Song of the Day #4,217: ‘Christmas Morning’ – Alexandre Desplat

Best Movies of the 2010s
#10 – Little Women (2019)

Alas, we have arrived at the much-anticipated Top Ten films of the 2010s. The top five titles have been cemented in place for awhile, but I’ve been all over the place with the rankings of numbers six through 10. I’ve changed a couple even as I’ve written these posts. But the order is unimportant; what matters is that these ten films spoke to me more than any others over the last decade.

Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is the most recent title on this list. I watched it for the first time on Christmas Day, less than a month ago. But to hell with recency bias, I was so touched and inspired by the film I knew right away it would find a place high on this list.

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Song of the Day #4,206: ‘Mr. Moustafa’ – Alexandre Desplat

Best Movies of the 2010s
#17 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson, one of my favorite directors, released three movies in the last decade.

2012’s Moonrise Kingdom received plenty of acclaim but is the rare Anderson film that left me a little cold, at least after one viewing. I owe it a revisit. 2018’s Isle of Dogs is a beautiful, hilarious animated gem, one that fell just outside of this Top 20.

But 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel was the standout, and my favorite Anderson film since the exquisite The Royal Tenenbaums.

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Song of the Day #2,219: ‘Moonshine’ – Alexandre Desplat

grand_budapest_hotelAs Wes Anderson has released his meticulous cinematic concoctions at a clip of about one every three years, a segment of the audience has begun to tire of him.

I sympathize with those naysayers. I can’t deny that his films have an insular, fussed-over quality that sets them a little too far away from what most of us consider real life. It’s tempting to be turned off by the certainty that he spent as much time worrying about the art direction and costumes as he did about the script and actors.

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