As countdown the end of the year, it amazes me what a whirlwind of a year it has been, especially in the world of film. For the majority of 2020, movie theaters have been closed, streaming has become the new king, and we have witnessed a pandemic as this generation has yet to see. 2021 looks bleak as far as when movies will be back out again for the norm. Still, today, I continue my series of best of which will last over a multitude of pieces that will include my top 10 films, tackling all four acting categories, most disappointed, and whatever other I muster up.
Today, Today, after watching close to 300 2020 releases, I turn my attention to the Best Director of the year.
5. Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Full review: Emerald Fennell single-handily wrote one of the best revenge films the industry has seen since ‘Gone Girl.’ Each act was layered with pieces of this giant puzzle that made every scene matter. The attention to detail behind the camera was the golden star of the film. Fennell is going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
4. Edson Oda – Nine Days (Coming in Summer of 2021)
From my review: Edson Oda presented a beautiful piece of filmmaking that will be remembered for years to come. The script is authentic, original, captivating, and just something that inspires you to want to create something of this nature. For this to be his first feature blows my mind.
3. Lee Isaac Chung – Minari (In theaters in Feb)
From my review: Chung’s writing is consistent, thought-provoking, and practical. He handles the story from start to finish, ensures that you are left on the edge of your seat throughout. Chung opens our eyes to the things we can see and the things we cannot as he offers the perspective from the eyes of this minority family that faces some of the same obstacles we do but face it on a grander scale. As we take a more in-depth look within ourselves throughout this quarantine, Minari might be the single most important film of our time.
2. Darius Marder – Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime)
From my review: Director/screenplay writer Darius Marder did an impeccable job of not giving the viewer the opportunity to understand everything early on. He forces us to actually understand him by putting us in his shoes. He wanted us to feel as lost and confused as Ruben was. He wanted us to learn at the same pace as Ruben. He did this so well — even down to the subtitles he added as Ruben started to comprehend more.
1 Florian Zeller – The Father (In theaters in Feb)
From my review: Florian Zeller’s camera work is impeccable. Throughout the film, you notice the shot sequences are different, how he pans the camera in and out, how he allows you to see what he wants you to, nothing more, and nothing less. The way Zeller told a story with the camera often with very little dialogue but packed a powerful punch was masterful.