Another month in the books! August is up next and has quite a few films that have a lot of potential to be really fun and fantastic. As always I’ll quickly list films I’ve already seen that I highly recommend checking out!
Resurrection – August 5th (VOD)
I Love My Dad – August 12th (VOD)
Emily The Criminal – August 12th (Theaters)
Girl Picture – August 12th (Theaters)
Breaking (formally known as 892) – August 26th (Theaters)
Now for the list!
18. Maneater – August 26th (VOD)
17. They/Them – August 5th (Peacock)
16. 13: The Musical – August 12th (Netflix)
15. Allegoria – August 2nd (Shudder)
14. Glorious – August 18th (Shudder)
13. Orphan: First Kill – August 19th (Paramount+)
12. What Josiah Saw – August 4th (Shudder)
11. When I Consume You – August 16th (VOD)
10. Samaritan – August 26th (Amazon Prime Video)
9. Thirteen Lives – August 5th (Amazon Prime Video)
8. Beast – August 19th (Theaters)
7. Fall – August 12th (Theaters)
6. The Invitation – August 26th (Theaters)
5. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero – August 19th (Theaters)
4. Both Sides Of The Blade – August 23rd (VOD)
3. Prey – August 5th (Hulu)
2. Three Thousands Years Longing – August 31st (Theaters)
1. Bodies Bodies Bodies – August 5th (Limited Theaters) August 12th (Wide)
And that’s the list!! Which films are you excited for?
June flew by and what a great month it was for film, It’s time for a new month and as usual I’m listing films that I think look pretty interesting, but first I’ll list films that I have already seen whether that be from early screenings, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW and so on that I highly recommend checking out. But unlike previous months there is only one film this time around which is of course.
Fire Of Love – July 6th (Theaters)
Next here’s the list!
20. Moloch – July 21st (Shudder)
19. Persuasion – July 15th (Netflix)
18. Incantation – July 8th (Netflix)
17. Valley Of The Dead or Malnazidos – July 11th (Netflix)
16. Alone Together – July 22nd (Theaters) and July 29th (VOD)
15. Rubikon – July 1st (VOD)
14. Good Madam – July 14th (Shudder)
13. American Carnage – July 15th (VOD)
12. Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down – July 15th (Theaters)
11. Anything Possible – July 22nd (Amazon Prime Video)
10. Medusa – July 29th (Theaters)
9. She Will – July 15th (VOD)
8. Don’t Make Me Go – July 15th (Amazon Prime Video)
7. Thor Love And Thunder – July 8th (Theaters)
6. The Princess – July 1st (Hulu)
5. Moon 66 Questions – July 8th (Theaters)
4. Not Okay – July 29th (Hulu)
3. Where The Crawdads Sing – July 15th (Theaters)
2. Both Sides Of The Blade – July 8th (Theaters)
1. Nope – July 22nd (Theaters)
And that’s the list for July, there’s a lot more coming out as well so July will be a busy month. Oh yeah it’s my birthday month too (July 5th to be exact).
We are now at the halfway point of 2022 and so far it’s been a pretty strong year for film and June looks like it will continue to deliver hits! Before we get into the list here are some movies that I have already seen that I highly recommend checking out!
Sewer Gators – June 3rd (VOD Platforms) I did a review for this one a few days ago, sure it might not be a good movie but it’s such a hilariously bad movie that I can’t help include it.
Poser – June 3rd (Theaters)
Watcher – June 3rd (Theaters) and June 21st (VOD Platforms)
Pleasure – June 7th (VOD Platforms)
Cha Cha Real Smooth – June 17th (Apple TV+)
Slash/Back – June 24th (VOD Platforms)
Now here’s the list!
13. Unhuman – June 3rd (VOD Platforms)
12. Flux Gourmet – June 24th (VOD Platforms)
11. Dashcam – June 3rd (VOD Platforms)
10. Official Competition – June 17th (Theaters)
9. Good Luck to you, Leo Grande – June 17th (Hulu)
8. Lightyear – June 17th (Theaters)
7. Elvis – June 24th (Theaters)
6. Happening – June 21st (VOD)
5. Mad God – June 16th (Shudder)
4. The Black Phone – June 24th (Theaters)
3. Dinner In America – June 7th (VOD)
2. Marcel The Shell With Shoes On – June 24th (Theaters)
1. Crimes Of The Future – June 3rd (limited Theaters) and June 10th (Wide Theater release)
April was another incredibly strong month for film, in fact so far this year has already had tons of great films. And it seems like May will keep that up quite well! Before we get to my most anticipated films of the month here’s some films I’ve already seen but I highly recommend checking out!
