All of the films Agnès Varda (1928-2019) directed, culled from multiple sources across the internet. Most people know her from the French New Wave classic, Cléo from 5 to 7, or Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), but Varda’s filmography extends to at least 84 unique works.
A timeline and “family tree” of the major American movie studios. Organized around the top 5 producers of feature films throughout the years. The “market share” percentages on the right edge of the graphic are sourced from The-Numbers.com 2020 Distributors Gross Earnings. The information is based on the “major film studios” chart on Wikipedia.
Below are screenshots from The-Numbers.com comparing the 2019 and 2021 (as of December 11th) top-earners. Sony (Columbia), Universal, Warner Bros., Disney, United Artists, and Paramount have generally done very well, and Lionsgate has been in the top 7 for the past 10 years. 20th Century Fox is essentially 20th Century Pictures now. MGM is limited to 1 or 2 releases a year, and RKO is just a shell of what it was before the 1950s.
These are my 20 favorite films this year, organized on Letterboxd. Other than the obvious COVID-19 pandemic which hindered theater-going, my movie-watching habits remained largely the same, although I definitely spent more time in front of a screen than in past years.
One of the world’s first film directors has been receiving some much-deserved attention lately, due to the 2018 documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968). Here is a list of just over 100 of her films that you can find pretty easily today on DVD or Blu-ray disc.
I was recently inspired by the stats visualizations on Letterboxd.com, a movie review website. The stats page is available for Pro subscribers only, but I’ve enjoyed Letterboxd as a free subscriber since 2013. Now that I’ve paid for a year of Pro, I can actually look at stats for each of the years that I’ve used the service.
This overview of Letterboxd stats will serve as my 2019 in review, but I’ll also point out some of the “all-time” stats features.
I’m proud to announce that my partner Aimee and I are hosting a new podcast, “where we question why women make up 50 percent of the world’s population but only a small percentage of the film industry.”