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

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, avid movie-watchers on the big screen, even struggled with technology, but are 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 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 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 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.

 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. 

Related Articles:  

IF YOU ARE READING FROM A MOBILE DEVICE, CLICK: view web version FOR OTHER COOL FEATURES SUCH AS TRANSLATE POWERED BY GOOGLE, AN INTERACTIVE FILM FESTIVAL CALENDAR, AND MORE.

Festival in LA ©2021

No comments:

Post a Comment