Matt Mentions

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.


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


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: #SouthPark Band in China

There is one thing that always draws me back to South Park and that is the unbridled authenticity of co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Have I always agreed with their social/political commentary? Nope, but I don’t take it too seriously when I don’t because, after all, it’s South Park.

In our current world we approach controversy and skeptical news events from the perspective of: “How do we, as a community, feel about this?” Outrage plagues social media, and outrage over that outrage plagues our day-to-day conversations.


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.