Blog Jacob Burns FilmCast, Episode 8: The Best of 2020 (Part 1)

Posted March 11, 2020

The Jacob Burns FilmCast brings the best of the big screen to your podcast stream! Join co-hosts (and fervent film fans) Mike Towndrow and Paige Grand Pré for conversations covering everything from new releases and awards buzz to cult classics and film history.

Episode Eight: The Best of 2020 (Part 1)

We’re barely three months into 2020, but co-hosts Mike Towndrow and Paige Grand Pré are already building their year-end lists. Join us for a rundown of which movies are worth watching—or skipping—this year to date.

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Heard us mention a film you want to check out? Here’s a list of everything we covered:

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (Yan, 2020)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Fowler, 2020)
  • Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (Yuyama/Sakakibara, 2019)
  • The Call of the Wild (Sanders, 2020)
  • Goldman v Silverman (Josh Safdie/Benny Safdie, 2020)
  • Bad Boys for Life (El Arbi/Fallah, 2020)
  • The Assistant (Green, 2020)
  • First Cow (Reichardt, 2020)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Sciamma, 2019)
  • The Lodge (Franz/Fiala, 2019)
  • Weathering with You (Shinkai, 2019)
  • Fantasy Island (Wadlow, 2020)
  • Face/Off (Woo, 1997)
  • Antlers (Cooper, 2020)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (Jenkins, 2020)
  • The Whistlers (“La Gomera”) (Porumboiu, 2019)
  • A Quiet Place: Part II (Krasinski, 2020)
  • Saint Maud (Glass, 2019)
  • Promising Young Woman (Fennell, 2020)
  • The Green Knight (Lowery, 2020)
  • Antebellum (Bush/Renz, 2020)
  • The New Mutants (Boone, 2020)
  • Black Widow (Shortland, 2020)


The Jacob Burns FilmCast is mixed, edited, and published by Mike Towndrow, and produced by Paige Grand Pré. Support for this podcast comes from the Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. Have a question, episode idea, favorite film from the past few months, or suggestion you want to share? Let us know at!

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