One of the creepiest films I've ever seen, my skin would not stop crawling. This is a movie where you know something terrible is coming and you can't stop it. The performances are incredible and the cramped cinematography makes you feel claustrophobic. It's an incredibly dark film that somehow manages to be a family drama first and a horror movie second. Parts of the film don't make a lot of sense, but this is definitely a movie that will leave you chilled.
"Ex Machina." Throughout the film, the colors red, blue, and green are prominently displayed in each scene (the green forest, the red brick hallway, the keypad's red and blue functions, etc.) This is a nod to the RGB color model, which is used to display images in electronic systems, such as computers. Ava, of course, being the main computer in the film.
This movie is basically Groundhog Day and I'm ok with that. I love time loop stories. The cast is brilliant and the writing is hilarious. But it doesn't lose itself in the humor. There is a lot of heart to the story as well. It would have been fun to see the insanity dialed up a bit more, but I still love the film and it's easily the funniest movie of the year.
#2. The Trial of the Chicago 7
I love a good legal drama and this one fits the bill. If you're looking for a movie that will make you angry, this one will also fit the bill. Frank Langella is a terrific villain and I hope to see him win Best Supporting Actor. Mark Rylance and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are both incredible as well and bring some heart to the film. The final scene is a little hokey and the movie as as a whole is overly dramatized, but that's part of the reason I like the movie so much.
"Melancholia." During the Cannes Film Festival press conference for the film, Lars von Trier responded to a question about the use of Wagner's music, by calling himself a Nazi, and saying that he sympathized with Hitler. Despite apologizing for his remarks, he was banned from the remainder of the festival, and declared a persona non grata by festival organizers, a first in the history of the festival.
Finally, before we get into the best movie of 2020, two quick honorable mentions.
Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm
Pixar's most mature film and its darkest. Soul spoke to me on a deep level thanks to the writing of the main character and Jamie Foxx's performance. He and Tina Fey are very funny and the music is wonderful. This movie turned into a real emotional roller coaster that I was not expecting nor was I prepared for it and it's easily the best movie of 2020.
So, what do you think? Am I right on (doubtful) or am I dead wrong? Let me know!