The Top 10 Movies of the 2010s Part II – “The Runners Up” #20 through #11

It was hard to pare down to 10 films. The Top 4 were relatively easy, but positions 5 through 10 were tough. So many films I would like to recognize and in my own way, drawn attention to.

This this list is “The Next 10” the films I loved and strongly recommend but sit just off the top 10 for the decade.

#20 “Get Out”

Release Date: 24 Feb 2017

Director: Jordan Peele

Oscars : 4 nominations, 1 win (Original Screenplay)

#1 Critically acclaimed movie of 2017

One Minute Review

Equally creepy and funny, satirical and poignant, Peele announced himself loudly as a serious and skilled film maker. Highly entertaining and somewhat disturbing genre-bending horror film.

Favourite line: “You know I can’t give you the keys, right babe?”

#19 “Hell or High Water”

Release Date: 26 Aug 2016

Director: David MacKenzie

Oscars : 4 nominations, No wins

#4 Critically acclaimed movie of 2016

One Minute Review

Modern western about bank robbers, but more about family, loyalty, friendship and hard economic times. Not a wasted frame in this film. Stellar performance from Jeff Bridges.

Favourite line: “ I’ve been poor my whole life, like a disease passing from generation to generation. But not my boys, not anymore.”

#18 “Argo”

Release Date: 12 Oct 2012

Director: Ben Affleck

Oscars : 7 nominations 3 wins (Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Editing)

#4 Critically acclaimed movie of 2012

One Minute Review

Based on the true story of 6 American hostages in 1979 hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Iran. Old school film making, entertaining and a very compelling story. One of the few films ever to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination.

Favourite line: “  Which means the movie’s kaput, so the MGM deal ain’t gonna happen, and your script ain’t worth the buffalo shit on a nickel.”

#17 “The Big Short ”

Release Date: 23 Dec 2015

Director: Adam MacKay

Oscars : 5 nominations 1 wins (Best Adapted Screenplay)

#14 Critically acclaimed movie of 2017

One Minute Review

This film maps out the how’s and why’s of the 2008 financial collapse, where millions lost savings and homes and no-one was really held to account. I loved it for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it showed that the cause was just not greed and corruption but rank stupidity as well. Steve Carrell’s best movie.

Favourite line: “  So mortgage bonds are dog shit. CDOs are dog shit wrapped in cat shit. “

#16 “Toy Story 3 ”

Release Date: 18 June 1020

Director: Lee Unkrich

Oscars : 5 nominations 2 wins (Animated Feature, Original Song)

#4 Critically acclaimed movie of 2010

One Minute Review

A near perfect ending to the beloved Trilogy about Woody, Buzz and Andy. So good in fact, that most ardent fans did not want the sequel. Touching and hysterical. Like all good Pixar, kids and adults can both enjoy, but for entirely different reasons.

Favourite line: “Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries.  “

#15 “The Social Network ”

Release Date: 01 Oct 2010

Director: David Fincher

Oscars : 8 nominations 3 wins (Editing, Adapted Screenplay, Score)

#1 Critically acclaimed movie of 2010 and #1 of the decade so far

One Minute Review

Combination of truth and fiction, it’s the story of the development and rise of Facebook, Mark Zucherburg from nerdy outsider to one of the most influential people on the planet. Told in flashbacks from a deposition of the people suing Zucherburg. Exceedingly entertaining film.

Favourite line: “Did I adequately answer your condescending question?”

#14 “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse ”

Release Date: 14 Dec 2018

Directors: Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Bob Perischetti

Oscars : 1 nominations 1 win (Animated Feature)

#11 Critically acclaimed movie of 2010

One Minute Review

Genre changing animated film, a comic but on the big screen. Fun and wildly entertaining, don’t let the saturation of Spider-Man movies in the last 15 years shy you away. This is probably the best of the bunch.

Favourite line: “Can you float through the air when you smell a delicious pie?”

#13 “Parasite ”

Release Date: 08 Nov 2019 (Korean with English sub-titles)

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Oscars : Eligible next year, expect it to get 5 or 6 including Best Pic

#1 Critically acclaimed movie of 2019 so far

One Minute Review

The less said the better, other than this; if you can handle subtitles see this movie. It starts off and a dark comedy crime caper type film and takes such a 90 degree turn it can’t be described. 2019s critical darling.

Favourite line: “You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned.”

#12 “Whiplash”

Release Date: 15 oct 2014

Director: Damien  Chazielle

Oscars : 6 nominations, 3 wins (Supporting Actor, Editing, Sound Mixing)

#4 Critically acclaimed movie of 2014

One Minute Review

A music student who wants to achieve greatness and a teacher who wants to push him towards it. This movie was made for $3.3 million which is probably the catering budget for an Avengers movie. Miles Teller actually plays drums and JK Simmons is one of my favourite actors.

Favourite line: “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job”.

#11 “The Irishman”

Release Date: 28 Nov 2019

Director: Martin Scorcese

Oscars : Eligible next year, expect 9 to 12 nominations

#2 Critically acclaimed movie of 2019 so far

One Minute Review

Clocking in at 3.5 hours, you don’t really watch this movie, you have a relationship with it. An elegiac mob story, told from the point of view of an aging Irish Hitman who claims to have killed Jimmy Hoffa. A working knowledge of Hoffa and his disappearance is helpful. I could argue that this is Al Pacino’s best work, certainly since Glengarry Glen Ross.

Favourite line: “Well, glad to meet you, too, even if it’s over the phone. I heard you paint houses.”

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