The 2020 List: August

Last year’s annual total was 156, which was itself some kind of achievement at the time, and the highest total I’ve reached since keeping count of what ‘new’ films etc I watch (albeit it pales in comparison to some blogs, such as Richard’s now ironically-named 100 Films in a Year blog which really deserves a ‘200 Films…’ kind of reboot. In any case, August proved a very interesting month because by the end of it this years total has already reached the grand figure of 150. Yep, 150 already, with a third of this year yet remaining. I might make it to 200 yet.

Maybe that would be a good time to call it a day, because I can’t ever see us ever seeing a year like this again. Not that I’d ever want to, of course, but the dark shadow of Covid 19 and its part in me reaching this remarkable figure of 150 already, just 6 shy of last years total, is indisputable. Maybe if I do get to 200 by the end of 2020, I’ll change my blog to writing about rewatching old favourite films, revisiting others good, bad and indifferent. That might be refreshing.

So anyway, August was two seasons of television (Bordertown eleven episodes, Lost in Space ten) and eighteen movies. Eighteen, and a wide-ranging bunch, as it turned out: some brilliant, some bad, one or two quite utterly bizarre. I think that Knives Out is clearly the film of the month (indeed, likely a candidate for film of the year) and the worst… well, that’s likely a shake of the dice between Split Second and A Severed Head. Biggest surprise of the month was Hitchcock’s last film, Family Plot, which was a surprisingly enjoyable folly, I thought (albeit that’s possibly all that 1970s nostalgia talking, because it was DEFINITELY a folly).

August also has the odd distinction of featuring three films that had the most maddeningly ill-suited titles that had me scratching my head with bemusement: A Severed Head, It Should Happen to You and Sorcerer. Sometimes I just cannot imagine what film-makers are thinking. At least with Flash Gordon its clear what you’re getting.

Television

139) Bordertown: Season One (2016)

147) Lost in Space: Season Two (2019)

Movies

131) The Quiet Earth (1985)

132) The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)

133) Knives Out (2019)

134) Flash Gordon (1980)

135) Spilt Second (1992)

136) Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

137) Project Power (2020)

138) The Night Clerk (2020)

140) A Severed Head (1971)

141) Family Plot (1976)

142) Underwater (2020)

143) Deadly Record (1959)

144) Downton Abbey (2019)

145) The Terrornauts (1967)

146) It Should Happen to You (1954)

148) The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

149) Sorcerer (1977)

150) Suspect (1960)

The Abort Button – none, so yet again I chose wisely, as that guy in that Indiana Jones movie said. Surely this good fortune cannot continue…

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