🏆 Top 40 of 2020

2020, among many other things, had an altogether strange and, at times, an unbearably keen ability to capture itself—its movements and stagnations, its faults and successes, its miseries and joys—on screens both big and small.

More so than in years past, cinema seemed to be perfectly positioned to capture a specific moment in time that, for so many of us, led us on an overwhelming tour of the entire spectrum of human emotion. From the anxieties of quarantine—that fear of an endless imprisonment in mundanity—(I'm Thinking of Ending Things and Palm Springs), to the prospect of endless possibility and the freedom of the human spirit (Nomadland and First Cow), and finally, at long last, a firmly held microscope over the…

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    1

  • Nomadland

    2

  • Shithouse

    3

  • Da 5 Bloods

    4

  • Palm Springs

    5

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    6

  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch

    7

  • Promising Young Woman

    8

  • First Cow

    9

  • Emma.

    10

  • One Night in Miami...

    11

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    12

  • Shiva Baby

    13

  • Possessor

    14

  • Wolfwalkers

    15

  • 8:46

    16

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    17

  • Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

    18

  • A Face in the Crowd

    19

  • Anomalisa

    20

  • Do the Right Thing

    21

  • Come and See

    22

  • Meek's Cutoff

    23

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    24

  • In Cold Blood

    25

  • A Place in the Sun

    26

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    27

  • Stop Making Sense

    28

  • Day for Night

    29

  • Written on the Wind

    30

  • The Boston Strangler

    31

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    32

  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    33

  • The Handmaiden

    34

  • Totally Fucked Up

    35

  • The Circus

    36

  • Paris Is Burning

    37

  • Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing

    38

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    39

  • Some Like It Hot

    40