A few years ago, I asked a writer friend of mine how I could spice up my yearly, “best of, ” lists. What he suggested wasn’t necessarily concrete advice, but my lists haven’t felt the same since.Continue reading
Y’all, I just finished writing almost 4,000 words about movies. I could type up a long preamble about the year as a whole, how movies impacted me and what I learned about myself and the world as a result.
But I’ll let the writing below stand for itself.
One of my aims every year isn’t just to see new movies – it’s to fill in the gaps of my film knowledge. There is value to being up-to-date, yes, but there is just as much in knowing what came before. Many of my favorite movies to date wouldn’t have been possible without their predecessors years before. Some of them are considered Plymouths of Hollywood. Some will scant be mentioned. All fill in the gaps of the story of cinema.
I made my first End of the Year movies list in 2011, when I was a junior in high school. I’d always loved movies and I’d always loved writing, so I figured why not? It seemed like a good way to chronicle my year of filmgoing.
Thesewere the Top 5 movies from that year according to my 17-year-old self: The Tree of Life; Hugo; The Descendants; Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Things took a left turn there, huh?
It feels trite to say, “This has been a weak year for movies/music/TV,” because the same thing has been said by many people about every medium every year. One could argue that we should be judging these various art forms as a whole whenever they’re performing particularly well.
That being said… it has been kind of a weak year for movies? There haven’t been any surefire, widely accessible, early year standouts, with films like High Life, The Last Black Man in San Francisco and The Parasite still in theaters or just hitting distribution. That, coupled with the continued trend of streaming services as the dominant platform for content consumption, has led to an enormous quantity of film, but very little quality cementing itself above the rest.