I’ve been wanting to write this post for ages now, but I keep putting it off. Mostly because I don’t think it would be interesting for anyone else to read, but I’ve always used this blog primarily as a journal for myself anyway and if I don’t write it soon, I’m going to forget things and it’ll be pointless!
You know how certain songs, or even smells can remind you of a place and time? I get that, but with movies too. A lot of them just fade into the back of my memory but some I always associate with whatever was going on when I watched them. So that’s how this idea was born – I wanted to look back on 2020, the movies I watched that have specific memories attached to them. I’ve used Letterboxd to keep a film diary since 2014 so finding the dates is easy as pie.
January 2nd: Five Feet Apart (2019) – Went into work, found out everyone else decided to work from home and didn’t tell me. Joke was on them, I watched Netflix whilst manning the phones!
January 2nd: The Gentleman (2020) – Same day, first cinema trip of the year. Found myself wondering whether the first cinema watch of the year was deserving of a full 5 stars. It was!
January 9th: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – 3rd rewatch of this, a cinema trip to celebrate the bestie getting a cinema membership. We cried over Ben Solo (again) in the car on the way home!
January 31st: Cats (2019) – Finally decided to see for myself if it was as bad as everyone said it was. Still certain that it was the start of the world turning to s**t.
February 9th: Birds of Prey (2020) – Got a ‘code green’ text from my husband and had to leave half way through to assist with a sick toddler. Went back the next night to finish it, and I freaked out at that same moment in the film.
February 14th: Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) – Our annual Valentine’s Day watch! Will it ever get boring? Nope!
March 1st: Dark Waters (2019) – Watched this with the bestie, we came out of the cinema terrified of our Teflon pans. Little did we know what was around the corner!
March 7th: Contagion (2011) – Pretty sure we all watched this around that time, didn’t we? Remember how we laughed at the time, never thinking things would get so bad?
March 16th: Misbehaviour (2020) – There was only me and 1 other person at the cinema. The next day, UK cinemas announced they were all closed indefinitely. Lockdown 1 happened just a few days after that.
April 2nd: Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020) – My husband was working late shifts due to his work staggering shifts, and I was watching terribly mediocre movies after putting my daughter to bed. These were bad times!
—– Then a huge break of still watching movies but not really enjoying them. Things sucked and I definitely lost my passion for movies and blogging during then —–
May 20th: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (2020) – When our daughter was a newborn and things were tough, we watched a lot of Kimmy Schmidt to cheer ourselves up. So this movie came at a great time!
June 26th: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) – The real Eurovision was cancelled but Lockdown 1 was lifting and hope was in the air. This was the movie that reignited the spark in me. JAJA, DING DONG!
July 5th: Hamilton (2020) – The first of MANY, many watches of Hamilton, followed by an absurd amount of listens on Spotify. I’m still absolutely OBSESSED.
July 10th: Black Water: Abyss (2020) – Cinemas were reopening, although there was virtually nothing to see. I vowed to watch anything and everything, and although this movie was garbage, it felt so good to be home.
July 19th: Back to the Future (1985) – With no new releases, cinemas were showing the classics. With hindsight, I wish I’d watched more, but it still felt pretty awesome to watching something as grand as this on the big screen.
August 11th: Host (2020) – Ah, the first movie to feature COVID. We’ve got many more to come. Host scared the living daylights out of me, I had to watch the last 20 minutes on mute!
August 26th: Tenet (2020) – The only summer blockbuster we got! And a few days after my birthday too, what a treat. Love it or loath it, I’m still grateful for it. It was hugely instrumental to actually keeping the cinemas running through the few weeks they could open!
August 28th: Twilight (2008) – There were signs that a second COVID wave was coming, reading the news was depressing. Tenet had reignited my Robert Pattinson obsession and those things combined led me to start a Twilight marathon…
September 13th: The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) – All of the big movies were being pushed back again, leaving the smaller movies no-one had really heard of to pick up the slack. This ended up being one of my all-time favourite romcoms!
October 31st: It Follows (2014) – Halloween! Boris decided to ruin everyone’s fun by giving us a week’s notice of Lockdown 2. Tried to make the best of it with a family movie night.
November 1st: Horizon Line (2020) – Knew this would be my last cinema trip for a while. Didn’t realise it would be the last time my local cinema would be open for another 7 and a half months…
November 14th: The Gift (2015) – Watched this for a ‘virtual’ movie night I had with my family where we watched at our own homes and tried to synchronise our pause breaks!
November 26th: Happiest Season (2020) – Christmas is the best time of the year, hands down. I’m still so sad I couldn’t watch this in the cinema but I was grateful that we were still getting some new releases through the streaming platforms.
December 16th: Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) – Lockdown 2 lifted at the start of December but with the country divided into ‘Tiers’ depending on the level of infections. Cinemas were banned in Tier 3 (my area) so I ended up driving for an hour to see this. Bittersweet!
December 21st: Promising Young Woman (2020) – I got emailed a screener for this as part of the Online Association of Female Film Critics, and with the buzz surrounding the movie I was absolutely over the moon!
So there we have it, what a year! A lot of lows but still some highs in there, too. It was fun to look back over the year and reflect on what happened and how I felt at the time! If you ended up reading all of that, you deserve some internet points for sure!