As no secret has been made of it, one of the favorite subjects around here is chatting about films. Nostalgic films and current films. No matter their release year, we talk about a lot. As we continue on this ten year anniversary train, our subject today is to look at some of our favorite films of the decade.
It’s really (really) challenging for me to pick only one title to single out from a year. At least it seems as though it will be. This said, there is a year or two that I don’t find this difficult and some that I ultimately gave the crown are, I’ll admit, more for nostalgia than actual film quality. Sometimes you have to opt for the warm fuzzies over production.
Below we talk about my ten (maybe one or two more!) favorite films from this past decade of blogging and why I enjoy them. Let’s get this party started.
FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE LAST TEN YEARS
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1: ABOUT TIME (2018)
Not a typical watch for me, but if there’s a time-travelling romantic drama I have to single it, it’s definitely this one. (R, f-words) Find digitally on Amazon Video
2: AUSTENLAND (2013)
One of my most favorite comedic films of the last ten years is unquestionably Austenland. Plus, there’s also a fun story memory for me to go with this one, so I likely have fonder memories as a result. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
3: THE CHOICE (2016)
Yes this is a Nicholas Sparks adaptation and yes, I adore this film. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
4: CINDERELLA (2015)
Still adore this live action version of the Disney re-make. It’s so magical and fairytale perfection, plus it has a meet cute and I’m here for it. (PG) Find digitally on Amazon Video
5: CRAZY RICH ASIANS (2018)
This one came out and for me, it reminds of the “old fashioned” rom-coms we used to see in theaters. It’s just such a fun and light-hearted kind of romantic comedy, oh and yeah, it’s swoony, too. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
6: THE DUFF (2015)
Based on the YA novel, I adore this one. Sure there’s crude humor, but it’s also got heart and I think Mae Whitman is the ideal actor to take on this role. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
7: DUMBO (2019)
I have to include this Disney live-action remake because so many people bashed this one. To me, this is such a heartwarming film with its message (we can all learn from Dumbo, animated character or not, in how to be courageous) and also, who can resist the adorable face that is Dumbo. (PG) Find digitally on Amazon Video
8: GIFTED (2017)
Always fun to see Chris Evans in something outside of Marvel (though he can come back anytime) and this film is a good one. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video20+ FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE LAST TEN YEARS #FAVORITEMOVIES #BLOGGING10YEARS #10YEARSBLOGGING #BLOGGING #BLOGGER #GOODMOVIES Click To Tweet
9: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)
Despite the fact that I have not watched the sequel, I loved this movie. I also adore Thor: Ragnarok from the MCU; it has much the same vibe as these Galaxy movies and I love it. Also, Chris Pratt is hilarious! (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
10: INSTANT FAMILY (2018)
Moving and sweet, this story follows a married couple who, when they start to think about kids, decide to take in a foster child, only instead of ONE, they end up with three kids. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
11: JANE EYRE (2011)
Possibly my favorite version of the Charlotte Bronte classic. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
12: THE LOST HUSBAND (2020)
Despite the fact that this film is universally hated, I like it. We want more unique things at the box office (or TV screens) and then when we get it, it tends to do badly. I’m all for comfort watches, but I also love a good film that is different too. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
13: PITCH PERFECT (2012)
Another one I in no way anticipated liking. While it’s true it does have the typical sprinkling of crude humor (common to this genre), it’s also just a happy kind of movie that makes me smile. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
14: THE SECRET: DARE TO DREAM (2019)
Pretty good adaptation of the non-fiction novel about positive thinking and its profound power. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
15: SET IT UP (2018)
Not sure if this is technically a “feature” film since I think most of these are more “TV films,” but whatever. I enjoyed this rom-com quite a lot! (TV-MA) Find digitally on Netflix
16: SING (2016)
Another animated movie (and yes I’m an adult). But I did re-watch this one earlier this year (or late last) and it’s still dang cute, so… here we are. (PG) Find digitally on Amazon Video
17: TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE (2018)
Loved this Jenny Han adaptation, but then, we all know this. (TV-14) Find digitally on Netflix
18: VERONICA MARS (2014)
Pretty sure after reading the spoilers for the Hulu revival, this will forever be “my ending” of this sleuths story. I don’t think I’d care if she didn’t end up with a certain someone in the film, but I also don’t want the end of the revival, so, yeah, I’m team this movie’s end! (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
19: WARM BODIES (2013)
Since when do I add a zombie movie to my list? I know, it’s weird. However, I did LOVE this film. I don’t think I had quite the same level of love last time I watched it, but for a movie of this genre, this one is dang cute, especially if you can get past the first 10 or so minutes which are the most “gruesome.” (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
20: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011)
Don’t remember specifics about this one, but I do remember being impressed, so therefore we’re adding additional superhero love. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
21: ZOOTOPIA (2016)
Don’t love all of the messaging in this one or rather how it presents, but this one does make me smile. Plus, I mean, if something has to bring a list to its end, why not make it these happy faces? (PG) Find digitally on Amazon Video
BONUS MENTION! 2 HEARTS (2020)
Ok, so I cannot claim this one as an “all-time” favorite, however I admire how it tells its story. I want to talk about the specifics, but for fear of spoilers, I’ll refrain. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
A FEW FAVORITE TV SHOWS FROM THE LAST TEN YEARS
I’ve watched many shows over the last ten years; some of which are older than ten years, but I discovered them more recently. Below I share the select few that fit these requirements, because while I may watch many, only a FEW truly make the kind of impression I’m going for.
1: AGENT CARTER (2014) – short lived, yes, but also fun.
2: BLUE BLOODS (2010) – technically this one made its debut in 2010, but as I wouldn’t have seen it until the following year, I’m making it work. Also, this one is, for the most part, one of the best shows on TV today.
3: BURDEN OF TRUTH (2018) – solid storytelling, and the romance is the TOPS. Also, love that this one progresses careers as well as personal (i.e. family, children) stories.
4: CHESAPEAKE SHORES (2016) – one thing I’ve learned about my TV watching is that I prefer less complicated shows. There can be some sense of “soap opera” because let’s be real, some of my favorites have this, but I love those that tease us (well) with the characters and still create a “smaller” world for them. This is without question my favorite some from Hallmark.
5: ELEMENTARY (2012) – another one I really enjoyed, and am sad to see cancelled; it’s a contemporary version of Sherlock.
6: EMILY OWENS, M.D. (2012) – I watched this short-lived show several years back and gosh it was cheated! Such a cute show with lots of potential.
6: HAPPY ENDINGS (2011) – this is all kinds of silly, but it make me smile and I loved watching it last year.
7: MAGNUM, P.I. (2019) – such a good CBS remake that I’m here for!
8: MY LIFE IS MURDER (2019, ACORN TV) – strikes the right balance between crime drama and comedy.
9: NEW GIRL (2011) – only recently started to watch this one and it’s fun! Still have a couple seasons to enjoy.
10: WALKER (2020) – this is probably a premature add because I haven’t watched this all yet. However what I see, I do quite like!
11: THE UNICORN (2019) – sad to see this one be cancelled this year! It’s a really charming and sweet show.
12: WHITSTABLE PEARL (2020, ACORN TV) – so good, and moody, but also, the relationship between the leads is remarkably well done.
BONUS! THE BRAVE (2017) – another that got cancelled just when it was (possibly) getting good.
Now, it’s your turn. Which of these have you seen? Do you like or dislike them; why? Do you have a best of list from the last decade? If you read my ramblings on the regular (and thank you if so), are any missing that surprise you? Comment all of your thoughts down below. I’d love to chat with you all.
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