Being very online means witnessing the very birth of trends and tropes, and getting to watch as they dominate popular culture. The term “good for her” was sparked by an infamous Arrested Development scene that went viral on Tumblr back in the mid 2010s and has since become a monolith in internet meme culture. The first time I saw this meme associated with a film was in relation to Gone Girl...
While 2020 has been scarcer than usual regarding the year's film slate, there still have been films that have impacted viewers, whether in theaters when things were still normal or at home when the COVID-19 pandemic arose. Along with these films comes the music that is paired with them. From thunderous synths to a brand new Mitski track, the films of 2020 had some memorable music moments: here are ten of them.
Here are the best movies of the year, according to Gen-Z critics around the globe, which you can watch now.
I’ve always been an indulgent person—from going to friends’ houses instead of studying for a final, to buying vinyls when I should be saving my money. But sometimes, I indulge in things that I know aren’t good for me. I’ve been obsessed with the feeling of a sewing needle dragging back and forth on my arm, and I still find a strange sense of glee figuring out what limits I can push for myself. I don’t think limits have escaped me; they’ve just never been something I’ve paid attention to.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Social Network is a romantic comedy. Although I didn’t watch the film until January of last year, it’s always been on my radar. I grew up on the internet: Tumblr and LiveJournal were how I spent my sick days and nights at home. I got swept up in many different subcultures during my adolescence, but one I never understood was The Social Network fandom.
Small towns have always been the backdrops for thrillers and westerns. There’s something about them, whether it be the people or the towns themselves, that harbor secrecy, and oftentimes, hate. Everyone in the town accounts for themselves and even the law runs differently. This is no different than the town Golden where “Girl” takes place. It’s haunted by the people in it and a deadly secret that could change the town and its residents forever.
In the early 2010s, slasher films seemed to have disappeared from the horror genre. As audiences became obsessed with ghosts and demons, killers donned with masks and butcher knives didn’t seem to do it for audiences anymore. Thankfully, as the decade came to a close, the slasher genre seemed to be reborn.
Charlotte (Tamara Lawrence) and her boyfriend Ben (Edward Holcroft) live a quiet yet fulfilled life. She works at the local stable and they have a close and tender relationship. The two decide that to transition into the next part of their life, they’re going to move from Britain to Australia. This would be easy to accomplish if it weren’t for Ben’s hostile mother Margaret (Fiona Shaw). The news terrifies her, and she refuses to acknowledge her son’s choice to leave his family.
When news of “The Craft: Legacy'' hit the internet, you can only imagine the dismay grown horror fans felt. The internet swirled with nostalgia as loving 30-year-olds claimed the new film would ruin all the original did for the horror genre, or their childhoods. The film is far from a reboot, and director/screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones has built a story of her own, utilizing aspects from the cult classic, but never straying away from displaying her own vision.
13-year-old Paul (Jaeden Martell) doesn’t have an easy life. He’s bullied, his mother left him and he has hypertrichosis - a rare condition that sees Paul's entire body and face covered in hair. A few days before his birthday, a package arrives. Inside, it shows a map to Pennsylvania that reads: “When you’re ready, there’s an explanation.”
Three years. That’s how long it’s been since the first trailer for New Mutants (2020) dropped. We were first promised a release date of April 2018, then it was delayed, and then it was delayed again, then it was delayed again due to the Disney/Fox merger, and then finally just when it seemed like it would be released in April of 2020, COVID-19 swept in and delayed the film again.
There’s been a long withstanding debate on the internet—specifically Twitter—over whether there are enough LGBT films featuring people of color. With the release of the first trailer of Francis Lee’s anticipated lesbian romance Ammonite, that conversatio sparked once again. People claimed that the only WLW stories we see on screen are period films that center on white women. [...] The following films each strike out at least one of these rebuttals—so let’s get into it.
Coming off of his successful debut “Dear White People,” Justin Simien’s newest feature, “Bad Hair,'' is a horror-comedy in the vein of “The Evil Dead” (1981) and “Us” (2019). A mix of ‘80s B-movie charm and modern social commentary, the film tells the story of Anna (Elle Lorraine), a woman on the verge of self-discovery, who also happens to be battling a killer weave. Literally.
Premiering at Venice Film Festival and shortly followed by a showcasing at the Toronto International Film Festival, One Night in Miami…sees Kemp Powers adapting a screenplay based on his stage play of the same name and Regina King making her feature film directorial debut. Everything about the film is bold, from its soon-to-be iconic title card appearing 16 minutes into the runtime, to the monologues each actor is given.
36 years after the iconic Stop Making Sense (1984) was released, David Byrne is back with his newest delve into the live music experience. Directed by Spike Lee and featuring classic hits from the Talking Heads album Speaking in Tongues, Byrne once again proves himself as a master of immersion. David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020) is non-stop entertainment, but it also manages to leave you feeling quite hollow.