2020 had been the year of the pandemic which really screwed up a lot of things across the world. Cinemas remained largely closed for the most part of 2020 and doesn’t seem to be opening up anytime soon either. That meant most of the movies seen this year were at home rather than at the cinemas. It also resulted in many major releases originally planned for 2020, to be delayed and rescheduled to sometime in 2021.
Happily despite the constraints and limitation of releases in the year, I have to admit that I did not have any problems selecting 10 personal favourites for the year as there were quite a number of movies of merits. This is based on all the new movies seen by me in 2020 both in the cinemas as well as from my home theatre. By new movies here I mean all films that were released in 2020 and 2019 that I have seen this year. This excludes the classics and films released before 2019 that I only managed to watch this year.
Here are my top 10 selection in the order in which I had seen them. I have not ranked them by positions as I feel they were are great and it would be difficult for me to rank in that level of details. I did however have a personal favourite in the list and it is Sam Mendes’ very uniquely crafted masterpiece 1917. So 1917 to me ranks as my personal favorite movie of the year. The irony is that this film was actually released at the end of 2019 but I only got to see it early this year, so for me, it qualifies as something I watched in 2020.
- A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
- FORD VS FERRARI
- EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA
- ON THE ROCKS
Also worthy of mention and just missing the Top Ten list are: The Marriage Story, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Richard Jewell, and I Was Thinking of Ending Things.
To strike a balance of best films seen, I usually also list out my choice of worst films for the year. There were a number of truly terrible movies which made me feel like giving up on movies such as Greenland, The New Mutants, Vampires vs The Bronx, and The Old Guard. However, two movies in particular really infuriated me and these were, Relic and The Vast of Night. So this year, both films share my choice as Worst Films of 2020. To my surprise I noticed that both Relic and Vast of Night are appearing in a number of critics’ Best Films of 2020 list!! Either they have seen different versions of the films from me, or they must possess some sort of sixth sense or super human powers to be able to see something to appreciate from rubbish.
As always I invite you to share your thoughts and comments on what films went well and what didn’t go down well with you in 2020.