Episode 665: Best Films of the Decade

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10 Responses

  1. Beth says:

    I LOVE the talk on “Inception” here. I will complain to anyone who will listen how deeply unimaginative that movie is.

  2. Marko says:

    Biggest Surprise: Cloud Atlas not showing up on David’s list at all.

  3. FictionIsntReal says:

    Personal Shopper is the most overrated movie of the decade to me. Every genre within it was done badly, including a ghost scene that wouldn’t pass the muster in the dodgiest of Blumhouse productions. There was a logical solution to the “thriller” plot, but it just wasn’t interesting. Part of the reason I found parts of it less interesting was that it was obvious very early on that the text messages were not from her brother. So we’re left with just the story of a person who has the uninteresting shop of assistant to some rich model, which to be fair isn’t the type of story generally better when done by the mumblecore directors who specialize in aimless young adults. Assayas’ previous film, Clouds of Sils Maria, was much better.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      So if they’re not from her brother, who is sending them? That doesn’t hold your interest?

      – David

      • FictionIsntReal says:

        It was immediately apparent the the person contacting her was just messing with her, and thus neither her brother nor someone worth responding to at all. The most obvious suspect would be her boss’ boyfriend, who is arrested for murder at the end. The movie tries to make things ambiguous by clarifying that ghosts exist, but these ghosts are just nuisances rather than entities interested in dialogue with the protagonist.

        • Battleship Pretension says:

          It sounds like you watch movies while actively resisting any impulse toward imagination which, if it works for you, is cool with me. But it’s not what I do.

          – David

          • FictionIsntReal says:

            Not actively resisting, just watching and trying to follow the plot alongside the protagonist[s]. Depending on the kind of film, you may follow them along to wild flights of the imaginary. Usually the audience doesn’t get too far ahead of the protagonist, with main exception being comedies where we are supposed to be amused by the dramatic irony, which can be either because they are a mockable buffoon or an unlucky person without access to the same information as us.

  4. Alex says:

    Are you guys gonna post the lists or am I gonna have to listen to all 3 hours again?

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      We posted them yesterday, but please don’t let that dissuade you from listening to the episode again.


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