In 2020, The Film Magazine has presented hundreds of articles ranging from deep readings of classics to in-depth analysis of So Bad It’s Good films, from reviews of the latest releases to coverage of the biggest film festivals, from Top 10 lists to Ranked lists, and beyond. All in all our team of twenty writers, and our guest contributors that number in their dozens, have produced some of the most insightful, interesting and unique writing that you’ll find anywhere on the internet. Their contributions have pushed The Film Magazine into another stratosphere as regards readership and engagement, and their collective desire, passion and knowledge has helped to make The Film Magazine an even more popular and respected publication over the past twelve months.
In this list, we look to celebrate some of the very best writing of the 2020 calendar year by sharing with you the 20 Most Popular Articles of 2020. These articles have each been written and published in 2020, but are ranked based on their overall readership and not their average daily readership, meaning that articles released earlier in the year hold an advantage over those released later in the year due to having more days in which to earn clicks and visits. Furthermore, articles that cross multiple pages – Ranked lists, Top 10s, etc. – hold an advantage as they earn more than one click per read.
These 20 articles are pieces we consider to be signs of what type of content we should be focusing on heading into 2021, the very best articles The Film Magazine has produced in 2020.
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Articles that nearly made it: Pitch Perfect Movies Ranked; No, You Are – Deconstructing Dinesh D’Souza’s Interview with Richard Spencer; Final Destination Movies Ranked; Happiest Season (2020) Review.
Based on a true story, Misbehaviour chronicles the real-life feminist movement that opposed the Miss World competition of 1970. Starring the likes of Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley, this film was deemed decent but unessential at a 15/24 rating here on The Film Magazine, with Annice White describing it as “one you’ll want to see, but don’t worry if that’s only on TV”.
A tongue-in-cheek portrait of the various types of film bro you’ll likely find on a University film course or muttering about Tarantino at a party, Joseph Wade’s “The Only Movies Your Douchebag Ex Has Ever Seen – Top 10” drew an extraordinary response on social media. If you’ve ever had an ex who was a little bit horrible, self-involved or self-aggrandising, this one’s for you.
This article from Sophia Mae Patfield was released just weeks before the end of 2020, but earns a spot in our top 20 nonetheless owing to its spirited and joyful celebration of modern Christmas animation Klaus (now on Netflix). If you need any reason to watch this independent animation (other than the holidays), then this list may be for you, though be warned… there may be spoilers.
Josh and Benny Safdie have long been establishing themselves as unique and noteworthy filmmakers, but in 2020 their careers reached new heights with the much celebrated Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler. As something of an expert on the brothers’ career, and someone who has written extensively about their work across The Film Magazine, Leoni Horton was the perfect candidate to rank their output, showcasing her knowledge and clearly defining the reasons for her order in this ranking of the Safdie Brothers’ filmography.
Since bursting into the mainstream with The Sixth Sense in 1999, screenwriter-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan has proven a divisive figure, his work varying in quality from the abominably bad to the assuredly genius, his twelve-strong filmography – including Signs, The Last Airbender and Split – ranked from worst to best here by Joseph Wade, a writer whose Masters Thesis focused on the theory of film authorship.