Wednesday, January 21, 2015

THE BEST MOVIES OF THE DECADE SO FAR (2010-2016) ACCORDING TO PINNLAND EMPIRE...


Because we're at the halfway mark (and in the midst of award season), lots of respected/reputable film sites & publications have started listing what they feel are the best movies of the decade so far (Fandor, Paste, BDC Wire, The Guardian, etc) and I gotta be honest - they're a little sketchy in my opinion (how do people look at themselves in the mirror after including Django Unchained on a best of anything list?). I mean, I completely understand why so many have included films like Toy Story 3 & Silver Linings Playbook on their lists (they're certainly on mine) but where are the challenging films? I know that sounds pretentious as shit but seriously - where are they? It goes without saying that staying power should play a major part in determining how a movie ends up on these lists, but doing/trying something genuinely different and/or innovative (and pulling it off successfully) should count for something too, no?

So to serve as a slight alternative, I've decided to throw my own list in to the mix. I've got a handful of recognizable movies on here so its not like this is full of obscure titles (more than half of these movies below are currently streaming on Netflix instant).

I've written reviews on almost every movie listed below with a few exceptions (Tabloid, The Deep Blue Sea, A Separation, The Ghost Writer & Before Midnight). So click on the titles of each film to read their individual write-ups.

I think it should be noted that I have yet to see Zero Dark Thirty, or anything by Fredrick Weisman post-Boxing Gym

Also make sure to check out last years' "best scenes of the decade so far" lists...

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight



So in no particular order (although broken down in to various categories) here they are. Let the disagreements begin...


THE TOP TIER:


Holy Motors


Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Alps

Tabloid
Toy Story 3


Silver Linings Playbook

Another Year


Once Upon A TIme In Anatolia


Entertainment



Mad Max: Fury Road



MISUNDERSTOOD/UNDERAPPRECIATED OR: MOVIES I FEEL I HAVE A LOT OF EXPLAINING (OR APOLOGIZING) TO DO FOR INCLUDING ON THIS LIST:

Black Venus

Outside Satan

Upstream Color

Leviathan (2012)

The Tree Of Life



MOVIES I FEEL I HAVE MINOR EXPLAINING (OR APOLOGIZING) TO DO FOR INCLUDING ON THIS LIST:

Drive

Shame




ON THE FENCE:

Essential Killing

God Bless America

13 Assassins

VERY CONFLICTED:

Carlos





EH, WHY NOT?...

The Deep Blue Sea

A Separation

The Ghost Writer





TOO EARLY BUT DESERVE TO BE MENTIONED:

Before Midnight

Boyhood

Stories We Tell

A Touch Of Sin

12 Years A Slave


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