Research Check-in 6: The 2010s

Monroe 2010s Posters

The sixth and final set of movies I watched, the 2010s, was truly a fantastic bunch. As a group, it was definitely my favorite, and even as individual films these might have been my favorite four of the entire project. To end with a movie as thought provoking as Silence was stellar as well.

My favorite movie of the 2010s was Django Unchained, but Whiplash gave it a run for its money. The two films could not be more different in terms of plot, with one being a violent Western and the other a jazz film, but both movies shared the benefits of a terrific cast and an amazing soundtrack. Django edged out Whiplash only because of my personal movie preferences, not any fault of the latter film.

My least favorite film of the 2010s was Silence, but it really was still a great movie. The acting of Andrew Garfield carried the movie, but I was not as sold on Adam Driver’s performance. In the end, though, it was really the acting of the Japanese characters that took the movie from good to great, and the locations where the film was shot were gorgeous. Silence may have been my least favorite film of the decade, but it still lands pretty high on my overall rankings.

The 2010s were unusual in that they finally broke the continuing trend of increased adult content from decade to decade that had carried on throughout the entire project. In the end, the 2000s ranked supreme in adult content, but the 2010s still came in second. This observation is interesting, as it could suggest that movies have potentially plateaued in the amount of adult content they have on average, but this will not be conclusive until more time has passed and more movies are made.

Monroe 2010s Graph

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  1. William Moore says:

    It’s interesting that you note that adult content in films has decreased since the 2000’s, especially considering that news media seems to portray this decade as much more aggressive and has characterized it as a reduction of the moral values of society as compared to the past. Do you think that there is any reason why society’s acceptance of immoral content has increased general? Also, is there any reason why society has reversed course in the last decade? Or is this perception a result of small sample size?


  2. sdevignierawad says:


    I think that this decrease in adult content in the 2010s more symbolizes a plateau in desensitization rather than a reverse in course, and this is probably because of the said small sample size. When watching the 2000s versus the 2010s, the movies all felt similar to each other in their approaches to adult content portrayal. In fact, I would almost lump the 90s in there too, as Pulp Fiction seemed to usher in this whole era of movies that nearly disregard the idea of excessive gore or sexuality. In the end, I cannot say if the future will bring more or less adult content in movies, but my feeling towards the drop off in the 2010s is that it shows that almost a ceiling has been reached in regards to how much adult content can be crammed into an 120-minute film.