José Alberto Hermosillo
The year 2020 will be a memorable one. All movie theaters closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, so audiences had no other choice but to watch movies at home.
Watching movies on the big screen was a fundamental
part of the cinematic experience, but now, viewers must enjoy those magnificent films on their laptops, tablets, and
cellphones – the lucky ones are getting the movie-watching experience in their
home-theaters and big-screen TVs. Some of us, spoiled movie-watchers even struggled with technology, but still adapting to the "New Normal."
A couple of years ago, Academy members and even film festivals despised the online streaming movies for attempting to take away the experience and business from the movie theaters. “Roma,” distributed by Netflix, was the most notorious case of discernment between studios and streaming services. Netflix withdrew the Mexican black-and-white epic from Cannes, and Academy members rejected it as the rightful Best Picture winner that year.
Lat year, the winning of "Parasite"
opened the door for other independent and foreign films to have
possibilities to seize a nomination in different categories including
the Best Picture.
We are learning now that we don't need the Hollywood studios' “star system” to value good films. Everything becomes questionable because it is more challenging to put those films out there and grab the viewers’ and voting members’ attention. The “dance of the dollars” used during the award season has been reimagined.
Unfortunately for us this season, studios postponed quality films that could raise
the bar. We have to wait for the next best thing, next year, and for those blockbuster movies to come out like “Dune,” “Elvis,” “The
Matrix 4,” “West Side Story,” “In the Heights,” and “No Time to Die” to compete in 2022 campaign.
To select the best films, we must set aside our classic “Hollywood State of Mind,” which alters our objectivity. I measure a movie by its story, directing, script’s strength, acting, and meaning for future generations.
If you have not seen any of these terrific films, it is about time you start catching up, safe, at home.
1. FIRST COW
3. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
5. PIECES OF A WOMAN
6. ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
7. MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
8. SOUND OF METAL
9. I CARRY YOU WITH ME
10. THE GLORIAS
11. I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
12. THERE IS NO EVIL
13. THE MOLE AGENT
14. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
15. THE VAST OF THE NIGHT
16. ON THE ROCKS
17. THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
18. NIGHT OF THE KINGS
19. BAD EDUCATION
20. FUNNY BOY
Hamilton, Wolfwalkers, Better Days, The Outpost,
New Order/Nuevo Orden, Wet Season, The Night Clerk, Radioactive,
Onward, News from the World, Peninsula, Minari,
Uncle Frank, Let Him Go, Fatman, A Sun, Stage Mother,
My Little Sister, Gunda, Boys State, The Platform,
The One and Only Ivan, La Llorona, Run, Judas and the Black Messiah,
Song Without a Name/Canción sin nombre, Broken Keys,
Another Round, I’m No Longer Here, Apples,
Small Axe, Nobody Knows I’m Here, Greyhound,
The Life Ahead, The Grizzlies, Kajillionaire,
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