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Top 20 Films of 2020

For my previous list, I wrote that 2019 had been a "trying year." If I'd only known what 2020 had in store for everyone. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in so many ways. Including how we watch cinema. Films we would normally seek out on the big screen were first experienced on our living room TV screens. Does that change the value of the content? I don't think so. More so than ever, I found myself devouring cinema at a higher rate. I needed movies to keep me from sinking spiritually. And I'm grateful that they were accessible, albeit on my phone, tablet or TV. 

The "cinema" lives on.

Honorable mentionsCorpus Christi, The Trip To GreeceCapone, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Let Him Go, Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, His House, A White, White Day, Young Ahmed, The Way Back, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Invisible Man, Greyhound, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Beanpole, Totally Under Control, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, The Personal History of David Copperfield, The King of Staten Island, Greed, and Wasp Network.

1. Bacurau Directed by Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho

2. Sorry We Missed You Directed by Ken Loach

3. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Directed by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross

4. Driveways Directed by Andrew Ahn

5. The Last Dance Directed by Jason Hehir

6. Martin Eden Directed by Pietro Marcello

7. Da 5 Bloods Directed by Spike Lee

8. Another Round Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

9. Soul Directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers

10. The Vast of Night Directed by Andrew Patterson

11. Sound of Metal Directed by Darius Marder

12. First Cow Directed by Kelly Reichardt

13. Small Axe: Lovers Rock Directed by Steve McQueen

14. Tesla Directed by Michael Almereyda

15. Ema Directed by Pablo Larraín

16. Portrait of a Lady on Fire Directed by Céline Sciamma

17. Uncle Frank Directed by Alan Ball

18. Let Them All Talk Directed by Steven Soderbergh

19. The Nest Directed by Sean Durkin

20. I’m No Longer Here Directed by Fernando Frias