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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2015

Past the half-way point and we aren’t half-way through January yet, okay, I can do this! 2015 has been an easier year strangely enough. There were a lot of movies I really liked, but not as many that I loved so I didn’t feel as bad striking movies off my list like I did with 2014’s list. Does anyone else feel the same about 2015 or was I grumpy that year? Perhaps I’m just toughening up by making all these lists.

You can find my other Top 100 Movies of the Decade lists here.

2015 Movies Watched: 93
Movies that just missed out: Room, Brooklyn, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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#10 Anomalisa

Not going to lie, I forgot all about this movie until I checked my Letterboxd list for 2015. There was no way I couldn’t mention it, though. I’ve always had a love and appreciation for stop-motion animated movies and Anomalisa is one of the greater ones. It’s quite a dark tale but very thought-provoking and definitely a must-watch for fans of the genre.

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#9 Mad Max: Fury Road

It’s forever a thing that the movies I watch unwillingly turn out to be some of the best ones. I remember clearly seeing Fury Road at the cinema with my guy pals, ready to roll my eyes at it. I hadn’t seen any other Mad Max movie then (and still haven’t, whoops) but it’s hard not to get swept up by the beauty of it all. This was my best-rated action movie until John Wick 3 came along.

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#8 The Martian

Never will I ever take a bottle of ketchup for granted after watching The Martian. I rarely understand space movies but this was the exception, and I never expected it to be so funny as well as nerve-wracking! I told myself 4 years ago I would read the book and still haven’t. Ah, the best-laid plans…

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#7 The Gift

If you’ve never seen The Gift, do me a solid and give it a go. Just don’t look at a poster or watch a trailer, because the marketing team behind it are idiots. I thought this was a horror and it couldn’t be further from it. Jason Bateman plays a dark and serious role which was a first for me. It’s the kind of story where you don’t know who to root for… because you don’t know who the bad guy is.

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#6 Sicario

I’ll never forget making the mistake of putting Sicario on the TV after just sitting down with my dinner. That opening scene…ergh. Anyway, the sequel wasn’t that great but Sicario is still a fantastic movie as a stand-alone. It’s gritty, it’s dark and some of the scenes made me feel almost as tense as the closing scene of Whiplash (2014).

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#5 The Dressmaker

We don’t get enough movies like The Dressmaker, seriously. What looked to be a dull drama is actually a fascinating drama, romance, black comedy and murder mystery movie all in one. It’s quirky, odd and just downright entertaining from start to finish. One of those movies I wish I could watch again for the very first time.

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#4 The Hateful Eight

I still stand by the fact that the first hour of this movie drags like a bitch but after that, I was glued to my seat. My experience was probably helped by the fact the UK was having a snowstorm of its own when I went to the cinema so I felt fully immersed, but I just love a whodunit and so The Hateful Eight ticked all the boxes for me.

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#3 Inside Out

Who would have thought a movie about emotions could be so good? This came out in the cinemas during a really tough time of my life and maybe that aided my enjoyment of it, but it’s still an absolutely stunning movie. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me want to watch it over and over, and it doesn’t get much better than this.

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#2 Spotlight

You know you’re a movie blogger when you can say one of your favourite movies is about a team of reporters uncovering the scandal of child molestation within the Catholic churches. Definitely feels weird to say. Still, Spotlight is just a downright fantastically well-made movie and fully deserved the Best Picture Oscar.

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#1 Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Not going to apologise for any Star Wars sequel movie making these lists! The Force Awakens deserves extra love because it was the movie that finally converted me into a Star Wars fan. It also kicked off my Adam Driver obsession, which I guess I should be grateful for!

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Thursday Movie Picks: Steven Spielberg Films

Happy first Thursday of the year, everyone! Oh wait, I missed that, because I was still in a red wine & chocolate coma not knowing what day of the week it was. Good way to start the year, Allie! It’s the thought that counts though, so I’m throwing myself into Wandering Through the Shelves’ 2020 Movie Picks with as much enthusiasm as possible. This week’s theme is Favourite Films by Steven Spielberg – a theme I worried would be difficult but crickey the man has made a lot of brilliant movies!

Here are my three favourites:

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The Terminal (2004)

I love Tom Hanks, so I’ve watched The Terminal a few times over the years now. Hanks plays an Eastern European tourist who’s government collapses whilst he’s at the airport, leaving his documents unusable and him stranded in JFK airport. I always remember it as a funny story but forget about how moving it is at the same time.

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

It’s been years and I have no idea if A.I. Artificial Intelligence still holds up but at the time it felt revolutionary and raised so many thought-provoking questions. A mother’s son was stricken by an incurable disease, and, thinking she had lost him forever, commissioned a realist robot to replace him. The problem is, her son miraculously recovers. I can’t even count the number of times I watched that movie when I was younger.

