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Favourite Movies of 2020 - Two months at the theatre and ten at home

Johnny Unusual

What are your favourite 2020 movies? I've only seen 2.

Weathering With You - I didn't like this one quite as much as Your Name. and its use of a global warming metaphor seems like its there more than its meaningful. But it was still a good movie and the last one I've seen in a theatre this year. Hopefully I will, next year. Maybe.

Color Out of Space - This is a great one. All the good stuff of Lovecraft without the racism. Nic Cage being himself. And a fantastic, ambitious final act.


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I realize that "2020 feels long" is not a remotely new or insightful observation, but I simply cannot believe that Sonic the Hedgehog came out this year. It feels like it came out a million years ago.

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
I thought Colour out of Space came out last year, but that was my favourite movie this year if not.

Otherwise... erm... I guess Onward was decent.

I have Birds of Prey, Sonic the Hedgehog, Eurovision and Palm Springs on my list of things to watch, but which I have not watched yet.


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Looking back at my library to see what I even watched this year.

(y)#Alive - Hey, here's a pretty good Korean zombie flick! It moves along at a good clip and does a lot with its extremely limited setting (a single apartment building) that hit harder this year than it would have any other.
(y)Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn) - I think a lot of people slept on this for a lot of good reasons (being a sorta-sequel to Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn being an extremely divisive character, the general crumminess of the DCEU), but it's one of the best superhero movies I've seen in a long time, and after watching every Marvel movie this summer, boy was it nice to see something with actual fight choreography.
(y)Color Out Of Space - I've gushed about this one before, but I'll say it again: this is a great update of the best and least-racist HP Lovecraft story, and features Nic Cage at his Nic Cagiest. Definitely recommend.
(n)Console Wars - Like seeing a breathless nerd recount what he's pieced together about the 16-bit console wars, up to and including parts where he doubles back around because he forgot to mention something earlier. Would kill for a narrator.
(n)Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! - Do people know about this? I'm something of a connoisseur of Scooby-Doo and all of his terrible films, and this one is exceptionally weird. It's a Scarecrow crossover (like, from Batman. No, not a Batman crossover. Just Scarecrow); it features the squandered talents of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Bill Nye the Science Guy; and they spend the last like forty minutes of the film in a car. There's a really good Flop House on this one featuring Justin McElroy if you wanna live vicariously through another person.
(n)Onward - couldn't get Jack Black, huh?
(n)Scoob! - Such a shame that the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe started off by taking the only HB property people can be consistently counted upon to like (or at least recognize) and then, instead of making a good-ass movie about mystery-solving teens, they spent almost the entire runtime making a Blue Falcon movie. A bad Blue Falcon movie.
(y)Sonic the Hedgehog - Definitely takes home the "Most Improved Odor" trophy. I thought for sure this was gonna be a shitty buddy cop movie with Sonic hastily pasted into it being carried on the shoulders of Jim Carrey, but it ended up being a solid, loving tribute to a legitimately endearing distillation of Sonic the Hedgehog in an emotionally satisfying road trip film (carried on the shoulders of Jim Carrey).
(y)Soul - I just posted about this one last night so I'm not gonna go too into it, but this is the best Pixar film in years and I would definitely recommend it, warts and all. Taking the flaws into account, this is the first time in a long while where I feel like Pixar has strived for something breathtaking and fumbled it a little bit rather than a committed to a show of flawlessly-accomplished mediocrity.
(n)Wonder Woman 1984 - This is the second time I have been suckered into watching a crappy Wonder Woman film on the grounds that everyone else seemed to like it and my misguidedly corporate-focused channeling of my "I want women to succeed" mentality. Oh well, at least I didn't pay for it. All the scenes that are supposed to show an apocalyptic level of chaos instead just kinda look like a bunch of people hanging out on the lawn at Bonnaroo.


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Palm Springs was great. Can’t really think of anything else that sticks out. I’ll give soul a watch in the next couple of days.
Da 5 Bloods and The 40 Year Old Version and She Dies Tomorrow and I'm Thinking of Ending Things and First Cow and All of Steve McQueen's Small Axe films are very good

The Invisible Man and Birds of Prey and Eurovision are pretty good/fun

Rascally Badger

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I keep a ranked list of every new movie I watch during a year. Usually I get to the end of the year and massage it a little bit to what feels right. Here's just the straight top 10 of my list.
  1. Emma.
  2. Da 5 Bloods
  3. Palm Springs
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Birds of Prey
  6. Lost Girls
  7. Borat 2
  8. The Vast of Night
  9. Wonder Woman 1984
  10. Mank

I'm fairly happy with that list. I could move some things around, but there are generally tiers to it. Da 5 Bloods and Emma. are my favorites of the year, the next four are all pretty close together, and the last four are a jumble.
I'll count any alleged 2019 movies that I couldn't have seen until 2020 bc they weren't released locally...

Birds of Prey: Its full title is truly bad; I know there are revisionist takes, but I disagree. This is a lot of fun.

The Invisible Man: Thrilling and satisfying.

Emma.: I don't really like to rank things but like Mr. Badger this was probably my favorite film of the year. This looks incredible and has great performances, including everyone's favorite Anya Taylor-Joy.

Beanpole: I am not smart... to me, when there is a very long shot of someone's face in a scene where quite dramatic things are happening, that's cinema. Vasilisa Perelygina gives a great performance.

She Dies Tomorrow: A stressful and engaging time.

The Old Guard: There is a place for completely earnest action films about dull immortals in my heart...

Dating Amber: would like to see Lola Petticrew and Fionn O'Shea in more things.

Run: high concept thrillers good. imo.

Monster Hunter: What if not just Milla Jovovich were hot and cool, but also Tony Jaa? This film dares to ask and answer that question. Lots of totally weird decisions in this one.


People should watch Bad Education. Very fun movie about embezzlement in a district school board. Probably Hugh Jackman's best performance.