2020 in Films: 365 Days, 386 Films, and a Year Full of Cinema!

Usually I post this year end recap on the last day of the year, but like I said in my December wrap-up post, my computer died the day after Christmas so everything has gotten a bit delayed. Obviously 2020 was a very unusual year and you can see that reflected in what I watched. You’ll notice, for example, that I didn’t watch very many movies in June. I also only watched three films in September due to the passing of my Grampa and all that that entailed. I do however feel like I managed to expand the kinds of films I watched and watch a lot of films outside my comfort zone. So, as always, after the cut you can see every film I watched as well as a breakdown by decade, and a highlight of my favorite new-to-me (but not new release) film I watched. If you want to see my monthly recaps you can find those here.

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December 2020 in Films

Apologies for the delay on this post. My computer died at the end of December so this post as well as my end of the year wrap-up and my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2020 were delayed. If you follow me on social, you probably saw that I left my job at the beginning of December as well, so this month threw me for a bit of a loop. As always though, you will find everything I watched in December, a breakdown by decade, and a few favorites after the cut.

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It’s Cinema Fanatic’s 11th Anniversary!

Truly baffling that today is the blog’s 11th anniversary. Back when I started this blog it was during the recession and I was living in the back of my parents’ house working a job I did not care for in my hometown. Watching films, writing about them, just sharing my love for them gave me a sense of purpose.

In the ensuing decade plus I have attended grad school and received an MFA in Film Production, I have worked at Warner Bros., Rotten Tomatoes, TCM/FilmStruck, and Netflix. Jobs I would never have dreamed I would have back when I started this.

But in doing those jobs I lost touch with the pure love of it all. I slowly stopped blogging as much. First went all the lengthy features, and then even Movie Quote of the Day. Now I don’t even write about the films during my monthly write-up. I’ve just gotten so tired.

I learned a lot at every single one of those jobs and am grateful for the experiences I would not have had over the last decade without them.

But as anyone who follows me elsewhere knows, I left my most recent job as the Editorial Manger for NetflixFilm at the beginning of the month. It was a weird, strange departure. But I think for the best. I am proud of all the work I did there in the last 19 months. It was surely some of the best work I’ve done.

I’m not sure yet what I am doing next. I am weighing some options for what ~ the future ~ holds.

With the pandemic raging I’ve been as isolated as I was in those years when I first started this blog. In the last two weeks I’ve found the joy of just watching cinema again. Just sharing my love of it again. It seems everything has come full circle.

The one constant is always cinema. Always.

Noirvember 2020 in FIlms

Y’all this month was Noirvember 11!! I cannot even believe I’ve been doing this for that long. Every year more and more people (and libraries!) participate and it fills me with such joy (which is maybe the opposite of what noir should do???). I didn’t watch much this month beyond the one noir a day, but as always you can see everything I watched after the cut, plus a breakdown by decade and a few favorites.

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September and October 2020 in Films

September was a terrible month. I spent much of the month with my family up in the northern California because my grandfather died. Needless to say, not a lot of new-to-me movie watching happened that month. Hence why there was no post. I decided to combine the two months into one post. October included a virtual version of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, so like most years there is an uptick in silent film, but not as much as past years. As always, you can see everything I watched and a breakdown by year after the cut.

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August 2020 in Films

I spent the bulk of my August re-watching all of Sex and the City from the beginning, plus the movie (and watching the sequel for the first time). You can find a very in depth documentation of that re-watch here. I did, however, also watch some movies. As always after the cut you can find a list of all the new-to-me films I watched, plus a highlighted selection of my favorites.

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July 2020 in Films

I spent much of July catching up on some female directed films from earlier in 2020 that I missed, as well as still working my way through Criterion Channel’s Tell Me collection (I only have one film left!!) and honestly that made for a great month of viewing. As always, after the cut you can see everything I watched in July, a breakdown by decade, and a few favorites.

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May and June 2020 in Films

I didn’t do a round up post for May due to the state of things at the beginning of June, but I do want to do the films I watched in May justice, so I am doing a two month post this month. So, after the cut you will find everything I watched in May *and* June, a breakdown by decade, and my favorites.

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No Post For May

It doesn’t feel right to do a post this month, but I want to push you all to watch the films in Tell Me: Women Filmmaker, Women’s Stories on Criterion Channel.


Here’s the log:

  1. All Day and a Night
  2. The Half of It
  3. Ema
  4. Joyce at 34
  5. Becoming
  6. Selah and the Spades
  7. Clotheslines
  8. Un beau soleil intérieur (Let the Sunshine In)
  9. Carrie Pilby
  10. Loser
  11. Diabolo menthe (Peppermint Soda)
  12. Outside In
  13. Jean of the Joneses
  14. Qarib Qarib Singlle
  15. Galveston
  16. Rough Night
  17. Ophelia
  18. The Weekend
  19. Sword of Trust
  20. Paper Year
  21. Growing Up Female
  22. Janie’s Janie
  23. Betty Tells Her Story
  24. It Happens to Us
  25. Yudie
  26. Second Cousins Once Removed


April 2020 in Films

It is the truth universally acknowledged that April 2020 flew by at the speed of light. March seemed interminably long, but I don’t even know where April went. I definitely watched less films in April, but I did watch some truly stunning ones. As always you can find the whole list, a breakdown by decade, and a few of my favorites after the cut.

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