2020 Film Log (New: David Byrne’s American Utopia; Trial of the Chicago 7)

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FYI:
8mm/16mm/35mm/70mm indicates that what I saw was a film print.
DP indicates that what I saw was a Digital Projection in a theatre.
3D indicates that I saw a theatrical presentation and was encouraged to watch the picture while wearing some sort of special lens(es) (Polarized, Anaglyph, ChromaDepth, Pulfrich, Prismatic, et al). If I saw a feature-length film in 3D at home, the title of the film will be succeeded by “[3D]”.
– All others were from Blu-Rays, downloads, television, etc.
– A plus sign (+) at the beginning of a line indicates that I had seen this film before.

Furthermore:
– I only assign numerical ratings to films that are at least 40 minutes long.
– “Inc.” in lieu of a rating indicates that I don’t think that this screening was an accurate enough presentation of the film for me to make a quality judgment, either because it was a work-in-progress cut, or there weren’t English subtitles for a foreign language film, or the projector broke/sound cut out/the print burned, or an ass in the theatre distracted me with too much talking/popcorn eating, or whatever.
– I don’t log W/Os.
– I do log short films (≤ 39min.), sans ratings, but only those viewed either from a film print or in an official theatrical context (i.e., where there is published documentation that the screening of this particular film took place). Starting in 2020, I am also including home viewings of 3D shorts (regardless of format, as long as glasses are involved). Why these conditions? The main reason I never logged shorts before 2015 is that my OCD had prevented me from distinguishing between short films, television commercials, Youtube videos, random viral TikToks, etc.; I didn’t want to log everything, and I didn’t want to be arbitrarily discriminating what I logged and what I didn’t. This (admittedly still arbitrary) fix allows me to narrow it down to only short films proper (whatever that means, etc.), which will almost exclusively consist of avant-garde works. These films will appear below in italics.

 

And that translates to:

A+	9.4 - 10.0	[Top 10 of All Time contender]
A	8.6 - 9.3	[Masterpiece]
A-	7.8 - 8.5	[Pretty great; Near-masterpiece]
B+	7.0 - 7.7	[Kinda great; Contender for Top 10 of its year]
B	6.2 - 6.9	[Has a special something]
B-	5.4 - 6.1	[Solid]
C+	4.6 - 5.3	[Doesn't arouse any particularly strong emotions either way]
C	3.8 - 4.5	[Useless; Mediocre; Significantly flawed]
C-	3.0 - 3.7	[What a failure]
D+	2.2 - 2.9	[What-a-failure with cheese]
D	1.4 - 2.1	[Grating]
D-	0.6 - 1.3	[Offensively horrific; Horrifically offensive]
F	0.0 - 0.5	[Worst of All Time consideration]

 

January

The King of Comedy (1982, Martin Scorsese) DP – 7.0

+Parasite (2019, Bong Joon-ho) – 6.4 [same]

vulture (2019, Philip Hoffman) DP – 5.4

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn) – 5.4

The Mortal Storm (1940, Frank Borzage) 35mm – 6.9

Midsommar (2019, Ari Aster) – 4.7

+Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk [24fps 3D] (2016, Ang Lee) – 5.3 [120fps 3D version: 5.9]

+Holy Motors (2012, Leos Carax) 35mm – 6.6 [down from 8.5]

Lovely Yellow Colour (1991, Angela Schanelec) 16mm

Prague, March 92 (1992, Angela Schanelec) 16mm

Princip, Text (2014, Angela Schanelec) DP

Far Away (1992, Angela Schanelec) 16mm

+I Stayed in Berlin Over the Summer (1994, Angela Schanelec) 35mm – 6.7 [up from 5.1]

I Walked with a Zombie (1943, Jacques Tourneur) 35mm – 5.6

 

February

Light of My Life (2019, Casey Affleck) – 6.4

+Passing Summer (2001, Angela Schanelec) 35mm – 5.8 [up from 5.2]

Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts (1970, Edward Owens) DP

+Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967, Edward Owens) DP

Tomorrow’s Promise (1967, Edward Owens) DP – 6.8

+Marseille (2004, Angela Schanelec) 35mm – 7.4 [up from 6.8]

+Places in Cities (1998, Angela Schanelec) 35mm – 5.5 [down from 6.2]

Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020, Jia Zhang-ke) Berlinale, DP – 5.2

The Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror (2020, Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento) Berlinale, DP – 5.7

