Looking Back: Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2022 - Laundry & Taxes
January 16, 2023
"Of all the places I could be, I just want to be here with you." Another year, another Top 10. After watching over 400 films throughout 2022 (always logging everything on my Letterboxd) it's time to share my final selection of My Top 10 Favorite Films of 2022. I try to watch as much as I can and give myself time to catch up with any extra films at the end of the year, but my favorites can come from anytime in 2022. The one that stuck with me all the way through the year was Everything Everywhere All at Once - I really believe it's an all-timer, on the same level as The Matrix in terms of its technical innovation and dynamic storytelling. I went to see it four times in theaters and I knew that nothing would knock it off the top spot. A few of my other faves are from the many film festivals I attend all year. Whatever really grabs me, connects deeply with me, brings out the emotions, and impresses me visually is usually what I fall for above all else.
Looking Back: Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2021 - 'Dune' & 'Limbo'
January 17, 2022
"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience." Another year, another Top 10. After watching over 460 films throughout 2021 (yes I was keeping track on Letterboxd!) it's time to share my final selection of My Top 10 Favorite Films of 2021. I try to watch as much as I can and give myself time to catch up with any extra films at the end of the year, but I also want to make sure I don't forget about some of my favorites from earlier in the year. 2021 was an invigorating and exciting year - with so many ups and downs. But as always, I'm lucky to have a chance to discover terrific films. This year in cinema took us on journeys to far away places, distant planets, as well as to mountaintops and valleys and deserts around this planet. I'm a sucker for visuals and style; the better a movie looks, the more I enjoy it. But I also need to feel the emotions, and when a good one really gets to me, that's the kind of film that sticks with me all year.
Looking Back: Our 10 Favorite Movie Posters from 2021 - Dig This Art
December 29, 2021
With the year almost over, it's time to look back and highlight some favorites from the world of movies. Our writer Ethan Anderton used to publish his list of the Best Official Movie Posters, but I'm taking over and will return to highlighting some of my favorite designs. Below is my personal selection of 10 Favorite Movie Posters from 2021. These aren't necessarily the "best" rather they're my own favorites that stuck with me. I'm clearly attracted to color and striking designs, something that looks unique and is evocative. I also think it's important for a poster to capture the vibe of the film, and not just look cool though it's different from how the film feels. That's an important part of poster design. Just slapping any generic photo on a poster is dull and lazy, but creating art, making something vivid - that's what I love the most. Check them out below.
'So Late So Soon' Doc Trailer About Two Aging Artists Looking Back
October 12, 2021
"It's only a life that you and I could've made." Oscilloscope Labs has unveiled an official trailer for an indie documentary titled So Late So Soon, made by filmmaker Daniel Hymanson. This intially premiered at last year's True/False Documentary Film Festival, and arrives in select theaters this fall starting in November. Chicago artists Jackie & Don Seiden are a half-century into their marriage, time spent creating distinct yet congruous bodies of work. As they get older, they begint o look back at their life together as they contend with the deterioration of their bodies and beloved home. More from T/F: "So Late So Soon is a sensitively constructed, playful character study that honors Jackie and Don’s art, and even becomes a part of it, while also locating in it glimmers of their essence." Described in reviews as "intimate and bittersweet, an existence that, if not completely full, comes very close to it." This reminds me a lot of the excellent doc Cutie and the Boxer also about two married artists. Check out some footage from the So Late So Soon documentary below.
Official Trailer for 'Final Account' Doc Looking Back at Nazi Germany
April 12, 2021
"Do not let yourself be blinded!" Focus Features has released an official trailer for Final Account, a eye-opening and frightening look back at Nazi Germany. And oh yes it definitely has an important connection to the events of nowadays. "Everyone knew, but no one said anything." Filmmaker Luke Holland (who sadly passed away last year) interviews nearly 300 elderly perpetrators and witnesses of the Holocaust from the Nazi side. His goal was to create an urgent and definitive portrait of the last living generation of everyday people who participated in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Presenting a film that "raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility." Indeed. We need to be hit hard with this honesty, because everyone always likes to ask that cliche "how did all those Germans let it happen?" question. So let's ask them and find out. Oooh this documentary looks damn good.
Looking Back: Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2020 - 'Nine Days' at #1
February 26, 2021
"You are being considered for the amazing opportunity of life." Another year, another Top 10. Better late than never, as they say! Though this usually happens with me, getting this list out takes a lot of time… It was a tough year to keep writing during 2020, despite watching films all the time. I saw over 400 films during the year, trying to watch as much as I could despite the lockdowns and the shut downs, and everything else going on. But here it is anyway - my personal list of my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2020. Most of all, I just want to share my love for these glorious works of cinema. It's not that surprising that many of my favorite films are films about how magical and mesmerizing life is to live, which is important during this pandemic time anyway. We have to keep on living, despite all the challenges, we have to seek the light, despite all the darkness, we have to find beauty, despite all the ugliness. And these films provided that much needed bliss.
