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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.

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2011

Remember how I said I was going to publish one of these posts a day in the run-up to the New Year? Yeah, sorry. Don’t worry, at my usual rate I should be done by Easter! I’ll create a page on my blog’s menu bar for these lists now as I try and pick up speed a little. If you didn’t see my 2010 list, I’m trying to put together a Top 100 Movies of the Decade list, but with 10 movies from each year as opposed to an overall list. I’m weak.

These lists will get better as they go, but as I mentioned last time, I only started movie blogging in 2014, and I still have so many movies I should see. I guess there’s always an option to update the lists, though!

2011 Movies Seen: 45

This was surprisingly difficult to rank. Although I haven’t seen many 2011 releases, I really liked a lot of them, so finding 10 was no problem. I’m not completely happy with the order though, I think I would change them every day.

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#10 Thor

I know the original Thor movie wasn’t at the top of many people’s lists but for me, it was the movie that got me invested in the MCU. I loved the simplicity of it, the introduction to Asgard, to one of the MCU’s best villains, Loki, and well, Chris Hemsworth as Thor. What more can I say!

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#9 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

I’m glad the idea of splitting final movies in franchises into 2 parts didn’t stick around long, because it’s just unnecessary. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 might not have been my favourite Harry Potter movie, but even on a bad day I still love the franchise.

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#8 Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America has grown on me over the years. I don’t know why for sure, but I was never a big fan to begin with. It has nothing to do with Chris Evans, who is fantastic, but the character just didn’t do it for me. I’ve seen the error of my ways, though!

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#7 Horrible Bosses

You can admit it, you hate me for this being here, higher than 2 MCU movies. It’s okay. But the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis is too perfect for me to not include it. I saw it in the cinema back when it was busy every night, and comedies are best watched with company, strangers or not.

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#6 The Help

I need to see this again. 2011 me was painfully naive when it came to movies. Comedies and action movies were my go-to, and I only watched The Help because of my little obsession with Emma Stone. It was moving, upsetting and hilarious at the same time, and well worth a watch.

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#5 The Muppets

I’m going to stop trying to defend my choices now and just run with them. The Muppets were basically my childhood. I was raised on them. There was no way I was not going to love this new movie. The soundtrack is to die for, the cameos are brilliant and relentless, and it was funny from start to finish. Fun fact – at my wedding, after we said our vows, we walked back down the aisle to ‘Life’s A Happy Song’.

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#4 Source Code

Jake Gyllenhall. On a train. Trying to stop a bomber. He dies, he’s brought back to the train. Mystery! Explosions! Plot twist! If you need more than those things to enjoy a movie, I don’t know what to tell you.

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#3 Crazy, Stupid, Love

Literally the best modern-day rom-com out there. Don’t tell me I’m wrong. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have perfect chemistry together. We’ve since had Gangster Squad (not that good) and La La Land (perfect) with them together and I’m sure we’re due a reunion by now!

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#2 Drive

Speaking of Ryan Gosling. Drive is a weird one for me. I watched it, yes, because I was on a Ryan Gosling thirst, and I hated every second of it. It was pretentious and boring, but it felt like something my husband (then, boyfriend) would love, so the next day I told him to watch it and ended up watching it with him. On a second viewing, everything made sense, and I loved it! Weird, right?

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#1 The Cabin in the Woods

I’m still not sure if The Cabin in the Woods should stay as my #1 choice for the year, but it certainly deserves its place for now. On the surface, this should have been your average modern horror movie but somehow it’s a horror, comedy and sci-fi movie in one and it works!

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2010

This is going to a popular subject amongst all the bloggers right about now, but honestly? Trying to put together a Top 10 of the year list is difficult enough for me, there’s absolutely no way I could do a Top 100 of the decade, so I’m splitting it into ten posts, one Top 10 for each year, and that, essentially, will create a Top 100 of the decade. Make sense?

An interesting little note to be aware of, I started this blog right at the very end of 2016. I co-ran another blog with a friend that we started in 2014, but before then movies weren’t my main hobby. I’ve obviously gone back and watched older movies but looking at my stats, it’s quite shocking how few movies I’ve seen at the start of the decade! For example, I’ve seen just 39 movies released in 2010, compared to 75 for 2019, when we aren’t even at the end of the year yet!

In other words, you’ll have to forgive me if my early Top 10’s are a little…lacking.

Traditionally I went by UK release dates for these lists but it’s too difficult to keep track of, so I’ll be using the general release date instead. My aim is to post each day in the run-up to the new year, wish me luck!

2010 Movies Watched: 39

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#10 The Social Network

Not going to lie, The Social Network was probably the first biopic I ever saw. It damn sure set the bar high, though. It’s not surprising anymore, considering it was directed by David Fincher.

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#9 Toy Story 3

Toy Story was such a huge part of my childhood so it’s no surprise that the third movie was going to end up in my list. I was wary going in – I wasn’t keen on the new characters, but I was easily won over. The same happened this year with Toy Story 4.

