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.


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: #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?


Matt Mentions: The Mixed Messaging in #Hustlers

I liked it. Don’t get me wrong.

I love how strong the story is, a true story, about these former-strippers turned robbers. It’s a rare female-drive anti-hero flick that does so many things right. Except sometimes… it’s messaging gets a little mixed.

Hear me out.

Through the narrative framing of Destiny (Constance Wu) telling her story to a journalist (Elizabeth played by Julia Stiles) we hear a lot expository dialogue about how we’re meant to “feel” about the crimes these women are committing.


Matt Mentions: The #Joker Controversy

For those who need a quick update and any and all things “Joker controversy” The Thrillist has a great breakdown here.

From the beginning the “Joker will inspire violence” controversy was silly and entirely manufactured. At any moment ANY work of art (Music, Movies, Shows) can influence violence. The thing is though it’s been disproven in study after study that the weight of that influence is minimal.

Art has been a scapegoat since paintings and books were considered demonic and often burnt. Again, influence and desensitization are applicable, but to a degree that is fractional. If someone is troubled enough to commit a massive attack of violence – some other more fucked up shit has happened to them in their life.


#Parasite won’t leave me head!

No, I don’t need to see a doctor.

Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite is great – fun fact. I’ve seen so many great films, but only a handful of them have rocked me to my core.



#FantasticFest Day 4 Reactions – #DolemiteIsMyName, Ride Your Wave, and Fractured

Dolemite Is My Name (★★★)

I enjoyed this film so much. A lot of it follows the structure of a typical Ed Wood-style biopic. What makes it stand out are the performances of EVERY SINGLE ACTOR in this film. Everyone brings such passion to their roles. Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes are the stand-outs. It’s an incredible story of persistence that is well worth seeing when it drops on Netflix.

Fractured (★★★)

What a thrill. In many mystery-driven films like this you find yourself trying to predict the outcome. I was 50/50 the whole film and still surprised by every twist and turn. The clues hidden in the dialogue, background, and small details add such depth to the film, and replay value. It’s a textbook solid thriller that I highly recommend.

Ride Your Wave (★★★)

This film warmed my heart so much. It deals so delicately with themes of grief and perseverance. It was such a great release from all the dread and cryptic films I had seen at the festival. A solid story, with unique/interesting characters, that gave me goosebumps a number of times – something a film hasn’t done in quite some time.

#FantasticFest Day 2 Schedule featuring #ColorOutofSpace

Long day today! After 3 consecutive movies I felt a bit fatigued. My eyes were straining hard during “The Happiness of the Katakuris,” didn’t help that I really didn’t enjoy that film – but I’ll post my reactions in a bit.

Today I’m most excited for “Color Out of Space” starring Nicolas Cage and adapted from a short story by H.P. Lovecraft – right up my alley. My groups is going to see “The Golden Glove” in the 2:30 slot, but I don’t do well with excessive gore, so I chose “Happy Face.”

It’s not that I can’t handle the gore, it’s just that I get annoyed when it’s gratuitous. A shot lingers on blooding, organs gushing too long and I think “Okay, I get it.”

Really looking forward to the debates tonight too! This being my first legit film festival I see the panels as being a way to give my eyes a break from the screen. Also I love a good debate.