Thursday, December 31, 2020

Movies for Music Lovers: 2020 Edition

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Top 10 
1. House of Hummingbird (Kim Bora) 
2. Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen) 
3. The Invisible Man (Leigh Whannell) 
4. Possessor (Brandon Cronenberg) 
5. Mangrove (Steve McQueen) 
6. Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles) 
7. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hittman) 
8. Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello) 
9. Relic (Natalie Erika James) 
10. First Cow (Kelly Reichardt) 

Runners-up 
11. She Dies Tomorrow (Amy Seimetz) 
12. Da 5 Bloods (Spike Lee) 
13. The Assistant (Kitty Green) 
14. The Sound of Metal (Darius Marder) 
15. A White, White Day / Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur (Hlynur Palmason) 
16. Minari (Lee Isaac Chung) 
17. Beanpole / Dylda (Kantemir Balagov) 
18. To the Ends of the Earth / Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) 
19. An Easy Girl / Une Fille Facile (Rebecca Zlotowski) 
20. Cuties / Mignonnes (Maïmouna Doucouré) 

21. Education (Steve McQueen) 
22. Red, White and Blue (Steve McQueen) 
23. Miss Juneteenth (Channing Godfrey Peoples) 
24. The Traitor / Il Traditore (Marco Bellocchio) 
25. And Then We Danced (Levan Akin) 
26. Swallow (Carlo Mirabella-Davis) 
27. Shirley (Josephine Decker) 
28. Nomadland (Chloe Zao) 
29. The Old Guard (Gina Prince-Bythewood) 
30. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Charlie Kaufman) 

31. Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello) 
32. Ham and Rye (Tyler Taormina) 
33. One Night in Miami (Regina King) 
34. Alex Wheatley (Steve McQueen) 
35. Emma (Amanda de Wilde) 
36. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin) 
37. Palm Springs (Max Barbakow) 
38. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (George C. Wolfe)
39. Mank (David Fincher) 
40. Lost Girls (Liz Garbus) 
 
41. Soul (Pete Docter) 
42. On the Rocks (Sofia Coppola) 
43. The Nest (Sean Durkin) 
44. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Jason Woliner) 
45. Tenet (Christopher Nolan) 
46. The Personal History of David Copperfield (Armondo Iannucci) 
47. Buffaloed (Sandra Wexler) 
48. True History of the Kelly Gang (Justin Kurzel) 
49. Another Round (Thomas Vinterberg) 
50. The Father (Florian Zellner) 

Top Documentaries 
1. Collective (Alexander Nanau) 
2. City Hall (Frederick Wiseman) 
3. The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein) 
4. Advocate (Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche) 
5. Beastie Boys Story (Spike Jonze) 
6. Time (Garrett Bradley) 
7. Crip Camp (James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham) 
8. Feels Good Man (Arthur Jones) 
9. Boys State (Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine) 
10. White Riot (Rubika Shah) 

Runners-up 
11. Good Ol Girl (Sarah Brennan Kolb) 
12. Some Kind of Heaven (Lance Oppenheim) 
13. Dick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson) 
14. Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (Werner Herzog) 
15. Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine (Scott Crawford) 
16. Zappa (Alex Winter) 
18. What the Constitution Means to Me (Marielle Heller) 
19. 76 Days (Hao Wu and Weixi Chen) 
20. Coded Bias (Shalini Kantayya) 

Also worth a look: Circus of Books, Don't Be a Dick About It, Happy End Times, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, Other Music, Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet, and Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

Old Movies
1. The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
2. The Point! (Fred Wolf) 
3. One Sings, the Other Doesn't / L'une Chante l'Autre Pas (Agnès Varda) 
4. Kansas City (Robert Altman) 
5. Times Square (Alan Moyle) 
6. Clueless (Amy Heckerling) 
7. César et Rosalie (Claude Sautet) 
8. The Night My Number Came Up (Lewis Norman) 
9. Song of Songs (Rouben Mamoulian) 
10. The Intrigue (Julia Crawford Ivers) 

Also worthy of note: Angelfish, Benjamin, Color Out of Space, The Dark End of the Street, Homewrecker, Motherless Brooklyn, Promising Young Woman, Range Runners, Saint Frances, Shithouse, Three Christs, and Time of Moulting

