2020 Favorites – Movies and TV Series

Here at Old Ain’t Dead I made a list of my 2020 favorites among movies and TV for the year. I can’t make a “Best Of” list. I don’t watch everything. I only watch things made by or starring women. Nor do I subscribe to every service. There are many things I miss.

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Review: The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas)

The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas) is a Spanish language mystery series streaming on Netflix. It’s a well-written series with two exceptional Spanish actresses in the lead roles. Mystery fans will enjoy it.

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Review: The Wilds, season 1

The Wilds brings mystery and adventure to a 10 part series streaming on Amazon. A group of teen girls find themselves stranded on a deserted island. Their struggle to survive is interspersed with flashbacks that help you get to know the characters and the puppeteers behind the scenes.

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Review: Bhaag Beanie Bhaag

Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is a contemporary Indian comedy streaming on Netflix. Beanie is a woman who dreams of being a stand-up comic. Her parents dream of grandchildren. The series was written and directed by women.

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Review: A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy is a gorgeous and authentic Indian drama about one young woman’s search for a suitable mate. It features an all Indian cast and a setting in northern India. Mira Nair directed this six-part series from the BBC. Episodes 1 and 2 are now streaming on Acorn TV in the U.S. The remaining episodes will add on Mondays through January 4.

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Review: I May Destroy You

I May Destroy You is a British series from the BBC, now streaming on HBO Max. It’s a story about sexual assault and recovery, about consent, about friendship, and about facing your own truth. Powerhouse talent Michaela Coel starred in, created, and co-directed the series with Sam Miller.

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Review: Virgin River, season 2

Virgin River, season 2, continues the romance begun so tentatively in season 1 between big city nurse Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson), the owner of a bar in the tiny California forest town of Virgin River. This series on Netflix is already renewed for a 3rd season.

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Review: The Undoing

The Undoing earns my praise with its fascinating mystery, its skillful trickery and misdirection, and its suspenseful and thrilling finale. Created by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier, this series on HBO Max is a masterclass in storytelling and direction.

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Review: Love and Anarchy (Kärlek & Anarki)

Love and Anarchy (Kärlek & Anarki) brings Swedish dramedy to Netflix with a woman led and woman directed series. Sofie (Ida Engvoll) goes to work in a failing publishing house with the task of moving them into the digital world and bringing them back to profitability.

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Review: Emily in Paris

Emily in Paris, created by Darren Star, is definitely a typical Darren Star dramedy. It has lots of sexy underpinnings, beautiful people, and only first world problems. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if a little escapist merriment is what you need.

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