Wednesday, January 13, 2021

My Top Twelve Movies of 2020

2020 was a very odd year for movies. Despite the pandemic which caused movie theaters to close around the world, 2020 was still a great year for film. Interestingly, five out of the top ten highest grossing films of 2020 were Chinese films, and I haven't seen any of them. Personally, I have seen more movies this year, than any other time in my life, though most of the movies were not new releases. Once the drive-in theaters opened and then a few months later the indoor theaters started opening, most movies they showed were not new releases, but I still ate them up, since I didn't have much else to do. For example, there was a period of time over the summer where I think I saw Jaws four times, Friday the 13th four times, Grease three times, Back to the Future three times, and Jurassic Park three times at the drive-in, though I also saw many others, and some of those more than once. New releases have sometimes either been put on hold or available just for streaming. And when I make my list for top twelve movies of the year, I only judge films I have seen on the big screen, which is really the only way movies are meant to be seen. Despite the lack of new releases, I still could easily make a top twenty list and have a hard time with it. On top of that, after forming my list, I went and compared my list with other lists online, and noticed that some of the most acclaimed films of 2020 I have yet to see, either because they have not been released yet to the public, or are only available for streaming. Since that is the case, my list below may look very different in February after I've watched everything. Also, I saw very few documentaries in the theater this year, though there have been great ones that I saw streaming, still I have not included any documentaries in my top twelve. Though my knowledge of new films isn't as great as in previous years, as I have a lot of catching up to do, and I still await some to be released, here are my top twelve favorite films of the year 2020. If you haven't seen any of them, check them out.