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The Ten Best Movies in the Last Decade

Great movies, they’re hard to find. Yes, there are plenty of good movies that pop up through the years but a GREAT movie that keeps on giving for years to come…that’s hard to find. I know I probably should’ve done this post last year at the beginning of this decade but oh what the heck. I’m doing it now.

Here’s my list of the ten best movies in the last decade. Enjoy!

Inception (2010)

The Untold Truth Of Inception

In 2010, two years after Christopher Nolan’s incredible newest cinematic masterpiece, The Dark Knight, he returned with a mind-bending sci-fi action-thriller that took imagination to a whole other level.

With an all-star cast featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, and more, Inception found the perfect balance between mindnumbingly trippy and incredibly entertaining, resulting in one of the greatest movies of all time.

Interstellar (2014)

The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'

It’s honestly no surprise that Nolan would have two entries on this list considering that’s he one of the best filmmakers of all time. Interstellar would be the first Nolan film I would ever see in theaters (in IMAX by the way) and it was an experience I’ll never forget.

Interstellar is the epitome of a space-adventure movie while managing to infuse so much heart into the story that you’ll be an emotional wreck halfway into the film. And if you’re not crying your eyes halfway into the movie you definitely will be destroyed emotionally at the end.

Interstellar is honestly the best science-fiction film since 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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My Three Favorite Foreign Films

I don’t often think of watching foreign films but every now and then I come across a foreign film that strikes me right in the core with its brilliance. I don’t know why, but I woke up this morning thinking about the foreign films I’ve seen and so I decided to share my three favorite films.

3. Parasite

Parasite is full of deeper meanings but it’s bluntest statement is its striking storytelling. Parasite deserved to win Best Picture last year because it was different, it was unique, and it was memorable.

I’ve seen this movie twice now and my second viewing was better than my first, substantially. Suddenly, I was able to absorb the story as it unfolded and by the end, I felt like I had watched something truly worth seeing.

I will definitely watch it again in the future but if you haven’t seen it yet it’s totally worth a viewing.

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Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

There is a popular phrase spoken by individuals who are seeking stardom; ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ Translated: Pretend to be something greater than you are until one day you actually are great. That is the basis of Parasite and how the consequences of the ‘Fake it ’till you make it’ strategy really looks.

Let me be clear. Parasite is not the best movie I’ve seen but it is worthy of its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is very clear.

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A poor family in South Korea manages to infiltrate a rich family by working for them, providing themselves a better way of life. What transpires is a dark imagining of the consequences of deception and how the phrase ‘skeletons in the closet’ gets taken to the next level.

It truly is an artful film that concludes in, spoiler alert, a lot of blood. Whose blood, I won’t tell, but things get pretty ugly. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

Should ‘1917’ Have Won Best Picture?

Last year history was made at The Oscars when South Korean film, Parasite, won Best Picture, becoming the first foreign film to do so. Not long after, my family and I decided to watch it. I was impressed…but I wasn’t moved by the film in ways that Best Picture winners like The Silence of the Lambs or The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King have moved me.

So, we’ve gradually descended down the list of Best Picture nominees, choosing the films we find interesting, and one such film, Golden-Globe winning 1917, was one of them. The movie garnered serious buzz for the win of Best Picture after its win at the Golden Globes but, of course, it would ultimately come second to Parasite.

Well, I just watched 1917 last night and I am torn on whether it should’ve won Best Picture or not.

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Parasite is unlike any movie I’ve seen. With an original story that hits hard in surprising ways and delivers plot twist after plot twist, easily becoming the most riveting foreign film I’ve ever watched, it’s hard to argue its win.

Also, 2019 wasn’t a great year for movies. Just look at The Rise of Skywalker, a film that had been anticipated since people, I included, left the theaters after watching The Force Awakens in 2015. The finale in the Skywalker Saga was less than underwhelming. It was disappointing, ending the year with a sour taste in my mouth.

