2020 in MOVIES - FILM (the weirdest year ever?)

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alright I have NO idea what came out this year. I need help. I want to watch movies from this year exclusively for the next three days. I need stuff to write about but also I feel completely disconnected and need new stuff to watch. These are the only 2020 movies I've seen:

Spree
Kajillionaire
On the Rocks
Spaceship Earth
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Da 5 Bloods
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
First Cow
The Hunt
Tenet
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Emma
Wasp Network
Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
Sonic the Hedgehog
She Dies Tomorrow
The Way Back
The Rhythm Section
Bad Boys for Life
Like a Boss
Downhill
Irresistible

Please help

flappy bird, Friday, 13 November 2020 17:53 (two weeks ago) link

weirder than 1942-45?

groovemaaan, Friday, 13 November 2020 17:57 (two weeks ago) link

Also (in descending order of Letterboxd user popularity):

The Invisible Man
Palm Springs
Onward
The Devil All the Time
Hamilton
Enola Holmes
The Half of It
The Social Dilemma
The Old Guard
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Extraction
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
The King of Staten Island
Mulan
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Hubie Halloween
Underwater
Shirley
Host
Miss Americana
Bill & Ted Face the Music
The Lovebirds
The New Mutants
Project Power
Horse Girl

The addition ones I've seen or I'm interested in seeing in bold. Elizabeth Moss had a good year.

Advanced Doomscroller (Sanpaku), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:33 (two weeks ago) link

The Invisible Man - v well modernised in themes, and its treatment of public / private settings was driven by budget but turned out to be super-fitting for life in pandemic 2020
The Vast Of Night - made on 1/10 the budget of the above, an ostensible 1950s sci-fi throwback that plays more like a post-new-wave plano secuencia small-town portrait
Palm Springs - if you don't know anything about this, & are not put off by "Andy Samberg unrom-com," go in without reading up
Bill & Ted Face The Music - totally manages to capture the spirit of the original B&T's (the original writers/creators did this one too) with Bill & Ted as middle-aged losers with daughters (was written with them 40-ish, took 12 years to get made). Shows the seams of losing 1/3 their budget just before shooting, and covid wiping out planned pick-ups / additional shooting, but if you're in the mood then who cares

Feels Good Man - doco mainly about Matt Furie's journey in creating genial stoner comics, bemusedly but happily seeing his frog character become a meme, then having to deal with it becoming a nazi symbol. film doesn't lean into it, but the chan-driven rise of disaffected youth -> alt-right ideology is obv a significant theme
American Utopia - Spike Lee turning David Byrne's latest tour (broadway version) into a worthy successor to Demme's Stop Making Sense

this two-minute "short film about coming out" is great
David Lynch's short What Did Jack Do? was made in 2016 and screened in 2017, but had Netflix release this year

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:59 (two weeks ago) link


weirder than 1942-45?

― groovemaaan, Friday, November 13, 2020 12:57 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

Good call! Probably will be comparable in the end. But AFAIK production was never suspended across the board in Hollywood during the war, but I could be wrong. The unprecedented aspect of this year--the void in production--has already started to fill back in, and the amount of covid movies that will be immediately forgotten are probably analogous to WWII movies that were forgotten immediately.

Only unique aspect of this year w/r/t movies is near universal closure of theaters.

flappy bird, Friday, 13 November 2020 19:05 (two weeks ago) link

Horse Girl is a classic pretension-beyond-its-depth festival movie, but would hold up great at 82 minutes rather than the 104 it runs

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Friday, 13 November 2020 19:05 (two weeks ago) link

favorite movie of the year is possessor, easy

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 13 November 2020 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

WOLFWALKERS is the best film I saw about Ireland, Cromwell and lycanthropy in 2020.

Piedie Gimbel, Friday, 13 November 2020 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

I watched some trash new horror in October but couldn't face watching a "good" one (xp)

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Friday, 13 November 2020 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

US film production, cinema attendance, and studio profits were at their all-time peaks in 1942-1945 (technically '46 was peak attendance)

Josefa, Friday, 13 November 2020 21:20 (two weeks ago) link

Zombi Child is technically a 2019 movie and maybe some of its colonialism/horror themes are done in a not very subtle manner tbh, but it is an interesting movie. Its nowhere near as good as Nocturama, but still worth watching.

calzino, Friday, 13 November 2020 21:41 (two weeks ago) link

In my watchlist:
Possessor
Tommaso
The Assistant
Beanpole

Also saw the faux-doc Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, which I didn’t care for.

