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Favorite Films of 2020

Cinema In The Year of Coronavirus

aleXander hirka
3 min readJan 4, 2021


The New York Times does it. Rolling Stone. The BBC.
Everybody sums up the passing year with the predictable “Best of” list.

And thus it came to be that the Anomalous Duo composed their list of favorite films viewed in 2020.

The Anomalous Duo (myself and the fabulous writer and fellow cinephile Tammy Remington) have watched 181 films this year. The pandemic helped a little—but we do watch an average of three movies every week every year.

When we are not actively being creative we recharge our hearts and minds by reading, listening to music, and watching films.

We are not fans of Hollywood or the roller-coaster-eye-candy that explodes on Multiplex screens. A majority of the films we seek out and enjoy are made in other countries. We do not pursue happy endings—life goes on, fade to black.

Mass media lists are tied in with the marketing of the movies—and the meaningless awards game—and thus are tied to this year’s product.
We are not so constricted and so our favorites this year range from 1937 to 2020. Three directors came in with multiple selections.

It is with the hope of inspiring others to explore the cinematic gems that delighted and awed us that we provide this list—in no particular order—of our top 20, trailer links and all.

Hellzapoppin’ (H.C.Potter) 1941

The Party (Sally Potter) 2017

Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati) 1958



aleXander hirka

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe.