The editors of SamaGame always have their opinion about games ready, but there is also plenty of opinion about films. So we made a ranking with the 20 best (Hollywood) flicks of the past 10 years, which you probably disagree with very hard! And that’s not bad at all …;)
Check out the numbers 20 to 11 of our best films of the decade here.
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino is giggling in a playground. Yes, there is an unhealthy amount of close-ups of female feet in the film, but apart from that, the film is cinematic fireworks of the highest quality. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are acting at full throttle, ’60s Hollywood looks phenomenal, and thanks to Tarantino’s writing style, even the most obscure historical facts become delightful discoveries. The film is also one of the most exciting Tarantino films, and when the story finally begins to deviate from the horrific events that actually happened with Sharon Tate, you can’t help but laugh with relief.
9. Inside Out
Even the least interesting of Pixar’s movies are still hugely entertaining, but the animation studio’s best work knows how to play your heart like a harp of sensitive strings. This is also the case for Inside Out, a film with an extremely original approach: emotions, or their personification, have the leading role in this film. The wonderfully infectious Joy, played by Park and Recs Amy Poehler, is the beautiful, cheerful centerpiece in an adventure that, despite its bizarre concept, is extremely human and recognizable. Inside Out knows how to deal with many aspects of life, of which finding balance in your emotions is the most important; something you will realize with a lump in your throat at the end of this gripping, incredibly funny and sensitive coming of age film.
Denis Villeneuve has yet to make his first real misstep in Hollywood: his films Enemy, Prisoners and Sicario are all of high quality and also Arrival, which was seen in 2016 as Villeneuve’s ‘sci-fi general’ for Blade Runner 2049, showed my alien- heart beat faster. In a Close Encounters of the Third Kind-esque story, the French-Canadian director shows the emotional journey of a linguistic expert (wonderfully played by Amy Adams), who must come up with a language to communicate with a group of aliens, who have no apparent reason to arrive on our planet.
With Arrival, Villeneuve once again showed that he is a sublime director who is not afraid to place a complicated and tough concept like language in a science fiction context. Cinematographer Bradford Young delivers an equally impressive feat of camera work with grand total shots that beautifully capture the scale of a potential alien invasion. In addition to Amy Adams, Arrival also shows Jeremy Renner who delivers an excellent acting performance, but can never match the emotional portrayal of his female colleague. Denis has gotten into the sci-fi taste well; next year his film adaptation of the first Dune book will be released in theaters. That must be a treat!
Joker is a very nice film to watch. But let’s face it: 99 percent of the great success of this film has to do with Joaquin Phoenix’s masterful performance. Grand and compelling, but also very intimate; his acting performance is simply Oscar-worthy. And because that performance also gets all the space, Joker would be just as good if you removed all DC elements. After all, it is first and foremost a character study, and only then a film in the Batman universe. The fact that the film is linked to DC Comics is of course the icing on the cake for every comic fan. In fact, it was the film the company so desperately needed. Not only did they reinvent one of the most iconic villains ever, but actually the entire genre. Yet even people who have nothing to do with comic books will talk about this film for a long time. Spandex suits and flashy special effects are not always needed to impress audiences.
6. Gone Girl
Leave it to David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven) to create a chilling atmosphere. In Gone Girl, Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy (played by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike respectively) suddenly disappears. During the investigation, it does not take long before Nick himself is suspected of this disappearance. The less I tell about the plot twist in the middle of the film, the better, but Gone Girl especially impresses with the realistic sketch of toxic relationships. Some events are quite exaggerated, but the thinking behind them and the relational dynamics involved are all the more real. The impact of the hatred bubbling beneath the surface in a couple who has long stopped loving each other becomes more and more tangible as the film progresses. It results in a painful and very recognizable final scene. I was probably not the only person in the world to say to his then partner after the movie, “Damn, this was us.”
f references to (retro) games, including many Zelda and Street Fighter sounds, bands and songs named after obscure 8-bit games, pretty much all Nintendo consoles. appearing on screen and it goes so far as to make love interest Ramona’s different colored hair a reference to the Three Goddesses of Hyrule!
Interstellar is arguably Christopher Nolan’s most distributed film in terms of criticism (the Batman trilogy, Inception, Dunkirk). The fact that the film nevertheless ends at number 2 on this list speaks volumes about the quality present. First of all, there is the beautiful film work that depicts travel between entire solar systems, which is almost as iconic as the ultimate science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. On top of that is the mighty acting of professionals such as Matthew McConaughey and Anna Hathaway, who in a few scenes manage to sell very powerful emotions of powerlessness, loss, but also hope. The whole comes together because of the enormous effort Nolan has put in with experts in applying real science and theories as realistically as possible. Yes, even the last act of the film is based on theories and no, despite what Hathaway’s character claims, it has little to do with love. The result is some of the most iconic scenes of this decade, including the famous ‘docking scene’ and a finale that – if you are open to it – will touch you deeply in your heart.
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
There are few films that I refuse to watch without driving a truck across a sandy plain after spraying my mouth with silver. The reason I want to do that myself is also the reason that I am very happy that Fury Road is number 1: the practical effects and stunts. Not over the top CGI to make up for the fact that spinning and exploding cars are expensive and only last for one shot. No gigantic green screens that were always in the background when filming. No flying dolls. Because if George Miller wants a gigantic chase scene with staged, post-apocalyptic power cars in his film, they really drive around.
Mad Max: Fury Road is so metal that someone plays electric guitar on the back of an amp-packed car, while the best movie chaos recorded in years is unfolding. A guaranteed adrenaline rush, so much so that, just like me, you have not been able to absorb all the details after six hundred views because you are too busy shouting at the screen. You would almost forget that among all those fantastic action scenes (and there are many) there is also room for story and character development, with the great Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy completing the gruesome total picture called Mad Max: Fury Road.
Mad Max is a special series of films … The first is a miracle in the field of tight editing and a master class in dealing with an equally tight budget. The second actually only really turned out to be a completely unhinged, post-apocalyptic action film, in which a world is portrayed that is so insane that you feel like decorating your Volkswagen Polo with mounted guns and harpoon guns. The third is a somewhat failed experiment that resembles Hook a little too much to be fully convinced and in which it is difficult to see whether casting Tina Turner is brilliant or foolish, but manages to build on Max’s destroyed world. an interesting way. And then, years later, came Fury Road. This film takes the best elements of its predecessors and puts so much nitro into its respective anuses, that a human brain can barely contain it. Just look at the list of vehicles tearing through this beautifully shot world, or these few seconds of world building torn apart. Those are just two of the huge list of reasons why you should want to experience this extremely impressive chase through a desert of madness at least once.
I’m not necessarily fond of post-apocalyptic movies or games, nor do I have a great deal with the Mad Max franchise. And yet Mad Max: Fury Road is without a doubt one of the best films of this decade – at least the best pure action movie. George Miller knows how to portray action scenes in such a seemingly simple way that you wonder why not all films look so incredibly good. The universe that Miller sketches in this film is immediately convincing, Tom Hardy is a natural Mad Max and that intense use of bright color makes all OLED televisions and UHD players purr with pleasure. Mad Max is one big trip, a huge shot of adrenaline and the epitome of popcorn fun!