2020 Recap of Films, Television, and Books

Shoutout to Josh Sorensen for the idea to use glitter headers. The 2000s are good, I never said anything bad about the 2000s.

Birds of Prey, Palm Springs, Sibyl, Banana Split

Hii!! I wish I could say that it’s all over, but it’s not. Hell is empty and all the devils are here. All we can hope for is that next year eventually brings us out of the darkness and into the light. This has been an incredibly difficult year, but I’m thankful that I had great media to consume — so here’s what I consider the best!

Contents:

Top 10 Films of 2020

Although lots of big films were pushed back, we still got so many amazing films this year, including some banging hidden gems. If anything, it at least gives me chance to highlight some fantastic films that might’ve been lower on my ‘Top 10’ list otherwise.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2020

Horror is my favourite genre, so it needed a list of its own! I’ve been pretty impressed with the genre this year to say that some of my most highly anticipated didn’t get released (specifically The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It). But this comes as no surprise as horror isn’t traditionally a large blockbuster kind of genre. These are in rough order:

I saw The Unhealer and Triggered as part of Grimmfest, but they’re coming out in 2021. I also don’t even think The Lodge is out in the UK yet. When will they release that film from the void?

Uncovered Faves

Here are my favourite new-to-me watches:

Christmas

This year I rewatched my Christmas faves: The Santa Clause, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Black Christmas. I also watched Home Alone 1 & 2 which I hadn’t seen for years. It had gotten to the point where I was more familiar with Macaulay Culkin as an adult which is outrageous.

My favourite new-to-me watches were Happiest Season, The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two and Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Not to mention, I finally watched The Muppet Christmas Carol for the first time. I liked it, but I’m sad I’m not as taken by it as everyone else seems to be.

Check out my Happiest Season review for Film Cred for my full thoughts!

Recommended Hidden Gems

Some of my favourite films from 2020 include under-watched hidden gems already, but here are some more:

Most Rewatched

I was going for comfort rewatches this year because my brain really needed to have some fun and switch off with some laid back warmth, laughs, and sometimes a good cry. These are mostly 2000s films, which is the ultimate comfort era for me as I was born in ’93. Here are my most rewatched:

Other rewatches includes Legally Blonde, Booksmart, The Girl Next Door, Not Another Teen Movie, Music and Lyrics, Knocked Up, School of Rock, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, American Pie 1–4, and more.

My most watched TV series are probably:

Top TV of 2020

These are not in any specific order, apart from The Queen’s Gambit is definitely #1.

Honourable Mentions: Warrior Nun, The L Word: Generation Q, The Stranger. I’m currently watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4.

Filmography Progress

As a Letterboxd Pro member, I enjoy seeing my statistics, including my top actors/actresses and directors! This has made me want to watch more films by/starring certain people, so here’s my progress for this year:

Adam Sandler

I wasn’t content with Samuel L. Jackson just beating out the Sandman, so I had to go back and watch some films of Sandler’s that I hadn’t seen yet. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a big fan of his.

This was a lot of watches considering Jackson was only a couple of films ahead, but what can I say? I felt like I’d missed too much. I also rewatched 50 First Dates and The Hot Chick. I’m not sure if I’ll ever do myself the disservice of watching Jack and Jill, though.

Letterboxd score: 52% — 39/75

Milla Jovovich

I’ve been obsessed with Milla ever since I first saw The Fifth Element (which I rewatched this year). I’ve seen the first Resident Evil film before, but definitely wanted to complete the series, which I did:

Letterboxd score: 26% — 14/53

John Carpenter

I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made with John Carpenter’s filmography. In addition to a Halloween rewatch, the new-to-me Carpenter films I watched are:

Letterboxd score: 45% — 11/24

Wes Craven

I’ve been very slowly trying to increase my Wes Craven watches, but he’s still my most watched director. I only managed two new films:

Next year I’m hoping to watch Vampire in Brooklyn, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and Music at the Heart. I also don’t believe I’ve seen Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes.

Letterboxd score: 53% — 14/26

Top Books of 2020

I read 50 books this year, which is the most books I’ve ever read in a year by far — granted a lot of them were short as I vowed to read more poetry, which I did! Here are my favourite books I read this year (from any year), which are no particular order, however the books by Taylor Jenkins Reid are my absolute fave reads of the year by year! Plus I’d say Claire C. Holland’s horror-themed poetry book is the best.

Fiction:

Non Fiction:

Poetry:

Short Stories:

Thanks for reading — or skim reading. See you next year!

A freelance film and tv writer from England, who enjoys horror films, cats and middle-aged actresses.

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