The Valero Verdict: 2020 Mid-Year Best Picture


2020 has been a whirlwind of a year as a collective whole. The year in film has been even more strange. The last movie I saw in theaters was Bloodshot, and while I didn’t hate that experience, I didn’t think that was going to be my last theater visit for TBD.

It has been an up and down year for films. We’ve seen releases from Spike Lee, and we’ve seen Pete Davidson take the film world by storm.

So today, I am going to jump-start my half-year Oscar nominations with the Best Picture category. Before I do that, I took to Twitter/Reddit to see what we’re other’s favorite movies of the year were, and here are some of the answers I got.

Christian Eulinberg from Film Optix picks: The Gentelman, The Invisible Man and Big Time Adolescences.

Brett Bohan (Twitter) picks: Weathering With You, Da 5 Bloods and his favorite film of the year ‘Bad Education’.

Geek Vibes Nation picks: The Way Back, Birds of Prey and The Invisible Man.

Kenzie Vanunu picks: Emma, Da 5 Bloods and her favorite film of the year, Swallow.

The Valero Verdict: Best Picture Nominees

5. Babyteeth

4. The Way Back – My Review

I had very high expectations for this film going in as the trailer had me hooked from the first time I saw it. It did not disappoint at all. The story of redemption can be fed to us in ways that aren’t appealing and what the movie got right was the fact that every story doesn’t always have a happy ending. The final shot of this film was one of the most beautifully therapeutic shots you will see in a movie this year.

3. Gretel & Hansel – My Review

It smells of cake, I’m unable to resist. 

The film was good, very good at that. I loved how un-Hollywood this film ended up being. I am so tired of the consistent over-blown horror films that are filled with crappy jump scares and stupid narrative.

They told a story, the stuck to their guns and it paid off. This film developed well, was acted on point and was carried by a great score.

2. Big Time Adolescence – Podcast Review

This movie is slow and steady but it’s so good and so funny.

Pete Davidson is an absolute star. He just rocks his role to perfection as Zeke.
He played a big brother to Monroe and it was the chemistry between the two that really kept this film rolling from the start.

You can’t help but laugh, and laugh a lot. It’s a funny hilarious R rated drama that checks all the comedy boxes

1.The King of Staten Island – My Review

The King of Staten Island is damn near perfect. The film provides the perfect combo of drama/comedy, the acting from all parties is remarkable, and the direction was top-notch. The movie felt important, it felt like a film that was made with a purpose, and for that, I love it.

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