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#8 Blue Valentine

Before Netflix released Marriage Story and made us all wonder if we would ever be happy again, we had Blue Valentine. I haven’t been able to ever bring myself to watch this one again, to be honest.

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#7 Despicable Me

Forget the sequels which don’t even stand close to the original, Despicable Me is a brilliant animated movie. Great story, fun characters, and something to enjoy for everyone.

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#6 Buried

I searched this one out on my Ryan Reynolds binge years ago and it probably remains my favourite movie of his. It’s not for everyone, the entire movie takes place in the box that the main character has been buried alive in, but oh my goodness that ending.

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#5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

I don’t need to even try to justify this one. It wasn’t the best movie in the Harry Potter universe was (that goes to Prisoner of Azkaban and I’ll fight you if you say I’m wrong) but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marked the beginning of the end of a wonderful franchise.

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#4 Tangled

Can anyone easily answer the question, ‘what’s your favourite Disney movie?’. There’s too many to choose from but if I had to, it would be Tangled. It’s the soundtrack that does it for me. A Disney musical is nothing without some catchy tunes, and Tangled has them in spades.

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#3 Shutter Island

Annoyingly, I watched Shutter Island in 2 parts. That’s not so bad, you might think, but I watched the second half first. Not deliberately, my parents were watching it and I walked in halfway through and joined them. It tainted the experience slightly, but it’s still a bloody good movie.

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#2 Incendies

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve seen shockingly few foreign-language movies, but Incendies was my first and I’ll never, ever forget it. It’s such a powerful movie about a broken family, and when things all come together at the end, it’s such a gut-punch. A brilliant movie, but not for the casual movie fan!

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#1 Inception

It’s been 9 years and I still love throwing suggestions around about that spinning top at the end. I think 2010 was the year I discovered my love for crazy, twisty, open endings, and Inception is probably the best example of one out there.

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Best and Worst Amy Poehler Movies

I had so much fun writing my Best and Worst Will Ferrel Movies post a couple of months ago, I’ve been looking for an excuse to write another. For these kinds of posts, I usually head over to IMDB and check birthday dates because trying to pick an actor or actress out of thin air is virtually impossible. Turns out it’s one of my favourite comedic actress’ birthday today so I’m presenting you with my Best and Worst Amy Poehler Movies!

Her favourite role of mine will always be Leslie Knope from Parks & Recreation. That show grew to be my most loved TV show of all time, and Leslie is just one of those characters who I admire and relate to so much. If you’ve never watched Parks & Rec please, please give it a go! As of the time of this post being published I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix. The first Season is slow to get into (but short!) but a few episodes into Season 2, I guarantee you’ll be hooked if you’ve stuck it out that far.

Anyway, I’m talking movies today. So without further ado, these are my 3 favourite Amy Poehler movies:

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Sisters (2015)

If Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are together, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. The way they bounce off each other is simply brilliant, and after their short appearance at the Oscars I hope one day they’ll present the whole night! Sisters is one of those comedies that can be hilarious if you’re in the right mood. Poehler and Fey play sisters (funnily enough) who are summoned to clean out their childhood bedroom so that their parents can sell the house. It’s rude, it’s funny, and there are plenty of cameos to spot, too!

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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

This one is worth a watch for the cast alone! I only watched it myself for the first time recently so seeing a baby faced Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper was a funny experience. The movie itself is basically the crazy antics of a summer camp, full of romance, mischief, and ending with a big talent competition. I might just make this movie a summer tradition.

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Inside Out (2015)

No prizes for guessing Inside Out would be my favourite. There aren’t many Disney/Pixar movies I don’t love but this one struck a chord with me like no other. Casting is so important when it comes to animation, and especially so when the animated characters are, in fact, emotions. Amy Poehler voices Joy, and I couldn’t think of anyone else more perfect for the role!

Now I’ve spread positiveness and love all over this post, time to highlight a couple of stinkers…

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The House (2017)

You could make the argument that The House was just a ‘meh’ movie rather than a bad one, but I was so disappointed that it wasn’t anywhere near as good as I hoped! Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell (that’s an odd coincidence, actually) and a whole bunch of familiar faces from Parks & Rec, together in one movie? Combined with a trailer that never failed to make me laugh, no matter how many times I saw it? I was so excited. And it turned out to be such an unforgettable movie.

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Wine Country (2019)

And speaking of promising casts, let’s look no further than this year’s Netflix release, Wine Country. You know how I said Amy Poehler and Tina Fey together was a guaranteed good time? I guess there’s always an exception to the rule. The story itself was interesting enough, but Wine Country was far from a good comedy.

So, judging by my Will Ferrel post, this is the part where you all tell me about an amazing movie that I haven’t even heard of, let alone watched. Last time, many of you told me about a great Will Ferrell flick, Stranger Than Fiction (2006). For the record, I haven’t seen it yet, but I plan to this week. What’s your favourite Amy Poehler movie?