What a year 2020 has been, huh? If there’s one thing you can’t say 2020 wasn’t, it’s uneventful. As you know, theaters have mostly been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic for most of the year, causing many of the blockbusters we expected to see on the big screen this year to either be released on streaming platforms or to be pushed back into 2021. 2020 has definitely seen a shift in how big films are delivered to audiences. But before we get into all of that, let’s look at some stats for Drew’s Movie Reviews in 2020:
- Views increased ~58% from 2019
- Top 5 viewed 2020 posts were:
- Top 5 commented 2020 posts were:
- Top 5 Liked 2020 posts were:
- Top 5 countries views came from in 2020 were:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Including this post, there were 97 posts
- My longest posting streak was 12 days
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GREAT 😀 :
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GOOD 🙂 :
Weathering With You
Birds of Prey
Sonic the Hedgehog
The High Note
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
The Old Guard
The One and Only Ivan
Secret Society of Second Born Royals
Ashens and the Polybius Heist
The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were OK 😐 :
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were BAD 😦 :
Here are the films released prior to 2020 I reviewed:
Uncut Gems (2019)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011
Eighth Grade (2018)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Career Opportunities (1991)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Firstly, wow! What a jump in views! Up nearly 60% from last year is crazy to think about. Although, last year saw a decrease in views so this year is more or less getting back on track with the natural increase in yearly views. Although it is a bit surprising that the views have increasing as much as they have considering the number of yearly likes and comments have been steadily decreasing. It’s an interesting trend. But it’s equally surprising that the views have jumped so much considering the amount of posts I had this year. I didn’t even get 100 posts when normally I do well into the 100s. The final post count is not surprising given the lack of reviews I posted this year (not to mention an unplanned hiatus towards the beginning of the pandemic).
There’s nothing too surprising from the top viewed posts. The yearly Ultimate Decades Blogathon announcement post is usually pretty high on the list every year. I am surprised my review of Career Opportunities has been viewed so many times. I wouldn’t have thought the film to be that popular to garner that many views. Shout out to Allie for her submission for the Christmas in July blogathon this year for making it into the top 5 viewed posts. As for the most commented and most liked posts this year, I don’t have much to say. However, I do want to give a shout out to Ashley for cracking the top 5 in both categories with her review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon.
The top countries from this year is identical to last years with the exception of the United Kingdom and Australia swapping in the number 2 and number 3 spots.
My longest posting streak of 12 days is due to the Christmas in July Blogathon and my Anniversary Celebration happening back to back. Still 12 days of posts is pretty impressive for me.
As you can see, I didn’t see many new releases that I thought were that spectacular. On the plus side, not too many terrible films either, with most of the films I saw this year falling into the GOOD rating. I am disappointed that I haven’t wrote a review for Palm Springs because that is my favorite film released this year. Shameless plug: If you want to see my full ranking of this year’s releases, go check out my list on Letterboxd. Eighth Grade is probably my favorite of the films not released in 2020 that I watched this year. If you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend you do so. It immediately shot to the top of my favorite coming-of-age films.
I don’t have much else to say about this past year other than I’m glad it’s finally over. It’s been one hell of a roller coaster and I am going into 2021 with a positive attitude. Because 2021 can’t be any worse, right? Right…? As for plans for this blog for the upcoming year, I hope to be more on top of reviews. The amount of reviews I posted this year was way below what I usually aim for. At the very least, I want to get back to the cadence I was before. I have several ideas for long-form posts that I have yet to write still. Hopefully I will write more of those. They take longer for me to put together but they are fun and they tend to create more conversations than my reviews usually do.
And that’s it for 2020! Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive. I’ll see you on the other side.
Until next time, cheers!