And that’s it. Another year in the rear view mirror and another reason to take a look back at the BEST, WORST and, well, others of 2020. So here it is… my pick of the Best Films of 2020.
Film of The Year #1: The Trial of the Chicago 7
In Brief: A combination of a compelling story, great cast and some pin sharp writing and direction from Aaron Sorkin elevates what could have been a dull court room drama to something REALLY special.
Film of The Year #2: Hamilton
In Brief: Yes. I know. But it was released on Disney +, is effectively a documentary (okay I know pretty slim right) but in a year with few stand out releases Hamilton is the one that, already, i’ve gone back to time after time. Such joy, such charm and such fun. For the first time ever we have a tie for #1.
3. Uncut Gems
In Brief: Intense, stressful and, at times,. really hard to watch… Uncut Gem‘s is unlike any film you will watch in 2020. And is probably all the better for it. Adam Sander was officially robbed at the Acadamy Awards.
In Brief: The hype was real. Really real. Director Bong’s biting class satire smashed through award nights across the globe but, hype aside, this is a superb film with so much to say.
5. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
In Brief: Leave it to Attenborough to bring the problems of the world sharply into focus once again as he continues to play the role of the planet’s conscious by delivering yet another impactful look at the horrors of the world we are destroying.
And then there was 6-10 (*and a few near misses!)…
6. Soul – Once again Pixar delivers an insightful, artistic and thought provoking master class in animation
7. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I watched with behind my hands… yes Borat is back and it lost non of it’s impact.
8. Palm Springs – A brilliantly quirky sci-fi time travel comedy that never does what you expect. Great film.
9. Queen & Slim – Powerful road trip movie that references Bonnie & Clyde, True Romance and more. But a film that would be nothing without its powerful centra performances.
10. Possessor – Brandon Cronenberg’s shocking horror brings back memories of the 80’s with it’s no holds barred nudity, violence and gore.
Bubbling Under: Inmate #1: The Rise Of Danny Trejo, The Invisible Man, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,The Social Dilemma, Greenland, Athlete A, The Platform, The Broken Hearts Gallery, The Gentleman, 1917, The Hunt, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), The Wolf Of Snow Hollow, Color Out of Space, Freaky, Gretel and Hansel