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Although I've gotten better at catching films from the past (such as The Maltese Falcon, Blade Runner and the original Thomas Crown Affair this year alone), the recent past has proven more elusive. With the upcoming 2010s rankdown coming around the corner, I wanna be ready (or at least aware of some titles I don't get to so I don't get dumbfounded when they show up).

I do have a list ready so if the deadline was tomorrow, I'd be OK submitting it. But I do feel like it's lacking in some ways...and that's where I'll need your help.

I'm going to start by listing the titles I've already seen so we can hopefully save some time. On my next post will be what I am looking for and what things you could probably pass on sending.

The list (by year):

2010:
A Prophet (Un prophète)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Bhutto
Black Swan
Case 39
Confessions (Kokuhaku)
Cop Out
Defendor
Despicable Me
Devil
Dinner for Schmucks
Easy A
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Heartless
Hide & Seek
How to Train Your Dragon
I Am Love
I'm Still Here
Inception
Iron Man 2
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Kick-Ass
Kings of Pastry
Last Train Home
Marwencol
Meteor Storm
Morning Glory
N'Secure
Paranormal Activity 2
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Saw 3D
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shutter Island
Stonewall Uprising
The A-Team
The American
The Bounty Hunter
The Ghost Writer
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Kids Are All Right
The Killer Inside Me
The King's Speech
The Last Airbender
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
The Next Three Days
The Runaways
The Secret in Their Eyes
The Social Network
The Wolfman
Tooth Fairy
True Grit
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?
Waste Land
When You're Strange
Winter's Bone

2011:
A Separation
Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Attack the Block
Bad Teacher
Biutiful
Bonnie & Clyde Vs. Dracula
Bridesmaids
Captain America: The First Avenger
Drive (2011)
Every Day
Fast Five
Fright Night (2011)
Glee The 3D Concert Movie
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Insidious
Kung Fu Panda 2
London River
Mea Culpa Maxima
Midnight in Paris
Paranormal Activity 3
Priest
Red State
Scream 4
Season of the Witch
Singham
The Artist
The Darkest Hour
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Green Hornet
The Help
The Ides of March
The Muppets
The Rite
The Roommate
The Skin I Live In
Trollhunter
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family
War Horse
Young Adult
Your Highness

2012:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Blue Like Jazz
Brave
Bully (PG-13)
Chronicle (2012)
Dark Shadows
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Gone
House at the End of The Street
I Kissed a Vampire
John Carter
Killer Joe
Lawless
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Modest Reception
ParaNorman
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
Pitch Perfect
Premium Rush
Safe (2012)
Savages (2012)
Sinister
Skyfall
Snow White and the Huntsman
Taken 2
Ted
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Bourne Legacy
The Boxing Girls of Kabul
The Cabin in the Woods
The Central Park Five
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dictator
The FP
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
The Innkeepers
The Intouchables (U.S.-only)
The Invisible War
The Master
The Road (2012)
The Snowtown Murders
The Watch
The Woman in Black
V/H/S

2013:
12 Years a Slave
A Good Day to Die Hard
A Touch of Sin
Act of Killing
After Earth
All is Bright
American Hustle
At Any Price
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Blind Detective
Carrie (2013)
Cutie and the Boxer
Dallas Buyers Club
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Despicable Me 2
Ender's Game
Europa Report
Evil Dead (2013)
Four Sisters and a Wedding
Frances Ha
Gangster Squad
Gravity
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
I Give It a Year
Identity Thief
Jack the Giant Slayer
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Kill Your Darlings
Killing Season
Last Summer
Let the Fire Burn
Mama
Maniac (2013)
Monsters University
No (2013)
Only God Forgives
Oz The Great and Powerful
Pieta
Prince Avalanche
Prisoners
R.I.P.D.
Room 237
Safe Haven
Scary Movie 5
Sharknado
Short Term 12
Spring Breakers
Stand Up Guys
Stoker
Texas Chainsaw 3D
The Big Wedding
The Call
The Company You Keep
The Conjuring
The Counselor
The East
The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Heat
The Last Stand
The Lone Ranger
The Place Beyond the Pines
The World's End
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Warm Bodies
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
We're the Millers
Welcome Mr. President
You're Next

