Episode 98: Favorite Films of 2020 Part 1

“Archaeology is about digging. It’s like the work of moles, who live underground. A mole is virtually blind, but it has a nose and a feel for finding what it needs. And it has the patience to collect what it finds. It collects provisions to last through the winter.

In a dictatorship, the idea is to amass hidden stores of images and words, portraying the things that people living under the dictatorship might have actually experienced, but that could not necessarily be seen or heard. Then, when the dictatorship was no more, those images bore witness to it. Similar to the mole, the work of collecting those images required a certain nose for the worthwhile as well as practice, since a picture seldom makes it immediately apparent what it depicts and a sound seldom tells us of the part we can’t hear.”

Thomas Heise

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This week on Drink in the Movies Michael & Taylor discuss their number 10-6 favorite films of 2020. As well as hand out show awards for each of their Wounded Soldiers of the year, Squandered Talents, Top 3 Ensembles, Paths Back to Excellence and their Top 3 Documentaries.

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Invisible Life

Written by Taylor Baker

87/100

Invisible Life details the separation of two sisters and the subsequent passage of time that details each’s experience. In that journey along the river of time lies a deep undercurrent of overwhelming emotion. The turbulence that each experiences comes with its own focuses. Featuring one of the best introductory sequences of the year, this is a film that builds deliberately and is rich in empathy.

Due to it’s release date window of early 2020, late Janurary-early February, it feels like a natural bookend to A Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and I mean that in the most flattering way possible. I’m absolutely flummoxed this hasn’t generated more noise. Carol Duarte knocks it out of the park in her first performance in a film, and… Julia Stockler completely floored me. She has all the potential and range that is necessary to be a star.

Hélène Louvart’s cinematography, Benedikt Scheifer’s original music, and Karim Anouïz’s direction are equally intoxicating and exciting. I’m excited to dig deeper into their filmographies and see what they do next. The scope of emotionality is what lingers after the credits role. The feelings of complete and utter devastation that each sister experiences, juxtaposed to the “crude” humor sets a tone that especially in this genre of drama is very unique.

Highly recommended.

Episode 76: Best of 2020 So Far

“When I finish a film, I feel like I have overcome a certain hurdle. It’s really good for me as a human being, and I hope that for some people, my films will do the same thing.”

Hong Sang-soo

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This week on the Podcast we discuss our 10 favorite films of 2020 so far, as well as hand out show awards for each of our Wounded Soldiers of the year, The Squanderies, Top Ensembles, Top Doc, Top 3 OST’s, Favorite Actor and Actress(Lead and Supporting), Top 3 Directorial Debuts, 3 Favorite Classic Discovery, and our Top Technically Beautiful Film.

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