Inbetween Girl – May 3rd (VOD Platforms)
On The Count Of Three – May 13th (Theaters and VOD Platforms)
Pleasure – May 13th (Theaters)
Hatchling – May 17th (VOD Platforms)
Emergency – May 20th (Theaters) and May 27th (Amazon Prime Video)
Now let’s get into the list!
15. The Twin – May 6th (Shudder)
14. The Sadness – May 12th (Shudder)
13. All My Puny Sorrows – May 3rd (VOD Platforms)
12. Hold Your Fire – May 20th (VOD Platforms)
11. Downtown Abbey: A New Era – May 20th (Theaters)
10. The Bob’s Burgers Movie – May 27th (Theaters)
9. Happening – May 6th (Theaters)
8. Belle – May 3rd (VOD Platforms)
7. Montana Story – May 13th (Theaters)
6. The Innocents – May 13th (VOD Platforms)
5. Top Gun Maverick – May 27th (Theaters)
4. Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse Of Madness – May 6th (Theaters)
March was a long but incredibly strong month for film, giving the likes of Batman, X, Fresh, After Yang, Topside, Turning Red and many others. So now we move on to April a month that also looks like it could be really strong.
As usual I’m leaving out films I have already seen however there are two films that are quite fantastic that I do highly recommend checking out this month which are.
Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off – April 5th (HBO and HBO Max)
We’re All Going To The World’s Fair – April 15th (Theater) and April 22nd (VOD)
With that said here’s my most anticipated for April 2022!
14. Ambulance – April 8th (Theater)
13. The Bubble – April 1st (Netflix)
12. Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Childhood – April 1st (Netflix)
11. Charlotte – April 22nd (Theater)
10. The Bad Guys – April 22nd (Theaters)
9. Bubble – April 28th (Netflix)
8. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – April 8th (Theaters)
7. Cow – April 8th (VOD)
6. The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent – April 22nd (Theaters)
5. Memoria -April 1st (Theater) yes I will be counting this is a 2022 film, giving a very limited release when there was four days left last year is very unfair to the film.
4. Petite Maman – April 22nd (Theaters)
3. Everything Everywhere All At Once – April 8th (Theaters)
2. Vortex – April 29th (Theaters)
1. The Northman – April 22nd (Theaters)
And that wraps it up here!!! What is your most anticipated film of April 2022? What movies do you plan on seeing?
Hello friends, we are now in a new month! Picking out the films I’m excited for this month wasn’t too bad. I have already seen a few films that I do highly recommend checking out which are After Yang, Fresh and All My Friends Hate Me!
1. The Batman – March 4th (Theaters) ￼
2. X – March 18th (Theaters)
3. Everything Everywhere All At Once – March 25th (Theaters)
4. Where is Anne Frank? – March 18th (Theaters I believe if it comes out on VOD platforms I’ll be sure to include that in my review!)
5. Mothering Sunday – March 25th (Theaters) and for the love of god just release already!
6. Windfall – March 18th (Netflix)
7. Umma – March 18th (Theaters) take this one with a grain of salt, while Sony did say that it’s coming out in March there has been very little information about it.
8. Topside – March 25th (VOD)
9. Turning Red – March 11th (Disney+)
10. Master – March 18th (Amazon Prime Video)
11. Deep Water – March 18th (Hulu)
12. Calendar Girls – March 8th (VOD)
13. Olivia Rodrigo Driving Home 2 U A Sour Film – March 25th (Disney+)
14. You Are Not My Mother – March 25th (VOD)
And that is the most anticipated films of March list! What are your thoughts? What’s your most anticipated films for this month?
Here we are at the final 30 films on the list! These are the films that I felt most strongly about and the ones going forward I’m going to be thinking about for a very long time. This was incredibly difficult to rank, so keep in mind that a lot of the placements were VERY close! Let’s get started!
30. In The Earth directed by Ben Wheatley
Starting off we have In The Earth which was a back to roots sort of film for Ben Wheatley and I’m glad he decided to do just that. In The Earth has very haunting atmosphere combined with really strong writing that brings the viewer into the film’s world, the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous it brings a hauntingly beautiful type feel to the film that gives the film so much strength!
