Favorite Movie Moments of 2020

Every January I signal boost my favorite movies of the last year, and of these movies I pick out my favorite moments. This is just as difficult as nailing down a list of strictly ten movies because, well, any one movie can have any number of moments that wow me. It’s an obvious sign of a movie’s impact on my overthinking brain and relentless beating heart, which is why this is the last stop before I unveil my top ten. Continue reading

Favorite Movie Trailers of 2020

We’re still in a pandemic, you say? That sure as hell didn’t stop (some) movies from coming out.

I thought about whether my usual end-year lists were worth doing this time around, considering most of 2020’s film slate got annihilated thanks to our current pandemic. (One-year anniversary coming up soon! 😬)

And then I came to my senses because movies have once again provided for much needed balms and escapism from everything going on. It seems the more anxiety-inducing the news cycle, the more I yearn for the next big release. These trailers came in mighty handy in providing something to look forward to, even if not all of these movies came out in 2020. Those that found ways to adapt via streaming and premium rentals, my anguished soul is eternally grateful. I’m hard at work narrowing down my favorite moments and top ten movies overall. In the meantime, here are the ten trailers of 2020 that had me wrecking the replay button. Continue reading

It took a pandemic to make me realize how much I love Christmas

I didn’t realize how accustomed my daughter was to the Christmas tradition until she asked me why I hadn’t put up a Christmas tree yet.

It was already two weeks into December. They had a tree up at her mother’s place since Thanksgiving, she told me. My house was much darker, less festive in comparison.

“I’m not putting up a tree this year,” I said, and it was the first time I was saying it aloud. It was a quiet choice I was committing to this season. Like how I didn’t dress up for Halloween, or didn’t bother with a turkey on Thanksgiving.

My daughter gasped like I had stolen the gifts, the lights, and all the decorations in Whoville.

I didn’t plan on being a Grinch this Christmas. It just suited my mood— and my mood for the last stretch of 2020 (as I imagine it was for everyone else) was to get through the rest of the year and start over.

Because I needed a do-over. Badly. Continue reading