This week in Film — 2020 in movies

2020 will be remembered for a variety of reasons, but when it comes to the movies: Those that were released and the festivals that did happen will likely be overshadowed by the movies held back and by the festivals canceled. Not to mention the countless hours people spent in front of screens at home, half seeking escape, half wondering what the hell was going on out there.

2020 was the year I watched more but understood less. With a rotating series of crises to consider, rare were the instances where I found myself lost in someone else’s story for two hours. Empathy has its limits: When you’re adrift in your own story, the world talks to you on mute.
And yet, the movies persisted. A few brought joy, while the rest confronted the darkness head-on. But all provided illumination in their own way. Only one did I have the pleasure of seeing on a big screen. The rest I wait with anticipation to revisit on a screen so large I will once again feel small.

Boulder Weekly Vol. 28, No. 20, “2020 in movies

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