The Year in Movies: 2020

Not even COVID-19 can stop me from sharing my favorite (and unfavorite) movie moments of the year.

2020 was one of the most difficult years in recorded history, because of the COVID-19 virus weakening and/or killing people and pushing back the movie schedule. To keep it on track, flicks like “The Lovebirds,” “Scoob,” “Mulan,” and “Artemis Fowl” were able to be released online, but others like “Tenet” and “Bad Boys for Life” were all able to be shown in theaters.

I, myself, have been through the highs and lows of the year. My parents had the virus for a short time, but were both able to recover, so some bad news to good news here. I also had some online chats with some very talented people in the entertainment industry, so that’s a plus. My sister Alix also got married, and that’s a blessing. But the worst experience for me wasn’t just the outbreak, but also the loss of my grandfather Phil Eager (1935-2020), who didn’t die of the virus, but a weakened heart. It was hard for my Irish side of the family, but he will always be remembered for bringing them all together over the years.

I also attended the New York Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, and the Middleburg Film Festival all online, which was ideal, and saved me money on travel fare (Planes, Trains, & Automobiles. I had to say it). I dished on “On the Rocks,” “Nomandland,” “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” and French Exit” at the New York Film Festival, while I reviewed “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles,” “Belushi,” “I’m Your Woman,” “Zappa,” and “Dear Santa” at the Chicago Film Festival, and “Wolfwalkers” and “One Night in Miami” at the Middleburg Film Festival.

The only film festival I attended in person, before the quarantines began was at the Boulder International Film Festival in Colorado, where I saw “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,” “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” “Resistance,” and “The Truth.” My cousins and I enjoyed our experience there, and believe me, there was a lot to offer.

This is how things were this year at the movies or at home. Now, I wish to remind you of my ten favorites and ten unfavorites of the year, as well as the best animated features, performances, and conversations I’ve had with celebrities.

The Best Films of 2020

  1. “Soul”
  2. “Nomadland”
  3. “Da 5 Bloods”
  4. “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
  5. “The King of Staten Island”
  6. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  7. “Tenet”
  8. “Palm Springs”
  9. “Promising Young Woman”
  10. “One Night in Miami”

The Worst Films of 2020

  1. “Dolittle”
  2. “Coffee & Kareem”
  3. “Hubie Halloween”
  4. “Like a Boss”
  5. “Bloodshot”
  6. “Capone”
  7. “Downhill”
  8. “The Wrong Missy”
  9. “The Hunt”
  10. “Scoob”

The Best Conversations I’ve Had With Celebrities

  1. Christy Carlson Romano
  2. Alanna Ubach
  3. Rob Paulsen
  4. Wallace Shawn
  5. Henry Winkler
  6. Bill Farmer
  7. Jodi Benson
  8. Nick Kroll
  9. Will Friedle
  10. K Callen

The Best Animated Movies of the Year

  1. “Soul”
  2. “Wolfwalkers”
  3. “The Croods: A New Age”
  4. “Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie
  5. “Animal Crackers”
  6. “Trolls: World Tour”
  7. “Over the Moon”
  8. “Onward”
  9. “Phineas & Ferb The Movie: Candace Against The Universe”
  10. “The Willoughbys”

The Crappiest Animated Movie of the Year


The Best Performances of the Years

  1. Frances McDormand in “Nomadland”
  2. Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman”
  3. Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy”
  4. Delroy Lindo in “Da 5 Bloods”
  5. Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  6. Pete Davidson in “The King of Staten Island”
  7. Leslie Odom, Jr. in “One Night in Miami”
  8. Jim Carrey in “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  9. Lesley Manville in “Let Him Go”
  10. Dev Patel in “The Personal History of David Copperfield”

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  1. Chris what a great summary of 2020…your year seems so eventful and your perspective is so positive. I knew when you were a writer for the high school newspaper I advised that you would end up writing reviews….Bravo!

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