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2010s in Film: Why I Love #22 “Sleeping Giant”

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

#22 Sleeping Giant (2015)

Writer / Director: Andrew Cividino / DP: James Klopko / Composer: Joey Colero / Music Supervisor(s): Misha Bower, Bruce Peninsula, Matt Cully, Neil Haverty, Chris Thronborrow. Starring: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino

From the jump, you feel the impasse.

This film explores a few elements of identity – largely class and sexuality.

The spot-on observation of social status via meals – the mere visual of arugula and lemon stuffed trout vs the hamburger and, impact-fully, the instance during Settlers of Catan.

As far as the titular Sleeping Giant, it appears as though conquering the Canadian Wonder is a known feat of human ability, accomplished only by one idolized, local legend.

Meanwhile, Dad is trying to grow his son to be a man – which means girls, and opportunities.

When it comes to figuring it all out, Adam does – in slow motion. 

With each step of bravery he crawls closer to his true self.

Until it hits.

I found the core about giving in to and resisting pressure, while the edge watchfully explores living among lack and immense possibility, like “nowhere” else.

Here’s the trailer ⬇️

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #23 “Blue Jay”

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

#23 Blue Jay (2016)

Writer: Mark Duplass | Director / DP: Alexandre Lehmann | Music by: Julian Wass. Starring: Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager

I love this movie because of the unspoken connection between Jim and Amanda – two adults who really know each other, and at this point in their lives might be the only people for one another who truly fit that bill.

Immediately, #IYKYK they go way back with a slick reference to Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.

Time has passed, they see each other, and all the care comes rushing back. You don’t even have to put it into words – it’s all in their eyes, smiles, and the space that’s left in conversation.

Loss is difficult, and it can throw you all over the place emotionally, so I’m pleased to see Jim experience active grief onscreen.

Then there’s Amanda, pausing to take in Jim’s childhood house – the pictures on the wall – that’s the boy I knew. Going through the closets, smelling clothes, reading letters. 

Always trying to keep it on the up, the couple staves away the looming “talk” all night, replacing it with fun trips down memory lane, dance moves, inside jokes, and playing back tapes – which the 90s kids know is a landmine waiting to happen.

Ex-couples dream of this kind of experience. Happenstance leading to resolving all of your past issues in one brisk, fun-filled day overlooking the beautiful scenics of the town that grew you both.

Blue Jay. I mean, it’s a fantasy, right?

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #25 “Bachelorette”

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

#25: Bachelorette (2012)

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

Bachelorette follows a group of high-school friends affectionately known as the “B-faces”, played by Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson, on the eve of the wedding of the one in the group they used to bully.

It came to me out of nowhere one night via Netflix while I was 25, living in a basement room in Bushwick with my cat, Bloom, eating a red velvet cupcake and drinking whisky in bed.

This script is quick-witted and every character in this film is stunning. From Regan’s dress to Gena’s tangents to Katie’s eternal highness.

And, the story is made only more uniquely kettled by the unapologetic stares, portrayal of selves, and perfect matches offered by Trevor, Clyde, and Joe.

Joe as a concept makes my heart melt and Marsden is conflictingly hot; an icy depiction of how “that kind of thing” works if you, like Regan, offer the same.

Clyde and Gena’s backstory was a surprise (it was also great to see Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan back together again after Party Down) and the fact that the Damone reference can sum up everything for that tense conversation on the train is a very comforting, generational thing to include in a story like this.

Ultimately, what I love about Bachelorette is that it’s a wedding hi-jinx movie that’s really good with presenting behaviors of true compatibility.

The B-faces approach their “demons” and meet their matches, but most importantly – due to sheer adrenaline to not fuck up in the biggest way for this accepting friend to whom they have been truly shitty – they come through for each other and themselves, solving internal and external catastrophes barely in time for the ceremony. It’s a perfect wedding.

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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