29. Encanto directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush
Encanto was a surprise for me, the trailers made it out to be something very familiar that audiences are use to in a lot of animated films. However Encanto takes that concept of feeling left out as well as tons of family themes and does something completely different with them. I have my several problems with Disney one for example playing way too safe, however Encanto actually takes risks and does a far more deeper dive into it’s themes than a lot of other recent Disney films. The characters are lovable and memorable, the songs are some of the best from a Disney film in a very long time (special shoutouts to The Family Madrigal, We Don’t Talk About Bruno and Surface Pressure.) Encanto is a film that I’m sure will go on to be a modern classic!
28. Annette directed by Leos Carax
Annette is definitely an oddball of a film, it’s the strangest yet one of the most fascinating musicals to come out of 2021! Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard are both fantastic in their roles plus their singing voices are surprisingly amazing. The cinematography beautiful as well, especially when combined with the songs that capture so many different types of emotions throughout the film. The strongest of the bunch is definitely “We Love Each Other So Much” it’s a beautiful song that really captures the spirit of the film.
27. In The Heights directed by Jon M. Chu
In The Heights is truly a fantastic musical that captures some of the best choreography of 2021, the performances from Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins and Olga Merediz are all fantastic. The story itself is fascinating and very inspiring it truly makes you feel all sorts of emotions and gets you on your feet, it’s beautifully told from singing and the cinematography which both combined together truly makes something special. Speaking of which the cinematography is absolutely incredible it takes advantage of the setting (Washington Heights) and makes it truly special with tons of energy and passion. Which leads me to how much energy this film has which is quite great, you feel the connection between the characters who interact with each other which feels quite raw. It’s a very human type film in that aspect which is definitely a standout, the writing is fantastic it delivers on every single level and makes the character moments all the more interesting.
26. The Suicide Squad directed by James Gunn
Out of the comic book films that were released in 2021 James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad I feel was the strongest. James Gunn brings over what made the Guardians Of The Galaxy films so great and gives a bunch of these characters some very comedic and interesting elements. The cast of course is fantastic Idris Elba as Bloodsport was genius casting he absolutely slays the part and brings so much to the character. Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, John Cena, Daniella Melchior and Joel Kinnaman are all fantastic as well. The film itself is genuinely hilarious with tons of cleverly written jokes, the kills are very well done and finally the action scenes are so satisfying to watch!
25. The Mitchells vs. The Machines directed by Michael Rianda
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is the very definition of a fun film, not only that but it has a ton of heartfelt moments that truly make this film shine. Each of the characters are very fleshed out and bring a ton to the film, the animation is absolutely beautiful it has this style to it that feels very unique, it’s incredibly fast paced with a lot of different graphics and color all blended into one beautifully done film. It’s truly a wonderful film that captures the eye really well, the humor is also really great as well! Lastly what makes this film so successful is how relatable the characters were especially the father and daughter relationship between Katie and Rick. It feels very realistic and truly dives deep into it, the movie makes you feel for them both showing each side and how they feel. It’s truly an incredible breath of fresh air to see this type of family relationship done right, Abbi Jacobson and Danny McBride absolutely nail it with the voice acting they truly bring so much emotion, depth and passion to their roles and show their talent!
24. Nightmare Alley directed by Guillermo Del Toro
I’m going to post my review here since I talked about this one fairly recently, all I have to add is that I’m excited to see what Guillermo Del Toro does next! The cast does a fantastic job Bradley Cooper is one of the big standouts here. He does something completely different from some of his other roles and it’s truly an amazing sight. The movie itself compliments this by showing a man who was once rational, to a power hunger man who wants money to someone who completely lost it. Bradley Cooper does a fantastic job of showing all three of these transformations in a very detailed and at times scary way. Cate Blanchett’s performance feels like a performance from the classic era of Hollywood took a time machine and transported itself to 2021. In other words the performance is incredible and hauntingly beautiful in every way possible, the rest of the cast is truly strong in Rooney Mara and Willem Dafoe (who I think was born for these types of roles) in particular. The film is hauntingly gorgeous, it’s a type of element that Guillermo Del Toro always masters at making the film look haunting but at the same time beautiful. His direction is also top notch, making the performances come off as genuine as possible while creating some real dramatized performances that feel intimidating to the viewer. It’s truly fascinating to see how much Guillermo Del Toro makes this film his own, from the different types of locations to the characters it’s absolutely wonderful to witness. The whole theme of seeing a man go from rational to completely unrecognizable truly fits Guillermo Del Toro’s style and he truly mastered it here, it’s even the little things such as a few mannerisms thrown in there that truly make this film go a long way.
