[2020 Film Wrap-Up]

Total: 61 (full list here)
Revival: 23
Avg cost: $2.40, which is not bad considering I think I paid for a month of A List that I didn’t use.

Wrap-ups for previous years live under the year-end tag & I just spent my first year on letterboxd where I’m wickedjaws. My 2020 stats are here.

No one needs me to tell you it was a weird year. The last film I saw in the theater was The Invisible Man on March 13th. I was the only person in the second-largest house at Pacific Place, which was possibly the best, creepiest way to watch it. But since then, it’s been hard to get excited about new movies, even when there are exciting new movies to be had. I just don’t enjoy paying $10-20 to watch a movie alone on my television.

So instead, I watched a lot of free theater, mostly opera, which is listed here. And I also got deeper into trashy television, by which I mean BL & mostly Thai, which I wrote dumb zines about here and here.

I did watch some good films in those two and a half months (here’s my best of the decade because why not), and I did stream a little new work, mostly through festivals, so let’s give this a go anyway. For tradition’s sake & in no particular order:

Best films: First Cow, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Emma, Birds of Prey, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Best films directed by men: The Personal History of David Copperfield, Beanpole, And Then We Danced, Sylvie’s Love, Your Name Engraved Herein

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[2019 Film Wrap-Up]

2019collageTotal: 256 (full list here)
Revival: 45
SIFF: 63
Avg cost: Two bucks!

Wrap-ups for previous years live under the year-end tag, canonical best-of-decade lists are here, and I’m now on letterboxd as wickedjaws so add me fer crissakes.

I skipped three film festivals as well as missing a third of SIFF for work, so. It was a rough year in general. But the movies? The movies were great.

Best films: Parasite, Better Days, I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians, Pain & Glory, Little Women

Also: Booksmart, The Farewell, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Transit, Hustlers, High Life, Swing Kids

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[Best of the Decade 2010-2019]

I threw together some lists for fun; obviously these are canonically the best films.


25 maybe underseen movies of the decade in alphabetical order:

  • BPM
  • Castaway on the Moon
  • Columbus
  • Damsel
  • En El Septimo Dia
  • Fill the Void
  • GETT: The Trial of Viviane Ameselam
  • girl walk // all day
  • Girlhood
  • Girl Asleep
  • God Help the Girl
  • Holy Motors
  • I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians
  • Liza the Fox Fairy
  • Mommy
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Novitiate
  • Our Little Sister
  • Retrospekt
  • Sworn Virgin
  • Toni Erdmann
  • Torrey Pines
  • Trigger
  • Upstream Color
  • Zoology


  • Cameraperson
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time
  • Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll
  • Faces Places
  • Hooligan Sparrow
  • Maiden
  • Marwencol
  • Planet of Snail
  • Project Nim
  • Shirkers


  • Black Panther
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Colossal
  • Fast Color
  • K-20: The Fiend with 20 Faces
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  • Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • The Widowed Witch


  • Annihilation
  • Attack the Block
  • Ex Machina
  • Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
  • In the Beginning (short)
  • John Carter
  • The Last Jedi
  • The Mermaid
  • Monster Hunt 1&2
  • We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (short)


  • Cell 211
  • Europe Raiders
  • Furie
  • Gravity
  • The Heat
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout
  • Fast & Furious series
  • John Wick trilogy
  • Planet of the Apes trilogy


  • Closet Monster
  • Pariah
  • Suicide Kale
  • 3
  • Tomboy
  • Undertow
  • The Way He Looks
  • Wild Nights with Emily
  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  • Yossi


  • Amira & Sam
  • The Big Sick
  • A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Friend Zone
  • The Mountain Between Us
  • Obvious Child
  • Phantom Thread
  • This Is Not What I Expected
  • The Wedding Plan


  • Absentia
  • The Conjuring
  • Creep
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • In Fabric
  • Rift
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Under the Shadow
  • Us
  • We Are Still Here


  • Wolf 359 above all but also…
  • Alice Isn’t Dead
  • Limetown
  • The Penumbra Podcast: Juno Steel
  • Wooden Overcoats


  • The Americans
  • Call the Midwife
  • Catastrophe
  • Halt & Catch Fire
  • Hannibal
  • Jane the Virgin
  • One Day at a Time
  • One Mississippi
  • Russian Doll
  • Yuri!!! on Ice

[2018 Film Wrap-Up]

Total: 280 (full list here)
Revival: 45
SIFF: 81
Avg cost: $2.58

Wrap-ups for previous years live under the year-end tag.

This year I wrote bimonthly posts of varying timeliness and hotness of take, and they live under the whatdidjacithink tag. I also managed a bit of SIFF coverage, available here. Finally, I wrote a handful of standalones, which are linked in this thread:

Or, you know, you can just scroll back.


Films of my heart: Annihilation, Eighth Grade, Black Panther, Dirty Computer, Shoplifters

Other faves: En El Septimo Dia, Support the Girls, Hereditary, The Favourite, Crazy Rich Asians, You Were Never Really There, If Beale Street Could Talk, Tully, Blindspotting, Leave No Trace

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[2017 Film Wrap-Up]

Total: 275 (full list)
Revival: 70
SIFF: 80 (20-odd more than usual, thanks to the once-in-a-lifetime 3P)
Free: 104
…total cost: $619.50, or $2.25 a film

Wrap-ups for previous years live under the year-end tag, & if a film is linked here, it’s probably to the Instagram post I wrote on it for my #lastweekslove project.

Films of my heart: Call Me By Your Name, Columbus, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water.

And of course: BPM, Get Out, Colossal, The Wedding Plan, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, Novitiate, Mudbound, A Ghost Story, Personal Shopper, The Big Sick, Menashe

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