Complete list: 16 Bars, Adriana's Pact, Always Shine, Amazon Women on the MoonThe Ape, Aristotle's Plot, Baby Bump, Bay of Silence, The Beguiled, Bei Bei, Ben Blair, Betty: They Say I'm Different, Beyond the Lights, Blank Generation, Brewster McCloud, Brief Crossing, Butter on the Latch, California Split, Candyman, The Carter, Caught Up, The Cement Garden, Charlotte For Ever, Christmas Holiday, Clifford, Come and See / Idi i Smotri, Conscience Point, Crafting an Echo, The Creator / Le Createur, The Cube, Daisies / Sedmikrásky, Death Laid an Egg / La Morte Ha Fatto l'Uovo, Deepstar Six, Def by Temptation, Dial Code Santa Claus / 3615 Code Père Noël, Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler / Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, Drifting, The Eiger Sanction, Evil Under the Sun, Fattitude, Fairytale / Favola, Ferat Vampire / Upír z Feratu, Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen / Final Cut: Hölgyeim és Uraim, Friday After Next, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Front Page, The Fourth Man / De Vierde Man, Get Crazy, Girl with Hyacinths / Flicka Och Hyacinter, Go Go Mania aka Pop Gear, Goodbye, 20th Century! / Zbogum Na Dvaesettiot Vek!, Hardware, High Strung Free Dance, His Girl Friday, Ice Thickeners, An Impudent Girl / L'Effronte, In God We Tru$t, The Intrigue, It Comes at Night, It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, It's Trad, Dad, James White, Jennifer's Body, Kansas City, Knockoff, The Laughing Woman / Femina Ridens, Lick the Star, Mad Max, The Majesty of the Law, Malcolm, Man of Erin, Mary, Queen of Scots, Messiah of Evil, Monster Dog, My Name Is Pedro, Night Games / Nattlek, Nymphomaniac: Vols. I and II, Ode, Old Boyfriends, One Hundred Men and a Girl, The Other Side of the Underneath, The Other Side of the Wind, Out of the Blue, Outside the Law, Penitentiary, Penitentiary III, Pepi, Luci, BomPlay Misty for Me, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, Red Cow / Para Aduma, Return to the Andes, Rituals, River of Grass, Ruth Weiss: The Beat Goddess, Santa: The Fascist Years, Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes / Le Père Noël a les Yeux Bleus, Serendipity, Shanghai Triad / Yáo a Yáo, Yáo Dào Wàipó Qiáo, Shutter Island, Siesta, Silent Running, Singled [Out], Sixteen Candles, The Slit / Die Spalte, Small Town Ecstasy, Sol Alegria, Star Time, Stop, Storefront Hitchcock, Streetwise, The System, Teenage Superstars, Closeness / Tesnota, The Things of Life / Les Choses de la Vie, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Time Piece, Tremors / Temblores, Unspoken, Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before, Waging Change, Walking the Streets of Moscow, The War of the Worlds: Next Century, Watch List, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Watermelon Woman, Welcome Home Brother Charles, Welcome II the Terrordome, What Are You?, What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, The Whistle Blower, Witch Hunt, and Wolf's Hole / Vlčí Bouda

Short films: ;), Adspace, Alex, Chill, Fish Fish Bish, Joy Ride, Lucky Girl, Niyayesh, The Orchard, Rated B for Black, Sleep Paralysis, Tattwo, Ultimatum, Unveiled, Wish Upon a Snowman, Ter, A Bold Experiment, Coup d'etat Math, Just Hold On, The Paint Wizzard, Talk Outside, Time Piece, and Zoey and Hanh

TV: American Masters S32: Mae West: Dirty Blonde, Baptiste S1, Black Mirror S3 - “San Junipero,” Bosch S1-2, Cher S1-2, Cobra S1, Endeavour S7, Frontline S39: "Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos," "America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump," and "United States of Conspiracy," Grantchester S5, Howard's End, I May Destroy You, The Queen's Gambit, Halt & Catch Fire S1-4, Law & Order: SVU S22, Press, Roadkill, Sanditon, Tiger King, The Trouble with Maggie Cole, Van der Walk S1, The Vow S1, and World on Fire S1.

Endnote: House of Hummingbird image from MUBI.

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