The Best Movies of the Decade – Laser Time #395

Ringing in 2020 with a massive mega-sode. Friends will become enemies and fans will become irate as we sit down and deliberate the impossible: What are the 2010s’ greatest films?! Using our typical dysfunctional process, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to narrow 2010-2019 to a hyper-serious, ultra-definitive Top 10. Obviously, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so do not hesitate to chime in!

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10 thoughts on “The Best Movies of the Decade – Laser Time #395

  1. Great list!

    I remember the first time I saw Winter’s Bone. I went in not really knowing anything about it and was blown away. I didn’t grow up in Appalachia, but Oklahoma also had really bad problems with meth around this time. I remember my school bus having to take a different route one day because one of my neighbors’ meth lab blew… in the same shed where he was storing the illegal fireworks he was running.

    There are a few movies I would suggest, but even I feel a little weird about including them because they’re so recent.

    Knives Out – I love murder mysteries, and this one is incredible. Fantastic performances, tense, funny, and the twists all work in service of the plot instead of just trying to screw with the audience.

    Booksmart – My favorite comedy of the last few years. The kids are great, the adults are great, and the uncomfortable, exciting chaos of the last days of high school is the perfect setting for a movie about the weirdest night of your life.

    Apollo 11 – One of the best documentaries ever made. It’s all file footage and file radio transmissions from the first moon landing mission. Beautiful, breathtaking, the best case ever for the existence of IMAX.

    I’m a professional video editor. As I walked to my car after watching it, I couldn’t stop thinking about what piecing this massive project together would be like. To be trusted with access to the raw source material. Build it entirely with natural sound instead of hiring Tom Hanks or somebody to narrate. To be tasked with condensing one of the most important projects in human history down to an hour and a half, not dumbing it down or leaving anything out, and still making a compelling experience out of a story everyone in the theater already knows the beginning, middle, and end of. Oh, and if you screw up anything, any minute little detail, no one will ever let you live it down. And I sat in my car and cried, because even just thinking about it broke me. If this doesn’t win an Oscar for best documentary, I’m not sure why they even have the category.

    Plus, what other movie gives a cinematography credit to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins?

  2. The site is no longer wonky! yay

    I don’t really watch movies, don’t have the attention span really, but my favorite movies from the past ten years are:

    -Star Wars Force Awakens

    -Star Wars Rise of Skywalker

    -Lady Bird

    -Eighth Grade

    -Star Wars Last Jedi

  3. Here are mine, i went with the format of choosing one movie per year;

    2010: Toy Story 3
    2011: Attack the Block
    2012: Dredd
    2013: The Wolf of Wall Street
    2014: Paddington
    2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
    2016: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    2017: I, Tonya
    2018: American Animals
    2019: Jojo Rabbit

    Honorable Mentions – you could easily switch any of these out for any of the above for the respective year they were released:

    Paddington 2
    Sing Street
    Whiplash
    Nightcrawler
    Captain Fantastic
    What We Do in the Shadows
    Hell or High Water
    Blue Ruin
    Green Room
    Pride
    Arrival
    Guardians of the Galaxy Volumes 1&2
    Super
    The Avengers
    Avengers: Endgame
    Pacific Rim
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Colossal
    The Shape of Water
    Django Unchained
    Dunkirk, Brooklyn
    Wild
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    Ex Machina
    Annihilation

  4. Doctor Sleep
    The Nightingale
    It
    Blade Runner 2049
    What we do in the shadows
    Whiplash
    Ip man 2
    Nightcrawler
    Into the spider verse
    A Quiet Place

  5. I understand passing on Spotlight, but there is a somewhat similar 2015 film I have in my top 3 of the decade – The Big Short. I nearly forgot it came out so recently, because it describes occurrences of the previous decade, but I feel it deserves more love than I have been seeing from the decade best of lists.

  6. Happy with most of the list you made. Great choices on there. Only wish more people would have seen Girl Talk All Day. Definitely one of my favorite movies of the decade and all time.

  7. After a quick list, I have the following:
    Paddington 2 (seriously, more people need to see this INCREDIBLY positive movie. Visually(colors and cinematography), I think it’s the most appealing movie ever)
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Leave No Trace
    How to Train Your Dragon (the ups I feel in this movie are very rarely met in any movie)
    War for the Planet of the Apes (the whole series is great)
    Eighth Grade
    What We Do In The Shadows
    Avengers: Endgame (the incredible call backs and amount of character they cram in this movie is insanely well done)

  8. Us was top 5 this year, somehow Peele fucking topped himself. That movie is rich with correlating imagery and themes, I have so many things to say about this.

    I’m halfway through The Lighthouse, and I think this is probably top shelf too

  9. Just thought I’d post some of my favorites from the past decade that weren’t mentioned on the podcast. I would strongly recommend every movie on this list:

    13 Assassins
    The Wailing
    Train to Busan
    12 Years a Slave
    Blue Ruin
    Ex Machina
    Annihilation
    The Witch
    The Lighthouse
    Knives Out

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