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Best Picture (2020): Nomadland

Release Date: November 13, 2020
Director: David Fincher
Studio: Netflix
Mank is a brilliant new film by David Fincher about Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz and his story of creating the script for Citizen Kane. David Fincher had been intending to create this film for the better part of 20 years (his father initially wrote the script but has since passed away). Mank was shot in black and white, a nod to the films of the 1940s, and shooting was completed just prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Gary Oldman stars as “Mank,” and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross again deliver a fitting score for Mank (they also did the score for The Social Network). The film had a limited theatrical release in 2020 due to the pandemic but it was viewed widely on streaming services, particularly on Netflix.

Small Axe: Lovers Rock (2020)

David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020)

First Cow (2020)

Minari (2020)

Beanpole (2020)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

The Woman In The Window (2020)

The Nest (2020)

The Assistant (2020)

Herself (2020)

Saint Frances (2020)

Mangrove (2020)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

The Invisible Man (2020)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2020)


The French Dispatch (2021)
Release Date: July 12, 2021
Director: Wes Anderson
Studio: Searchlight Pictures
In Anderson’s latest, The French Dispatch I was most taken with tone-setting scenes, framing a triad of segments as we meet the small staff of The French Dispatch at its European outpost in an aptly named French town dubbed Ennui-sur-Blasé (i.e. “boredom”). In each of the three segments in the film we meet an incredible cast of characters with all manner of allusions to classic cinema, starring: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.

The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Director: Joel Coen
Studio: A24
In his first solo outing as director Joel Coen (of the Coen Brothers virtuoso directing partnership) delivers a visually arresting portrayal of Shakespeare’s famed “Scottish play” –an impeccable interpretation in the highest degree. Denzel Washington gives a stoic, subtle performance as Macbeth, and Frances McDormand delivers an impenetrable performance as the sinister-turned-insane Lady Macbeth. However, Kathryn Hunter steals the show with her twisted, evil portrayal of the three Weird sisters.

James Bond #25: No Time To Die (2021)
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Studio: MGM/Eon
The ironically titled No Time To Die, is wonderfully action-packed installment as number twenty-five in the Jame Bond franchise, however it is completely tarnished by its clownishly stupid and unnecessary ending which leaves the future of the franchise in question. Released on the heels of the global COVID-19 pandemic, No Time To Die follows James Bond as he once again emerges from retirement and discovers a dangerous nanobot virus that targets particular enemies (greenlit by MI6) but it falls into the hands of Safin (Rami Malek) a vengeful villain who seeks revenge on Blofeld and Spectre, as well as his hope to release it upon the rest of the world.  

The Green Knight (2021)

The Last Duel (2021)

Dune (2021)

The Lost Daughter (2021)

The Dig (2021)

Petite Maman (2021)

The Father (2021)