We are finishing up the Top 100 Best Films of the Decade and I do not know if this is a spoiler, but none of the films that are represented on the banner of these posts have been on the list yet. So…. that it probably four of the remaining 15.
And, I am guessing there may be a few Marvel movies in here. Spoilers.
Oh, and by the way, some of the films from this year may be in slightly different positions on the year end list. Don’t @ me or think too hard about it. 🙂
#15. Spider-Man: Far From Home. The second MCU Spider-man movie that saw the arrival of Mysterio as the main villain and Spider-Man finally using his Spider-Sense. This is funny, exciting, thrill-a-minute and Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal are great together.
#14. Swiss Army Man. Yes, it is the farting corpse movie! I love this movie and I have mad respect for both Paul Dano and, especially, Daniel Radcliffe. This was way more than just fart jokes. The fart jokes were used as character development. One of the most original movies of the decade.
#13. Sing Street. Here is the first one form the banner. Sing Street was one of those movies I did not expect to love as much as I did. A young teen joins a band to impress a girl. That is where the film just takes off.
#12. Thor: Ragnarok. The character of Thor gets juiced up by director Taika Waititi. The film takes Thor and Hulk on a buddy road trip to Sakar, where they face the Grandmaster aka Jeff Goldblum. Meanwhile, Hela is running rough shot through Asgard. Funny. Thor and Loki moments as always.
#11. It. The first chapter of the Stephen King classic. Pennywise the Dancing Clown returns to Derry, Maine to continue feeding on the youth. Except this time, he meets up with the Losers Club and these kids battle back. Bill Skarsgård dons the iconic make up and fills the shoes of Tim Curry admirably and the kids rule the screen. One of my all-time favorite horror movies.
#10. Avengers. The first time when Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk team up to take on Loki to save New York. The idea of this should never have worked, but Marvel Studios carefully set up each character with their movies and brought everyone together with a purpose. The magic of the team-up was a huge hit and took the story to another level. The magic works to this day.
#9. Inside Out. Pixar’s great movie about emotions that reside inside the head of a girl. These emotions get shaken up by a move to a new city, a confusing time and with a misunderstanding about how necessary each emotion is. This movie features one of the most heart wrenching moments in all of Pixar… when Bing Bong sacrifices himself for Joy. Take her to the moon. *sob*
#8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. Who thought this would be a success? I am sure they never imagined that they would win an Academy Award for this movie. But they did. They broke rules and inspired countless people with their amazing animation and brilliant storytelling. We got to meet Miles Morales for the first time. We got Spider-Man Noir voiced by Nicolas Cage. We got Spider-Gwen. We got Peter Porker for goodness sake. One of the best animated films of the decade.
#7. Captain America: Winter Soldier. This showed that Marvel Studios was serious about doing things correctly. It also showed that they could make a film that was more than just a super hero movie. Winter Soldier was a political spy thriller told with Captain America. Steve Rogers and Natasha’s relationship was deepened. We met Sam Wilson. Bucky returned as the villain. Winter Soldier was intense and exciting while not losing that Marvel humor or charm. This was also the Russo Brothers debut for Marvel. Their other three films are yet to come on this list.
#6. Guardians of the Galaxy. Everybody said this would be Marvel’s first flop. I mean there is a talking raccoon and a walking tree that can only say the words “I am Groot.” Yet, this became a space opera and expanded the MCU into the galaxy. In the first five minutes, you understood that this was going to be an emotional ride. Plus, this had one of the greatest soundtracks compiled. James Gunn brought some magic to Guardians of the Galaxy.
#5. Toy Story 3. This is the best animated movie of the decade. Toy Story 3 has what I believe is the best Pixar villain ever in Lotso Huggin’ Bear. I understood why Lotso did what he did. I could relate. His origin story was better than most villains in the movies. Then, there was a moment in that movie where I legitimately believed that the entire cast was actually going to be burned up in the incinerator. It felt like a real goodbye and it was horrifying. Then, after escaping that, the film went ahead and gave us an emotional goodbye with Andy off to college, leaving his toys behind. Whoa.
#4. Logan. The final appearance of Hugh Jackman as Logan occurred in the most dramatic way possible. The dangerous future where the X-Men are dead and Charles Xavier was slowly losing his mental capacities was where we meet Logan. Before too long, Laura arrives to change up his life. There are so many moments in this film, which could easily be considered a super hero Western, that bring amazing emotional releases. I cried at the ending every time I saw it. How could Hugh Jackman ask for a better way to leave this character?
#3. Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel Studios does not get enough credit for how gutsy they are. They take one of their biggest movies ever and make their protagonist the villain. Then they let him, Thanos, win in the end by killing half of the universe, including a bunch of our beloved characters. Sure, we knew that Spidey, Black Panther and the others weren’t going to be dead forever, but that does not take away from the fact that it happened. When the screen went to black with Thanos staring out at his retirement farm, my theater gasped. How could they end this at this point? This film structured as it was is the main reason the next Avengers film reached the heights that it reached.
#2. Captain America: Civil War. The airport scene is one of the greatest fight scenes in any comic book movie. The reason it was so great was these characters all meant something to us. We all understood why Captain America was doing what he was doing and we also understood why Iron Man was doing what he did. Iron Man was meant to be the protagonist here, but he was so relatable that it was hard to root against him. The final fight between Cap, Iron Man and Bucky had so many stakes in it that it would affect the MCU right through the endgame.
and the number one movie of the decade of 2010-2019 is….
#1. Avengers: Endgame. I cannot express how much this movie means to me. I saw it nine times in the theater (which adds up to 27 hours). It was a passionate experience for me. I cried every time. Every major moment was so thoroughly earned by these characters that none of the fan service (and there was a lot of it) felt forced. Every little part was wonderful to me. They paid off every movie in the MCU at some point during Endgame. The final fight, starting with Cap, Iron Man and Thor against Thanos and ending with the death of Tony Stark could not have brought more fervor from me. This final fight passed the airport scene as the greatest fight ever. The film is utterly beautiful in appearance. The CGI is majestic. The story arc of Tony Stark is perfect, wrapping his 10+ years in the MCU up into a soulful end. And there so many characters making appearances. This is the most epic of epics and the Russo Brothers deserve all the credit for managing this masterpiece.
There they are. EYG Top 100 Best Movies from 2010-2019. Let’s bring on the ’20s!