The Calming (2020, Song Fang) Berlinale, DP – 4.9

Malmkrog (2020, Cristi Puiu) Berlinale, DP – 6.8

Most of What Follows Is..True (2020, Maged Nader) Berlinale, DP

Her Name Was Europa (2020, Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy) Berlinale, 16mm – 5.3

The Viewing Booth (2020, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz) Berlinale, DP – 3.4

Death of Nintendo (2020, Raya Martin) Berlinale, DP – 5.3

Maggie’s Farm (2020, James Benning) Berlinale, DP – 6.1

Red Moon Tide (2020, Lois Patiño) Berlinale, DP – 4.1

Los Conductos (2020, Camilo Restrepo) Berlinale, DP – 4.6

Uppercase Print (2020, Radu Jude) Berlinale, DP – 5.0

La Bohème (1926, King Vidor) Berlinale, 35mm – 6.3

The Salt of Tears (2020, Philippe Garrel) Berlinale, DP – 7.6

The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971, Howard Alk) Berlinale, 35mm – 6.0

First Cow (2019, Kelly Reichardt) Berlinale, DP – 6.1

The Two Sights (2019, Joshua Bonnetta) Berlinale, DP – 5.4

Undine (2020, Christian Petzold) Berlinale, DP – 5.6

All the Dead Ones (2020, Marco Dutra & Caetano Gotardo) Berlinale, DP – 3.1

Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther (1970, William Klein) Berlinale, 35mm – 6.4

Zero (2020, Kazuhiro Soda) Berlinale, DP – 5.0

It Wasn’t the Right Mountain, Mohammad (2020, Mili Pecherer) Berlinale, DP

Playback (2019, Agustina Comedi) Berlinale, DP

+2008 (2019, Blake Williams) Berlinale, 3D

Écume (2020, Omar Elhamy) Berlinale, DP

Siberia (2020, Abel Ferrara) Berlinale, DP – 6.6

The Woman Who Ran (2020, Hong Sang-soo) Berlinale, DP – 6.4

Orphea (2020, Alexander Kluge & Khavn) Berlinale, DP – 4.7

Recovery (2020, Kevin Jerome Everson) Berlinale, DP

Equinox (2020, Margaret Honda) Berlinale, 70mm

The Phantom Menace (2020, Graeme Arnfield) Berlinale, DP

+2008 (2019, Blake Williams) Berlinale, 3D

Isabella (2020, Matías Piñeiro) Berlinale, DP – 5.9

The Last City (2020, Heinz Emigholz) Berlinale, DP – 6.9

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020, Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross) Berlinale, DP – 6.7

+2008 (2019, Blake Williams) Berlinale, 3D

Days (2020, Tsai Ming-liang) Berlinale, DP – 7.1

The Wedding Night (1935, King Vidor) Berlinale, 35mm – 7.2

+2008 (2019, Blake Williams) Berlinale, 3D

The Citadel (1938, King Vidor) Berlinale, 35mm – 6.5

Irradiated (2020, Rithy Panh) Berlinale, DP – 2.6

Mare’s Tail (1968, David Larcher) Berlinale, 16mm – 4.9

Ruby Gentry (1952, King Vidor) Berlinale, 35mm – 5.6

A l’abordage (2020, Guillaume Brac) Berlinale, DP – 4.7

There Is No Evil (2020, Mohammad Rasoulof) Berlinale, DP – 4.4

 

March

+Wavelength (1967, Michael Snow) – 9.7 [same]

Epicentro (2020, Hubert Sauper) First Look, DP – 4.3

Blue Eyes and Colorful My Dress (2020, Polina Gumiela) – 5.3

+2008 (2019, Blake Williams) First Look, 3D

Ridge (2019, John Skoog) First Look, DP – 5.4

Purple Sea (2020, Amel Alzakout & Khaled Abdulwahed) – 4.6

Young and Innocent (1937, Alfred Hitchcock) – 6.0

Segunda Vez (2018, Dora García) – 6.4

+Aykan [3D] (2018, Sebastian Buerkner)

+Cavalcade [3D] (2019, Johann Lurf)

+Marking Time [3D] (2015, Malcolm Le Grice)

IWOW: I Walk on Water (2020, Khalik Allah) – 5.1

Mosco Street 2 [3D] (2016, Ken Jacobs)

