AHFW is counting down its Top 20 films of 2020, and last year was so taxing in countless ways, but we were also challenged to narrow down our favorite movies. After much blood, sweat, and some tears too…here’s the beginning of our Top 20 films!
20. “Boys State” – “You have no time to take it all in. (On the) first day, they throw you into that arena, and it’s like a battle royale. It’s crazy,” Steven Garza says. Steven is a high school student, one of about 1,000 teens who descended on Austin, Texas for an annual American Legion-promoted tradition: Texas Boys State, a week-long government-simulation event. Yes, this is a thing! Directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss somehow navigate a path through the festive, political-jockeying maze (and they needed a year to edit their footage). Young men compete for votes in this sociological Petri dish, but the boys also forge some general friendships – and cope with some hurt feelings – along the way in a documentary that remarkably plays out like a Hollywood yarn.
⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Image and Trailer credits: A24