2014:
13 Sins
3 Days to Kill
A Coffee in Berlin
A Field in England
A Five Star Life
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A Haunted House 2
A Most Wanted Man
American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
And So It Goes
Annie (2014)
As Above/So Below
Ask Me Anything
B.B. King: The Life of Riley
Bad Words
Beyond the Lights
Big Eyes
Birdman
Blue Ruin
Born in Gaza
Boyhood
Brick Mansions
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Cinemanovels
Citizenfour
Dead of Winter
Dedh Ishqiya
Diplomacy
Edge of Tomorrow
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Elsa & Fred (2014)
Enemy
Ernest & Celestine
Force Majeure
Gambit (2012)
Girl on a Bicycle
Gloria (2014)
God's Not Dead
Godzilla (2014)
Gone Girl
Good People
Goodbye to Language
Goodbye World
Hector And The Search For Happiness
Henry and Me
Horns
Housebound
How to Train Your Dragon 2
I Am Ali
I, Frankenstein
Ida
Interior. Leather Bar.
Interstellar
Into The Storm
It Felt Like Love
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
John Wick
K2: Siren of the Himalayas
Left Behind (2014)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Life Itself
Life of Crime
Limited Partnership
Locke
Lucy
Mommy
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Nightcrawler
No Good Deed (2014)
Non-Stop
Not Cool
Oculus
Only Lovers Left Alive
Over the Garden Wall
Penguins of Madagascar
Persecuted
Pompeii
Postman Pat: The Movie
Redwood Highway
Revenge of the Green Dragons
Ride Along
Rio 2
RoboCop (2014)
Rosemary's Baby (2014)
Sabotage (2014)
Santa Quest
Schonefeld Boulevard
Selma
Snowpiercer
Song of the Sea
St. Vincent
Starred Up
Stations of the Elevated
Taking of Deborah Logan
Tammy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
The Babadook
The Boxtrolls
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Guest (2014)
The Hornet's Nest
The Houses October Built
The Imitation Game
The Interview (2014)
The LEGO Movie
The Liberator
The Monuments Men
The Normal Heart
The November Man
The Nut Job
The Other Woman (2014)
The Price of Gold
The Quiet Ones
The Retrieval
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
The Theory of Everything
The Trip to Italy
The Wind Rises
They Came Together
Tim's Vermeer
Top Five
Transcendence
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Two Days, One Night
Two Night Stand
Under the Skin (2014)
Viva La Liberta
War of the Worlds: Goliath
We Are The Best!
X-Men: Days of Future Past

2015:
A Christmas Carol
A Walk in the Woods
After Winter, Spring
Ant-Man
Area 51
Best of Enemies
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police
Cheatin'
Creep
David and Goliath
Dog by Dog
Ellis
Ex Machina
Extraordinary Tales
Far from Men
Gerontophilia
Hot Pursuit
I Hate Christian Laettner
I'll See You In My Dreams
Iris (2015)
It Follows
Jurassic World
Kung Fury
Love At First Fight
Macbeth (2015)
Maggie
Minions
Mortdecai
Mustang
My Life Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn
On the Way to School
Our Man in Tehran
Paddington
Runoff
Salvation Army
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Slow West
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Strangerland
Tangerine
Tangerines
The Atticus Institute
The Eve
The Gift (2015)
The Heirs
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The Stanford Prison Experiment
The Tribe
Timbuktu
Unfriended
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
What We Do in the Shadows
World of Tomorrow

2016:
10 Cloverfield Lane
13th
Back and Forth
Blair Witch
Command and Control
Denial
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Florence Foster Jenkins
Francofonia
Free State of Jones
Ghostbusters (2016)
Green Room
Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Hush
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Into the Inferno
Ixcanul
Lion
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Meridian
Moana
Moonlight (2016)
Mothers and Daughters
My Love, Don't Cross that River
National Bird
National Parks Adventure
Norm of the North
Presenting Princess Shaw
Silence (2016)
Swiss Army Man
Take Me to the River (2016)
Talent Has Hunger
Team Thor
The Accountant
The Angry Birds Movie
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
The Boy (2016)
The Curse of Robert
The Dooms Chapel Horror
The Fits
The Invitation
The Secret Life of Pets
The Witch
The Witness
Tower
Train to Busan
Trolls
Under the Shadow
We Will Part
Young Offenders
Zoolander 2
Zootopia