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Jurassic Park (1993)

Have you ever asked anyone if they like dinosaurs and been told no? I guess you don’t go around asking strangers that question often but my point is, who doesn’t like dinosaurs? To me, Jurassic Park is just one of those movies that’s impossible not to enjoy. I can’t say for sure if I saw the older sequels when I was a kid, but I should make the effort to!

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2014

I’m determined to get these 100 movies done in the next week or so. It’s getting so, so difficult though! 2014 was a particularly good year for movies and I was fully swept into the awards season by this year too. I went through my Letterboxd list to find all the 2014 movies I’d seen and started my preliminary list, telling myself to be much stricter this time around. I’ve ended up with 15, and it pains me so much to have to take 4 of these amazing movies off my list.

As always, you can see my other Top 100 Movies of the Decade posts here on the master page. This post brings me to the halfway point!

2014 Movies Watched: 94
Movies that just missed this list: Paddington, Interstellar, Nightcrawler, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Chef

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#10 It Follows

Yeah, you bet your ass a horror movie made my top movies list! I can’t even pretend I don’t like horror movies anymore, I’ve fully embraced the genre. It Follows was the first horror movie to actually mess me up afterwards and leave me questioning my reality.

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#9 The Grand Budapest Hotel

This my first Wes Anderson movie. I watched it about a year late after seeing so many other bloggers rave about it, and they were right too. What a crazy world I found myself in!

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#8 The Lego Movie

It’s been 5/6 years Allie, are you still mad that the Oscars snubbed The Lego Movie? I am! It still hurts! It doesn’t matter that the sequel wasn’t as good, The Lego Movie was so original and so funny at the time! Everything’s not awesome.

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#7 Kingsman: The Secret Service

The marketing team behind the first Kingman movie needed firing, because the trailers so missold the movie as a comedy for teens. It’s actually a comedy for everyone, and it’s hilarious. The sequel is just as good, and we’re getting a third this year and I cannot wait.

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#6 Guardians of the Galaxy

I think GotG was the first Marvel movie I felt iffy about before seeing. There was no way I was going to miss it, but I wasn’t sold by the trailer. I ended up having a blast, though. Rocket remains as my all-time favourite MCU character, I think. I love that little trash panda.

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#5 What We Do in the Shadows

Okay, if you haven’t seen this movie yet you need to right that wrong, now. I’ve come to realise that Taika Waititi is a legendary director, and he hasn’t created anything I haven’t liked yet. Not only does he co-direct this mockumentary about vampires trying to live their lives, he stars in it too. I’m yet to see the TV show but I’ve heard it’s good!

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#4 Whiplash

I was blown away by Whiplash when I first saw it and I’m yet to find another movie with an ending as tense. I think I actually stopped breathing in those final few minutes. This is J.K. Simmons at his finest, and I doubt Miles Teller will ever be this good again.

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#3 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

It’s been too long since I saw Birdman last but it is so much more than a gimmick! The whole movie looks like it was shot in 1 long take and it’s so effective. I’m still salty it didn’t scoop up more awards.

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#2 Gone Girl

One of my favourite cinema experiences will forever be watching Gone Girl, having never read the book, and witnessing that twist in a full screen. It was simply brilliant.

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#1 Ex Machina

Criminally overlooked at the awards, there’s no way Ex Machina wasn’t getting my top spot for 2014. Deliciously dark, witty and stunning, it’s just a brilliant movie, end of. Also my introduction to 2 of my favourite Star Wars boys!

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2013

This is where it starts to get difficult. In 2014 I started blogging so my first point of call was to go back to the previous year and watch as many movies as I could, including actively hunting out the great ones I would normally miss. I was starting to pay attention to the BAFTAs and Oscars and generally opening up my horizons. At the same time, I’m naturally easily pleased and there aren’t a lot of movies I actively dislike, so trying to pick 10 and labelling them as the best is so hard! But a lot of fun, too.

2013 Movies Watched: 85 (quite a big jump from 2012)

You can find my other lists on the master page here which I’m adding to as I go along.

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#10 Snowpiercer

What a delightfully weird movie Snowpiercer is. It got such a quiet release and then word spread like wildfire through the bloggersphere and that’s how I found out about it. A fantastic cast and an ending that’ll get you talking, so highly recommended from me.

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#9 Saving Mr. Banks

I shamefully care little for Mary Poppins to be perfectly honest so I skipped Saving Mr. Banks at the cinema. It’s such a touching story though, and with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks as the leads, it was impossible not to love.

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#8 Short Term 12

Dear internet trolls whining about how Brie Larson has no emotion – see here, please. I looked up Short Term 12 after seeing Room (2015) and ugh, what a beautiful and painful story. This was also LaKeith Stanfield’s first feature movie so worth a watch for him, too.

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#7 Frozen

I’m not apologising for Frozen being here. I don’t care if you don’t believe me but I loved Frozen before the hype kicked in and kind of ruined it all. It swept me up with its catchy tunes, funny lyrics, a plot relatively simple but with a delightful twist.

