2019 was a whirlwind of a year. FilmStruck closed down in late-2018, and by early-2019 I found myself moving back to Los Angeles to work for NetflixFilm. It’s been an incredibly fulfilling year, but with all this work (and travel for work! and moving back across the country!), I definitely watched far fewer films than I have in previous years. I’ve also found I’ve had less time to dedicate to this blog, but as always I have kept track of everything I’ve watched. So, here’s everything I watched in 2020, plus a little context. You can see all my month recaps here.
I honestly cannot believe this is the end of a decade. The 2010s have been a very transformative decade for me in almost every way possible. The one thing that has stayed with me is my love of cinema. I always have ups and downs with contemporary cinema, but this year I found several films that really spoke to me. So, as always, you can find my favorite fifteen films of the year after the cut. You can also see my whole list here.
The final month of the final year of the decade. How did we get here??? Time is an illusion, but the enjoyment you get from movies is real. Dig it! With that, here is everything I watched in this month.
I definitely should have planned something more fancy for my 10th anniversary, but this year has completely gotten away from me. Moving across the country and starting a new job can take a lot out of you!
Some highlights: Noirvember also celebrated its 10th year, I attended a few film festivals for the first time (mostly for work, so I didn’t see anything, but still it was fun): Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and New York Film Festival. I went back to Pordenone for the fourth time.
I’m really grateful for all the opportunities this blog has given me of the last decade, but as we head into a new one I’m not sure that I will have the time to dedicate to it properly. I plan to close out this year like I always do with my end of the month post for December, my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019, and my end of the year wrap up, but after that I may retire the blog in 2020. Maybe bring it back just for the end of the year next December. I guess we’ll see.
This was the 10th anniversary of Noirvember this year! It was really amazing to see just how wide spread the celebration has grown over the last decade. I’m grateful for everyone who participates, and am so happy that so many people are able to discover new favorites every year. As always, you can see all the films I watched in November, plus a few highlighted favorites, after the cut.
So October started with my annual trip to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and ended with many great 2019 releases (it’s that time of year!). As always, you can find everything I watched (it was a lot!) in October, plus a few favorites after the cut.
September has been a crazy month. I started the month in Toronto for TIFF, then I was in Austin for Fantastic Fest, and finally I’ve been in NYC for NYFF. I didn’t really get to see many films during these festivals (fun fact: when you work in the industry, you don’t get to see as many films cuz you’re working during the screenings!). I did, however, manage to get a few films watched during the month, so, as always, after the cut please find everything I watched this month plus some favorites.
I almost made it to an average of a film a day in August. I got a little behind because the fourth season of Cable Girls dropped (it was WILD) and I started to watch a new Spanish show called 45 RPM (so far it’s great!), but I think my average for August was pretty damn good. I want to give a big shout out to KJ Relth at the UCLA Film and Television Archive for really making my summer something special with her amazing programming of female directors at the Billy Wilder Theatre. So grateful to see these thrilling films all summer, and especially to see a few of them introduced by their directors (Nina Menkes, Mary Lambert, Penelope Spheeris). As always, you can find everything I watched after the cut plus a few of my faves.
July was another low new-to-me month for me. I blame my annual re-watch of Frasier, traveling for work, and all the rep cinema I watched (Pick up the new AGFA’s release of Sarah Jacobson’s films!!!). That said, I did see some true gems. As always, you can see everything I watch and my faves after the cut.
June was a pretty great month in cinematic shenanigans for me, even if it was light on feature films (more on that after the cut). Halfway through the month I joined the Battleship Pretension podcast for their retrospective episode on the late Agnès Varda. I also saw a lot of really artistically challenging films (and binged a ton of soapy TV!). As always, you can see everything I watched and read a little bit about my favorites after the cut.