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9 minutes ago, theboyangel said:

 

i think I have been watching films older than 2020, such as Extra-Ordinary (the best film I’ve watched this year!)

 

Yeah, it's a belter. Sadly a 2019 release so couldn't get it on the list.

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25 minutes ago, Amsterdam_Neil_D said:

It's odd, I watched it yesterday and properly hated it.

It’s the only thing I saw at the cinema and thought it was a nice reworking/take on the invisible man story. 
 

I enjoyed it and thought it had some decent passages 
 

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I think it's been a pretty miserable year for cinema, largely devoid of bite, provocation, ambition and wit.

However... I did like:

The Whistlers- An excellent and eccentric Romanian neo-noir, which was alternatively knotty and curiously heartfelt.  The kind of film that reminds you, quite vividly, of what a big, strange, beautiful world we lived in.  One driven, in many ways, by strong emotions barely expressed.  Which ties in perfectly with the bizarre code language of the film's title.

Bacurau- A little sketchier and rougher than his masterful Aquarius and Neighbouring Sounds, but nonetheless a feverishly aggressive work from Filho Mendonca.  A perhaps necessary response to the social and cultural privations of the Bolsonaro administration.  I would have liked a little more pulpy, punky flair, but there's a simmering, intoxicating fire to this film.

Vivarium- Strange, and strangely apropos viewing for the lockdown world, I understand the abstraction and archness has put many people off, but I think it's mixture of petit bourgeois nightmare and oblique comedy of manners is the perfect interrogation of our present conditions of barely-grasped madness roiling under the surface of compliant civility.  Imogen Poots is quick becoming very underrated and is typically excellent here.

A White, White Day- Deliberate Icelandic psychodrama of a middle aged man's unravelling psyche.  No, come back!  It's actually incredibly gripping, psychologically astute, and if perhaps the subject matter IS a touch overfamiliar, the odd notes of quiet grace and very dry comedy elevate it from its peers.  Also shot beautifully on film.  Also: Ends, rather charmingly, with a Leonard Cohen song.  Not that kind of Leonard Cohen song.  Those other ones.

And that's where I think I'll have to bow out, although I thought The Beach House did a surprising amount with a negligible budget.  Would go to bat for Underwater too, the Kristen Stewart creature feature.  Possibly the most unexpectedly pleasing cameo this year!

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I think this has been a poor year for me but only in the sense of not actually being able to get out to see films of course, thus all the films I've been watching at home are just from all over the shop.  I couldn't tell you what was 2020 or not, so I'm hoping this thread can give me some steer and a boatload of suggestions for the coming weeks.

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57 minutes ago, Designer1 said:

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I have to add this one as a late entrant.

Having just watched it I can say it's comfortably my film of the year.

Absolutely superb in every single aspect.

Watched that the other day, very good.

I think my film of the year would probably be The King of Staten Island. Which isn't usually the type of film I'd go for in these types of things but it ticked a lot of boxes for me. Struggling to think of much else that I've enjoyed as much as that. Been a bit of a 'meh' year for films imo.

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4 minutes ago, hogso said:

How's Spiral? And is there any legit way to watch it yet? I can't help but be reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki when seeing that poster and the name. 

I thought it was excellent (hence it's place on the list) - I watched it on Shudder iirc.

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9 hours ago, PieFacE said:

Watched that the other day, very good.

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Absolutely loved the final scene when she took the test again, and this time didn’t mention about feeling bad about the butterfly.

Basically confirming what was hinted at throughout the movie, that she was a particularly nasty piece of work with only a semblance of humanity and empathy left to mask her true self. Her family were simply an inconvenient necessity.

Just brilliant stuff.

 

 

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9 hours ago, Designer1 said:

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Absolutely loved the final scene when she took the test again, and this time didn’t mention about feeling bad about the butterfly.

Basically confirming what was hinted at throughout the movie, that she was a particularly nasty piece of work with only a semblance of humanity and empathy left to mask her true self. Her family were simply an inconvenient necessity.

Just brilliant stuff.

 

 

Yeah definitely. Was excellent. 

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All the mirror images to show who was in more control  throughout different parts of the film was cool too. And the whole mask thing was just weird haha. 

 

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In terms of new 2020 films I think I've only see 18 this year, but Little Women it seems was 26 Dec 2019, but I'm counting Jojo Rabbit as it was only festivals prior to 1st Jan 2020.

Jojo Rabbit, 1917, Just Mercy, Uncut Gems, Parasite, Queen & Slim, Tenet, Da 5 Bloods, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Bill and Ted 3

I think in a normal year some of those wouldn't be on the list. Da 5 Bloods had great performances and was flawed. I enjoyed Bill and Ted 3 but the fun was in the nostalgia and the innocence of the film, that otherwise taken on it's own was a mess. Also 1917, whilst fantastic first time around, doesn't hold up on subsequent viewings as well. Wouldn't care for Uncut Gems a 2nd time either! So not a classic year at all. 

I might do a separate top 10 of films I've seen in this year though, far more to include on that list. 122 for the year in total, which is a little more than normal. Plenty of repeats and feel good cheese due to the covid depression but also some gems old and newer I've discovered. 

 

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