What can I say about the 2010s? So much has changed in the landscape of film… I mean what did we even do before Netflix? We would drive… not even Uber to the movie theaters. Marvel movies were in their infancy with the rise of the superhero movie. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse showed us that we can never get enough Spideys on the screen. It does seem that we’re ending the decade with a strong influence from supervillains with films like Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, and Joker. Bridesmaids started a revolution in films that is growing stronger by the year. Strong female characters are shining brighter than ever. A new age of horror had us shaking in our seats with films like Get Out, Us and The Conjuring, and the end of too many zombie movies (except Zombieland Double Tap!). The return of Star Wars. The Social Network was just the intro of the giant that Facebook would become. Keanu has been killing it, literally, with a rise of the rated-R action film (starting with Deadpool). I don’t know if you’ve heard, but they named a day after him, which will be most excellent. Even musicals have made a comeback with the heart melting La La Land. There’s so much to say. Ten years is a long time, and a lot has happened. I’ll just tell you I’m glad we’ve moved on beyond the meta everything and apocalypse movies of the 2000s.
If these past ten years were any indication the next ten are up for far more disruption. The streaming giants are only getting started, and with the imminent rise of VR it’ll be interesting to see how the film experience is affected through that.
These movies are just the tip of the iceberg. If you feel like you missed out on a few… or more than a few like me then here’s a great list of the best movies of the decade compiled by David Edelstein, Alison Willmore, Bilge Ebiri, and Angelica Jade Bastién over at Vulture: Every Movie of the 2010s, Ranked Our critics pored over 5,279 of the decade’s films. Here’s the best, worst, and mehst.