Best Movies of the Decade: 2010s, Part 1

I’ve pored over my movie spreadsheet to curate a list of films that you should see. I arbitrarily ended up with 40, so I’ll present 20 of them here; my absolute favorites will be revealed soon, in Part 2.

This is a mixture of personal, critical, blockbuster, and groundbreaking favorites. You’ll notice that I gravitate towards drama, sci-fi, and documentary films, but I’ve included a few horror and comedy flicks in here, as well.

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Video clips and history of world cinema: 1918-1927

10 Years 10 Films (10Y10F) is a project to display embedded YouTube selections of cinema history. This is Part IV of a series that gives the viewer a quick time-lapse view of how movie technology and style has developed throughout the world – one clip each year – from 1888 through 2017, starting with the foundations to see how filmmakers build or deconstruct them.

World cinema 1918-1927

As “the war to end all wars” came to a close in 1918, the destruction in Europe shifted the center of the film world to Hollywood. By 1928, the “Big Five” studios had been established and they dominated the artistic and economic production of films in the United States.[1] This was particularly stifling for women directors as alpha males created a toxic environment on set.[2]

Despite – or perhaps because of – their lack of resources, German filmmakers in particular were especially creative during this time. Foreign language films were rarely exhibited in the States, but as the political situation worsened, several directors from Europe and Russia were recruited to Hollywood.

This is an era that continues to be revered today, with frequent exhibitions of classics like Metropolis, Within Our Gates, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, The Gold Rush, Battleship Potemkin, Nosferatu, and The Mark of Zorro to name a few. Read more Video clips and history of world cinema: 1918-1927

In memory of Grandpa Knight

This weekend, we celebrated the life of a beloved family member and friend. I knew him as Grandpa, but he was born Clylas Elwood Knight, Jr., on his mother’s family farm in Hawley, Texas, on Christmas Eve 1925. In his early 20’s, he became known as “Tex,” and it stuck with him the rest of his life.

I wanted to share the above photo of my brother Nick, Grandpa, and me (left to right). It’s from an epic cross-country camping trip that the three of us took in the summer of 1991. It is my favorite memory of him.

In 2010, I helped Grandpa publish his autobiography. It’s been revised with minor corrections a few times and the 3rd Edition is available on

Links below to his obituaries. (The correct date of his passing is Wednesday, August 21st.)