So Late So Soon (2020, Daniel Hymanson) – 6.3

Last and First Men (2020, Jóhann Jóhannsson) – 4.8

Circumstantial Pleasures (2020, Lewis Klahr) – 5.8

Brian May’s Brief History of 3D [3D] (2011, Julian Kemp) – 5.0

measuring change (2016, James Benning) – 6.5

Expedition Content (2020, Ernst Karel & Veronika Kusumaryati) – 6.0

Bickels [Socialism] (2017, Heinz Emigholz) – 4.5

A Shape of Things to Come (2020, J.P. Sniadecki & Lisa Malloy) – 5.2

Treasure Island (2018, Guillaume Brac) – 5.6

Inventing the Future (2020, Isiah Medina) – 6.6

The Anchorage (2009, Anders Edström & C.W. Winter) – 5.9

 

April

Koyaanisqatsi (1982, Godfrey Reggio) – 7.0

Powaqqatsi (1988, Godfrey Reggio) – 5.3

Naqoyqatsi (2002, Godfrey Reggio) – 6.9

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020, Eliza Hittman) – 4.9

+*Corpus Callosum (2002, Michael Snow) – 8.5 [up from 7.9]

A Day in the Country [3D] (1953, Jack Rieger)

The Black Swan [3D] (1952, Leonard Reeve)

Hillary Hess Presents Mid-Century Memories in Kodachrome Stereo [3D] (2020, uncredited)

Games in Depth [3D] (1966, uncredited)

The Sword of Granada [3D] (1953, Edward Dein & Carlos Véjar hijo) – 3.7

The American Sector (2020, Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez) – 6.0

That Cloud Never Left (2019, Yashaswini Raghunandan) – 5.1

Quick Billy (1971, Bruce Baillie) – 6.9

Where the Chocolate Mountains (2015, Pat O’Neill) – 4.4

+Come Closer [Pulfrich 3D] (1953, Hy Hirsh)

maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (2020, Sky Hopinka) – 4.8

Street Scene (1931, King Vidor) – 7.1

DAU. Natasha (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Jekaterina Oertel) – 6.7

Our Daily Bread (1934, King Vidor) – 6.4

Hallelujah (1929, King Vidor) – 6.5

The Champ (1931, King Vidor) – 5.9

The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (2020, Anders Edström & C.W. Winter) – 6.5

DAU. Degeneration (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Ilya Permyakov) – 7.3

Intimate Distances (2020, Phillip Warnell) – 5.7

Corporate Accountability (2020, Jonathan Perel) – 3.9

Zeus Machine. The Invincible (2019, Nadia Ranocchi & David Zamagni) – 5.6

White Epilepsy (2012, Philippe Grandrieux) – 4.7

Sedução da Carne (2018, Júlio Bressane) – 5.8

Show People (1928, King Vidor) – 5.7

DAU. Nora Mother (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Jekaterina Oertel) – 5.2

Bird of Paradise (1932, King Vidor) – 5.6

The Patsy (1928, King Vidor) – 5.4

The Decay of Fiction (2002, Pat O’Neill) – 5.8

Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine (2020, Alex Piperno) – 4.8

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957, Jack Arnold) – 6.8

The Assistant (2019, Kitty Green) – 5.5

 

May

DAU. Three Days (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Jekaterina Oertel) – 7.0

The Invisible Man (2020, Leigh Whannell) – 6.3

Ghosts of the Pastures [3D] (2019, Christian A. Zschammer)

Little Planet in 3D [3D] (2019, Takashi Sekitani)

The Invisible Man (1933, James Whale) – 6.2

s01e03 (2020, Kurt Walker) – 6.5

+DAU. Natasha (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Jekaterina Oertel) – 6.7 [same]

Hollow Man (2000, Paul Verhoeven) – 6.8

The Plastic House (2019, Allison Chhorn) – 6.0

Second Star to the Right and Straight On ’Til Morning (2020, Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross) – 6.2

The Stereo Photography of Harold Lloyd [3D] (2020, uncredited)

DAU. Brave People (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Aleksey Slusarchuk) – 6.9

Man Without a Star (1955, King Vidor) – 5.1

Panic in the Streets (1950, Elia Kazan) – 5.9

The Sky Socialist [2019 edition] (1968, Ken Jacobs) – 3.8

Not So Dumb (1930, King Vidor) – 6.0

The Stranger’s Return (1933, King Vidor) – 6.5

Death on the Diamond (1934, Edward Sedgwick) – 4.3

DAU. Katya Tanya (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Jekaterina Oertel) – 5.7

