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2010s in Film: Why I Love #21: Little Birds

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

#22 Little Birds (2011)

Writer / Director: Elgin James / DP: Reed Morano / Composer: Elgin James / Music Supervisor(s): Elizabeth James

Little Birds beautifully displays the physical and emotional implications of abandon and the performances and cinematography win this for me.

Ali and Lily live this adolescent existence where they have responsibilities beyond their scope and perform a role as the stable element in the unstable universes of their respective adults.

Just as Lily approaches her breaking point, on time arrives a team of boys who steal Lily’s gaze and lure the friends away from home to the desolate outskirts and onto L.A.

The boys skate in empty pools, live in an abandoned hotel, and have “abandoned society” altogether.

All these kids have escaped, and they push each opportunity to seriously dangerous limits to sustain their anarchist lifestyle. Lily finds this thrilling…while Ali just hangs, reluctantly, waiting for the whole thing to inevitably burn so she can get her friend back to town in one piece.

I enjoy this film because Ali consistently stands up for herself, no matter how many times she gets negged by Lily or by the boys for being honest, observant, and genuinely concerned.

And Lily *sigh*.

You only get a little time between a cut and knowing how deep it is.

Here’s the trailer ⬇️

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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