With 2020 rapidly approaching we thought now was as good a time as any to look back on a quite incredible decade of cinematic glory.
From jaw-dropping cliffhangers to politically-charged masterpieces – the last ten years has gifted us a long list of unforgettable big-screen moments.
Choosing just ten films from this period has been no easy task and we have no doubts that this is going to p*ss A LOT of people off. Then again, that’s exactly what the internet is for, isn’t it?
The format is simple, one film from each year starting at 2010.
2010 – The Social Network
Kicking off with an unreal year for cinema, 2010 gave us Inception, Shutter Island and Black Swan.
However The Social Network just edged it for us, purely because of the relevance it held at the time and to this day.
It’s release seemed extra timely, coming just before Facebook found itself embroiled in a series of privacy scandals.
Synopsis: As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
2011 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
With an all-star cast that rivals even the biggest of Hollywood blockbusters, Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy gave John le Carré’s 1974 novel of the same name a modern update.
Uncovering the inner workings of “The Circus”, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an uncompromising expose on British Intelligence in the ’70s. With more twists and turns than your average episode of Lost, it’s a nail-biting two-hour romp soaked in sexism, cigar smoke, and brandy.
To single out an individual performance as Tinker Tailor‘s best would be too hard, but particular kudos has to go to Gary Oldman’s stoic George Smiley and Mark Strong’s doomed Jim Prideaux.
Synopsis: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.
2012 – Django Unchained
In a year that introduced us to The Avengers and brought us Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Tarantino proved again why he’s one of the best in the game.
Django struck the perfect balance between Tarantino’s insanity while recalling the horrors of an incredibly dark period in history.
Synopsis: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
2013 – Dallas Buyers Club
This was a toss-up with The Wolf of Wall Street, in all honesty either one would be a deserving winner.
Given the way Dallas Buyers Club tackled what is still a very taboo subject for so many and Matthew McConaughey’s show-stopping performance was pretty much impossible to not choose.
Synopsis: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.
2014 – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson at his kooky and aesthetically pleasing best, The Grand Budapest Hotel is visually stunning.
The whole thing is painfully charming and is simply one of the most satisfying 100 minutes of cinema imaginable.
Synopsis: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
2015 – The Martian
I’m not sure this really got the acclaim it deserved when it hit theatres but from a pure cinematic standpoint, The Martian is astounding.
Matt Damon’s battle to survive is mesmerising from start to finish and is a complete visual feast.
Synopsis: An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
2016 – Train to Busan
Taking the tried and tested zombie genre on the rails as a South Korean horror for the ages, Train to Busan is almost too clever for its own good. When slow-moving Romero zombies just don’t cut it anymore, director
Yeon Sang-ho traps those brain-hungry munchers in the confines of a train…to Busan.
As the cast of characters is slowly whittled down and one man’s hopes of keeping his daughter safe begin to dwindle, Train to Busan rockets towards a clever conclusion you might not see coming.
With the movie getting rave reviews and fans hungry for more, it’s no surprise Tinseltown is already looking at a glossy remake. We’re guessing it won’t be a patch on the original!
Synopsis: While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
2017 – The Post
2017 was another insanely strong year for film, with Get Out, Logan and Blade Runner all making their way to theatres.
While The Post may seem a little niche a choice, its cultural significance in a time where the media has failed society on numerous occasions helped it stand out from the rest.
Synopsis: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
2018 – BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee’s retelling of a fascinating but depressing true story dealt with America’s ongoing problem with racism in a vastly unique way.
John David Washington and Adam Driver both put in supreme performances in this modern day classic.
The real-life footage used to close the film offers a stark reminder that racism is still well and truly a huge issue in the States and across the world.
Synopsis: Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
2019 – The Irishman
Not many films have created a sense of anticipation quite like The Irishman – hardly a surprise considering it becoming Scorsese’s most expensive film ever.
With that comes insane pressure, which may be too much for other directors. Not Scorsese though, who created the perfect love letter to a genre he pretty much defined.
Di Niro gives the performance of a lifetime, in a career packed full of them and Pacino is glorious throughout.
Synopsis: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.