Top 10 Movies of 2020

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2020 is finally over! It’s been quite the year to say the least. A lot of movies were pushed back, so my top 10 list this year consists of some smaller fair. I also haven’t had the chance to fully review each movie on this list now that I have a full time job, so I will provide a mini-review for those.

First up, here’s some Honorable Mentions: The Glorias, Wolfwalkers, and Palm Springs

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Sorry to Bother You (2018)

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Sorry To Bother You revolves around Cassisus “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield) trying to make some money by becoming a telemarketer at Regalview. However, he finds that it’s a bit harder than expected, until someone explains to him to use his “white voice” (David Cross). Only then does Cassius rise through the ranks at Regalview and makes some big bucks, but when he finds out that they are corrupt, Cassisus must choose between doing what’s right or to keep making money to survive.

My synopsis above does not capture the tone of the film at all. This is one of the most original films I have ever seen, and I have never seen a movie like this before in my life. This is film is majorly quirky, bizarre, and thought provoking. It is also hugely satirical.

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Annihilation (2018)

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Annihilation is a sci-fi movie surrounding Lena (Natalie Portman) whose husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac), has gone on a secret mission to what is called “The Shimmer” and is the only person to have ever returned but is not well. Lena then decides to go to The Shimmer in order to find out what has happened to her husband.

I knew pretty much nothing about this film, I didn’t watch any trailers and only vaguely knew of the concept, which intrigued me, and I think that us film lovers may actually enjoy movies more if we go in blind. Let me start out by saying that the visuals in this film are stunning, especially everything that happened in The Shimmer. The production designer really deserves a lot of the credit here. It was both beautiful and creepy to see what lied behind The Shimmer and there are plenty of horror elements in the film.

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