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2010s in Film: Why I Love #20 “Dear White People”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them. Black Lives Matter.

#20 Dear White People (2014)

Writer / Director: Justin Simien | DP: Topher Osborn | Music By: Kathryn Bostic. Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner.

Well 👏🏾 Written 👏🏾

In Dear White People, we follow Sam, via the platform of her titular college radio show, and three of her colleagues as they unmask dark truths of their Ivy League experience.

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When this came out, it hit me like an anvil. Finally, someone from our generation is tired and said it

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This film gives each featured black experience a full voice, understanding, and a much needed and nourishing why.

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Simien explores how Coco experiences colorism,

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which drives her to blend in to crowds where she both stands out and fits in.

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What’s harder, being black enough for the black kids or black enough for the white ones? Being neither.

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Yeah, it’s confusing as fuck. 

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And then, just…everything happening with Troy 😰

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By the time it’s over, what remains is weight of their exhaustion and an ultimatum to move.

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So yeah, to be continued…

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Black Lives Matter: 6 Recommend Indie Films to Watch Right Now that Explore Black Identity.

#1: Dear White People, dir. Justin Simien

What’s it About? “Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African-American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a story about forging one’s unique path in the world.” – via Letterboxd.

#2: Girlhood, dir. Céline Sciamma

What’s it About? “Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.” – via Letterboxd.

#3: The Last Black Man in San Francisco, dir. Joe Talbot

What’s it About? “Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.” – via Letterboxd.

#4: Sorry to Bother You, dir. Boots Riley

What’s it About? “In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.” – via Letterboxd.

#5: Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins

What’s it About? “The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.” – via Letterboxd.

#6: Medicine for Melancholy, dir. Barry Jenkins

What’s it About? “Waking from a one-night stand that neither remembers, Micah and Joanne find themselves wandering the streets of San Francisco, sharing coffee and conversation and searching for a deeper connection.” – via Letterboxd.

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Top 25 Films of the 2010s

Over the next few months I’ll delve more into a JUST why I love each of these and every one of these films and the tones and music within them SO VERY MUCH. For now, check out the list and watch some trailers! Here are our Top 25 films of the 2010s!

25. Bachelorette

Writer / Director: Lesley Headland

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fischer.

DP: Doug Emmet

Composer: Sebastian Arocha Morton

Music Supervisor(s): Jim Black

24. Lady Bird (2017)

Writer / Director: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saorsie Ronan, Beanie Feldstein, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

DP: Sam Levy

Composer: Jon Brion

Music Supervisor(s): Greta Gerwig

23. Blue Jay (2016)

Writer: Mark Duplass

Director / DP: Alexandre Lehmann

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Mark Duplass

Music by: Julian Wass

22. Sleeping Giant (2015)

Writer / Director: Andrew Cividino

Starring: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino

DP: James Klopko

Composer: Joey Colero

Music Supervisor(s): Misha Bower, Bruce Peninsula, Matt Cully, Neil Haverty, Chris Thronborrow

21. Little Birds (2011)

Writer / Director: Elgin James

Starring: Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker

DP: Reed Morano

Composer: Elgin James

Music Supervisor(s): Elizabeth James

20. Dear White People (2014)

Writer / Director: Justin Simien

Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell

DP: Topher Osborn

Music By: Kathryn Bostic

19. Get Out (2017)

Writer / Director: Jordan Peele

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

DP: Toby Oliver

Music by: Christopher T. Mollere / Michael Ables

18. Black Swan (2010)

Writer(s): Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

DP: Matthew Libatique

Editor: Andrew Weisblum

Music by: Clint Mansell

17. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Writer / Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch

DP: Shane F. Kelly

Editor: Sandra Adair

Music Supervisor(s): Meghan Currier, Randall Poster

16. Tiny Furniture (2010)

Writer / Director: Lena Dunham

Starring: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe

DP: Jody Lee Lipes

Editor: Lance Edmands

Music by: Teddy Blanks

Music Supervisor(s): Annie Pearlman

15. Touchy Feely (2013)

Writer / Director: Lynn Shelton

DP: Benjamin Kasulke

Starring: Rosemarie Dewitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais

Editor: Lynn Shelton

Music By: Vinny Smith

14. 50/50 (2011)

Writer: Will Reiser

Director: Johnathan Levine

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

DP: Terry Stacey

Editor: Zene Baker

Composer: Michael Giacchino

Music Supervisor(s): Jim Black, Gabe Hilfer

13. The Future (2011)

Writer / Director: Miranda July

Starring: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater

DP: Nikolai von Graevenitz

Editor: Andrew Bird

Composer: Jon Brion

Music Supervisor(s): Margaret Yen

12. Moonlight (2016)

Writer / Director: Barry Jenkins

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevonte Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

DP: James Laxton

Editor(s): Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

Composer: Nicholas Britell, Caetano Veloso

Music Supervisor(s): Maggie Phillips

11. Tomboy (2011)

Writer / Director: Céline Sciamma

DP: Crystel Fournier

Starring: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana , Jeanne Disson, Sophie Catani

Editor: Julien Lacheray

Music by: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier

10. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Writer(s): Edgar Wright, Michael Bacall, Bryan Lee O’Malley

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick

DP: Bill Pope

Editor(s): Johathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Composer: Nigel Godrich

Music Supervisor(s): Kathy Nelson

9. The Social Network (2010)

Writer(s): Aaron Sorkin, Ben Merzrich

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

DP: Jeff Croneweth

Editor: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Music by: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

8. Fruitvale Station (2013)

Writer / Director: Ryan Coogler 

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer

DP: Rachel Morrison

Editor(s): Claudia Castello, Michael P. Shawver

Composer: Ludwig Goransson

Music Supervisor(s): Jonathan Leahy, Manish Raval, Haroula Rose, Tom Wolfe

7. Happy Christmas (2014)

Writer / Director: Joe Swanberg

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

DP: Ben Richardson

Editor: Joe Swanberg

Composer: Dominic Lewis

Music Supervisor(s): Chris Swanson

6. Young Adult (2011)

Writer: Diablo Cody

Director: Jason Reitman

Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser

DP: Eric Steelberg

Composer: Mateo Messina, Rolfe Kent

Music Supervisor(s): Linda Cohen

5. Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Writer / Director: Lynn Shelton

Starring: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass

DP: Benjamin Kasulke

Editor: Nat Sanders

Composer: Vinny Smith

Music Supervisor(s): Mel Eslyn, Sandy Wilson

4. Take This Waltz (2011)

Writer / Director: Sarah Polley

Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby

DP: Luc Montpellier

Composer: Jonathan Goldsmith

Music Supervisor(s): Jody Colero

3. Drinking Buddies (2013)

Writer / Director: Joe Swanberg

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

DP: Ben Richardson

Editor: Joe Swanberg

Composer: Chris Swanson

Music Supervisor(s): Dominic Lewis

2. 20th Century Women (2016)

Writer / Director: Mike Mills

Starring: Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

DP: Sean Porter

Editor: Leslie Jones

Composer: Roger Neill

Music Supervisor(s): Howard Paar

1. Frances Ha (2012)

Writer(s): Noah Baumbach / Greta Gerwig

Director: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen

DP: Sam Levy

Editor: Jennifer Lame

Composer: Georges Delerue

Music Supervisor(s): George Drakoulias