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#6 Begin Again

Is it not time we got another movie from John Carney? They’re like soup for the soul. Once (2007) will always have a special place in my heart but Begin Again is probably my favourite of his. Great cast, gripping story, beautiful soundtrack. It’s going to get a rewatch this week I think.

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#5 This Is the End

I can’t stand James Franco but I do find Seth Rogan funny. Comedy is so subjective and hit and miss but I really think This Is the End might be the best modern comedy ever. It’s funny from start to finish, has some amazing cameos and you can tell everyone involved is having so much fun.

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#4 Inside Llewyn Davis

If a Coen brothers movie consisting of a beautifully moody Oscar Isaac taking a cat onto the subway and singing a song with Adam Driver and Justin Timberlake about outer space isn’t enough for you, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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#3 About Time

Again, not sorry. About Time is one of the most beautiful and romantic movies I have ever seen. It has a crazy plot about time travel involved which on paper should make it terrible, but it works so well. I watched it for the first time not long before my wedding and it gave me so many nightmares about torrential rain on my wedding day!

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#2 Enemy

I might be wrong but I think Enemy is a criminally under-watched movie. If you’re a Jake Gyllenhaal fan or a mystery fan, this is the movie for you. It’s one of those with a feeling of unease and confusion throughout, but every single detail along the way is there for a reason. It’s not a horror in any sense but the ending still haunts me now!

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#1 Prisoners

Denis Villeneuve is one of my favourite directors, and Prisoners is without a doubt my favourite movie of his. When a child goes missing and the police can’t help, the parents take matters into their own hands. It gets so dark, and I felt so conflicted watching it. But it’s such a compelling story and just like with Enemy, I’m still not over the ending.

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2012

Two days in a row, baby! And a happy Christmas Eve to you all! I’ll be offline for Christmas Day and Boxing Day whilst buried under torn-up wrapping paper with a plate of pigs in blankets in one hand and a bottle glass of wine in the other, but I’ll be back soon. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!

I’m back with my next 10 top movies of the decade, this time looking at 2012. These lists are starting to get more and more difficult to narrow down, but it’s so fun to look back on what I’ve watched and enjoyed. You can find the other lists for the decade here.

2012 Movies Watched: 50

2012 was the first year I watched the BAFTAs, and although most of the movies nominated were completely unheard of to me, I loved watching the ceremony and I haven’t missed a year since. I guess this year was the start of my movie hobby, although I wouldn’t start blogging for another 2 years.

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#10 Magic Mike

Wait, wait, don’t close the tab just yet! It gets better, I swear. Come on, though. Not only was Magic Mike a wildly fun movie to watch the cinema with friends (or your Mum, if you’re me), it was actually a decent movie at the same time!

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#9 Chronicle

Chronicle is a criminally underrated movie. It’s found-footage done well. It’s a perfect blend of superhero and thriller and it’s darker than expected. And if nothing else, it introduced me to Dane DeHaan who never fails to put in an excellent performance.

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#8 Dredd

I was mostly forced to go and watch Dredd, it’s not my usual go-to movie. At face value, it’s an extremely simple movie but it does action and gore very, very well. If I remember right it was a 3D-only release at the cinema (in the UK, anyway) which seemed odd at the time but worked brilliantly!

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#7 Silver Linings Playbook

I miss the old Jennifer Lawrence who seemed super down to earth. Regardless, I loved Silver Linings Playbook. It was a touching representation of mental illness and two individuals finding love despite their problems. I haven’t seen it since but I really ought to.

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#6 Disconnect

This one I didn’t watch until after I’d started blogging, and I can’t remember who it was who put this on my radar but I was so glad I watched it. I guess the TV show Black Mirror took away the need for movies like Disconnect, but it shows the stories of several lives ruined by the internet and social media.

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#5 Argo

Basically, on the night I watched the BAFTAs for the first time, Argo was the movie I was rooting for. It was possibly the only nominated movie I’d watched but I loved it and was rooting so hard for it! The scenes at the airport were so intense, I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing for a while.

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#4 Django Unchained

I guess 2012 was a year of a lot of firsts because Django Unchained was my first Quentin Tarantino movie. I’d seen clips of Pulp Fiction in college but didn’t watch it fully till much later. There are still a few of his that I need to see but Django Unchained will probably stay as one of my favourites.

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#3 Looper

After Looper, The Last Jedi, and Knives Out, I will blindly watch anything that Rian Johnson makes. I must literally be his target audience. Looper was so much fun! I’ve always enjoyed the theory of time travel and it was so well done in this movie.

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#2 The Avengers

There was no stopping the MCU train at this point. I remember thinking this Avengers movie was bold by bringing so many superheroes together! The Avengers was everything it needed to be. It was funny, it was captivating, it had great action, and it had heart.

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#1 Moonrise Kingdom

Another movie I can thank the bloggers for introducing me to. After watching The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014 and wondering what on earth that colourful, crazy and amazing movie was, you all told me more about Wes Anderson and the rest of his work. Moonrise Kingdom is where I turned to next and it did not disappoint. It was so sweet.