Awards season is unfolding a little later than usual this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic shifting the windows for qualifying films into early 2021. That’s why movies like Nomadland and Minari, which you’ve seen pop up on various lists naming the Top 10 Films of 2020, aren’t getting wide theatrical releases until February. But the 30th Gotham Awards winners have just been announced, kicking off a season of accolades for the best films from last year. Who walked away with the big prizes? Get the full list of 2021 Gotham Awards winners below. Read More »
A common refrain over the past few months has been that 2020, in addition to being a rough year for everyone overall, was also a rough year for movies. But while the pandemic’s impact on the entertainment industry cannot be overstated (and may not truly be known for several more years), and several big-budget movies were bumped further down the release calendar, I’m not ready to relegate the films of 2020 to the same scrap heap that the rest of the year deserved. There were plenty of great films that made their way to audiences – you just had to do a bit more digging to find some of them.
Looking back at a year we’d all rather forget, I’ll happily remember these films as buoys which helped keep me afloat during some scary, discouraging times. These are my ten favorite movies of 2020. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: The Vast of Night
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video
The Pitch: In 1950s small town New Mexico, a young switchboard operator begins fielding calls from folks in nearby towns who are reporting mysterious sightings in the sky. The operator and a local radio DJ team up to investigate a mysterious audio frequency that is interrupting the radio signals – a sound which triggers specific memories in a couple of older people in the area.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: A mesmerizing, immersive sci-fi mystery, The Vast of Night gave me that once-or-twice a year feeling I always yearn for when I’m watching a new movie: the feeling of being completely enveloped in a world and being in the hands of a storyteller who makes so many right decisions in a row that I’m confident it’s building to something great. This might just be the best movie of the year that no one is talking about. Read More »
As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the U.S., David highlights some African American films available on streaming now. For the feature review, the cast watches The Vast of Night, the directorial debut from Andrew Patterson.
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The Vast of Night is proof that you can do a whole lot with very little. This low-budget sci-fi thriller operates with a meager budget, but still manages to pack in a ton of inventive, cinematic moments in its early scenes to hook you. In The Vast of Night, a group of young people in 1950s New Mexico become convinced there’s something very strange going on in their sleepy little town. Something out of this world. Check out The Vast of Night trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 by Jacob Hall
(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)
Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day six. In this entry, Memory: The Origins of Alien finds new things to say about one of the best movies ever made, The Vast of Night is low-key science fiction that comes this close to working, and Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is a fascinating and heartfelt blend of horror and LGBTQ history.
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Certain decades have their own tangible fears. The 1950s possessed a culture of fear that has been explored repeatedly throughout the horror and sci-fi genres. Cold war fears were heavily centered around an aversion to the other, technology, nuclear war, and aliens. There’s a singular simplicity in film and television that captures the emotional impact of these anxieties, allowing filmmakers to enhance metaphors through style, dialogue, and setting as opposed to overt displays of violence and nightmarish imagery. Director Andrew Patterson’s feature debut The Vast of Night at Fantastic Fest 2019 applies all of the conventional trepidation of the time period, while delivering a film with concise and unorthodox storytelling along with subtle suspense rooted in sci-fi. Read More »