As the last decade comes to an end, it’s time to take a look at some of the perks we’ve received over the last ten years. These being some of our most loved cinematic experiences and the captivating shows that have left us yearning for more of the last ten years. For some perspective, at the beginning of this decade I was a ten year old kid, and now I’m a twenty years old in my second year of college, technically an adult (though scary to think about). In 2010, I probably would have said my favorite artist was someone along the lines of a dreamy pre-teen Justin Beiber, or maybe Katy Perry with her candy costumes and colorful hair, but reflecting back on the decade- I’d like to think I’ve become slightly more “cultured” between my movie loving parents, a few different boyfriends and some rotating friendships.
For this article I had to make some tough decisions, narrowing my three categories down to a slim top ten choices was difficult but necessary, because in all honesty I could rave about so many other choices and more than likely lose your interest pretty quick. However, I have carefully selected a few of my favorite movies, television shows, and albums from the 2010’s that I would love to share, and please feel free to comment if you have any additions or opinions on my picks- because I’d love to hear! *Que the drum roll*
Top 10 Favorite Movies
10) Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
The adaptation of this book into a movie was phenomenal. Between the casting and the soundtrack, it was a movie that resonated with me and most people who watched in some way. Who doesn’t love a darker tale of an outsider finding his his way through highschool?
9) Her ( 2013)
A new type of love story revolving around social isolation and advanced technology, a portrayal of loneliness that is fascinatingly handled. Not to mention Joaquin Phoenix’s performance was incredible in the delivery of the story.
8) Interstellar ( 2014)
Besides the mesmerizing special effects that were used to produce this film, the story that follows Matthew McConaughey into space to save the world was a trying one, between the time travel and planetary exploration it was an intense journey that I was excited to follow.
7) Bridesmaids (2011)
To this day there is not a movie that makes me laugh harder! Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph take you through a hilarious (although partially true) adaptation of women’s struggles in friendships, love lives, and of course getting married. Some of the comedy is more gag based, but most is just flat out raunchy comedy.
6) The Social Network (2010)
The familiar story of the founding of Facebook mixed with the pretentious roles Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake played made for an exciting film about not just Facebook but what goes on behind the scenes of of social sites.
5) Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
The extravagance of this film combined with the simple love story behind it made for one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time. It was unpredictable, and beautifully made.
4) 12 Years a Slave (2013)
This heartbreaking story is one that still sits with me today, following Solomon Northup through his capture into slavery, the many crushing scenes, and brutal depictions of a small look into what happened during times of slavery here.
3) Get Out ( 2017)
Jordan Peele shocked us all with his interesting take on racism disguised as envy in this horrific story, nobody had ever quite seen anything like it. It was disturbing to watch the story unfold and I loved every second of it.
2) Hereditary (2018)
I would call this movie one of the scariest creations of all time, not just for the jump scares but the mentality of the whole thing because not only was the gore and horror nerve wracking, but the dark back story we find at the end of the movie left me personally disturbed exiting the theater. While it may take some time to digest- it was a masterpeice of a film in all aspects.
1) Joker ( 2019)
As far as movies go, I have never been quite so entranced by a movie as I was during this tragic story of insanity. This movie went above and beyond to emphasize the sad, lonely parts of life- and Joaquin Phoenix (as usual) played the part as no other could. It was a movie that left my heart feeling sad, and my skin crawling at the same time- perfect insanity.
Top 10 Favorite TV Shows
10) Stranger Things
A fun summer binge show that has yet to disappoint between the alien monsters, hidden back stories, and growing teen cast.
One of the most laughter, drama, and sex filled shows on air, Shameless has kept things entertaining through all ten seasons with wilder and more ridiculous episodes coming.
One of Netflix’s most renowned shows following a serious issue in today’s society. Stories of rape victims told in moving ways, and women helping women to uncover the truth and find the justice each woman deserves.
7) Mad Men
Smoking, sex, and advertising. Each and every character in this show had their own traits and personalities that you grew to either love or hate- the development of them and the story was so intricate, it made it hard to turn away from the screen.
6) American Horror Story
With each season different from the next, this show has had some ups and downs- but I can never neglect to acknowledge the incredible stories each season follows, while I may not always love them, it’s an impressive thing to develop brand new story lines and hundreds of different characters.
5) Orange is the New Black
What a ride this show has been, and what attention it has brought to all types of women. Being one of Netflix’s first original series’ OITNB drew attention to communities including trans and queer women, along with addressing issues like rape, drug addiction, and prison violence- making it one of the most hard-hitting shows.
4) Breaking Bad
One of the most praised shows even to this day- Breaking Bad told one story and managed to continue doing so up to the very last episode, and through this story the intense development of it’s characters as they slip further and further into the series.
3) The Haunting of Hill House
Another Netflix original that with only one season so far has blown me away. Taking a look at not only just the house and its inhabitants, but the mental states of the family and the continuous plot twists the show throws at you makes for one of the most captivating experiences I’ve yet to have with a television show.
2) Game of Thrones
Of course GOT is on just about everyones list, and I unquestionably had to have it on mine seeing as it was probably one of the best series ever produced. Paying attention to the intricate detail they used with settings, costumes, and character development made for a completely raw and fierce series. Growing to love and hate characters with such a passion was intangible to almost any other show- not to mention the dragons of course.
1) The Handmaids Tale
My favorite series of the decade without a doubt, The Handmaids Tale told a horrific story- one which is so scary because god forbid fertility rates dropped, it’s not completely far fetched. As a woman myself I was drawn to the show, but I continued watching because of the unbelievable journey you follow these women through.
Thank you for reading my top tens, all of them were based off of pure personal enjoyment! Have a happy and healthy New Year!
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