Favorite Movies of the Decade

Sadly, oh so sadly,my moviegoing has seriously declined in the past couple years. So exhausted from working at school all week AND then working Saturdays. Lost a couple of my main movie-going pals and yes, yes, I know, I DO and WILL go to the movies alone. But when you’re already doing EVERYTHING ELSE ALONE, sometimes also going to a movie alone is just too. much. OK?

2009:
2009 was the summer of Hurt Locker (here and here), a masterpiece, District 9 and Inglorious Bastards. I also really liked Whip It! and The Young Victoria, both have which I have rewatched a million times at this point. I also loved Up in the Air, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Crazy Heart.

2010:
Winter’s Bone = fabulous and heartbreaking. The Town = oh wow, I have watched this movie SO many times. Love it. Rare Exports = best xmas movie ever.

2011:
The Guard (!!), Tree of Life (surprisingly b/c usually I hate that kind of crap) and Red State. (Here is where I ranked all the stuff I saw that year.)

2012:
Dang, a lot of good movies that year! Scanning that list now, I’d say the ones I remember as the best were Silver Linings Playbook (and I detest Bradley Cooper!), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (masterfully cinematic), Anna Karenina (the staging was SO cool), and A Separation.

2013:
All the good movies this year were INtense: Zero Dark Thirty, Fruitvale Station, Dallas Buyers Club, but probably my very favorite was the Joss Whedon black & white Much Ado About Nothing. Utterly charming. Oh and of course I can’t forget to mention Fast & Furious 6. Duh.

2014:
Hands down, the best two movies of 2014 were Only Lovers Left Alive and Words & Pictures. There are images from those two still utterly imprinted on my mind. Stunning. (But here’s a long list of what I liked that year.) I’m still a sucker for Begin Again as well.

2015:
I saw The Danish Girl on the last night of the year and looooved it. I love both those actors so much. Spotlight was also fantastic movie making. Iris!! Clouds of Sil Maria was surprisingly lovely. And OF COURSE FURIOUS 7. RIP Paul Walker.

2016:
This is when my record keeping started to get really shady. The Arrival. Stunning.

2017:
OMG Atomic Blonde. FANTASTIC. The clothes, the sets, the FIGHTS. It was sooo good. Also Get Out. Wow.

2018:
BlacKKKlansman should have won the Oscar. Don’t even try to argue, no other movie from 2018, let alone many others years, can hold a candle to that masterpiece. I also loved Puzzle.

2019:
My favorite movie of 2019 was, hands down, Booksmart. Funniest, smartest movie possibly ever. I’ve got nothing but love for you, Booksmart. Also If Beale Street Could Talk was heartbreakingly fabulous.

Hoping to get my butt back into movie theaters in 2020 in a big way.

Duff at the Movies 2018

So….I forgot to ever make this list. Trying to recreate it from memories, texting people I know I went to the movies with, we’ll see what I can come up with… I know I saw very, very few movies last year. 

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2/9) — very powerful whilst watching. But one of those movies you can find a lot of holes and things in afterward. Great performances though.
  • A Wrinkle in Time (3/25) — didn’t really like. 🙁 Thought it was v. weak compared to the book.
  • Sorry to Bother You — good, traumatizing, shock and awe in the best way.
  • Blindspotting — good, upsetting, the truth of white privilege.
  • Puzzle — I really enjoyed this. A quirky somewhat insular story, it was fascinating thinking about the different way people’s minds work. Also: I want his apartment!! (8/8)
  • BlacKKKlansman — OMG SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD. Best film of 2018, no doubt. (8/10)
  • Crazy Rich Asians — fun enough. silly.
  • Colette (10/7) — really amazing performance by Keira Knightley, I want ALL the clothes in this film.

That might be it, but I’ll update this if any of my feelers pay off.

ETA: Puzzle! I forgot Puzzle, but I randomly saw it while scrolling back through my Instagram feed. That is definitely a movie worth seeing!

ETA: Found my stub from Three Billboards this weekend! I wonder if there are other stubs hanging out somewhere that I’ll find again later in the year, ha.

Duff at the Movies 2017

Repeat from 2016 disaster: Um, what? I never created this list back in January? And I haven’t realized that until now (August?) Ughhhh….. Off to attempt to recreate… Might be missing something…

  • American Assassin (9/23)
  • Atomic Blonde (8/8)
  • A Ghost Story (7/x)
  • The Big Sick (7/18)
  • Baby Driver (7/17)
  • Wonder Woman (6/11)
  • Fate of the Furious (or as I call it “Fast 8”) (4/16)
  • Get Out (2/25)

Duff at the Movies 2016

Um, what? I never created this list back in January? And I haven’t realized that until now (July 10?) Ughhhh….. Off to attempt to recreate…

  • La-La Land (12/28)
  • The Arrival (12/?)
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (7/22)
  • Ghostbusters (7/19)
  • The Meddler (7/4)
  • Central Intelligence (6/29)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (6/26)
  • L’Attesa (6/24)
  • Keanu (5/13?)
  • Allegiant (4/1)
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (3/? stub is illegible!)