Chris L, Saturday, 14 November 2020 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

Did Impetigore come out this year? That was a pretty good horror movie, and if I read correctly Indonesia's Academy Award submission.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 14 November 2020 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

Has anyone seen Shithouse? I saw some good reviews.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 14 November 2020 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

Oh, and Save Yourselves! was really good, I thought, another strong accidental quarantine movie.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 14 November 2020 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

Tommaso and The Assistant were great

flappy bird, Saturday, 14 November 2020 17:37 (two weeks ago) link

I'm sure there must be some obvious reason why, but ... why are movies still opening in theaters for runs before making them available on streaming services? I want to see "The Climb," but it's only in theaters. But I'm not going to the movies for "The Climb," assuming they're even still open around here.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 14 November 2020 21:33 (two weeks ago) link

For the two very obvious reasons.

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Saturday, 14 November 2020 21:41 (two weeks ago) link

To spread covid and hopefully make a few bucks in the process?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 14 November 2020 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

according to letterboxd, these are the movies i watched this year

new borat
new sofia coppola
another round (new vinterberg)
inconvenient indian (canadian doc)
new charlie kaufman
tenet
feels good man
time (doc)
an american pickle

i actually liked the seth rogen pickle movie. other than that tenet was by far my fav. the new sofia coppola is one of the worst movies ive ever seen

flopson, Saturday, 14 November 2020 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

1) The top films in release each week are making $2-3 million. This is preferable to making $730 in streaming rentals, for entities who have invested large sums of money into production or marketing or rights.

2) Distribution contracts often include a requirement for a theatrical release before a streaming release. (The fact that The Climb has been rescheduled four times during the year strongly suggests that this might be the case here.)



I want to see "The Climb," but it's only in theaters. But I'm not going to the movies for "The Climb,"

This puts you in the exact same position you would have been in sans pandemic, tbf. Except that the wait is likely to be even shorter. So you've come out ahead on the deal!

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

i forgot i also watched portrait of a lady on fire, which letterboxd lists as 2019. that one was pretty good

flopson, Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

the new sofia coppola is one of the worst movies ive ever seen

I envy your filmgoing life if that was one of the worst movies you've ever seen, but it really was pretty worthless

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

2xpost That's probably true, though if it was at the local place I totally would have happily paid $6 to see a matinee (just like I would/will pay $6 to watch it at home). But you're right, I won't have to wait long to see it, regardless, just as I can rent "Shithouse" tonight, if I want. The frustration I have is superficial, namely that all the reviews come out and I get excited about seeing something, but then there's a good chance I've forgotten about it (or moved on to something else) once the already limited press fades and the movie pops onto a streaming service four weeks later. I need to start keeping a list.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:10 (two weeks ago) link

I got addicted to Letterbox this year. I don't feel super confident in my top 5 of the moment despite seeing 32 movies from 2020:

The Assistant
Boys State
The Vast Of Night
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Class Action Park

billstevejim, Sunday, 15 November 2020 02:27 (one week ago) link

i mean Letterboxd

billstevejim, Sunday, 15 November 2020 02:28 (one week ago) link

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets blew me away. Amazing, beautiful movie. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the movies mentioned in here. Possessor and Horse Girl next.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 20:49 (one week ago) link

I'm bummed that no one is talking about Driveways.

Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:02 (one week ago) link

I'll watch it

flappy bird, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 01:58 (one week ago) link

haven't seen too many new films in 2020, Corpus Christi is a 2019 film from Poland that reached the US this year, and I really liked it

Dan S, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 02:09 (one week ago) link

Really intrigued by Wolf of Snow Hollow and Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, neither of which I'd heard of before!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 13:45 (one week ago) link

Do we have a 'best movies you saw for the first time this year that weren't released this year' thread?

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 14:40 (one week ago) link

I need to watch Cronenberg's kid's movie. I may tonight.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:08 (one week ago) link

why are movies still opening in theaters for runs before making them available on streaming services?

Isn't there an Oscars thing where streaming-only films aren't eligible? Or have they changed this?

emil.y, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:14 (one week ago) link

They're eligible.

On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:33 (one week ago) link

I need to watch Cronenberg's kid's movie.

