Top 10 Films of 2020

It’s been a weird year for everyone, and film included. I’m itching to get back to the cinema, one of my most happy places. Luckily, I did get to attend the film festival and I’ve managed to fill many gaps through the wonders of streaming services. So here’s the list. Spoiler free!

10. Shirley

In this twisted thriller Elizabeth Moss plays a horror writer who is having writer’s block. Her and her husband take in a young couple, looking for inspiration and (perhaps) company. Moss really carries this film, she is one of the best at pulling off full-on-crazy but still making it totally believable. A great film for Moss fans.

9. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman is certainly a style and a taste. I’m Thinking of Ending Things portrays a young woman’s (Jessie Buckley) first trip to meet her boyfriend’s parents. But, as Kaurman fans will expect, everything is not as it seems. She starts to question her relationship, her boyfriend, herself and it will leave you utterly (and beautifully) confused.

8. Emma

Period drama with Anya Taylor-Joy – do you need any more information? A really stylish adaptation of Jane Austen’s hilarious novel about a young woman obsessed with match-making and neglecting her own love life. The chemistry between Taylor-Joy and her Mr Knightly (Johnny Flynn) is firey and Bill Nighy as Emma’s father adds some classic British comedy. A true joy.

7. Nomadland

Cleaning up at the Oscars, Nomadland certainly deserves the hype. It’s really a beautiful film that optimises the idea that not all who wander are lost. Frances McDormand is wonderful as Fern, representing all those whose lifestyles have ever been questioned.

6. Soul

Pixar’s latest film is truly adorable and really funny. Joe (Jamie Fox) dies unexpectedly on the very day that he thinks his life is about to gain meaning. While in the “soul” world he meets 22 (Tina Fey) who is a soul that has yet to go into a body on Earth, and he must help her find life’s meaning, hoping to get back to his own life. It’s a film about friendship, meaning and living life to the fullest.

5. Supernova

If Supernova doesn’t make you feel ALL of the feelings, you have NO SOUL. Tusker (Stanley Tucci) is suffering from early onset Dementia and his pianist partner Sam (Colin Firth) go on a trip together. During the course of the trip Sam discovers Tusker’s plans for the future. Firth and Tucci are perfect together, their years of friendship in real life have created a wonderful rapport and everyone should see this film.

4. The Trial of the Chicago 7

Based on the 1968 trial of a group of protestors, Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a drama with so much heart. I’m a big fan of Sorkin (BARTLET FOR AMERICA) and also of real-life dramas, so this combination was bound to be a winner. The trial is full of twists and turns and there are a lot of moments that will make you angry. I cried a number of times.

3. Tenet

I’m not going to try and summarise Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending film features amazing performances, fantastic sci-fi, stunning visual effects and a plot that will keep you guessing until you can’t even remember your known name. And if that doesn’t convince you, Robert Pattinson is seriously smooth in it.

2. Ammonite

Last year, my favourite film was Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and if you liked that, you’ll love this. Kate Winslet plays Mary Anning, a fossil hunter living a solitary life on the coast, only seeing her own mother and those who visit her shop. Saorise Ronan is Charlotte, a wife who is depressed and has lost herself. Charlotte’s husband leaves her in the care of Mary and they become close. It’s a slow moving, very affecting film that deals with love, loss and (to my joy) fossils.

1. Promising Young Woman

This year’s winner stars Carey Mulligan as Cassandra, a med school drop out who is hell-bent on dealing out punishments to men who take advantage of drunk women. A mixture of grief, anger and intelligence makes her pursuit of these men both satisfying, nail biting and tense. A truly iconic film that I cannot recommend enough, Promising Young Woman will make you angry, sad and laugh.

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