It Happens Every Spring (1949, Lloyd Bacon) – 4.8

Miss Sadie Thompson [3D] (1953, Curtis Bernhardt) – 5.6

Gun Fury [3D] (1953, Raoul Walsh) – 5.4

Tricked (2012, Paul Verhoeven) – 6.1

The Guests [3D] (2014, Ken Jacobs) – 5.3

Man in the Dark [3D] (1953, Lew Landers) – 6.4

DAU. New Man (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Ilya Permyakov) – 5.8

The History of the Seattle Mariners (2020, Jon Bois) – 6.8

Inferno [3D] (1953, Roy Ward Baker) – 6.2

Rhubarb (1951, Arthur Lubin) – 4.0

Adam and 6 Eves [3D] (1962, John Wallis) – 4.5

Taza, Son of Cochise [3D] (1954, Douglas Sirk) – 5.5

The Fountainhead (1949, King Vidor) – 7.8

The Bellboy and the Playgirls [3D] (1962, Francis Ford Coppola & Fritz Umgelter) – 3.9

Dragonfly Squadron [3D] (1954, Lesley Selander) – 5.1

Kiss Me Kate [3D] (1953, George Sidney) – 5.3

+Circumstantial Pleasures (2020, Lewis Klahr) – 6.4 [up from 5.8]

 

June

Bardelys the Magnificent (1926, King Vidor) – 4.8

Bamboozled (2000, Spike Lee) – 6.6

Cristaux (1978, Teo Hernández) – 4.8

Cease Fire [3D] (1953, Owen Crump) – 5.0

DAU. String Theory (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Aleksey Slusarchuk) – 5.9

Shirley (2020, Josephine Decker) – 4.5

Tea and Sympathy (1956, Vincente Minnelli) – 6.5

Commute (1995, Bruce & Lorie Baillie) – 4.1

DAU. Nikita Tanya (2020, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy & Jekaterina Oertel) – 5.3

The Big Parade (1925, King Vidor) – 6.8

Those Redheads from Seattle [3D] (1953, Lewis R. Foster) – 5.5

Da 5 Bloods (2020, Spike Lee) – 6.7

So Red the Rose (1935, King Vidor) – 5.8

Long Gone Summer (2020, AJ Schnack) – 3.7

To Sleep with Anger (1990, Charles Burnett) – 6.9

New Orleans, Mon Amour (2008, Michael Almereyda) – 5.7

Cynara (1932, King Vidor) – 6.0

Sangaree [3D] (1953, Edward Ludwig) – 4.2

The Glass Shield (1994, Charles Burnett) – 5.5

+S:TREAM:S:S:ECTION:S:ECTION:S:S:ECTIONED (1971, Paul Sharits) – 8.1 [same]

Twister (1989, Michael Almereyda) – 5.7

Billy the Kid (1930, King Vidor) – 5.8

Another Girl Another Planet (1992, Michael Almereyda) – 5.7

Things We Say, Things We Do: Love Affair(s) (2020, Emmanuel Mouret) – 5.4

Itinerary of Jean Bricard (2008, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) – 5.9

Spring Blossom (2020, Suzanne Lindon) – 4.9

The Boss of It All (2006, Lars von Trier) – 4.6

House of Wax [3D] (1953, André de Toth) – 6.4

The Texas Rangers (1936, King Vidor) – 5.7

Losing Ground (1982, Kathleen Collins) – 6.2

Viena and the Fantomes (2020, Gerardo Naranjo) – 4.7

 

July

September Storm [3D] (1960, Byron Haskin) – 4.9

Nadja (1994, Michael Almereyda) – 6.1

Imitation of Life (1934, John M. Stahl) – 6.9

The Wind Is Driving Him Toward the Open Sea (1968, David Brooks) – 3.5

Stella Dallas (1937, King Vidor) – 7.3

At Sundance (1995, Michael Almereyda & Amy Hobby) – 6.6

Labyrinth of Cinema (2019, Nobuhiko Ōbayashi) – 6.2

Within Our Gates (1920, Oscar Micheaux) – 4.8

Variety (1983, Bette Gordon) – 7.3

Palm Springs (2020, Max Barbakow) – 5.5

Bay of Angels (1963, Jacques Demy) – 6.5

‘‘Northwest Passage’’ (Book I – – Rogers’ Rangers) (1940, King Vidor) – 6.6

My Brother’s Wedding (1983, Charles Burnett) – 5.1

Cathedrals of Culture [3D] (2014, Wim Wenders, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margreth Olin, & Karim Aïnouz) — 4.8

