Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Top 20 Favorite Films of 2020

What can I say about 2020 except it sucked big time? Possibly one of the worst years I've experienced in my lifetime if not the worst. My viewing films suffered as well: many film series and festivals have faltered or postponed, on top of all movie theaters being shuttered because of the world-wide pandemic that has been raging since March. I did catch up with some good films though. This year, unlike any other year, was the year of gentle, subtle films. It has been a good pace of change to balance out the ugly, anxiety filled reality leading up to the presidential election and losing loved ones and sharing heartbreaks with those who are greatly affected by Covid 19. It was also the year of women filmmakers - Reichardt, Gomes, Zhao, Song as well as newcomers Zheng Lu and Kulumvegashivli made the list. 

Happy holidays! Good riddance 2020. Here's hoping for a better year everyone!

1. First Cow - Reichardt First Cow 1

2. Ghost Tropic - Devos Ghost Tropic4

3. Lovers Rock - McQueen Screen Shot 2020-12-15 at 10.52.57 AM

4. O que arde/Fire Will Come - Laxe Screen Shot 2020-04-04 at 9.24.39 AM

5. La casa lobo/The Wolf House - Cociña, León Screen Shot 2020-07-07 at 6.02.13 AM

6. The Disciple - Tamhane The Disciple

7. Days - Tsai Days

8. Malmkrog - Puiu Malmkrog

9. The Cloud in Her Room - Zheng Lu The Cloud in Her Room

10. Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds - Herzog, Oppenheimer Fireball-Visitors-from-Darker-Worlds

11. The Two Sights - Bonnetta Second Sights

12. Undine - Petzold Undine

13. Notturno - Rosi Notturno

14. A Portuguesa/A Portuguese Woman - Gomes Screen Shot 2020-07-24 at 10.58.30 AM

15. Fourteen - Salitt Screen Shot 2020-06-12 at 11.23.26 AM

16. His House - Weekes His House

17. Beginning - Kulumvegashivli Beginning

18. Nomadland - Zhao nomadland

19. Calming - Song The Calming

20. American Sector - Velez, Stephens Screen Shot 2020-11-11 at 9.13.39 AM

Vitalina Varela, Bacurau, Wild Goose Lake, I Was Home, But...and Zombie Child all made my list last year.

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