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Hard list to write, hard year to live through. But I did it:

http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/01/03/2020-top-ten/

  1. Nomadland
  2. Sound of Metal
  3. One Night in Miami
  4. Soul
  5. Another Round
  6. Hamilton
  7. News of the World
  8. Greyhound
  9. All In: The Fight for Democracy
  10. The Prom
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Looks like I really need to watch Nomandland. If anyone knows anything about where to stream it, let me know.

"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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2 hours ago, Evan C said:

Looks like I really need to watch Nomandland. If anyone knows anything about where to stream it, let me know.

No hope. I think it will be back in theaters in Feb or March, but that is still hopeless for many of us.

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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Not one of our personal lists, but since two of us (Andrew and I) are in the NCFCA, here are the results for that group:

http://ncfilmcritics.org/?p=956

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I watched so few new films in 2020 that I couldn't even approximate a best-of list. I'm looking forward to seeing Minari, whenever it happens to hit streaming platforms. Nomadland too.

I'm very fond of Sound of Metal. I didn't expect to be. I sometimes find hyped American "indie" films to be too self-conscious, sanctimonious, or superficial (<-- I didn't really plan the alliteration here; it just came out this way :)), and therefore prejudge them, whether fairly or not. But Sound of Metal is an interesting character study, with a great central performance, and it offers attention, perspective, and agency to a group of people (the deaf) who have habitually been overlooked, ignored, misrepresented, or stereotyped in movies. I love the film's ending as well.

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The verbose edition of my list is at http://bit.ly/3ikkYHN

The trimmed down version: 

1. & 2. (Double feature) Boys State and Crip Camp

3. Lovers Rock

4. The Social Dilemma

5. Da 5 Bloods

6. Rebuilding Paradise

7. Wolfwalkers

8. Mangrove

9. News of the World

10. I'm Thinking of Ending Things

11. Never Rarely Sometimes Always

12. (mini-festival of journalism docs) Collective, A Thousand Cuts and Bellingcat.I

Bonus drinking double feature: Last Call and Another Round

Best revisited film: Groundhog Day (with a nod to Palm Springs)

Best festival films I hope get released: Nine Days and There Is No Evil

Best binge watch during the pandemic: Money Heist.

Edited by Darrel Manson
A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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