Duff at the Movies 2015

  • The Danish Girl (12/31)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12/30)
  • Brooklyn (11/27)
  • Spotlight (11/25)
  • The Martian (11/21)
  • Spectre (11/14)
  • Truth (11/7)
  • Pawn Sacrifice (9/27)
  • Sleeping with Other People (9/19)
  • Grandma (8/30)
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl (8/28)
  • American Ultra (8/26)
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (8/3)
  • Iris (7/31)
  • Mr. Holmes (7/29)
  • Trainwreck (7/24)
  • Magic Mike XXL (7/14) & (7/25) & (8/?)
  • Testament of Youth (7/10)
  • Inside Out (7/1)
  • A Little Chaos (6/30)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (6/21)
  • Spy (6/6 & 8/6)
  • Clouds of Sil Maria (5/9)
  • Mr Turner (4/25)
  • Furious 7 (4/9 & 4/11)
  • Divergent: Insurgent (4/6)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (3/28)
  • American Sniper (1/16)
  • Big Eyes (1/2)

Duff at the Movies 2014

  • Top Five (12/31)
  • Wild (12/30)
  • The Imitation Game (12/27)
  • Mockingjay Part 1 (Hunger Games) (12/21)
  • Birdman (11/11)
  • The Skeleton Twins (9/13)
  • Frank (8/31)
  • Land Ho! (8/24)
  • Calvary (8/9)
  • Lucy (8/6)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (8/4) (& 8/23)
  • Boyhood (7/31)
  • I Origins (7/30)
  • Magic in the Moonlight (7/27)
  • A Most Wanted Man (7/26)
  • Wish I Was Here (7/22) (& 8/2)
  • Begin Again (7/20)
  • Snowpiercer (7/19)
  • Words & Pictures (6/27)
  • The Grand Seduction (6/26)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (6/24)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (5/17)
  • Under the Skin (5/10)
  • Rob the Mob (3/29)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (3/22)
  • Monuments Men (3/16)
  • Wolf of Wall Street (2/15)
  • The Past (1/25)
  • Her (1/4)

Duff at the Movies 2013

  • 12 Years a Slave (12/30)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (12/29)
  • American Hustle (12/27)
  • Philomena (12/27)
  • Out of The Furnace (12/24)
  • Thor 2 (11/30)
  • Catching Fire (11/29)
  • Gravity (11/28)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (11/16)
  • The Heat (10/?)
  • The Grandmaster (9/7)
  • The Way, Way Back (9/1)
  • Fruitvale Station (8/24)
  • Spectacular Now (8/21)
  • Elysium (8/17)
  • Now You See Me (7/?)
  • Frances Ha (7/4)
  • Byzantium (6/29)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (6/24)
  • World War Z (6/22)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (6/21)
  • Mud (6/7)
  • What Maisie Knew (6/2)
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness (6/1)
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (5/11)
  • Upstream Color (4/13)
  • Room 237 (4/6)
  • Side Effects (3/9)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (1/5)
  • Flight (1/3)

Duff at the Movies 2012

  • Django Unchained (12/31)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (12/26)
  • Anna Karenina (11/22)
  • Skyfall (Bond) (11/10)
  • Arbitrage (10/27)
  • Argo (10/20)
  • To Rome with Love (9/17)
  • Looper (9/10)
  • Magic Mike (9/9)
  • Killer Joe (9/8)
  • The Bourne Legacy (9/7)
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever (8/18)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Batman) (7/27)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (7/20)
  • People Like Us (7/6)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (6/29)
  • Rock of Ages (6/20?)
  • Prometheus (6/16)
  • Snow White & the Huntsman (6/2)
  • Battleship (5/26)
  • The Avengers (5/22)
  • Dark Shadows (5/11)
  • Cabin in the Woods (4/28?)
  • Hunger Games (3/24)
  • Friends with Kids (3/14)
  • Margaret (2/22)
  • A Separation (2/4)
  • Carnage (1/22)
  • The Artist (1/18)
  • Hugo (3D) (1/15)
  • Contraband (1/13)
  • Pariah (1/9)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1/8)
  • The Descendants (1/7)

Duff at the Movies 2011

  • Young Adult (12/26)
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (12/23)
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene (11/26)
  • Take Shelter (10/22)
  • Haunters (10/15)
  • Our Idiot Brother (9/4)
  • The Guard (8/5)
  • Cowboys & Aliens (8/3)
  • Harry Potter 8: Deathly Hallows 2 (7/24)
  • Super 8 (7/6)
  • Buck (7/4)
  • Beginners (6/22)
  • Hanna (6/9)
  • Midnight in Paris (6/5)
  • Tree of Life (6/4)
  • Incendies (en français) (5/26)
  • Thor (5/25)
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams (3D)(5/13)
  • Hesher (5/11)
  • Bridesmaids (5/10)
  • Certified Copy (4/?)
  • Red State (3/8)
  • Cedar Rapids (3/6)
  • No Strings Attached (2/20)
  • The Company Men (2/6)
  • The Mechanic (2/4)
  • The Tourist (1/16)
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (1/11)
  • Blue Valentine (1/7)
  • The King’s Speech (1/6)
  • The Fighter (1/5)
  • The Green Hornet (3D) (1/4)
  • Black Swan (1/2)
  • True Grit (1/2)
  • Somewhere (1/1)