The world has changed a lot since 2010. Political, social and economic events have taken place that have shaped the reality we live in today, for better or for worse. Either way, the past decade has been a defining time for cinema, changing the way we look at stories and opening our minds to new methods of directing. Cinema is something that should constantly change, grow and broaden horizons.
Over the past decade, filmmakers have shown us that there are always new ways to make movies and tell stories. Richard Linklater gave us a new form of filmmaking when he filmed Childhood in twelve years. George Miller opened our eyes to the endless possibilities of special and practical effects with Mad Max: Fury Road. The world can be a cruel and sometimes crazy place. It will always be in the cinema to help us go through this and express our feelings and emotions by creating art. Here are the ten best films of the 2010s, ranked.
ten12 years of slavery
Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning film 12 years of slavery took us on a dark journey through slavery in the pre-war United States. Based on a true story, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is kidnapped and sold into slavery while traveling from one evil place to another. It’s a dark, but important, film that showcases the genius of director Steve McQueen. Lupita Nyong’o gives a career-defining performance as doomed slave Patsey in her Oscar-winning role.
9The place Beyond the Pines
Derek Cianfrance reinvented the three-act structure in this underrated crime drama starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. The first act of The place Beyond the Pines follows Luke (Gosling) through a series of bank robberies, who is ultimately killed by cop Avery Cross (Cooper). The story then focuses on Cross’s journey through police corruption and politics, and ultimately ends with the aftermath of their sons in the third act. It’s a gripping crime drama with beautiful cinematography and a memorable score.
8Mad Max: Fury Road
It is difficult to imagine a Mad Max film without Mel Gibson. Thankfully, Tom Hardy delivers in this adrenaline-fueled action flick Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller broke the mold with practical and special effects, proving he’s still one of the best. Alongside Max, Furiosa (Charlize Theron) plays a renegade behind the wheel of a truck who confronts an army of vehicles as she tries to keep a group of young women out of the hands of traitor Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne ).
that of Richard Linklater Childhood proved that cinema has no borders and that there are always new ways to make a film. Filmed at intervals for twelve years, Childhood follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) through adolescence and ends with his first day in college. At his side, the brilliant performances of Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke in this essential film which reinvents the rules of cinema.
Get out Should have won the Best Picture award in 2018. The film was an original story of a new kind of horror… Upper-class suburban whites. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his girlfriend’s parents at their suburban home and things start to get really weird. Eventually, he finds himself in a surreal nightmare upon discovering the family’s evil plot regarding brain implantation. The genius script and direction proved Jordan Peele is the next big thing.
Bong Joon Ho’s masterpiece on class discrimination surprises and entertains from start to finish. Parasite follows the Kim’s, a poor family from South Korea, as they work their way through the life of the upper-class Park family. It’s a beautifully choreographed film that has a lot to say and is sure to remain a classic. Bong Joon Ho opened the eyes of the world and created a discussion about the limits of class in society.
by Paul Thomas Anderson The master marked the return of Joaquin Phoenix in a career-defining performance as Freddie Quell, a wanderer who falls under the leadership of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his cult organization known as “The Cause”. It’s a quirky and bizarre story about post-war friendship and society, making it one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films to date.
3Tree of life
Winner of the Palme d’Or 2011, Terrence Malick’s Tree of life spans time and space while focusing on a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. It’s a movie that should be seen more than once. The vivid, surreal visuals and the constantly moving camera create a roller coaster ride through the Universe. Tree of life is a magnificent and poetic masterpiece that has taken cinema to new horizons.
2Blue is the warmest color
Another Palme d’Or, Blue is the warmest color is an honest description of love and life. The film follows Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and her journey as she falls in love with the charming blue-haired Emma (Léa Seydoux). The film perfectly captures the essence of love and the ups and downs that come with a relationship. Masterfully managed by Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue is the warmest color is a film that should be seen by everyone.
This Shakespearean-like tale, brilliantly written by Aaron Sorkin, has everything to make a good story. The film about Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and the founding of Facebook surprisingly told us an epic story about loyalty, innovation and betrayal. Director David Fincher masterfully breaks down each shot with sheer precision, proving his abilities as an expert filmmaker. Social network will go down in history as one of the greatest films ever made.
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10 best movies of the 2010s, ranked