What a year 2020 was. A year unlike any other, full of tragedy and chaos, but despite all of that - the magic of the movies still brings us together. One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from the films. It's one of the best ways to look back at the year, but also to celebrate how beautiful and mesmerizing and moving and magical each of these films are. David's Top 25 of 2020 is as diverse as always, and you will likely discover a number of films from this video. A handful of my favorites are featured as well, including Minari and Babyteeth and Lover's Rock.
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.
"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.
"The fact that I've already seen Palm Springs evolve with every single viewing leaves me with no doubt that the movie is going to continue to inspire me to push myself further." Yes! Big fan of that movie, too. Fellow movie geek Perri Nemiroff, who works for Collider, has debuted her end of the year recap videos looking back at 2020 in film. Perri has posted her homemade "2020 Movie Montage" and "Top 5" videos on YouTube and they're worth a watch. Perri discusses her Top 5 favorites and why she loves them so much - and her picks are quite unique. She also loves horror films and features more horror in her recap montage than most other retrospective videos like this, which is refreshing to see… Because there's always so many superb horror films that too often get lost in the awards season hoopla. View both of her 2020 videos below.
"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.
"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.
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.
"We accept the love we think we deserve." Ten years of dramas. Ten years of action. Ten years of comedy. Ten years of horror. Ten years of indies. Ten years of emotions of every kind. Ten years of excitement. Ten years of cinema. SleepySkunk has put together an epic "Movie Trailer Mashup of the Decade" looking back at the 2010s. We've been posting "SleepySkunk's" movie trailer mashups for the last decade, ever since 2012 and every year since then right up to 2019 (watch his year in review video here). This extensive video recap is a thrilling look at so many movies, and I'm glad he lists the name & year for each one. In case there are any you want to catch up with and/or rewatch while we're all looking back at these past ten years. Enjoy.
"Are you ready?" It's the end of another decade! With the 2010s winding down, and the 2020s about to kick off, everyone is looking back at the last 10 years and all the films that are truly worth of being singled out and highlighted as the best of the best. Cinephile and writer Milton Lawson has edited a video called The 25 Best Films of the Decade, counting down his 25 favorites. It's similar to David Ehrlich's annual Best of the Year video countdown, with a fine selection of music playing over top of the films as it goes through each of them one-by-one. Lawson's intro: "I edited a supercut video celebrating my favorite films of the decade. Turn up the volume & enjoy." His music selection is just as lovely as the films (and footage) he's picked, and it's a great reminder there's always wonderful films & music to discover. Dive right in and have a good time.
"We've been down this road before…" It's here! One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is actually a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from each of the films. This is such an entertaining way to count down the best cinema of 2019, and it always makes me want to watch each one of these (even the ones I've seen already). His choices this year are all over the place - from Knives Out to Parasite to Ad Astra (really?) to The Beach Bum - and I'm always curious to see his picks. There are so many wonderful films this year, from all over the world, many of the very best ones to watch are in his video.
"You havin' a good time?" It's time for another rousing look back at all the movies from 2019. Our longtime friend the "Sleepy Skunk" has revealed his annual end-of-the-year recap video - the 2019 Movie Trailer Mashup - featuring footage from all the movie trailers released throughout 2019 edited together to make you cry. Or laugh, or smile, or whatever movies do to you. Louis, who makes this mashup every year, puts a lot of time and effort into making sure it's just right. Not too loud, not too wild, with a clip from every trailer to make you smile as a year of movies whizzes by in 6 minutes time. These are always so emotional to watch.
"Do you consider yourself a hero?" We're nearing the end of the year, and the looking back retrospectives are starting to arrive. One of the first out of the gate for this year is this magnificent "movie trailer mashup" video made by Clark Zhu called Moving Pictures 2019. He has been making these videos for the last five years, and announced this as his grand finale after a good run. He now lives & works in LA as a professional trailer editor, and it has always been delightful to watch these mashups over the last few years. This might be one of his best, really capturing the vibe and the variety of movies out there this year. Clark's focus is on the trailers, featuring footage from some movies that are not out until 2020, but it's not much. He writes: "I have been working on this project for months, and now, I am beyond excited to share it with you." Enjoy.