The Hollywood Read ep. 48

As the year and the decade wind down, we look back at the films that defined the 2010s, sharing our favorite films of the year and the decade. It was a great year for film, and a pretty great decade for film, too, so we have plenty to revisit on our respective lists. We also break down the Golden Globes and SAG Awards nominations as the shortened award season barrels on. Join us for the last episode of the year as we celebrate 2019 and the 2010s in film.

Top 10 films of 2011

50/50

I can’t remember the last time I laughed and cried so hard in a movie as I did in 50/50. Based on the real-life story of screenwriter Will Reiser, 50/50 follows Adam after he’s diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at 27. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives one of his best performances as Adam and he’s ably supported by Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and a surprisingly tolerable Seth Rogen. 50/50 barely touches on the physical reality of cancer—we only briefly see the effects of chemo—but the emotional reality is sharply drawn, in turns painfully raw and touchingly hopeful. There was no more life-affirming movie in 2011. Continue reading “Top 10 films of 2011”