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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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Here's my Top 10 list over at 3 Brothers Film, complete with blurbs: https://3brothersfilm.com/blog/2021/1/28/arens-top-10-films-of-2020

Short list for those that want to skip the blurbs:

1. Tenet

2. Wolfwalkers

3. Another Round

4. The Nest

5. Small Axe: Mangrove

6. Small Axe: Education

7. I'm Thinking of Ending Things

8. The Invisible Man

9. The Painter and the Thief

10. Sorry We Missed You

"Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung fu film." - Werner Herzog

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On 1/29/2021 at 11:55 AM, kenmorefield said:

Nice to see Another Round get some more love. 

I really hope more people watch that movie. Had it come out in a normal year, I suspect it would've had a real word-of-mouth campaign that kept it a fixture at arthouses for months. Sadly, same effect just isn't possible with stuff playing on demand.

"Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung fu film." - Werner Herzog

3brothersfilm.com

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https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/favorite-films-of-2020/

  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  2. First Cow
  3. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  4. Dick Johnson Is Dead
  5. Da 5 Bloods
  6. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
  7. Yes, God, Yes
  8. The Vast of Night
  9. The Prom
  10. What the Constitution Means to Me

"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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Haven't finalized the list yet — I'll post a more precise one soon:

TOP TEN ALPHABETICAL

  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
  • Emma
  • First Cow
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Small Axe: Lovers Rock
  • Small Axe: Mangrove
  • Shirley
  • Wolfwalkers

NEXT SIXTEEN

  • American Utopia
  • Another Round
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Dick Johnson is Dead
  • Driveways
  • Extra Ordinary
  • Little Fish
  • Miss Juneteenth
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Rocks
  • Sound of Metal
  • Tesla
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Vast of Night
  • Vitalena Varela
  • Young Ahmed

 

 

P.S.  I COULD BE WRONG.

 

Takin' 'er easy for all you sinners at lookingcloser.org. Also abiding at Facebook and Twitter.

 

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For posterity, here's my list, which took me until March 9 to feel comfortable enough sharing. 

1.       Da 5 Bloods

2.       Nomadland

3.       Dear Comrades!

4.       Hamilton

5.       Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

6.       Small Axe: Red, White and Blue

7.       Kajillionaire

8.       Vitalina Varela

9.       Minari

10.   Relic

11.   Beanpole

12.   La Llorona

13.   Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

14.   Yalda: A Night for Forgiveness

15.   First Cow

16.   Another Round

17.   Young Ahmed

18.   Sound of Metal

19.   The Reason I Jump

20.   The Whistlers

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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