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Top Films of 2020

Hi Shooters,

We would love to know your top films of 2020? This could be a new release or festival film you streamed from home, a classic you re-discovered, or a film you managed to watch on the big screen post-lockdown.

For inspiration- The Guardian have released their top 50 films of 2020

And the Bechdel Test Fest Poll (for UK female and non-binary film critics and commentators) voted Portrait of a Lady on Fire in their top spot.

My top ten are-
Beanpole by Kantemir Balagov
Parasite by Bong Joon Ho
Quo Vadis Aida by Jasmila Žbanić
Limbo by Ben Sharrock
Collective by Alexander Nanau
First Cow by Kelly Reichardt
Never Rarely Sometimes Always by Eliza Hittman
Shirley by Josephine Decker
Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma
The Assistant by Kitty Green

TV wise I really enjoyed I May Destroy You and Normal People, as well as lots of Taskmaster :)

What stood out for you this year? Is there anything we HAVE to see? Share your thoughts or link us to your reviews.

  • You made me think back - I've not been to the cinema once this year :,-(

    TV-wise, I've caught up this week with "The Little Drummer Girl", another John Le Carré TV adaptation, and it was intense. Very different from "The Night Manager", but absolutely super and unsung somehow!

    1 month ago
  • Despite being locked up in my house for much of this year all I seem to have watched is episodes of The Crown or episdoes of Succession. Succession is definitely better. In fact SUCCESSION is hands down the best thing I've seen in years. It's so good just writing this is making me want to go and watch Succession. Even though I've already seen it all. Twice.

    Film wise my highlight was LOCAL HERO, which came out in 1984 but I only watched last month. Sue me. It's about an oil exec trying to buy out a Scottish village. It's wonderful. I've been meaning to see it for 20 years.

    Other highlights that came out this year were INVISIBLE MAN (perfect genre filmmaking) and THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (as eccentric as it is wonderful).

    4 weeks ago
  • The Detectorists is a lovely series to spend time with. Very calm and generous. Still on iPlayer.

    Harlots: also iPlayer, for revisionist and accurate feminist history (allowing for the mental plotlines), Georgian glamour, superb actors (Samantha Morton & Lesley Manville). Plot lines stretch patience a little, but the rest of it is FAB.

    Industry: taut storylines, beautifully shot and graded. Interesting insights into investment banking, an annoying resolution but good stories on the way there.

    I was also late to the Britannia series by Jez & Tom Butterworth (Amazon Prime) but utterly lost myself in that.

    3 weeks ago