More couch, more movies, less popcorn

The Favorites

These are what I like to describe as “extremely my shit.”

She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

Matinee (1993)

Matinee was the film I watched that gave me the catharsis I needed to actually enjoy film again this year.

Color Out of Space (2019)

The Vast of Night (2019)

Cherish (2002)

The new releases

With theaters being closed for the majority of the year, and no Marvel releases, a lot of smaller movies got their time in the sun this year.

Underwater

You Can’t Kill David Arquette

Da 5 Bloods

Underneath nearly every line of dialogue throughout Da 5 Bloods there is a lifetime of unspoken trauma that is hard to put into words; and I’m glad Spike Lee chose not to.

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

I was not expecting this

Sometimes I just throw on a movie, go to the theater in the before-times, and it turns out to be so much better than I was expecting it to be. If they look interesting give them a shot.

WNUF Halloween Special

Gretel and Hansel

Another 2020 release that was left to fend for itself at the beginning of the year.

Missing Link (2019)

INVADER (1992)

Aliens. Artificial intelligence. Military cover-ups. Explosions. Investigative journalism?

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

I’m putting Birds of Prey right next to Shazam as one of DC’s best movie efforts, and I’m crediting that to how it embraces how wacky Gotham city is.

Still thinkin’ about it

Every year there are a handful of films that don’t leave my mind for one reason or the other.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Comet (2014)

Vivarium

I said it when I watched The Lodge, and I’ll say it again here: fuck those kids.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Raiders of the lost format

Like Tim Curry in Congo, I too am frequently on the search for treasures lost to the passage of time that may or may not require me to fight mutant apes to possess; and by that I mean sometimes I have to search really hard on eBay for a movie.

Jushin Thunder Liger: Fist of Thunder

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead

Life on film

When you find films that take you out of your existence and let you tag along in someone else’s life for 90 minutes or so, hold on to them.

House of Hummingbird

Wonderland (1999)

Career Opportunities

The Daytrippers

Coming soon

I mentioned at the start of this the great work the teams at both Salem Horror Fest, Brooklyn Horror Fest and Nighstream did in turning their film festivals virtual this year and so I wanted to touch on a few things that are seeing a wider release in 2021.

Come True (2020)

Boys from County Hell

Bleed with Me (2020)

Threshold (2020)

Bumps in the night

Two thirds of the movies watched this year were horror movies. It’s still by far my favorite genre, whether I’m watching something legitimately scary, watching a serial killer dressed like Santa Claus decimate a small town, or subjecting myself to the Deep Blue Sea sequels.

The Lodge (2019)

Luz (2018)

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Heartfelt, offbeat and creepy may not seem like they go together at all, but I don’t know how else to describe the energy that exudes from the Wolf of Snow Hollow.

The Clovehitch Killer

High hopes

I just wish these were better.

The New Mutants (2020)

I am so mad about how this movie was treated by Disney and by Fox.

Monstrous (2020)

Before I talk about Monstrous I want to briefly mention another film: What Keeps You Alive. In that a sociopathic lesbian is a serial killer unbeknownst to her wife until things go wrong, then the movie goes from zero to 100 real quick; I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Archenemy (2020)

I really enjoyed a lot of Archenemy, but at the same time I got Hancock vibes from it.

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