Not gonna lie, this year sucked for movies.
I don’t know if it was because of the pandemic, but I had a hard time compiling this list. Three of these picks I watched in the last few days of the year.
- P.S. I Still Love You
- Showbiz Kids
- Palm Springs
- Athlete A
- Enola Holmes
- Class Action Park
- Never Rarely Sometimes Always
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
I watched a lot of documentaries in 2020 and so many of them blew me away; probably more than ever. I always liked to watch any kind of documentary having to do with pop culture or the entertainment industry, but I feel like this year I kind of broadened my interests and watched things that I might not have in the past. I can’t gush more about the insane experience watching Class Action Park. I was in disbelief at the craziness surrounding the whole park and it’s history. Anyone surprised to see Hamilton on this list? I only watched it three times in six months. I added P.S. I Still Love You onto this list because it made me happy, not because I think it’s one of the best movies of the year. In a year like 2020, you need to surround yourself with some comfort movies, too. Palm Springs was a movie that was made for me: cool concept, film festival darling, funny people, a lot of heart.
The last three movies I watched in the last few days of the year. Obviously, I would be all over a new Pixar picture, but I really went into Soul pretty blind. Directed by Peter Docter—who happened to direct my favorite Pixar film, Inside Out—really explored existence and how your job doesn’t define you as a person. I felt like it might go over children’s heads, but I really loved it. Never Rarely Sometimes Always was a quiet but impactful movie that was almost hard to watch at times. One of those incredible movies that you’ll probably only watch once, like Manchester by the Sea. I think The Trial of the Chicago 7 is going to be this years big Oscar ensemble movie. The cast was incredible—despite Eddie Redmayne’s American accent—and with writing and directing from Aaron Sorkin, it was just *chef’s kiss*.
There we have it! I definitely think if it was any other year, some movies like Enola Holmes or Showbiz Kids might not have made the list, but really I included any 2020 release that brought me any joy this miserable year.