And with uber-boring films like The Irishman getting Oscar nominations for Best Picture, it just goes to show the level of filmmaking last year compared to previous years. I’m glad to say, 1917 was worth the watch.

Based on the riveting account of Sam Mendes’ grandfather Alfred Mendes, a messenger from Trinidad for the British Army serving on the front lines during World War I, Sam Mendes fabricated a story that brings his grandfather epic tale to life in a stunning fashion.

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For roughly two hours you are sucked into the First World War. There is death and decay, explosions and gunfire, but this isn’t like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, an action-packed war film that will leave you shaking in your boots from the sheer noise of the action sequences. 1917 is a somewhat softer war film, slowly following a pair of characters through the trenches of war as they seek to deliver a message that could mean the very difference between life and death for nearly two thousand soldiers.

The movie never strives to be an action film which I found very interesting. Instead, it was a well-written story that left me rather impressed at the end.

I’m giving it a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars and 95 out of 100.

So, judging from my enthusiastic appraisal of the movie, should it have won Best Picture? Like I said before, I’m torn.

I personally like 1917 (and Joker for that matter) over Parasite simply as a personal preference but I understand every reason why Parasite won. It was different, it was profound, it was well-directed and very well-written, it was, in a nutshell, a great movie.

1917, however, gripped me more but considering that it feels like something I’ve seen before and that it doesn’t bother to add any real excitement to the story but instead takes its good ol’ time to play out, I’m still awarding Parasite the Best Picture win.

If 1917‘s conclusion had been more moving I think it could’ve won.

What do you think? Do you think 1917 should have won Best Picture? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

What’s Your Favorite Best Picture Nominee?

It’s been two weeks since Parasite made history as the first foreign film to win Best Picture and for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I thought it would be fun to ask you what Best Picture nominee would you have picked for Best Picture?

There’s Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood which, if reviews are anything to go by, was yet another Tarantino masterpiece. 1917 was receiving much praise after its Golden Globe win for both Best Picture and Best Director. Ford v. Ferrari didn’t get nominated at the Golden Globes but would snag a nomination for Best Picture, proving that the film starring Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale was really good after all. Joker‘s ride was electric after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival that resulted in an eight-minute-long standing ovation. Critics and casual viewers alike praised the film for bringing a darker side to comic book movies. Plus, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the character was entrancing, helping the film escalate to Oscar status in style. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Best Picture Nominee?

Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

There is a popular phrase spoken by individuals who are seeking stardom; ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ Translated: Pretend to be something greater than you are until one day you actually are great. That is the basis of Parasite and how the consequences of the ‘Fake it ’till you make it’ strategy really looks.

Let me be clear. Parasite is not the best movie I’ve seen but it is worthy of its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is very clear.

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A poor family in South Korea manages to infiltrate a rich family by working for them, providing themselves a better way of life. What transpires is a dark imagining of the consequences of deception and how the phrase ‘skeletons in the closet’ gets taken to the next level.

It truly is an artful film that concludes in, spoiler alert, a lot of blood. Whose blood, I won’t tell, but things get pretty ugly.

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As someone who is a fan of watching Oscar-winning films, I’m very pleased to add this to my list. It was exceptionally different, well-directed, well-written, well thought out, and it sent the message that sometimes being nice can go a long way.

There are a lot of poor people around the globe. There’s no reason to trod on them and to make them feel lesser just because a wealthier person may simply smell better. You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Just watch the film and you’ll understand.

So, is this movie worth winning Best Picture?

Yes, it is. I personally like Joker more but it was really good and the more I think about it the more impressed I am about the film.

Parasite deserves the Oscar because it was unlike any other movie in the category and is incredibly distinct among all Best Picture winning films. There’s been nothing like it and for a foreign film to grab my attention as much as it did I am thrilled it was given the recognition it deserved.

Bong Joon-Ho is a brilliant storyteller. I’m hoping he continues to tell stories as powerful, bold, and vindictive as this one.

I’m giving this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars 95 out of 100. Like I said before, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s not bad either.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.