Let’s face it: 2020’s been a year of limitless upheaval, and yet the show must go on. Theaters may still be closed in some states, but a small fraction of films headed straight towards online streaming platforms. With some films getting their release dates moved and others premiering early because of the global pandemic, no doubt this is a strange time for the cinema industry as well. From skin-crawling horror movies to classic comedies, we thought there should be some suggestions to satisfy your highly specialized cinematic cravings as the year goes on. Although we’re going to discuss the top movies of 2020 (so far), still choosing a movie to suggest is a fraught decision.
Anyway, we will still do our best to keep you in the loop on this-year-blockbusters, so you can’t miss and add some interesting choices to your binge-watching.
Bad Boys for Life:
Release date: January 17
Cast: Will Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Martin Lawrence, Paola Nunez
Given its lengthy production history, its January release date, and the departure of series director Michael Bay – Bad Boys for Life has to be the biggest action movie so far this year. This movie is gentler, sillier than its predecessor, Bad Boys II, and less interested in moments of vulgarity. You’ll find explosions, and car crashes through the streets of Miami, and Jokes about getting too old for this shit. Smith and Lawrence easily found a way of doing what they do best that makes this movie worth watching.
Release Date: July 10
Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Camila Mendes
The Lonely Island produced Palm Strings. This movie cleverly combines Groundhog Day existentialism and an interesting take on quantum physics – tracking a romance between a goofball wedding guest (Andy Samberg) and the bride’s self-destructive sister (Cristin Milioti). The two must relive a wedding over and over, trying to escape from an Instagram ready celebrity hell. This rom-com made this list because of two leads; Samberg and Milioti are an excellent match in this movie.
Color Out of Space:
Release Date: Jan 24
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Madeleine Arthur, Joely Richardson, Brendan Meyer
Mixing hints of science-fiction intrigue and bursts of horror movie excess, along with a stoner-friendly comedy, any film where Nicolas Cage says the word “alpacas” multiple times is worth a suggestion. A chatty farmer with a loving wife and a pair of mildly rebellious kids, achieving a moving and disquieting type of genre that should appeal to Cage’s fans. Again, you’ll know if this should grab a piece of your binge-watching.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always:
Release Date: March 13
Cast: Sidney Flanigan, Theodore Pellerin, Talia Ryer, Ryan Eggold
Eliza Hittman’s powerful portrayal of a teenager traveling from Pennsylvania to New York to have an abortion and joined by her supportive cousin Skylar – offers some great moments of shared vulnerability to the audience. Quiet, watchful and their bond transcends language – approach the story with the type of careful rigor that allows for poetic moments to emerge in unexpected places. The Port Authority bus terminal provides the backdrop for a good deal of the drama and challenging emotional terrain of the material. Just describing the plot of “Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always” makes it sound pretty manipulative and worth binge-watching.
Release Date: March 6
Cast: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Rene Auberjonois
This classic moves around the two criminally endearing men: a mild-mannered baker (John Magaro) and an enterprising Chinese Immigrant (Orion Lee). The two stumble on an opportunity to make some money by stealing the cow’s milk at night and use it to bake sweet honey biscuits, which they sell later at the local market. You’ll find an allegorical quality, gently pulling at classic American notions of hope, ambition, and deception in the story. This haunting movie will definitely transfer you to another world.
Anyway, these were some notable mentions. We will keep updating the list. Actually, you can catch some of these classics on SonderBlu. SonderBlu is the world’s first interactive movie streaming platform where you can connect, share, stream, and socialize around movies.