Just like us, the good folks over at IndieWire love them some Moonlight. The entertainment site released their list of the top 100 films of this decade with the Oscar-winning title from Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney sitting at no. 1.
“This sprawling look at romantic desire and the emotional hardships of the African-American experience folds its fixations into a profound creative tapestry,” they wrote. “On one level, it’s a deep tragedy told in passing glances. At the same time, it’s a rallying call that broadens the potential for black artistry to permeate popular culture in fresh ways.”
IndieWire is one of the leading sites covering film and television, and this week, they’re celebrating best cinema since the year 2010, a time when what we think of as present-day Hollywood was just a figment of our imaginations. Remember DVDs? A little-known company named Netflix was still shipping them to homes before the turn of this decade.
Other works of queer cinema making it onto the list include Carol, Call Me By Your Name, The Handmaiden, and Pariah.
Of Carol, which sits at no. 7, they said, it “is more than just a bone-deep melodrama about a mutual infatuation during a repressive time. It’s more than a vessel for Carter Burwell’s swooning career-best score, or Sandy Powell’s seductive costumes, or the rare queer romance that gave its characters a happy ending — an ending that resonates through Cate Blanchett’s coy smile with the blunt force of every impossible dream Carol Aird has ever had for herself… It’s all of those things (and more!), but most of all it’s an indivisibly pure distillation of what it feels like to fall in love alone and land somewhere together.”
Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name came in at no. 18 as “the Brokeback Mountain of its era, made all the more sweeter and more sensitive for being directed by an actual gay person.”
The Handmaiden, the “cheeky erotic thriller that subverts classical tropes with giddy injections of sapphic energy” is at no. 72
Then there’s Dee Rees’ Pariah at no. 70 — well below where it should be, but fine! Of the coming-of-age drama, IndieWire says it “was ahead of its time, but it’s waiting to be found whenever people need it.”
Other highlights on the list include Lady Bird (10), Get Out (21), Black Panther (60), and The Great Gatsby (98).