Friday 1 January 2021

2020 - The Year Cinema (Almost) Died

For eighteen years, I have been compiling an annual list of films I've watched over the previous 12 months. Looking back over 2020, when  for most of the year it has been repeatedly impossible to attend screenings because of the coronavirus pandemic, has been tough as I only ever record visits to the cinema, not films on DVD or on streaming services. And I really miss those visits.

Everyone has been dependent on Netflix, Mubi, Amazon Prime and others, but it is just not the same as settling down in the darkness, waiting to watch a film on a huge screen.

 Anyway, here is my shortest list since 2007. As in previous years, I have rated them all in a largely arbitrary fashion.

In 2020, I made only 19 trips to the cinema (down from 74 in 2019) and according to Letterboxd, spent  just 37.6 hours watching the unmissable to the absolute pants.

You can find ratings for the previous 17 years here.

Favourite films of 2020: Little Women / Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Absolute Melon of 2020: Uncut Gems

★★★★★: Unmissable!
★★★★☆: Definitely worth seeing
★★★☆☆: Decent film
★★☆☆☆: Disappointing
★☆☆☆☆: Pants
☆☆☆☆☆: Why was this released?


 Little Women ★★★★★

Jojo Rabbit ★★★☆☆

Uncut Gems ★☆☆☆☆

The Lighthouse ★★☆☆☆

The  Personal History of David Copperfield ★★★☆☆

1917 ★★★★☆

Queen & Slim ★★★★☆

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) ★★☆☆☆

Just Mercy ★★★★☆

Parasite ★★★★☆

Greed ★★★☆☆

Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★★☆

The Invisible Man ★★★★☆

True History of the Kelly Gang ★★★★☆

Dark Waters ★★★★☆

The Hunt ★★★☆☆

Saint Frances ★★★★☆

Tenet ★★★★☆

White Riot ★★★☆☆



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