Read this as "Cronenberg's kids movie," which I must say sounds tantalizing.

Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:36 (one week ago) link

they've suspended that - if a movie had a scheduled cinema run but came out on streaming due to the pandemic, it's eligible. also, movies that come out in cinemas in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, or Atlanta are now eligible: I think this change may be intended to be permanent.

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:43 (one week ago) link

here are the movies I liked this year so far

https://letterboxd.com/1000timesyes/list/2020/

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:19 (one week ago) link

Is there just an insane number of horror movies out this year, or are they just the things that are easy to get/actually released in pandemic world

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:20 (one week ago) link

This sucks without Morbs.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:21 (one week ago) link

Read this as "Cronenberg's kids movie," which I must say sounds tantalizing.

― Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko)

I totally read it like this as well, and I agree.

emil.y, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:30 (one week ago) link

Also thanks for clearing up the Oscars thing, sic and Eric.

emil.y, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:30 (one week ago) link

I liked Wild Goose Lake but preferred Black Coal, Thin Ice by a fair bit

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:33 (one week ago) link

How do you watch things like Kajillionaire? I’m really interested in new movies in general, but I can’t imagine paying $19.99 to rent a movie to watch in my fucking house.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 19 November 2020 03:25 (one week ago) link

you live in a city that has it screening at drive-ins

if you do want to watch it in your fucking house but don't want to pay for it, you have a computer

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Thursday, 19 November 2020 03:41 (one week ago) link

I watched Money Plane last week if that counts. I think it gave me a lobotomy.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 19 November 2020 03:44 (one week ago) link

Weathering With You was released last year but I think the wider release was 2020 in some parts of the world? Anyway, I only just watched it. The worst part about it is that it hits similar beats to Makato Shinkai's previous film, Your Name, while not being as good, but it's still enjoyable and shows off some spectacular animation

Vinnie, Thursday, 19 November 2020 05:14 (one week ago) link

Bloody Nose Empty Pockets & Bacurau are the best 2020 releases I've seen.

Also decent:
Siberia
I'm thinking of ending things
The Sheriff

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Thursday, 19 November 2020 11:40 (one week ago) link

yeah I've been hearing a lot about Bacurau. it's like Mandy, but in the outback?

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:12 (one week ago) link

I watched it night before last. I don't see a Mandy comparison, but I did think it could have been a straight adaptation of the early Samuel Delany novel They Fly at Ciron.

scampo-phenique (WmC), Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:47 (one week ago) link

It's generally good except for the cinematography, which looks a bit 80s-camcorder.

scampo-phenique (WmC), Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:48 (one week ago) link

Not as hallucinatory as Mandy. Not to give too much away but I went in knowing nothing about the plot but it does start out as a rural social drama about political corruption and then takes a hard turn into more genre-y waters

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Thursday, 19 November 2020 18:08 (one week ago) link

Since this is a general movie thread and not entirely dedicated to the best stuff, it might be worth mentioning the Mandy-adjacent pre-pandemic trifecta of suck: Daniel Isn't Real, Come To Daddy, and Color Out Of Space.

billstevejim, Friday, 20 November 2020 16:37 (one week ago) link

Yeah Color out of Space came here for like a week back in February, I missed it. Definitely post about anything that came out in 2020/2019

flappy bird, Friday, 20 November 2020 18:10 (one week ago) link

Color out of Space was okay!

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 20 November 2020 18:18 (one week ago) link

I thought all three of those were Jan/Feb but Daniel Isn't Real might have come out around December 2019. Close enough lol

billstevejim, Friday, 20 November 2020 22:01 (one week ago) link

It completes the Elijah Wood through line as he produced the other two.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Friday, 20 November 2020 22:03 (one week ago) link

Sorry, he produced DIR and COOS and starred in CTD.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Friday, 20 November 2020 22:05 (one week ago) link

come to daddy is no good?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 November 2020 22:30 (one week ago) link

I thought it was dumb but I can't speak for everyone.

billstevejim, Friday, 20 November 2020 23:12 (one week ago) link

I don't recommend I Used to Go Here

flappy bird, Friday, 20 November 2020 23:22 (one week ago) link

I liked Come to Daddy

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 20 November 2020 23:36 (one week ago) link

New fav movie of 2020 (i saw it last nite):

Spree

flopson, Saturday, 21 November 2020 06:14 (one week ago) link


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