The 25 Best Films of 2020

The last time I stepped foot inside a movie theater was March 6th, 2020. Waking up earlier than usual that morning to catch an AMC-priced matinee, I drove to Burbank with my best friend to watch a bloated Ben Affleck coach a shitty high school basketball team in between an ungodly amount of shower beers in “The Way Back.” Anyone who knows me well enough or listens to the podcast I co-host weekly, Rotten Rewind, will already be fully aware that I am an unabashed Affleck apologist, and genuine fan. I could not tell you exactly what it is…

Underrated Gems of the 2010s

Like most critics and film writers at the end of 2019, I sat down to write about my favorite films of the decade. It was a daunting task that I soon realized was ultimately pointless because by the time I read the umpteenth publication’s list of favorites, featuring all the usual suspects, I decided I had absolutely nothing new to add to the conversation about “The Tree of Life.” I did notice a large list of favorites that failed to make an appearance on most of these lists though, which got me thinking about films I really enjoyed over the…

Instead of my usual best of the year write-ups that I’m sure every single person reads in their entirety, I decided to do something visual instead this year. At this point, it’s 2020 and most of the films on my list have already been written about to death, so I can spare everybody another redundant list discussing the class warfare of “Parasite” and why “The Irishman” is one of Scorsese’s most self-reflective, tragic films. These things are all true, and have been written about by far better writers than myself. …

Every year around the end of November, I start to ignore the actual writing and work I have to/should get done and spend far too much time catching up with all the movies I missed earlier in the year. There’s really no reason for me to do this because

A. I could just watch movies I want to see whenever it’s convenient, you know, like a normal person and

B. I’m literally making a year end list for nobody but myself, unlike a normal person.

I literally have no idea how critics and pundits can find the words to describe…

It’s pretty much impossible to write a year-end review of 2017 without acknowledging what a tremendously massive shit-show this entire year was. So there it is. Let’s just get that out of the way now. 2017 was awful, but miraculously we’re still here. We haven’t exploded in a nuclear holocaust, no matter how many times we might have begged for the end. It was a stupendously stupid year to be alive. …

I used to be able to tell you when pretty much any movie came out. It was an equally helpful and useless gift to have. I couldn’t remember much in school and struggled to pass math nearly every year of my academic life, but I could tell you that “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “What Women Want” were both released on the same December weekend in 2000. …

It’s really hard to make a movie. No one sets out to make a bad movie. Well, maybe Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg (infamous creators of the 2000’s spoof movie empire) do. But mostly every single filmmaker sets out to make something great, or at least good. They strive to connect, to entertain, to heal, to teach. The same way that most critics don’t want to give a bad review. While there’s the few vengeful types out there that perhaps salivate at the idea of taking down a particular film, most critics don’t want to sit through something they’re not…

The very idea of what we consider television seems to to change every year. The idea of a network series, an HBO series, a Netflix series, a web series, they all seem to be merging into one massive network of content. The days of rushing to get home to catch your favorite TV show or recording your newest obsession are long gone. Everything is at our fingertips. Everything is at our disposal. The downside with that is that we take advantage of what we’re being given.

The first visual that comes to mind when I think of watching TV in…

“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe… keep breathing.”

Most human beings wake up every day and face a series of small, often seemingly meaningless uphill battles. We sit in traffic. We go to our jobs. We eat our meals. Most of us try to do our best. We spend our days surviving. Survival is the key force that unites every single one of us. No matter how large or small our battles may be, we’re all trying to get through the day and simply survive.

When we go to the movies, we look…

A month after my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the liver, we took these photographs.

I don’t trust myself. When I write a script or shoot a project, I show it to everyone I trust in hopes that I didn’t waste months of my life, sometimes other people’s money, and always my own sanity, trying to create. But the validation of every person I know has never matched the support I once found in my mother. I read her every single screenplay, every story, told her every idea that crossed my mind since I began performing make believe plays in our apartment living room. I trusted her more than anybody. …

Max Roux

I make movies you probably haven’t seen and sometimes I write lists. | www.maxrouxfilms.com

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