force Awakens or The Last Jedi in the Twitterverse is that I’m immediately lumped in and generalized with the rest of the haters. Except some of the haters… just kind of need to grow up.

I was at Fantastic Fest and kept joking with my friend that I was going to have a “real talk” with Rian Johnson about The Last Jedi (I never actually planned to do it, if anything I’d just pick his brain about filmmaking in general since I’ve loved all his other works). Around the time of his arrival my friend pulled me aside and said “Don’t say anything about Last Jedi.

I reaffirmed that I had never intended to, and he mentioned that the Alamo Drafthouse brought in extra security after Rian Johnson received some death threats – are you fucking kidding me?