2017:
A Christmas Prince
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America
Antarctica: Ice & Sky
Baby Driver
Born in China
Coco
Diana, 7 Days
Dunkirk
Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
Farmer/Veteran
Food on the Go
Forever Pure
Frantz
Free Fire
I Am Another You
I Am Evidence
I am Not Your Negro
In a Heartbeat
It Comes At Night
It's Only the End of the World
Julius Caesar
Last Men in Aleppo
Loving Vincent
Mademoiselle Paradis
Monster Trucks
mother!
My Life as a Zucchini
Naples '44
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Okja
Oklahoma City
Our Souls at Night
Pecking Order
Raw (2017)
Red Nose Day Actually
Spider Thieves
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Swim Team
Talon Falls
The Blackcoat's Daughter
The Bye Bye Man
The Future Perfect
The Hungry
The Last Laugh
The Only Living Boy in New York
The Outcasts
The Saint
The Shape of Water
The Star
The Vault
They Call Us Monsters
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Wedding Unplanned
What the Waters Left Behind
Whose Streets?
Wolves
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Youth in Oregon

2018:
93Queen
A Quiet Place
An American in Paris: The Musical
Andhadhun
Black Panther
Dark Money
Director's Cut
Green Book
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Like Father
Moment in the Reeds
Monrovia, Indiana
Return of the Hero
Set It Up
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Devil and Father Amorth
The Grinch
The Ritual
The Workshop (L'atelier)
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

2019:
42nd Street: The Musical
Eleven
Farmstead
Guava Island
Holiday in the Wild
Juanita
Kinky Boots the Musical
Malibu Beach Rescue
Met Opera: Turandot
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
The Chaperone
The Girl on the Third Floor
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Uncut Gems
Wine Country
Woodstock
Wrestle
Young Men and Fire (Wildland)



What I'm looking for:
Good quality films that I might have missed (either Oscar worthy or films that should have been so)
Subtitles are fine: As you can see, I'm fine with checking out foreign films from anywhere and everywhere.
Documentaries are fine (within limits): Interesting topics/people will be worth my time.
Comedies: I guess it doesn't matter if it's clean or raunchy...the key is can it tickle my funny bone?
For any other genre, feel free to toss in what you want.
If you got some hidden gems that I'm missing, I'm all ears and eyes.

What I'm not looking for:
Documentaries that manipulate or are as exciting to watch as paint dry won't be.
Torture porn horror films (Anything stronger than the original Martyrs will be turned down)
If it's about rich people and their problems, it'll start with one strike out of 3. Sorry, I don't make the rules (oh wait, I do).
Li'l Quinquin: I don't like the looks of that one. Plus, the running time is a bit intimidating.

What I'm working with:
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Tubi, Freevee and other free to watch services in the US.

Bonus points if it hits the 2022 missing list items:
Oscar Winner
Modernist Novel Adaption
South Korean film
Turkish film
Gangster Film
Sound Editing Oscar nominee



Here you go:

2010:
13 Assassins
Boy
Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Illusionist
The Man From Nowhere


2011:
Bernie
Hugo
Melancholia
The Raid: Redemption
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


2012:
Byzantium
Dredd
Looper
Moonrise Kingdom
The Hunt


2013:
Her
Side Effects
The Double
The Wolf of Wall Street


2014:
Magical Girl
The Raid 2
Whiplash


2015:
Anomalisa
Remember
Sicario
The Assassin
The Lobster


2016:
Arrival
Edge of Seventeen
Manchester by the Sea
The Nice Guys
The Red Turtle
Your Name


2017:
Good Time
I, Tonya
Ingrid Goes West
Lady Bird
The Florida Project


2018:
Annihilation
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Cold War
First Reformed
Mandy


2019:
Bad Education
Knives Out
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The Irishman
The Lighthouse



Will keep it short-

The Yellow Sea (2010)
El Infierno (2010)
The Town (2010)
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Tyrannosaur (2011)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Kill List (2011)
The Body (2012)
Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013)
Marshland (2014)
Clash (2016)
The Invisible Guest (2016)
Climax (2018)
Capernaum (2018)

Also, The Secret in Their Eyes is considered 2009. It was my #1 of the 2000's.