Looking Back: Celebrating 'Women in Film 2020' Video Retrospective
February 1, 2021
"Those are the numbers, but this is their story." The UK film magazine Little White Lies has revealed a new retrospective video for 2020 titled Women in Film 2020. The video essay is edited by Portuguese editor named Luís Azevedo and includes commentary on many of the films. "2020 was a great year for women behind the camera. Here are just some of our favourite films directed by them from last year, including Promising Young Woman, The Assistant and Miss Juneteenth." It also features other favorites like The 40 Year Old Version, First Cow, Nomadland, Babyteeth, and Rocks. If you're still looking for any films to catch up with from last year - any and all of these are worth watching. View the full essay below.
Looking Back: Adam Frazier Picks His Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2020
January 4, 2021
Over the previous 12 months, I've seen more than 110 new releases, and I'm happy to report that it's been another fantastic year at the movies, despite not being able to actually go to the movies. Throughout 2020, we got to see new work from visionary filmmakers like Spike Lee, David Fincher, Chloe Zhao, Regina King, Lee Isaac Chung, Emerald Fennell, and Oz Perkins, whose dark fairytale Gretel & Hansel is one of the most atmospheric and aesthetically pleasing horror movies of the year. We also witnessed great performances from Viola Davis, Delroy Lindo, Frances McDormand, Chadwick Boseman, Carey Mulligan, Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman, Elisabeth Moss, and Steven Yeun. And we were left in awe by cinematic art like Mank, News of the World, The Midnight Sky, Emma – works of impeccable craftsmanship by the cinematographers, production designers, SFX artists, and costume designers alike.
Looking Back: Ali Benzekri's 'Greeting to 2020's Cinema' Video Recap
December 31, 2020
"Who cares about what they think? This is about me. This is about my life. This is me." As 2020 comes to an end, looking back at this year there's been so much hardship, so many challenges, so much tragedy, so much upheaval, it's tough to think about movies. But despite all of these challenges, movies were still there. Not only did film festivals continue, but distributors found a way to release new films any way they could - in "virtual cinemas", on VOD, in drive-ins, in backyards, on streaming services. And movies have reminded us that there's still so much to live for - there's love and hope, families and friends, beauty and joy out there. Moroccan cinephile Ali Benzekri has created a lovely year-in-movies recap video - an "ode to the films of 2020" called Greeting to 2020's Cinema. Enjoy a final look back at 2020 as we jump into the New Year.
Looking Back: Dino Kos Presents 'Cinema 2020 - A Year in Film' Video
December 28, 2020
"Give me a moment, would you, friend? I've never been on trial for my thoughts before." As crazy as 2020 has been, the truth is - we still had plenty of great movies to enjoy. Friend of the site Dino Kos (also known as @WolvieCBM) has spent the last few months editing his year-in-review video. His presentation is called Cinema 2020 - A Year in Film and it's available to watch now. There's clips from a bunch of films in this that I don't know if people might've even forgotten about from this year: Wendy, Love & Monsters, Over the Moon, Capone, Vivarium, Tesla. Plus all our other favorites: The Trial of the Chicago 7, First Cow, Soul, Mank, Wonder Woman 1984, Palm Springs, Da 5 Bloods, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Tenet, Possessor, Minari, Sound of Metal, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, and I'm Thinking of Ending Things. As always, these videos are a reminder that even in tough times, even when stuck at home, movies bring us all together.
Looking Back: Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2019 - 'Parasite' Reigns
February 7, 2020
"Let Neptune strike ye dead Winslow! HAAARK!" Another year, another Top 10. And although we're already well into 2020, it's never too late to share this list. Better late than never, as they say! It's time to present my personal list of my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2019. I really wish I had more time to revisit all of these, and so many other films, but there's never enough time. Most of these I really wanted to see again before writing about them, but, I went with my gut feeling. With every film below, as soon as I finished watching it, I knew it would be on my Top 10. There is that feeling deep down that I have seen something extraordinary and I just know it won't be topped. And my final three, same as last year, I kept switching around because they're masterpieces. With that said, I am more than happy to reveal my faves, the films that left me floored.
Looking Back: Adam Frazier Picks His Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2019
December 31, 2019
Over the last 12 months, I've seen more than 125 new releases — that's over ten days in total spent watching movies — and I'm happy to report that it's been another exceptional year at the multiplex. This year, we got to see vital new work from visionary filmmakers like Bong Joon-ho, Martin Scorsese, Greta Gerwig, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Lulu Wang, and Shin'ichirô Ueda, whose zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead is one of the most unique and refreshingly original horror movies of the year. We witnessed great performances from Awkwafina, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Eddie Murphy, Florence Pugh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, and Adam Sandler. And we were all left in awe by stunning cinematic art like 1917, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and The Lighthouse – works of impeccable craftsmanship by the cinematographers, production designers, and costume designers alike.
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