Another list! But this list is sharing what I considered to be my favorite movies of the decade. They may not necessarily be “the best” but they are the ones that I still think about years later, or maybe they were “the best” lol. I decided to go by year. I’m not going to go through each movie, but I will choose my favorite from that year (if applicable) and give a quick reason why.
Alyx’s Favorite Movies of the Decade
Top Film: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I friggin love this movie. I don’t think it’s the “best” movie of the year but it’s my favorite. The use of music, the comedy, the acting is all so much fun that I watch this movie whenever it came on television. I’ve read the graphic novel series (the film is a great adaptation of that by the way). This movie is a gem. If you’ve never seen it then you should watch it. If I come across it and I don’t have something in mind I’m about to watch, I’ll watch this lol.
Black Swan, Kick Ass, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Karate Kid, Easy A
Top Film: We Need to Talk About Kevin
If you haven’t seen this film, just know it’s a very strange film lol. But I remember watching it and being like WTF is this movie and it’s amazingly good. The acting is fantastic, particularly from Ezra Miller as Kevin. Each version of this kid is literally evil lol. I just… it’s dark but it’s so good.
Bridesmaids, Chronicle, Drive, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, X-men: First Class, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Captain America: The First Avenger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Top Films: Avengers & Perks of Being a Wallflower
Avengers is such a monumental film for superhero movies in general. It brought together characters we watched come to life and grow in other films and now we have them working together! It was great! It was so much fun, and it was clear that the MCU had a hit on their hands and it made me excited for what they were going to do next.
Perks of Being a Wallflower is a movie I wanted to see when it first came out, I ended up seeing it much later, but I loved it. The book is also phenomenal. It’s a coming of age story, set in the 90s and it’s beautifully acted by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller (the movie I fell in love with him). The musical choices were great and to take a book written in letters and create a film that feels so raw and real, was so good. I really do love this movie. It’s emotional and I think anyone can find something in common with one of the main characters.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, Django Unchained
Top Film: Fruitvale Station
I saw this movie years after it came out. It had such a heavy topic and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for it and I wasn’t but it’s amazing. It was ignored during Awards season which is ridiculous. Michael B. Jordan was amazing as Oscar Grant, even if the movie takes liberties with the story, the heart of what was happening was there. This young man was taken from his family and this is still relevant to this day. Ryan Coogler created a beautiful film and it also launched the friendship/movie partnership between Coogler and Jordan, which I’m excited to see what else they do.
12 Years a Slave, Frozen, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Croods, Mud, The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street
2014 was a great year for movies!
Top Film: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Anyone who knows me knows that I love this movie and it’s my favorite and, in my opinion, the best MCU movie. It feels so different from the films that came before it. It was a spy movie wrapped in a super hero movie. There were major stakes. I always enjoyed Cap from the previous movies, but this movie is when I decided he was my favorite Avenger. His arc over the course of the movies really take a turn here even if his morals were never shaken. The action was amazing. Sebastian Stan as Bucky/Winter Soldier was delightfully tragic (also made me love Bucky to pieces, he’s not a villain and I understand Steve’s reasons in Civil War) I haven’t reviewed this movie but when I do my MCU marathon, I shall.
Birdman, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick, Nightcrawler, Whiplash, Selma, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Edge of Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Kingsman: The Secret Service
Top Film: Creed
This was hard because there wasn’t a lot of movies I loved, or that stuck with me this year. It came down to Room and Creed, but I chose Creed because I remember all the work, I put in just to watch it. I did a Rocky marathon, I managed to get pre-screening tickets to see it, I did some magazine contest or something. Then I saw it in the movies like three more times lol. I love this movie. I love Michael B. Jordan, I still feel like this movie got ignored a lot during awards season. Annoying. But I liked the journey that both Rocky and Donny go on in this film. I root for the relationship blooming with Donny and Bianca. I like the music choices. The fight scenes were both fantastic and I loved that Donny didn’t win at the end. Yes, I know it’s very much like Rocky in that it’s formulaic but when I watch it, I’m not thinking of the similarities, I’m thinking of the possibilities of what they could continue to do.
Ex Machina, Inside Out, Room
This was a good year for movies as well!
I believe my favorite film of this year at the time was La La Land and I don’t care, I loved it. But now that it’s been a little while, I recognize that I would much rather watch Zootopia (which was my number two film) and that Moonlight holds so much more weight.
Moonlight is a beautifully subtle film that goes through the life of this one young man. As a child, a teenager and a young man and we see him go through different things that help shape who he might choose to be later. Not to mention, there is a love story that stretches over two parts of his life and that’s handled without feeling to “try hard”. It’s beautiful. My favorite section is the “Chiron” part when he’s a teenager.
Zootopia is one of Disney’s best. It’s a cute animated, mystery adventure but at its center is a lot of reference to social issues. I’ve seen it many times and every time I watch it, I manage to catch something different each time. The voice cast is great, it’s funny, it’s colorful, kids can enjoy it and so can adults.
La La Land, Deadpool, Kubo and the Two Strings, Captain America: Civil War, Kicks, Moana, The Boy and the Beast, Don’t Breathe, The Jungle Book
Another great year for movies!
Top Film: Lady Bird
This was my favorite movie of the year even when I did my Top Movies list. I really loved this movie. I really felt like I was watching someone’s life instead of a movie. As always, Saoirse Ronan was great and her tumultuous relationship with her mother was hilarious and tragic at the same time. For a debut film, Greta Gerwig had a gem.
Call Me by Your Name, Baby Driver, Coco, Get Out, IT, Thor: Ragnarök, Logan, Split, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, Your Name, John Wick: Chapter 2, Beauty and the Beast, Sleight, Girl’s Trip, My Friend Dahmer
Top Films: Black Panther & Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Black Panther- I mean, what can I say? It was amazing. It was my number 2 for 2018 but it’s still a monumental film. I mean, I felt every bit of this movie. The acting is amazing with the standout being Michael B. Jordan’s villainous Killmonger and Dain Gurira’s Okoye. The music, the costumes, the emotional story… this movie is amazing and for the ages!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse- This is THE best Spider-Man film. The animation was unique and amazing. The characters were well written, well-acted and the message behind the story can touch anyone. It’s a bit of a coming of age story as well because Miles must really come into his own as a superhero, as someone who can trust himself be confident enough to embrace his new role. Not to mention, little kids can see themselves in Miles but especially little black and brown boys.
A Quiet Place, Avengers: Infinity War, Sorry to Bother You, The Hate U Give, Love Simon, Incredibles 2, Mission Impossible Fallout, Bumblebee,
Top Film: Aladdin