All of these are good to great (mostly great):

Meek's Cutoff
Rabbit Hole
Margin Call
Mad Max: Fury Road
Blue Jay
Colossal
Phantom Thread
Shirkers
Leave No Trace



The Look of Silence (companion piece to The Act of Killing, so use that as a barometer)
It's Such a Beautiful Day
The Lighthouse
Burning - South Korean adaptation of a Murakami story
The Lobster
Meek's Cutoff
Greenberg
Anomalisa
Phoenix
Transit
Mad Max: Fury Road

I still need to see Son of Saul, so I don't know if I would recommend it or not.



Here you go:

2010:
13 Assassins
Boy
Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Illusionist
The Man From Nowhere


2011:
Bernie
Hugo
Melancholia
The Raid: Redemption
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


2012:
Byzantium
Dredd
Looper
Moonrise Kingdom
The Hunt


2013:
Her
Side Effects
The Double
The Wolf of Wall Street


2014:
Magical Girl
The Raid 2
Whiplash


2015:
Anomalisa
Remember
Sicario
The Assassin
The Lobster


2016:
Arrival
Edge of Seventeen
Manchester by the Sea
The Nice Guys
The Red Turtle
Your Name


2017:
Good Time
I, Tonya
Ingrid Goes West
Lady Bird
The Florida Project


2018:
Annihilation
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Cold War
First Reformed
Mandy


2019:
Bad Education
Knives Out
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The Irishman
The Lighthouse
This is a nice list of familiar titles I hadn't gone through yet. Thanks for your help!



Will keep it short-

The Yellow Sea (2010)
El Infierno (2010)
The Town (2010)
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Tyrannosaur (2011)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Kill List (2011)
The Body (2012)
Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013)
Marshland (2014)
Clash (2016)
The Invisible Guest (2016)
Climax (2018)
Capernaum (2018)

Also, The Secret in Their Eyes is considered 2009. It was my #1 of the 2000's.
I like that some of these titles I hadn't heard of. Maybe I find an interesting gem in here?

Will keep the original Secret in mind sometime in 2023.

Thanks for your help.



All of these are good to great (mostly great):

Meek's Cutoff
Rabbit Hole
Margin Call
Mad Max: Fury Road
Blue Jay
Colossal
Phantom Thread
Shirkers
Leave No Trace
I've seen Margin Call earlier this year. Thanks for the recommendation for the 2022 list. It was pretty good.

I do see some I would love to get to (Phantom Thread, Fury Road) before the deadline. Just have to see if it's somewhere I can get it.

Thanks for your help!



The Look of Silence (companion piece to The Act of Killing, so use that as a barometer)
It's Such a Beautiful Day
The Lighthouse
Burning - South Korean adaptation of a Murakami story
The Lobster
Meek's Cutoff
Greenberg
Anomalisa
Phoenix
Transit
Mad Max: Fury Road

I still need to see Son of Saul, so I don't know if I would recommend it or not.
I thought The Act of Killing was good so I'll have to bump up Look of Silence.
Another hand for The Lighthouse, Fury Road, The Lobster and Anomalisa. Yeah, the more I get recommended for a title, the more likely I'll prioritize it higher. PS: The Burning might be just what I'm looking for on the 2022 list.

Thanks for your help!



You can't make a rainbow without a little rain.
These are some of my favorite 2010s movies that aren't on your list of movies you've seen:

Real Steel (2011)
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
The Words (2012)
Last Vegas (2013)
Chef (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Blue Jay (2016)
Christopher Robin (2018)
Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
Midnight Sun (2018)
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
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These are some of my favorite 2010s movies that aren't on your list of movies you've seen:

Real Steel (2011)
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
The Words (2012)
Last Vegas (2013)
Chef (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Blue Jay (2016)
Christopher Robin (2018)
Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
Midnight Sun (2018)
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
Saw and liked The 100 Foot Journey earlier this year.

