2020 Ten Best Movies


Orion Lee, John Magaro: First Cow (Alysson Riggs/A24)

For the record: It’s been a weird year. Nevertheless, here’s my 2020 Ten Best list, with annotations, for the Scarecrow blog. And the titles below.

1. First Cow (Kelly Reichardt)

2. Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)

3. Gunda (Victor Kossakovsky)

4. Fourteen (Dan Sallitt)

5. Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen)

6. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hittman)

7. Ammonite (Francis Lee)

8. Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov) and Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)

10. French Exit (Azazel Jacobs)

The Friday (11/13/2020)

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Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan: Ammonite (NEON)

My review for the Scarecrow blog this week, and etc.

Ammonite. “Mucus drips from the tip of Charlotte’s cold nose as she excitedly muscles a large rock out of the mud; you could hardly have a better measure of her journey from corseted wife to elbow-deep partner in discovery.”

Join us for another online session of Scarecrow Academy’s “The Art in Horror: Horror and the Director,” this week focusing on Antonia Bird’s 1999 film Ravenous. We’ll convene at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, November 14; check the link at the Scarecrow Academy page to register for the free class. Oh, and I introduce the movie below.

At Parallax View we wrap up the 2000 Eyes project; my contribution this week is a review of Terence Davies’ The House of Mirth.

At my other blog, What a Feeling!, behold five more reviews from the 1980s: of Sollace Mitchell’s Call Me, a neo-noir with Patricia Charbonneau; Glenn Jordan’s Mass Appeal, a cutesy-priest movie with Jack Lemmon; Don Shebib’s The Climb, a mountain-climbing picture; Ken Cameron’s The Good Wife, an Aussie drama of lust with Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, and Sam Neill; and Ron Howard’s Gung Ho, a Michael Keaton comedy I was way too easy on.