February 27, 2024

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Watson Re-Ranks His Top 10 Movies of 2017-2021

Time makes fools of us all. Here’s how I’d rank my top movies of 2010-2016 today.

I’ve been ranking my top movies even before we started Gabbing Geek. Sure, I see a LOT more movies now than in 2010 when I first posted my rankings on my Facebook page, but over the years there has always been a Top 10.

I had previously went back and re-ranked my top ten for 2010-2016 to see how my lists have held up over time.  Now it is time to pick up the next block of time!

Without further a dude…

 New 2017 Top 10

  1. Logan (Previous rank: 1) 

  2. Get Out (Previous rank: 3) 

  3. Baby Driver (Previous rank: 6)

  4. I, Tonya (Previous rank: 9)

  5. The Disaster Artist (Previous rank: 4)

  6. Thor: Ragnarok (Previous rank: 8)

  7. Wonder Woman (Previous rank: 2)

  8. Dunkirk (Previous rank: 10)

  9.  Spider-Man:  Homecoming (Previous rank: 14)

  10. Shape of Water (Previous rank: 5)

What Fell Out of the Top 10:  Big Sick (7)

Commentary:Logan remains atop the list, and an all-time favorite.  Even though it only moves up one spot, Get Out also resides in the rare air of a near-perfect film.  I, Tonya and the first Holland Spidey film climb the most while Wonder Woman drops a bit.  Only The Big Sick, a fine film, drops out of the Top 10.  Probably not too far though.

New 2018 Top 10

  1. Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse (Previous rank: 1)

  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Previous rank: 2)

  3. Avengers: Infinity War (Previous rank: 6)

  4. Bad Times at the El Royale (Previous rank: 5)

  5. Deadpool 2 (Previous rank: 11)

  6. Three Identical Strangers (Previous rank: 7)

  7. Free Solo (Previous rank: 8)

  8. A Quiet Place (Previous rank: 4)

  9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Previous rank: 10)

  10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Previous rank: 3)

What Fell Out of the Top 10:  Searching (9)

Commentary:The top two films held up, but I will admit there was a time where Bohemian would have been ahead of Spider-Verse.  But the sequel to the Miles Morales animated feature cemented my love of this franchise.  Deadpool 2 remains so rewatchable that it hopped 6 spots to displace Searching from the Top Ten.

New 2019 Top 10

  1. Avengers: Endgame (Previous rank: 1)

  2. Knives Out (Previous rank: 2)

  3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Previous rank: 10)

  4. Parasite (Previous rank: 3)

  5. Ford v. Ferrari (Previous rank: 4)

  6. Spider-Man:  Far From Home (Previous rank: 5)

  7. Uncut Gems (Previous rank: 6)

  8. Dolemite Is My Name (Previous rank: 9)

  9. Joker (Previous rank: 7)

  10. The Two Popes (Previous rank: 8)

What Fell Out of the Top 10:  None.

Commentary: 2019 had an excellent Top 10, but not much after that.  Thus, a fairly consistent Top 10 today.  The top two films could have been all-time greats in any year, but stay 1-2 without a change.  Endgame stuck the landing and holds up over time.  Biggest move is Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.  I enjoyed it at the time but it has really continued to grow on my in subsequent rewatches.  Brad Pitt deserved that Oscar.

New 2020 Top 10

  1. Hamilton (Previous rank: 1)

  2. Soul (Previous rank: 2)

  3. The Gentlemen (Previous rank: 7)

  4. Trial of the Chicago 7 (Previous rank: 4)

  5. Tenet (Previous rank: 3)

  6. Palm Springs (Previous rank: 6)

  7. Boys State (Previous rank: 7)

  8. The Outpost (Previous rank: 13)

  9. Eurovision (Previous rank: 9)

  10. Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom (Previous rank: 5)

What Fell Out of the Top 10:  The Sound of Metal; Love and Monsters

Commentary:What a fucking weird year.  What was going on in this 2020 year where all the movies in the Top 10 were streaming?  I didn’t leave the house much that year, so I didn’t check into it…  Consistency at the top of the list but a couple of big moves after that.  Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen continues to rise in my esteem.  The Outpost climbed a few spots to jump into the Top 10.  But it was Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ Eurovision that made the biggest move.  This movie is so hilarious and has so many catchy moments that it make one of the bigger moves I’ve seen in my re-ranks.

New 2021 Top 10

  1. Judas and the Black Messiah (Previous rank: 1)

  2. I Care A Lot (Previous rank: 2)

  3. Cruella (Previous rank: 6)

  4. Belfast (Previous rank: 5)

  5. Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free (Previous rank: 16)

  6. In & Of Itself (Previous rank: 9)

  7. The Sparks Brothers (Previous rank: 17)

  8. The Suicide Squad (Previous rank: 31)

  9. Coda (Previous rank: 10)

  10. No Time to Die (Previous rank: 14)

What Fell Out of the Top 10:  Being the Ricardos, King Richard, Nine Days, Spider-Man:  No Way Home

Commentary: Wow.  My calibrations were WAAAAYYYYY off on this year.  What was I thinking?  It must have been whatever happened in 2020 throwing me off the next year as movies seem to have returned to more normalcy.  My top two remain constant, but four movies fell out of the rankings.  Of these, only Spider-Man: No Way Home is really notable.  I was sucked in by the spectacle of the three actors and the first big event movie since Endgame, but it did not hold up for me on a second viewing.  It has all of the flaws of post-Endgame Marvel…papered over because the three leads are charming.  Beyond that, a couple of big moves into the Top 10.  Two musical biopics (Tom Petty and Sparks Brothers) stuck with me.  The final Craig Bond jumped up a little, mostly as a form of lifetime achievement for the role.  But it was Suicide Squad (the good one…not the shitty one) that left me shaking my head.  How did I have that in the 30s?  That move fucks!