Another vote for Blue Jay...I can see myself searching for Chef and Safety Not Guaranteed before the deadline as well. Nice work!



I've seen Margin Call earlier this year. Thanks for the recommendation for the 2022 list. It was pretty good.

I do see some I would love to get to (Phantom Thread, Fury Road) before the deadline. Just have to see if it's somewhere I can get it.

Thanks for your help!
Just FYI Phantom Thread is currently on Netflix. My favorite PTA, for what it's worth.



An update:

I've downloaded the following for this:
Manchester by the Sea
The Double
Blue Jay
Shirkers
The Phantom Thread

In addition, I got these other titles I'd like to get through:
Endless Love (2014)
Dracula Untold (2014)
Mio on the Shore (2019)
You're Not You (2014)
Noah (2014)
The Love Punch (2014)
Tickled (2016)

I'll update this as I get through the titles and feel free to continue to offer suggestions.



I appreciate everyone for the support/help. I do see myself going through several of these titles during the countdown itself and giving them reviews. Obviously, I can't say whether they made my list or not until the final reveal.

But I can see myself hitting through some of these titles as I recover from a bad cold.



Here we go:

Blue Jay (2016) [Thanks GBGoodies for catching the error]

Two middle aged people (Sarah Paulson, Mark Duplass) meet in the middle of a grocery store for the first time in about 20 years or so. She's there to visit her pregnant sister and he's there to clean up the house that belonged to his recently deceased mother. In the course of the day, they reconnect as they start to remember things about their relationship such as favorite types of jellybeans and the nickname they gave to the store clerk. But has time changed things for the two of them?

The dialogue feels natural and fairly realistic (surprising to learn it was improvised). The two leads share a legitimate chemistry. In particular, Sarah Paulson is good as she goes through a full range of emotions in the course of the day.

I felt like there were some jarring shifts between the lighter tone of the first hour or so and the heavier tone of the last half hour. And the film did feel a bit predictable by the end of what was going to happen.

I found it to be a solid film and I'm glad that someone recommended it to me.



You can't make a rainbow without a little rain.
Here we go:

Blue Jay (2016)

Two middle aged people (Sarah Paulson, Mark Duplass) meet in the middle of a grocery store for the first time in about 20 years or so. She's there to visit her pregnant sister and he's there to clean up the house that belonged to his recently deceased mother. In the course of the day, they reconnect as they start to remember things about their relationship such as favorite types of jellybeans and the nickname they gave to the store clerk. But has time changed things for the two of them?

The dialogue feels natural and fairly realistic (surprising to learn it was improvised). The two leads share a legitimate chemistry. In particular, Sarah Paulson is good as she goes through a full range of emotions in the course of the day.

I felt like there were some jarring shifts between the lighter tone of the first hour or so and the heavier tone of the last half hour. And the film did feel a bit predictable by the end of what was going to happen.

I found it to be a solid film and I'm glad that someone recommended it to me.

I'm glad you liked Blue Jay. @kgaard recommended it to me in my 2010s recommendations thread, and it's one of my new favorite movies. I hope it makes the countdown.



Mio on the Shore (2019)

A note: this is one of the films on my 2022 List. Specifically, my plan was to eschew the fantastical, the historic in favor of the mundane, modern life of these countries.

This might have been a bit too slight for my tastes.

When her grandmother is sent to a nursing home and forced to leave her Japanese inn behind, Mio is sent from her small hometown to Tokyo in search of a new job. After a job at a grocery store doesn't work out, she starts helping her father's friend with his bathhouse proving to be good at the task. But what happens when she learns that the shopping center she works in is being shut down in favor of Progress?

There are some nice shots by director Ryutaro Nakagawa such as a scene where she puts her hand in some clean bathhouse water and splashes it up and a sequence set at an Ethiopian restaurant. It does feel like there are important things to say about moving on and embracing change.

I just wish they did more with Mio. Too often she fades into the background or becomes a symbol for what the film is trying to do. By the end, we don't know much more about her than we did going in. Considering that the film is supposedly centered around her character, it's frustrating waiting for the film to catch up to that fact.

At the end, it was a slow burn that was alright. But I did want more.