OkHow about best animated movie of the decade? I do not distinguish them from live action normally, but it would be a shame if we missed this discussion as they mostly fly under the radar. Notice how I've left out Pixar movies - not that I didn't enjoy the Inside Outs of the decade, they had little impact on me however, first half of WALL-E was the last Prime Pixar Time. That was 11 years ago.
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
Stunningly beautiful Japanese folk tale by the late and great Takahata Isao (Grave of the Fireflies), the painting-like, soft visual style is an artistic masterclass and the simple, yet emotionally rich story just delivers. Too bad Studio Ghibli dies with its masters, and thx God Miyazaki Hayao is doing another "final one".
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
So much creativity, gags and visual swag put into this, it really feels nex-gen. Kinda everything and the kitchen sink per story, characters and differing visuals meshed into one, but somehow creators thrive rather than drown it it. Really fun pic.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Laika's best stop-motion movie yet, also absolutely delivering on visuals (notice the theme here?), strong on storytelling and features actual villains that are actually scary. A film that definitely stays with you.
It's Such a Beautiful Day
Don Hertzfeldt's hour-long pencil drawing ride into a shattered psyche might just be my top pick here, even if it's not even feature length. No other moving picture, animated or whatever managed to visualize one completely losing his grip on reality this well, and while it's not an easy watch, I've seen it like 4 times and find a lot of gags in it.
Your Name. (2016)
Corny love story with corny colorful 2D/3D visual style mash with corny animated master Shinkai Makoto - and it still delivers and a hugely entertaining, oft-puzzling, visually striking and modern enough tale. I know that ppl. here are man enough to admit they love this, and I liked it too, so it has a place on my list.
Fantastic Mr. Fox... wait what, more than a deace old? FFS
Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018)
Visuals? Yep, you've guessed it, this bonkers crazy avant-garde ride is light on story but full of 2D animated creativity, giving homage to early & mid-20th century art.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
As dark as it gets for a kids themed animated movie: tragedy, fate, responsibility - besides looking awesome, 2 touches on some serious stuff.
Song of the Sea (2014)
Another one that's small on scale but giant on heart, an Irish fairy-tale with unique visuals and a strong story, I could watch movies like this over and over again.
Not one of the decades best , but I watched Dragged Across Concrete recently and think it might the the best of Zalher's 3 films. It could be because Mel Gibson turns in a good performance and has a dominating presence on screen which the other two films didn't have , but i think there'e more substance , layers and humor to Concrete.
Watched this the other night - was a little put off by the presence of Vince Vaughn, an actor I seem to have a strong personal aversion to - but I liked Bone Tomahawk enough to give it a go. Yeah.... It's an odd one for sure. The bad guys are almost comically evil. Can't say I liked any of the characters overly much. Interesting finale though, and it steered mostly clear of predictability. I can't honestly say I noticed a lot of humour, although Tomahawk wasn't exactly hilarious either - but that movie had something this one seemed to lack. A bit more heart, perhaps.