Films I watched in 2020

More time spent at home + Netflix subscription = an increase in the number of films watched this year! More than in 2019. If anyone’s interested, here’s the list, including links to any relevant blog posts (or marked by an asterisk for future ‘film of the book’ posts).

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

9 (2009)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beetlejuice (1988)

Be Kind Rewind (2008)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Centurion (2010)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Clueless (1995)

Colette (2018)

Contagion (2011)

Demolition Man (1993)

Depeche Mode 101 (1989)

Devotional (1993)

Donnie Darko (2001)

Educating Rita (1983)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

First Man (2018)

For Keeps (1988)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Funny Cow (2017)

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

Gravity (2013)

Green Street (2005)

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020)

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Inside Out (2015)

It (2017)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

Jumanji (1995)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Just Jim (2015)

King Kong (1933)

King of Kings (1961)

Labyrinth (1986)

Lady Bird (2017)

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Maleficent (2014)

Memento (2000)

Metropolis (1927)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Molly’s Game (2017)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Mortal Engines (2018)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

North by Northwest (1959)

Nowhere Boy (2009)

October Sky (1999)

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories (2017)

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

Pi (1998)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Reality Bites (1994)

Rebecca (2020)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

RoboCop (1987)

RoboCop (2014)

Rocketman (2019)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

Scarface (1983)

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2016)

Shrooms (2007)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Spirited Away (2001)

Stigmata (1999)

Summer Holiday (1963)

Sunshine (2007)

Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1998)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

The Cable Guy (1996)

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Godfather (1972)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Italian Job (1969)

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Land Before Time (1988)

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost City of Z (2016)

The Martian (2015)

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

The Neverending Story (1984)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

The Truman Show (1998)

The Wall (1982)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

The Wizard (1989)

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Three Summers (2017)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Touching the Void (2003)

Vertigo (1958)

Videodrome (1983)

Videoman (2018)

Westworld (1973)

What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Withnail and I (1987)

X2 (2003)

X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006)

Yellow Submarine (1968)


TV series watched this year:

Anne with an E (2017-19)

Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin (1989)

Black Books (2000-4)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

Cornwall with Simon Reeve (2020)

Devs (2020)

His Dark Materials, season 2 (2020)

James Acaster: Repertoire (2018)

Ratched (2020)

Sex Education (2019-20)

Stranger Things (2016-19)

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-9)

The IT Crowd (2006-10)

The Job Lot (2013-15)

The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

The Young Ones (1982-4)

17 thoughts on “Films I watched in 2020”

    1. Dracula isn’t one of my favourite books but I did re-read it last year (the last time was when I was studying it!). I think the Coppola one is the only adaptation I’ve seen. I’ll warn you now, my ‘film of the book’ post on it will not be very positive, but I’m sure a lot of people are fans of that adaptation 😀

        1. I always do my best to explain why I dislike something and to see some good things in it too 🙂

  1. Memento! Was just thinking I need to revisit that one to see if it holds up after all these years. Just recently watched First Cow, which is new (and I never see new films) and really enjoyed it. Quiet, but beautifully written and acted, and gorgeous cinematography.

    1. It was the first time I had seen it 🙂 I know it’s highly regarded by many. I liked it well enough and I’m sure it was cleverly made, however I probably wouldn’t re-watch. I just looked up First Cow, it seems to divide opinion! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. This may seem sophomoric, but I’m really interested in how you tracked your viewing. Do you use some sort of Bullet Journal system or Excel or just …? I’m going to try to track my viewing habits in an effort to reduce and devote more time to writing. Thanks.

    1. Every time I watched a film, I added it to a Word doc in alphabetical order of title 🙂 I didn’t record when, or how much time I spent on it, etc. Maybe you could reserve certain nights for films and say the rest of your time is for other things, that’s what I would try if I wanted to watch less.

      1. Great ideas! Thank you so much for responding. I use Word for my book lists, so just another one to start. Thanks. And, I like the suggestion of reserving certain nights. I’m going to do it. Happy New Year!

        1. You’re welcome. I use an Excel spreadsheet to record my reading, it goes all the way back to 2001! Happy new year to you too 🙂

  3. A very impressive list! May I ask which ones were your favourites from this list? As a movie buff, I am a bit ashamed I still haven’t watched Citizen Kane, but I suppose most people are given its notoriety 😉 Revolutionary Road is probably my favourite film of Sam Mendes. I thought it was a sensitive, nuanced adaptation of the great book, though I am still sceptical of the DiCaprio cast. Did you like Studio Ghibli animations? I have just found out that today is Hayao Miyazaki’s birthday and his is 80. What a legend.

    1. Thanks! I’m no kind of movie buff, I just like to escape into the stories, the same as for books 🙂 I have seen Citizen Kane twice. I suppose at the time it was released, it may have been the greatest film, I wouldn’t say it’s a favourite with me though. It’s worth seeing at least once. I haven’t read Revolutionary Road so the story was new to me. I’m not much of a DiCaprio fan generally, I do like him as Romeo and Gatsby though. I did like the Studio Ghibli animations (it’s hard not to!), I have only seen a few. I like variety, as you can see. Wow, happy birthday to Miyazaki! My favourites from the list are Donnie Darko, Inside Out, Howl’s Moving Castle, the Monty Pythons, Rosemary’s Baby, Sunshine, The Hobbit, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Wall, Three Summers, Yellow Submarine 😀

      1. I myself prefer pre-Titanic DiCaprio. His performances in The Basketball Diaries (1995) and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) are nothing short of astounding. Thanks, I will watch Citizen Kane! I recall Donnie Darko being very brainy and complex with a great soundtrack. I think I want to re-watch it now! I also love Inside Out and Howl’s Moving Castle. It is now considered kind of “bad” to praise Polanski, but, really, Rosemary’s Baby must be one of the greatest book-to-film adaptations. It is so faithful to the story, the book often reads like a script to the film and not as standalone novel. This is remarkable. This may even be one of those rare instances where a film excelled a book and almost put to shame original source material. Of course, Ruth Gordon in the role of Minnie Castevet contributed much to this happening.

        1. Totally agree on Rosemary’s Baby! Very similar to the book. I aim to ‘separate art from the artist’ so I have no problem with saying I enjoy something such as a book or film, it doesn’t mean I’m endorsing the person behind it 🙂 Donnie Darko is worth re-watching. It’s not really brainy as such, it doesn’t always make sense but that’s the charm really.

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