And the list goes on! Here comes the second part of our favourite films of the decade!
Kishaun’s pick: The Disaster Artist (2017)
How could the worst movie ever “The Room” also be the best movie it’s ever been 10 years later? Leave it to Tommy Wiseau’s like-minded counterpart, James Franco and his ability to capture humanity within the film itself. The Disaster Artist (2017) is a retelling of the making of The Room (2003) and what exactly went on in the mind of Tommy Wiseau himself throughout the making of the film.
Little is known about Wiseau himself, yet The Disaster Artist pulls through working more than a successful real-life “mockumentary” telling us a touching story of friendship and admiration between Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, played by real-life brothers James and Dave Franco respectively. This is easily the best movie of the decade with Hollywood’s creative barriers pushed to the borders of pure lunacy; fun in every possible way.
Sofea’s pick: Brigsby Bear (2017)
I can say with full conviction that Brigsby Bear (2017) is amongst the most underrated gems of this decade. This film embraces a genuine heart unlike any other I have seen to date. The story centres itself around the main character, James, who attempts to navigate through an obscurity that goes reciprocated; he is as unfamiliar to the world as the world is to him. As a result of being forcibly removed from society, he grew up bereft of etiquettes and other social norms, which contributes to his atypicality as perceived by others. Nonetheless, it is his unconventional personality that becomes the driving force of the entire movie.
The very core of Brigsby Bear can be found within its endeavour to encourage those with dreams to act on it. It matters not how late in life it may be—as seen with James—because such convictions should never be contingent on something so arbitrary in the first place. This shows us just how powerful creation as a tool can be—in uniting people, in expressing oneself, and in bringing joy.
It helps that Director McCary is adept in personalising the film; it feels as though you’ve been encased within a bubble of ambience that makes you feel safe, and that the family you see on screen will almost feel like your own too. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming nature Brigsby Bear poses, because it seizes every possible potential in invoking all the right kinds of powerful emotions.
Lilian’s pick: The Help (2011)
Thank God The Help made it to the list of films produced within this decade! The Help (2011) is a rather famous movie, but in case you have not heard of it, it is an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s book of the same title. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring stars such as Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain, this movie surely has one of the best combinations of casts.
It follows the story of Skeeter Phelan, an aspiring journalist, whose grit fuels her to collect the stories of women helpers across Jackson, Mississippi who were never given the chance to have a voice. As if all the process is not quite adventurous and historic already, they finally publish the collection anonymously and get to witness people across the country read and react to these long overdue stories in paper for the first time.
This film is human at its best. It’s full of irony, full of humour, full of bitterness, and well… full of strong-willed women. Its quote, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” has stayed with me more deeply than I had consciously intended to. This film redefined what ‘drama’ as a genre means to me and helped me reflect on my preference when it comes to watching movies. (It is: movies that make me cry.) I am glad that I encountered this movie from a friend, and if you happen to be reading this, I hope I could be another friend who passes this title to you.
Carmen’s pick: Parasite (2019)
So many cinematic beauties in a decade! So hard to choose! After what seemed like a century of scrolling through my “watched” list, I’m still going back to the well-known Palme d’Or winner, Parasite (2019), for this decade wrap-up.
Parasite follows a poor family’s story of scheming their way out of unemployment by posing as highly qualified and sophisticated individuals. All will seem well until they find themselves entangled in an unlikely incident. As a black comic thriller, Parasite was able to keep audiences wanting more with the blend of suspense, action, drama and dark humour. Other than the amazing screenplay, I enjoyed Parasite’s form and style a lot too, from the subtle symbols to the interesting shot compositions.
Aside from the cinematography, what I find really important with this film is the satirical social commentary it serves. A major theme of the film is based on the distinct divide of power, wealth and class in society, especially in a neo-liberal setting like South Korea. In this age where capitalism rules, it won’t be questionable to define a person by their material wealth, what more to discriminate by terms of material wealth. Not only does this film reflect behaviours of the rich and the poor, it also throws into question, what kind of an ideal society are we accepting subconsciously?
Eileen’s pick: New Year’s Eve (2011)
The one night anything is possible.
As you know, Christmas is right around the corner and after Christmas, it’s time to welcome a new year! If you’re craving for a heartwarming, romantic comedy New Year film, New Year’s Eve (2011) will be perfect for you. New Year’s Eve is a film which shows a series of unconnected people’s life who have their own issues during New Year’s Eve. There are issues ranging from competing to give birth on New Year to helping someone to complete their to-do list before the year ends.
Although the movie shows various issues from different people, I was surprised that the flow of the movie went quite well because it’s not easy to put together unconnected events which happen simultaneously into one movie. Even though each of us faces different problems which may differ from the film, it is still a reminder to start your new year with fresh hope and happiness. Life goes on and time doesn’t wait for anyone, so tick off those to-do lists you want while you still can!
All in all, we hope you had as much fun reading this as we did writing this decade wrap-up. Make sure to read the first part HERE if you missed it. And, before you go — we’re just curious! — so, what’s your favourite 10s film(s)?
Written by Kishaun Xavier, Sofea Qistina, Lilian Angelia, Carmen Hew Jia Wen, Heng Eileen
Cover photo credits: IGNITE Film & TV