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Best Movies of 2020

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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4



Director: Eliza Hittman
Her 3rd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


It's a slow burn, trying to figure out if there is going to be anything more than a girl trying to get an abortion. There isn't. There are some strong emotional moments that make it worth the watch, but it starts as a downer and never really gets better. The mumblecore style lends for good performances by the two leads and even creates some solid supporting characters.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4



Director: Ron Howard

This is a documentary better suited for a thirty minute format. It has rebuilding in the name but there was only a portion dedicated to the rebuilding.

The movie starts off strong with the town of Paradise's citizens filming their town from their perspective. It's scary, emotional, uncomfortable, and affective. Then the documentary turns into a disappointing snooze fest that kept us begging for something more interesting, something bigger than just Paradise. Howard seems to think of doing this but does for maybe less than a minute at the very end.

I grieve for the town of Paradise but this full-length documentary could have been about them but should have been so much more.

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People who added this item 150 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7



Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

A movie that so badly wants a sequel... will it get one? Maybe Netflix's greenlighting frenzy will continue and this very average action movie will get one. If it didn't star Charlize Theron I probably would have turned it off midway; but she continues to be so captivating and demands our attention no matter what movie she signs up for.

A lot of cliches, elementary dialogue, a stupid villain, and a lack of humor prevent this from what actually HAD potential to be a good action movie.

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People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5
Mulan (2020)



Director: Niki Caro

I think there are some very nice moments in this live-action take on Disney's version of the story of Mulan, but it's mostly forgettable. It's blatantly Disneyfied and seems so generic and watered-down that I can't help but find it to be an expensive wasted opportunity. I went into this thinking this was actually going to a be remake of an animated Disney movie that was going to be enough of a departure, and that could be so good, it would be worthy of standing all on its own. The trailer fooled me and we are left with the same movie just without the cringy songs.

In addition to the nice production design the main actress does a fine job and I really think young girls can watch this and be inspired to kick-ass, too. I have hopes they will enjoy this more than fucking "Frozen".

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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2



Director: Julia Hart
Her 4th Movie.
My 1st movie watched from the director.


With an intriguing start I thought this was going to be a solid retro-painted mama-and-baby-on-the-run movie. Instead it's a slow-paced non-thriller. The climax is certainly worth it and the mostly-unknown cast turns in memorable performances.

I think with 15 minutes taken out of the second act this movie would have been tighter and a tad more exciting. I'm not saying I need a movie for the tiny-attention span culture we live in but some movies just don't need to be slow-paced. Julia Hart doesn't need to be Bรฉla Tarr.

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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9



Director: D.W. Young
His 4th movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


A documentary about... booksellers. The rare books. It has all kinds of characters in it, which helps it move along nicely. I love learning about niche worlds I know nothing about and this documentary nailed it. Is it wildly interesting? No, but for what it's about it deserves some attention.

It's also nicely narrated by Parker Posey; bonus.
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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 72 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Bad Education (2020)



Director: Cory Finley
His 2nd movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director



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HBO's True American Stories
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People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1



A beautiful documentary that never gets past just a guy curious about an octopus. With teacher in the title I was expecting him and the viewer to learn a whole lot about the creature, aquatic life, and all life itself. Maybe too high of expectations had it not also won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Director: James Reed
His 3rd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director



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Documentaries about Relationship with Animals
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People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Gentlemen (2019)
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People who added this item 203 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 159 Average listal rating (113 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Palm Springs (2020)
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 123 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8


Sorkin is still an incredible writer. I'm so glad this film that was in development for so long is actually really good. The ensemble is noteworthy and the filmmaking is quality enough. Sorkin's second directing job makes it clear he is much more than a writer.

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Director: Thom Zimny
His 6th Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director.


An incredibly personal and beautiful take on the making-of-an-album documentary. Bruce and the band are shown in beautiful black and white throughout, while they play and Bruce gives a little insight into each song on his latest masterpiece.

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Favorite Performances Documentaries
Best Music Documentaries
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People who added this item 318 Average listal rating (227 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.4


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People who added this item 123 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Mank (2020)


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People who added this item 307 Average listal rating (234 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Soul (2020)



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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz.

Clearly this has been an unusual year and sadly I can only put 12 movies on the list so far. Let's hope Mank is as awesome as it looks, so I can strengthen up the list a bit.


Created: November 2020
Updated: November 2021



Movies Seen: 31
Next movies to watch:
Bad Boys for Life, Downhill, Bill & Ted Face the Music

Also seen:
Rated 6/10

Wendy
Wonder Woman 1984
Banksy and the Rise of Outlaw Art
Rated 5/10
Dolittle
Holiday
Witches


Enjoy!




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