Empty Suitcases (1980, Bette Gordon) – 5.2

The Eternal (1998, Michael Almereyda) – 6.0

Comrade X (1940, King Vidor) – 5.5

Punishment Park (1971, Peter Watkins) – 6.3

Hamlet (2000, Michael Almereyda) – 6.4

Happy Here and Now (2002, Michael Almereyda) – 7.2

William Eggleston in the Real World (2005, Michael Almereyda) – 6.8

+Wild Grass (2009, Alain Resnais) – 8.5 [same]

Liminal (2020, Philippe Grandrieux, Manuela de Laborde, Lav Diaz, & Óscar Enríquez) – 5.0

 

August

She Dies Tomorrow (2020, Amy Seimetz) – 3.7

Microphones in 2020 (2020, Phil Elverum) – 6.6

Tesla (2020, Michael Almereyda) – 6.0

Boys State (2020, Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss) – 6.3

+Tesla (2020, Michael Almereyda) – 6.6 [up from 6.0]

+First Cow (2019, Kelly Reichardt) – 6.1 [same]

Tenet (2020, Christopher Nolan) 70mm – 5.9

Slow Machine (2020, Paul Felten & Joe DeNardo) – 6.5

My Mexican Bretzel (2019, Nuria Giménez) – 6.3

Ouvertures (2019, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf) – 5.0

 

September

The Year of the Discovery (2020, Luis López Carrasco) – 4.3

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020, Charlie Kaufman) – 5.8

Tragic Jungle (2020, Yulene Olaizola) – 3.8

Night of the Kings (2020, Philippe Lacôte) – 4.7

Shiva Baby (2020, Emma Seligman) – 5.4

One Night in Miami (2020, Regina King) – 5.7

Saint-Narcisse (2020, Bruce LaBruce) – 5.6

The Disciple (2020, Chaitanya Tamhane) – 6.8

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020, Werner Herzog & Clive Oppenheimer) – 5.6

Nomadland (2020, Chloé Zhao) – 4.2

Pieces of a Woman (2020, Kornél Mundruczó) – 4.8

Summer of 85 (2020, François Ozon) – 4.9

MLK/FBI (2020, Sam Pollard) – 4.8

New Order (2020, Michel Franco) – 3.4

The Inheritance (2020, Ephraim Asili) – 5.5

Beginning (2020, Dea Kulumbegashvili) – 7.0

Notturno (2020, Gianfranco Rosi) – 5.7

City Hall (2020, Frederick Wiseman) – 6.5

Fauna (2020, Nicolás Pereda) – 7.2

The Devil All the Time (2020, Antonio Campos) – 2.5

Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (2020, Lili Horváth) – 4.8

The Truffle Hunters (2020, Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw) – 5.3

Gunda (2020, Viktor Kossakovsky) – 5.4

All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020, Liz Garbus & Lisa Cortés) – 4.9

Time (2020, Garrett Bradley) – 6.4

The Monopoly of Violence (2020, David Dufresne) – 6.5

Her Socialist Smile (2020, John Gianvito) – 7.0

On the Rocks (2020, Sofia Coppola) – 3.5

There Are Not Thirty-Six Ways of Showing a Man Getting on a Horse (2020, Nicolás Zukerfeld) – 5.6

Identifying Features (2020, Fernanda Valadez) – 5.0

Kokoloko (2020, Gerardo Naranjo) – 5.8

Hopper/Welles (2020, Orson Welles) – 6.6

 

October

+The Salt of Tears (2020, Philippe Garrel) – 6.9 [down from 7.6]

I Carry You with Me (2020, Heidi Ewing) – 4.1

The Lobby (2020, Heinz Emigholz) – 6.7

Lovers Rock (2020, Steve McQueen) – 5.3

Red, White and Blue (2020, Steve McQueen) – 5.1

Mangrove (2020, Steve McQueen) – 4.0

Atarrabi and Mikelats (2020, Eugène Green) – 6.2

Dick Johnson is Dead (2020, Kirsten Johnson) – 5.5

+Beginning (2020, Dea Kulumbegashvili) – 6.3 [down from 7.0]

The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020, Jim Cummings) – 5.3

French Exit (2020, Azazel Jacobs) – 5.6

Sand (2018, Tsai Ming-liang) – 6.6

Kajillionaire (2020, Miranda July) – 5.6

David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020, Spike Lee) – 5.2

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020, Aaron Sorkin) – 3.7