2020: Best First Viewings

My top 100 feature films seen for the first time in 2020.

From The Goodbye Girl (Jan 2nd) to Under the Lighthouse Dancing (Dec 30th), I watched 640 feature films for the first time in 2020 (twelve a week), including old & current releases.

Habits: Comfort viewing in times of lockdown and a hampered new release schedule resulted in an increased focus on documentaries (especially Adam Curtis, Frederick Wiseman and American Experience), music performances (especially Pearl Jam circa Easter), televised plays (especially Macbeth and Pinter) and miniseries.

Sadly, zero 2020 films cracked my top 100.

Top 100 reflections: Zero films made my all-time list (The Falls is #225-ish). My top 25 looks great, messier logjam beyond. For some nice coincidental poster…

  • The Falls

    1

  • Summer with Monika

    2

  • Pearl Jam: MTV Unplugged

    3

  • The Dead

    4

  • The Light That Failed

    5

  • Ad Astra

    6

  • Macbeth

    7

  • Abigail's Party

    8

  • Eternity and a Day

    9

  • T.R. Baskin

    10

  • Pearl Jam: Live At The Garden

    11

  • The House That Jack Built

    12

  • Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan in Concert

    13

  • The Wages of Fear

    14

  • Straight Time

    15

  • The Nightingale

    16

  • Charli XCX Live: Rock In Rio USA

    17

  • Another Woman

    18

  • HyperNormalisation

    19

  • Bangkok Hilton

    20

  • Judy & Punch

    21

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    22

  • The Red Badge of Courage

    23

  • Punishment Park

    24

  • Juvenile Court

    25

  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    26

  • The Battle of Algiers

    27

  • Pearl Jam: Live At The Showbox

    28

  • Penda's Fen

    29

  • Hard Labour

    30

  • The Century of the Self

    31

  • Umberto D.

    32

  • Storm Boy

    33

  • Thunder Road

    34

  • Moulin Rouge

    35

  • Made in Britain

    36

  • Summerfield

    37

  • American Experience: LBJ

    38

  • No Man's Land

    39

  • Narc

    40

  • Pearl Jam - Red Rocks

    41

  • Birdman of Alcatraz

    42

  • Love, Antosha

    43

  • Pearl Jam: Immagine in Cornice

    44

  • The Lovely Bones

    45

  • A Very English Scandal

    46

  • Creepshow

    47

  • Six Degrees of Separation

    48

  • Sponsored By No One

    49

  • The Dismissal

    50

  • Brink of Life

    51

  • The Collection

    52

  • What Maisie Knew

    53

  • For Love Alone

    54

  • Monrovia, Indiana

    55

  • American Experience: RFK

    56

  • Longitude

    57

  • The Singing Detective

    58

  • Strange Colours

    59

  • American Experience: JFK

    60

  • In the Soup

    61

  • WarGames

    62

  • Reaching for the Moon

    63

  • Shirley Valentine

    64

  • Oculus

    65

  • Cameraperson

    66

  • Vietnam

    67

  • The List of Adrian Messenger

    68

  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    69

  • Bitter Lake

    70

  • Pearl Jam – Live In Argentina

    71

  • Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

    72

  • The Long Good Friday

    73

  • What Richard Did

    74

  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    75

  • Operation Petticoat

    76

  • Law and Order

    77

  • American Experience: Nixon

    78

  • Eureka

    79

  • Pandora's Box

    80

  • The Square

    81

  • Pearl Jam: Touring Band 2000

    82

  • Modern Times: The Way of All Flesh

    83

  • Double Sculls

    84

  • Burning

    85

  • Watchmen

    86

  • The World's Most Wanted Animal

    87

  • Princess Cyd

    88

  • The Deep Blue Sea

    89

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    90

  • Hype!

    91

  • River of Grass

    92

  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    93

  • The Wanderers

    94

  • The Doobie Brothers: Live At The Greek Theatre

    95

  • Home Sweet Home

    96

  • A Dance to the Music of Time

    97

  • Morituri

    98

  • Girl Shy

    99

  • I Stand Alone

    100