Written by Jack Summerell & Ash Hunt
Well, it’s 2018, and another great year of film lies ahead of us. But, as it’s only January and we are still annoyingly months away from Avengers: Infinity War, the Falmouth Film Society thought we would give you our list of just 10 of the best films from the last 10 years.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
We start off with a classic of not only the past 10 years, but arguably of film in general. With its amazing soundtrack, pacing, and of course the acting of the late great Heath Ledger, it undoubtably had to be our pick for 2008. The director Christopher Nolan has directed many amazing films, and we’d be lying if we didn’t consider his films for the rest of our list, but for variety we’ll leave him alone for now.
2. 500 Days Of Summer (2009)
On the outside, 500 Days of Summer looks like it’s one of those cheesy, light hearted rom coms, that would vacate your memory within a day or two, but what 500 Days actually delivers to us, is an unexpected, uplifting and depressing tale of the expectations of being in love. Just like any relationship, 500 Days has its highs andlows but due to its confident direction, directed by Marc Webb, excellent performances & an offbeat storyline, what separates this film from the rom-com genre, is its tenderness and intellectual view on both sides of a relationship.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
Our pick for 2010 features not only a great soundtrack from Nigel Godrich, the unique directing of Edgar Wright, but also some nicely done characterisation. By which we mean the characters from the original manga felt well represented and not at all forced. The momentum of the film always feels natural and well-paced, making it one of our most replayed films on our list, along with great VFX and casting, it deservedly tops 2010 for us.
4. Drive (2011)
Right from the get-go, this film slaps you in the face with stunning cinematography, a stimulating soundtrack and character with a major ‘postmodern man with no name’ vibe, thanks to the intense but brilliant performance from Ryan Gosling. With themes of loneliness and identity, Drive sends us into a sublime neon world of heists, blood, and Ryan Gosling’s incredibly smooth driving. Moody and atmospheric, slow paced, with scenes of longing and desire, this film may leave you with a dark and empty feeling.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Based on the book of the same name, Stephen Chebosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a powerful, insightful coming-of-age story, about the darker and more mature obstacles that are dealt with in high school. This film is a perfect combination of the filmmaking elements of the likes of John Huges, Richard Linklater and Alexander Payne, it greatly benefits off of its lead performances by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, as well as sensitives direction and witty dialogue, Chebosky has created a rare gem in the genre of high school dramedy.
6. Her (2013)
Romantic, bitter-sweet, soulful, witty and smart, Spike Jonze uses just a dash of sci-fi to connect to us on the state of modern human relationships with technology. Vast empty spaces, warm colourful close ups, the cinematography is just one of the many things that make this film intensely beautiful. With stellar performances from SpikeJonze and a Pixar character sounding Scarlett Johannsen, Spike Jonze has quite possibly made the most aesthetically pleasing film of the 21st century.
7. Whiplash (2014)
Whiplash, despite being an all round great film, has the amazing ability to depict the dedication and great lengths someone would go to for an art, and made us question how far we would go to achieve our dreams. With its intense moments, and of course the brilliant soundtrack which couples nicely with the main theme of drumming, Whiplash creates an in-depth look into the desperation of an aspiring musician and doesn’t hold back any punches.
8. Room (2015)
Room explores the psychological effects of both a mother and a son recovering and learning to live again after a shared trauma. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay portray their emotional range and torment, in what is probably their best performances yet. Despite the film lacking on the family dynamic, Lenny Abrahamson has managed to create an incredibly touching world, against the backdrop of a sensitive nightmare.
9. Arrival (2016)
If you think you’re not interested in sci-fi or first contact films, don’t fool yourself and miss out on this gem. It was close between Arrival and La La Land, but our choice was swayed by the nice change in concept that Arrival has compared to other sci-fi films. Its detailed story of solving the language of an alien species is not only made intriguing and enticing, but is overlaid with an even more interesting and emotional development of the protagonist, that left us in awe at the end of our viewing.
10. Logan (2017)
Logan is for us a familiar yet fresh approach to comic book heroes. From the moment it was announced to be Rated R, we were excited to see what was in store for the beloved characters of the X-Men series. Regardless to say we were blown away by it, mainly because we haven’t seen heroes in this state of deprivation, and the movie doesn’t hold back on the emotional pressure points. It’s not to say we didn’t enjoy the other films of 2017, but for us we like it when films stand out from their counterparts, and Logan definitely achieved that.
And finally, before we leave you be, here’s a bunch of films we’re looking forward to in 2018:
From the director of Ex Machina and 28 Days Later, we are excited to see what comes from this promising feature.
Isle Of Dogs
It’s been 4 years since we last saw a feature film from Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel), and 9 years since his last animated film (Fantastic Mr Fox), so it’s safe to say we are looking forward to this title.
Avengers: Infinity War
Arguably just another film to the already long-winded franchise, we are still excited to see the culmination of our favourite characters, why? Because we’re nerds.
The Incredibles 2
Does anything really need to be said?