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Existential Binge Watching: Classic movies from each year of the 2010s

Time just doesn’t seem to exist in the world of cinema. Movies that are old seem like they just came out yesterday, and movies that are new feel like they’ve been playing in theatres for years. Time does exist, however, and another decade of movies has come and gone. The question is, what movies from this decade will be remembered for decades to come? 

Toy Story 3 (2010)

It’s strange to think that by next summer this movie will be a decade old. Being the third movie in such an iconic series, everyone remembers the day they cried watching this film. The cast of animated toys is also perhaps the most recognizable worldwide.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Much like everyone remembers the day they cried watching a Pixar film, it’s hard to forget witnessing the end of a magical, wizarding world. Whether you’re into Harry Potter or not, this movie is a mile marker when it comes to classics of the last decade.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) 

It seems only right to throw at least one coming of age, teenage-oriented film in, and what better one to choose than this novel adaptation? After all, it’s probably the only reason people still listen to “Come On Eileen” at school dances.

The Conjuring (2013) 

Maybe it’s not the best horror movie of the last decade, but it can definitely be viewed as a classic when taking into consideration the literal universe of movies it created. A good ol’ demonic possession is always a formula for classic movie status, and it helps even more when it’s based in reality.

Interstellar (2014)

This was an absolutely stunning movie, through and through. The beautiful visuals, the intricate plot that spanned space itself, the top-notch performance by Matthew McConaughey; it set the standard for science fiction films going forward.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

Every generation has a story. And, apparently, every generation also has a Star Wars trilogy. This movie is the start of the latest one essentially earns it instant-classic status. It was a mass pop culture event for all ages, after all.

Deadpool (2016) 

The mercenary with a mouth finally gets the treatment he deserves, and audiences finally got a true-to-comic film. The movie is still quoted to this day, and it seems the one-liners will still be coming out of the mouths of generations to come. The successful R rating also paved the way for our next classic.

Logan (2017)

This film completely humanizes Wolverine with a gritty, down-to-Earth superhero film. It flipped expectations of comic book movies upside down and has opened the doors for directors to go in so many directions. It does that all while giving a beloved character an ending that shows his true character. Of course, Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart ending their X-Men careers have to make this list.

A Star is Born (2018) 

Even though this movie is a remake, it has all the makings of a classic film. Comedy, romance, tragedy and the stars that are Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper leading it all. While the ending can be devastating for some, it is — and will always be — one to rewatch.

Avengers: Endgame (2019) 

This year was filled with spectacular films. But the classic of the year has to be the culmination of the last 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe tension. Every plot thread and every character came together to create what can only be described as a once in a lifetime movie experience.

Maybe these films will be remembered forever, or maybe they won’t. Not to mention, there are countless amazing films not included in this list. (It’s hard picking one for each year, okay?) Only time will tell which of these films will overcome fading memories and earn the status as a 2010s classic.

Jackson Horvat is a sophomore studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Do you agree? Tell Jackson by tweeting him at @horvatjackson.

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