1. Debating with myself endlessly about whether to attend the TCM/Fathom Events screening of King Kong in March, never realizing that it would be the last movie I saw in a real movie theater for at least a year and a half.
2. Elizabeth Moss is “picked up” in her kitchen, The Invisible Man.
3. Sitting through Dolittle and trying to imagine what it was like... before all of the rewrites and reshootles.
4. Really happy in retrospect that I got to see Underwater in a theater; much of its effect relies on sound design and the claustrophobic ambience of a darkened auditorium.
5. Delroy Lindo explains himself, Da 5 Bloods.
7. Darren discusses “a baker’s dozen” with white-rapper Brian, Horse Girl.
8. Abby Hoffman pauses... and explains to the prosecuting attorney that it’s the first time he’s ever been arrested for something he thought... Trial of the Chicago 7.
9. The cast performs “Hell You Talmbout,” David Byrne’s American Utopia.
10. Eliza’s gasp, Hamilton.
12. Rachel Bhargava’s unemployed father David helps her make sense of a huge pile of contracts and receipts, Bad Education.
13. Borat is shown a newly-upholstered chair, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
14. Tutar extolls the virtue of masturbation to a Republican woman’s group, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
16. Bill Murray charms a police officer, On the Rocks.
17. Alia Shawkat finds a skeleton, First Cow.
18. The oilycakes go on sale; Cookie and King-Lu learn the wonders of supply and demand, First Cow.Zappa.
20. Realizing that my face hurt from all the times I physically winced watching Class Action Park.
21. Molly washes her babies, Ammonite.
22. Laughing out loud when some anonymous wag on the Twitter Machine pointed out that Mank’s “tremendous effort to mimic ’40s film style” extended to its “use of widescreen.”
23. Laughing out loud when some anonymous wag on the Twitter Machine pointed out that in Mank, Gary Oldman, who is 62, is married to Tuppence Middleton, who is 33. In real life, Herman Mankiewicz and his wife Sara were the same age, and he died at the age of 55. Acting!
24. Realizing that at the end of the year, thanks to the pandemic and resulting quarantine, I only had to sit through two of the “Top Ten Grossing Films” of 2020. (HINT: Dolittle came in 4th.)WW84 was in just about every conceivable way.