Friday, January 8, 2021

TWENTY BEST MOVIES OF 2020

By José Alberto Hermosillo

http://www.festivalinla.com/2021/01/twenty-best-movies-of-2020.html

2020 will be a memorable because movie theaters closed doe to the Covid-19 pandemic. 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. Now, viewers enjoy those magnificent films on their laptops, tablets, and cellphones – the lucky ones, watched movies in their home-theaters and big-screen TVs. 

Some of us, avid movie-watchers on the big screen struggled with technology, but still adapting to the "New Normal."

First Cow is the best movie of 2020

A couple of years ago, Academy members and even film festivals despised the online streaming services for attempting to take away the movie 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.

Last year, the winning of "Parasite" opened the door for other independent and foreign films to have the possibility to seize a nomination in different categories including Best Picture.

We are learning now that we don't need the Hollywood studios' “star system” to value good films. Everything becomes questionable because now is more challenging to grab the viewers’ and voting members’ attention. The “dance of the millions of 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 all of those blockbuster to come out such as “Dune,” “Elvis,” “The Matrix 4,” “West Side Story,” “In the Heights,” "Old," 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 objectivity. I measure a movie by its story, directing, script’s strength, and acting.


If you have not seen any of these terrific films, it is about time you start catching up.

 THE BEST FILMS OF 2020

1. FIRST COW

2. MANK

3. JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

4. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

5. NOMADLAND

6. PIECES OF A WOMAN

7. ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

8. SOUND OF METAL

9. I CARRY YOU WITH ME

10. THE MAURITANIAN

11. I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

12. THERE IS NO EVIL

13. TWO OF US

14. THE MOLE AGENT

15. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

16. MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

17. ON THE ROCKS

18. THE VAST OF THE NIGHT

19. BAD EDUCATION

20. FUNNY BOY

 

HONORABLE MENTION:

The Father, Night of The Kings, Hamilton, Wolfwalkers, Better Days,

New Order/Nuevo Orden, Wet Season, The Night Clerk, Radioactive, 

Onward, News from the World, Peninsula, Minari,The Glorias,

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, The Outpost,

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, 

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

Identifying Features/Sin señas particulares, Ammonite, The Father, Tenet. 

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