My favorite movies of the 2010’s

This list was much harder to make than my favorite movies of 2019. I was able to get it down to 15 and that’s how many Chris Coyier did, so I figured that’s great.

It was especially difficult because movies released earlier in the decade have the advantage of nostalgia and repeat viewings. I might revisit this in 5 years to see how my opinions change.

old man Wolverine and young Laura
15. Logan

Daniel Kaluuya sits with eyes wide and tears streaming down his face
14. Get Out

Owen Wilson walks in front of a painted Paris streetscape
13. Midnight in Paris
(I know Woody Allen is horrible and I debated putting this here. But this movie made my heart ache like not many before or since.)

Sam and Suzy
12. Moonrise Kingdom

the cast of Baby Driver in front of a car speeding down the Atlanta highway
11. Baby Driver

a young boy surrounded by supporting characters including Adolf Hitler
10. JoJo Rabbit

Rey and BB-8 in front of the sun setting
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starlord, Drax, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket
8. Guardians of the Galaxy

the two leads happily look at each other in front of colorful background
7. Crazy Rich Asians

two men fighting in a rotating hallway
6. Inception

the cast looking badass in their wedding party attire
5. Bridesmaids

Flynn and Rapunzel look at each other amongst the floating laterns
4. Tangled

a profile of Amy with her husband Nick in the background
3. Gone Girl

the cast poses in sunglasses
2. Pitch Perfect

Kayla takes a selfie on her phone giving the peace sign
1. Eighth Grade

Honorable mentions:
Parasite
Moana
Crazy Stupid Love
Thor: Ragnarok
Searching
This Is The End

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Colin Firth as a gentleman spy? Yes please. Kingsman: The Secret Service is just awesome, combining great actors, fine suits, comedy, and over-the-top-violent fight scenes. It’s James Bond meets Kick-Ass (basically the only kind of James Bond film I’d be interested in seeing from this point on).

Watch the trailer again and then go see it in theaters immediately.

Into the Woods

Last week I finally saw Into the Woods and although I’m a huge fan of musicals and classic fairy tales, I didn’t love it. It was charming and funny at parts, but I suspect it works much better on stage than on film.

Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt are as lovely as can be, Meryl Streep is excellent as always, but Johnny Depp is borderline annoying as the Wolf, a creepy child predator.

As much as I wish it were the songs, the true highlight of the film is the costume design. The clothing, especially worn by the women, is truly stunning. Just look at those dresses!




Lego Movie

For anyone who’s been a kid in the last handful of decades, you must see The Lego Movie. It’s seriously fun and the animation is just so so cool. Plus, I dare you to keep “Everything is Awesome” out of your head.