On the January 6, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
There’s the temptation every year to say, “This was a bad year for movies,” which is rarely ever the case. But 2020 certainly flirted with that idea, with the pandemic pushing many studio films to next year and making all other films nearly impossible to watch without a press badge at a film festival. More than anything, it was a weird year for movies, a year where entertainment became a safe haven from the horrors of reality and where we all flocked to films that either comforted us, or numbed us, or dared us to find the awful parallels in our entertainment and the real world.
For me, my top movies of the year were a mixture of all of the above. I was equally comforted and challenged by these movies, or at the very least, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Maybe that’s the kind of film that will define 2020, the one that captures that weird mixed bag of emotions that kept us going through the purgatory of quarantine.
Anyway, here are my top 10 movies of 2020.
‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Giveaway: Win a Free Digital Rental of Eliza Hittman’s Excellent New Drama
Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Writer/director Eliza Hittman‘s new film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, won a special jury prize for neorealism at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. But the coronavirus interrupted its theatrical release, causing Focus Features to rethink its strategy and ultimately make the film available through Video On Demand platforms.
Now we’re giving away five streaming codes for the movie so you can check it out for yourselves. Read on to get details about how to win. Read More »
Never Rarely Sometimes Always, the third feature film from writer/director Eliza Hittman, was released in theaters on Friday, March 13 – one of the unluckiest release dates in the history of Hollywood. Theaters began shutting down due to the coronavirus crisis, cutting short the film’s box office prospects and its ability to continue riding the wave of acclaim that began cresting when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Thankfully, after a short break, Focus Features has decided to make the movie available on VOD beginning today, and this morning I caught up with Hittman on the phone to talk about her film’s unusual release, how she captured this movie’s particular texture, and more. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Never Rarely Sometimes Always premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to near-universal acclaim, and was riding the wave of critical praise right to theaters, where it was released two weeks ago in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eliza Hittman‘s quiet abortion drama is an indie film that could have easily been lost to the noise of coronavirus news and industry-wide shutdowns, but Focus Features is making sure that Never Rarely Sometimes Always is getting the audience it deserves with an early video-on-demand release. Focus Features has set an early Never Rarely Sometimes Always digital release for next week, merely three weeks after it hit theaters.
Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Following its wins at the Berlin Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, Eliza Hittman‘s moving abortion drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always finally comes to U.S. theaters. Focus Features has released a new trailer for Never Rarely Sometimes Always alongside a slew of clips previewing the story of a teenage Pennsylvania girl who faces an unplanned pregnancy. Watch the Never Rarely Sometimes Always trailer below.
Posted on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Eliza Hittman has been a Sundance Film Festival favorite since her debut feature A Lot Like Love took Park City by storm in 2013. Her critically acclaimed LGBT drama Beach Rats followed in 2017, and now, Hittman has a new potentially heartbreaking drama that will debut at Sundance this January. Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a drama following a teenage girl in Pennsylvania who faces an unwanted pregnancy. Watch the Never Rarely Sometimes Always trailer below.
This Week In Trailers: Buffaloed, Toxic Beauty, The Rise of the Synths, A Rough Draft, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Posted on Saturday, December 21st, 2019 by Christopher Stipp
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we collect a debt, poison ourselves with makeup, go on a Russian mind trip, and drill down into the sounds that have been everywhere lately.