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Top 20: Films 2010 – 2015

boyhoodTop 20: Films 2010 – 2015

We have compiled the top 20 films of the decade every year as the decade has gone on. See last year’s list here. This time the list is special for two reasons:

The decade is now halfway complete. So it is very likely that half of these films will end up on the final lists. Also, we have a new leader: “Boyhood.” Topping just about every critic’s top 10 list this year, and scoring an amazing 100 on Metacritic, “Boyhood” was able to dethrone “12 Years a Slave,” “The Social Network,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

New 2014 inductees include: “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Birdman,” “Selma,” and “Whiplash.”

Here is our list of the Top 20 films of the decade so far:

Top 20 Films 2010 – 2015

12 Years a Slave
The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Tree of Life
The Master

Toy Story 3
Moonrise Kingdom
Holy Motors
Winter’s Bone
The Artist

Preview: The Potential of “The Theory of Everything”

Preview: The Potential of “The Theory of Everything”

Anthony McCarten isn’t a household name, but for the last 20 year he has been a very busy writer. Since 1990, he has written 7 novels, his first novel “Spinners” was voted one of the top ten novels of 2000 by Esquire magazine. He has wrote for 8 films, a few of which have been direct adaptations of his novels, some for television, and some shorts. He is written 12 plays and 1 musical. As far as films come, “The Theory of Everything” will be the most popular titled that he has worked on.

He began writing the script back in 2004. The film was to be an examination of Professor Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his now ex-wife Jane from 1963 when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease to his success in physics. Jane Wilde’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” served as inspiration for the film.

Top 20: Films 2010 – 2014

the-social-network1Top 20: Films 2010 – 2014

12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her all squeeze into the top 20 films of the decade so far. The Social Network continues reign as best film of the decade.

This time last year we compiled the top 20 films of the decade so far, and now we have updated it. Unfortunately of the 20 slots only four 2013 films have factored into the list, but all have made the top 10.

Remember, this list will be updated each year and films may fall shorter or fall off completely each year. Movies (like fine wine) can get better with age. So here is where we stand as of now at the end of 2013.  (more…)

Top 20: Films 2010 – 2019


Greatest Films 2010 – 2019

The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
A Separation
Toy Story 3
Winter’s Bone
The Artist
The King’s Speech
A Prophet


Your/My Top 10: Films of the Decade so Far 2010-2013


Top 20: Films of the Decade so Far 2010-2013

Judging by the amount of inevitable criticism I have been receiving since putting some unconventional films on my end of the year lists, I figured I’d make the image above one of my favorites, which is sure to be a cult hit, but not necessarily remembered in time.

The first list I’m going to have is all the films from the past three years (including 2013 so far, even though no film is actually included yet) factoring in the critical scores via MetaCritic and Rotten Tomatoes along with the cultural impact of the film.

I have included my top 20 as well which is vastly different: (more…)

Film Review: The Sessions

Film Review: The Sessions
by Matthew Durham

If John Hawkes somehow didn’t prove he was a great actor with Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene, then any disbelief can be certainly swayed with The Sessions. The Sessions is the story of  Mark O’ Brien a 38-year-old poet who has lost all of his motor functions to polio and is cursed to live his life strapped to a gurney.

When Mark isn’t strapped to a gurney he is tied to an iron lung at his home where he works on his poetry and reads. Mark requires an assistant and he spends the beginning of the film firing one assistant and falling in love with the next, however once she denies his love he resorts to looking up a sex surrogate who is played wonderfully by Helen Hunt.  (more…)