Best Ten Films (2010-2015)


Logan Peterson

10) Steve Jobs (2015)- This is a biopic for the ages. Michael Fassbender plays the titular character with such emotion and uncanny resemblance (not by looks, but everything else). He gives the undisputed best performance of his career, as he portrays the flawed figure during three different product launches. By his side is his assistant and friend, Joanna Hoffman, played by a focused Kate Winslet. A wholly original biopic from the incredible mind of Aaron Sorkin.

9) Toy Story 3 (2010)- It’s hard to imagine I could have such an emotional resonance with a bunch of toys. Pixar really does know how to pull at your heartstrings, and this film is truly a classic. It was the perfect conclusion to a near-perfect trilogy about the misadventures of a few toys, and their unconditional devotion to their owner, Andy. It’s such a beautiful, poignant, and heartbreaking film; but, it’s also funny and satisfying.

8) Moneyball (2011)- “How can you not be romantic baseball?” This film tells the story of Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, and the year he defied the odds using analytics. With wonderful performances from Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, this film encapsulates everything we love about sports, and everything we love about rooting for the underdogs.

7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)- Another film on the list that concludes a film series, although, none will ever have the cultural significance that “Harry Potter” did. This film is a non-stop thrill ride, and an emotionally taut meditation on fighting for what’s right. The performances were never better, and the film offered a satisfying conclusion to a pop culture phenomenon.

6) 12 Years a Slave (2013)- This is a truly eye-opening experience; a film that relives an America at it’s darkest, and most troubling. “12 Years” tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free African American man who is kidnapped and forced into slavery, where he spends 12 years trying to return home. This is an unsettling film that is incredibly difficult to watch, which proves just how essential is to the history of cinema.

5) Room (2015)- This film tells the story of a young woman who is captured as a teenager and locked in her captor’s shed for seven years, where she eventually has a child. The relationship between mother and son is beautiful and genuine, thanks to incredible performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, who gives the best performance by a child actor I’ve ever seen. The film is a perfect metamorphosis, beginning with an unsettling story of isolation, and eventually blossoming into a heartwarming film that is endearing to the human spirit. “Room” is an emotionally crippling film that hurts, but also has a sense of hope.

4) Birdman (2014)- This surreal marvel tells the story of a washed up actor, and his attempt to mount a Broadway play in order to relive his former glory. Michael Keaton is amazing here, in quite possibly the most meta-role in film history; let’s not forget that Keaton once played Batman. “Birdman” is an existential film that features amazing performances, and impressive cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki.

3) Inception (2010)- This film perfectly meshes human emotion with a complex narrative. “Inception” may be confusing for some people, but no one can deny how visually stunning it is. The effects, sound design, and cinematography are feasts for the eyes and ears. The film centers around a group of people who make a living on navigating through people’s dreams, stealing ideas and information. It’s a smart, exciting, and very moving film that takes hold of your attention from the very first shot, and it never let’s go.

2) The Wolf of Wall Street- So wrong, but it feels so right. The story of Jordan Belfort and his illicit activities during his time on Wall Street are shocking, yet hilarious. Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of the greatest performances of his long career, in this smartly written and uproariously funny film from the great Martin Scorsese.

1) The Social Network (2010)- An unadulterated masterpiece; “The Godfather” for the tech generation. The film tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of “Facebook,” but it is also a tale of greed and deception. Everything, from the performances to the writing and even the cinematography, are all top notch.