Best Movies of 2020

Since our other thread is more of a ongoing movie thread - thought it would be good to highlight what was good this past year and what may be the award contenders.

Here's a few "best of" lists:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/03/movies/best-movies.html

https://www.indiewire.com/gallery/50-best-movies-2020-critics-poll/

https://www.rogerebert.com/features/the-ten-best-films-of-2020

https://www.vulture.com/article/best-movies-2020.html

I've been getting through Steve McQueen's movies(There's 5 of them) - they're on Netflix  .First one Mangrove is well done. Lover's rock topped a lot of lists - I liked it.  These are all on Prime.

Soul was a great animated one.

I think the Trial of the Chicago 7 would be a more mainstream pick.

40 Year Old Version is really well done.  


I watched a few minutes of Trial of Chicago 7 and the casting of Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman turned me off immediately. It made me ill. Don't get me wrong, I love Cohen's work, especially in The Spy (2019). Here he looked nothing like Hoffman, sounded nothing like Hoffman, acted nothing like Hoffman and and vibed nothing like Hoffman. .Cohen phoned it in, acting out the script with no appreciation for the dynamic, unstoppable whirlwind of wit and attitude that was Abbie Hoffman. Blecch. I turned it off. 


ahh, it's still a good story.

Curious to see what you think of Lover's Rock - I think you'd like that one.


jamie said:

ahh, it's still a good story.

Curious to see what you think of Lover's Rock - I think you'd like that one.

 Not familiar with it. Which plat is it on? I'll give it a shot.


jamie said:

Since our other thread is more of a ongoing movie thread - thought it would be good to highlight what was good this past year and what may be the award contenders.

Here's a few "best of" lists:


40 Year Old Version is really well done.  

 Loved 40 Year Old Version. 


Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods was really entertaining.   I hope Delroy Lindo get an Oscar nod from it.


I'm not sure what other contenders for Best Animation are out there - but I think it would be hard to top Soul. Streaming on Disney+



Chicago 7, One Night in Miami, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Great performances that I hope don’t cancel each other out. You know how the Academy does.


This will definitely be a contender for Best Documentary - you can stream it on Prime:


I'd recommend Promising Young Woman. Very unusual and powerful.  


Golden Globes just announced.  The_Soulful_Mr_T Promising Young Woman is up there!  (And Chicago 7)

Palm Springs was really good.

https://ew.com/awards/golden-globes/golden-globes-2021-nominations/

Best Motion Picture – Drama

The Trial of the Chicago 7
Nomadland
Mank
Promising Young Woman
The Father

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Music
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton
Palm Springs
The Prom

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Another Round
Minari
Two of Us
The Life Ahead
La Llorona

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Soul
Onward
Wolfwalkers
Over the Moon

The Croods: A New Age



Seen few of these but enjoyed Palm Springs.


I've only seen a couple and there are some I hadn't even heard of, like Nomadland, which looks interesting. Can't go wrong with Frances McDormand.


jamie said:

Golden Globes just announced.  The_Soulful_Mr_T Promising Young Woman is up there!  (And Chicago 7)

Palm Springs was really good.

https://ew.com/awards/golden-globes/golden-globes-2021-nominations/

Best Motion Picture – Drama

The Trial of the Chicago 7
Nomadland
Mank
Promising Young Woman
The Father

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Music
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton
Palm Springs
The Prom

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Another Round
Minari
Two of Us
The Life Ahead
La Llorona

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Soul
Onward
Wolfwalkers
Over the Moon

The Croods: A New Age


 Nomadland has been nominated but it hasn't been released nor available to see yet. I saw the trailer in a theatre which was not very impressive but everyone is talking about it as the greatest movie of the year. Has anyone here seen it? Or know where to screen it? 

(Is saw the new Denzel Washington epic, The Little Things and it was a really good genre picture. No great shakes but I'd go see Denzel or Jared Leto in anything. Leto is great in this. I loved him in Requiem for a Dream, my nominee for the best sound design ever.)


The_Soulful_Mr_T said:

 Nomadland has been nominated but it hasn't been released nor available to see yet. I saw the trailer in a theatre which was not very impressive but everyone is talking about it as the greatest movie of the year. Has anyone here seen it? Or know where to screen it? 

(Is saw the new Denzel Washington epic, The Little Things and it was a really good genre picture. No great shakes but I'd go see Denzel or Jared Leto in anything. Leto is great in this. I loved him in Requiem for a Dream, my nominee for the best sound design ever.)

 It's playing here:

https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/paramus/amc-garden-state-16

Looks like the official release date is Feb 19th.

I see Promising Young Woman is available on demand for $19.99.  That gets a bit pricey.



I see Promising Young Woman is available on demand for $19.99.  That gets a bit pricey.

 I saw it in the theater for less than that!


jamie said:

Looks like Hulu will get Nomadland on the 19th:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nomadland-to-get-hybrid-hulu-theatrical-release-in-u-s

 Hmmm, shall I wait? I have so much enjoyed going back to the theater. We'll see. 

This past Sunday we went to the Kerasotes Showplace 14 in Secaucus to see The Little Things. Very nice theater. You place and pay for your concession order as you enter theater and they hand it to you as you walk to your seats. And comfy reclining seats. Only about 12 people in the theater. 


Saw Nomadland on Hulu - eh.  It was well done, tells a good story, Frances was probably the right choice for the lead.  But I'm getting a bit tired of her.




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