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 Posted:   Dec 26, 2020 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

OK, so it's time for my Best and Worst Movie lists of the particularly wacky, cinema experience-killing year of 2020. While it's impossible to see everything I'd want to in a given year, what made this one particularly awful for more than frequent "single" moviegoers like myself was new release films becoming utterly unaffordable on VOD. Meaning that as much as I'd want to see Let Him Go, there is no way I'm going to drop $20 for the privilege, which seems to be the given price point - leaving me to wait months to see some great films once they had a price drop. And given that the affordable tickets led to the physically safe, but visually and audio-appalling experience of drive-ins, whose hip factor utterly eludes me, there went a whole other bunch of movies. Yet while my way over a 100 views of any other normal year were curtailed, I still saw more than enough to arrive at this list that might inspire or cause consternation. So without further ado, here we go in alphabetic order...

THE MOVIES OF 2020

THE BEST

Freaky
The Ghost of Peter Sellers
Greyhound
His House
Love and Monsters
Mulan
News of the World
The Outpost
The Prom
The Trial of the Chicago 7

THE RUNNERS UP

Amulet
Archive
Arkansas
Bad Education
Call of the Wild
The Invisible Man
The King of Staten Island
Soul
The True History of the Kelly Gang
Words on Bathroom Walls

THE MOST ENTERTAINING

An American Pickle
Becky
Come To Daddy
Extra-Ordinary
Fatman
The Gentlemen
The Hunt
Palm Springs
Underwater
The Wretched

THE MOST DISAPPOINTING

Artemis Fowl
The Christmas Chronicles Part Two
Da 5 Bloods
The Glorias
Hillbilly Elegy
Midnight Sky
Rise of the Synths
Resistance
The Witches
The Wolf of Snow Hollow

THE WORST

Capone
Dolittle
Force of Nature
Gretel and Hansel
Promising Young Woman
Relic
Shirley
Tenet
The Turning
You Should Have Left

You can check out my Best of Scores at:

https://filmmusicinstitute.com/the-best-scores-of-2020/

Here's hoping we can all return to theaters to the end of 2021!

Daniel Schweiger

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2020 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Shocked to see Mulan on the Best of Year list. It was universally panned by the general audience. Poorly written characters, nonsensical story, jarring editing, badly filmed action sequences, among other issues. Not only a bad film far inferior to the animated version.

I enjoyed many parts of Love and Monsters but as a whole was just an average movie with a few solid sequences. The last quarter went particularly downhill.

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2020 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Thanks to a combination of theater closures and my own indifference to this movie year (which I was feeling early on well before the cinema shutterings), I'm really out of the loop re 2020.

I did however see Mank, but don't see it on any of the lists here. I would place it in the Disappointing column: Intriguing subject matter, beautifully film by David Fincher and his team, but falls victim to too many predictable biopic tropes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2020 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

Thanks to a combination of theater closures and my own indifference to this movie year (which I was feeling early on well before the cinema shutterings), I'm really out of the loop re 2020.

I did however see Mank, but don't see it on any of the lists here. I would place it in the Disappointing column: Intriguing subject matter, beautifully film by David Fincher and his team, but falls victim to too many predictable biopic tropes.


I started out meh for quite a while on Mank, but by halfway through it really won me over, so I quite liked it at the end. So it fulfilled its promise, just took a long while to do it which is why it avoided the "disappointments" column. Same deal with WW84

As for Mulan, I thought it was absolutely terrific. Was very lucky to see it on the big screen before the shuttering, which certainly helped its impact. As much as I love the animated film, I thought this live action was better, not to mention the best of the Disney live action films at that

As always, what goes on my list is entirely subjective, which is what all film appreciation, and detraction should be about. I could care less about what the vox populi think, but on the other hand am continually amazing at pretentious film snob critics and cineaste FB poseurs throw on their best list to purposefully show they disdain the films that the "regular people" actually enjoy

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2020 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


Reluctantly have to agree with Tenet being on the worst film list. Pre-ordered it on 4K and settled down to watch it with mounting excitement, only for it to dissipate within minutes and never return for the entirety of the film. It was as if entertainment had been sacrificed for concept. Sorry, Mr Nolan, but it’s a “no” from me. We enjoyed the music, oddly enough.

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2020 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

Reluctantly have to agree with Tenet being on the worst film list. Pre-ordered it on 4K and settled down to watch it with mounting excitement, only for it to dissipate within minutes and never return for the entirety of the film. It was as if entertainment had been sacrificed for concept. Sorry, Mr Nolan, but it’s a “no” from me. We enjoyed the music, oddly enough.

I don't get Nolan. I just don't, and never have. Emperor's new cloths of utter pretentious, though he's certainly inspired cool music - though not in the case of the repetitive Tenet, which makes zero sense. For a director who's Mr. Smart, it says something that the villain is defeated at the end by suntan lotion. Unendurable

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2021 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Tenet is astoundingly bad, incredibly bad.
I expected to be disappointed, and it was even worse than I thought it would be.
It is amazing a studio exec read this script and gave the go ahead for this giant waste of money.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2021 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Tenet is astoundingly bad, incredibly bad.
I expected to be disappointed, and it was even worse than I thought it would be.
It is amazing a studio exec read this script and gave the go ahead for this giant waste of money.


I stopped watching his movies after I saw parts of Inception on television some years ago. I have absolutely no interest in watching another one of his films.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2021 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Tenet is astoundingly bad, incredibly bad.
I expected to be disappointed, and it was even worse than I thought it would be.
It is amazing a studio exec read this script and gave the go ahead for this giant waste of money.


I stopped watching his movies after I saw parts of Inception on television some years ago. I have absolutely no interest in watching another one of his films.


agreed, I like him less and less all the time. There is a somewhat good film buried in the film making rubble of Dunkirk, mostly hidden under the oh so clever "notice smart me!" editing that is pointlessly contrived, and the "look- notice me!" score.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2021 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Tenet is astoundingly bad, incredibly bad.
I expected to be disappointed, and it was even worse than I thought it would be.
It is amazing a studio exec read this script and gave the go ahead for this giant waste of money.


I stopped watching his movies after I saw parts of Inception on television some years ago. I have absolutely no interest in watching another one of his films.


agreed, I like him less and less all the time. There is a somewhat good film buried in the film making rubble of Dunkirk, mostly hidden under the oh so clever "notice smart me!" editing that is pointlessly contrived, and the "look- notice me!" score.


Indeed. He's a talented guy but there's an old saying at Disney. "If you can see our brushstrokes we didn't do our job."

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2021 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I don't get Nolan.

Because theres nothing *to* get. He wants desperately to be Stanley Kubrick and can't be bothered playing at being anything else.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2021 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I don't get Nolan.

Because theres nothing *to* get. He wants desperately to be Stanley Kubrick and can't be bothered playing at being anything else.


Ow, harsh, but not wrong

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2021 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)



Indeed. He's a talented guy but there's an old saying at Disney. "If you can see our brushstrokes we didn't do our job."


exactly

 
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