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Despite all of my guilt and apologies about being late with my 2020 Blindspots, I realized that I actually did manage to see them all in a year’s time. I didn’t review my first until last April, so I guess I did fulfill the challenge in a way.

Anyway, I do always enjoy these Blindspot series, which expose me to a bunch of films I’ve kept on the back burner for too long. As for 2020’s collection, I must admit I was a bit disappointed with at least half of them, in contrast to past years, and only my #1 actually managed to snag a List-Worthy rating. Nevertheless, I am glad to have finally seen them all, and I hope to do the same with other Blindspots as we get further into 2021.

Here then is my ranking of the Blindspots from the past year:

12. Short Cuts (1993)

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Expansive but meandering drama with loads of movie stars and little reason to care about any of them

11. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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Bizarre pastiche of anachronistic pop songs and doomed love; some great musical moments surrounded by cringe

10. Primer (2004)

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Extremely twisty sci-fi narrative with fascinating time travel concepts but obtuse execution

9. Pom Poko (1994)

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Overlong Studio Ghibli dramedy with fun animal antics, environmental themes, and plentiful testicles

8. Annie Hall (1977)

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Neurotic Woody Allen rom com that won Best Picture; innovative parts that don’t quite make an appealing whole

7. Double Indemnity (1944)

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Classic film noir with a quintessential femme fatale, though aged by overly flowery dialogue

6. What a Way to Go! (1964)

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Silly dark comedy about an unintentionally deadly widow with great stars having fun in their roles

5. Fargo (1996)

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Celebrated but violent midwestern crime drama with mostly endearing idiosyncrasies

4. Heathers (1988)

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Pitch black comedy in a high school setting with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater nailing their angsty roles

3. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

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Deeply emotional and underrated classic about the relatable burdens of aging; depressing story heightened by great acting

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2013)

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Free-wheeling Wes Anderson comedy of manners merged with a murder mystery; quirky in every sense of the word

1. One Cut of the Dead (2017)

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Brilliantly entertaining low-budget zombie comedy that defies expectations in the best way