23. The Tragedy Of MacBeth directed by Joe Coen
I just did a review for this one so once again I’ll post my review here as I still have the exact same thoughts as I did when I reviewed it. A hauntingly beautiful adaption to MacBeth that works on every single level. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, there are times when using black and white in some movies comes off as very tacky or just doesn’t add anything to the film. But not here, not only does it add so much to the film itself it creates a new type of atmosphere that has yet to be seen in a MacBeth film adaption. It creates this horror type feel, it’s like the characters are in a white void with a ton of fog, it’s truly captivating and immediately draws your attention. Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand give such incredible performances, both give the most Shakespearean performances you can ask for while at the same time doing their own thing. It’s a fantastic combination two incredibly talented actors with fantastic source material. Kathryn Hunter as the witches is terrifyingly incredible, she does not hold back at all when trying to scare the viewer and adds to the cinematography. Her voice perfectly blends into the film in every single way possible, the writing is straight to the point and stays true to the source material. It highlights what makes the story so great and even adds to it as well.
22. The Lost Daughter directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Lost Daughter is another hauntingly beautiful film on the list, it’s a film that will give you a very detailed picture of motherhood. Once again Olivia Colman gives such an incredible performance, something about her performance here is truly special. She gives this raw performance that completely brings you into the film, Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley both give fantastic performances as well! The writing tackles so many genre elements in such a beautiful way, it combines drama, humor and at times disturbing moments that are genuinely haunting. It really gives you this picture of how motherhood is not easy at all, heck the movie sometimes goes into some horror aspects that I thought were very creative. There’s tons of emotional moments that really grab you into it and make you feel for the characters, as I said earlier the film is very wide. What I mean by that is the cinematography helps the viewer explore the film in a lot of ways, the setting combined with the filming truly gives you a fantastic picture it’s quite honestly breathtaking.
21. The Novice directed by Lauren Hadaway
Isabelle Fuhrman gives her best performance to date, as well as giving one of the best performances of 2021. She truly delivers in her role it’s raw, impactful and really shows how talented she really is. The atmosphere is thrilling to the point where it can almost be considered a horror film, the style of the film is up close and really beings you into what’s going on in certain scenes. The music also turns this film into a horror film by having a beautifully haunting feel to it as well as some absolute killer violins, the film heavily reminded me of Whiplash which makes sense Lauren Hadaway who directs the film did the sound for Whipslash and you can easily tell. There’s so much level of care and attention to detail as well, it’s extraordinary and leads into disturbing territory. It’s a very interesting film about self destruction and how quickly it can happen.
20. The Last Duel directed by Ridley Scott
The Last Duel is Ridley Scott’s best film in a very long time, the film is a huge build up to a brutal but fascinating battle that truly pulls you in. The cast gives some of the best performances of 2021 (Jodi Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) the writing is incredibly strong and compliments the film extremely well, the direction from Ridley Scott is brutal and to the point, the film itself is very well made and complexly captures the time period. As the film goes on it gets more and more suspenseful building up for the duel itself which is absolutely worth the wait!
19. A Quiet Place Part II directed by John Krasinski
A Quiet Place Part II is everything a sequel should be, it ups the ante from the first film such as the thrilling atmosphere which is still present and as terrifying as ever. It expands on the world building we see more locations and more people, how some people are dealing with what’s going on. The film focuses on Millicent Simmonds who does a flawless job in her role, she delivers on every single level, I absolutely love with what they did with her character she truly brings so much raw energy into her role to the point where it kind of brings you to tears. Cillian Murphy is also a very nice addition to the cast, he also brings an incredibly raw performance that is quite powerful, I also couldn’t help but feel this movie had a lot of The Last Of Us vibes to it which is a huge positive (especially scenes with Murphy and Simmonds together they look like they can be a really good Joel and Ellie.) Like the first film the sound is used brilliantly with tons of quite and tense moments that will definitely have you on the edge of your seat wondering “what will happen next” it’s effective on every single level, one thing that I noticed that was truly fantastic was the editing, it’s incredibly fast paced and truly incredible to the point where I found it brilliantly done. There’s something about it that really makes the film all come together and makes it that much stronger in every single way possible, the action scenes are also incredibly well done especially when combined with the editing and sound, I feel like A Quiet Place Part II gives some of the most raw and powerful action scenes I’ve seen in a film in a long time. John Krasinski truly does his homework when it comes to creating a horrifying and thrilling atmosphere, every single moment in this movie you are on the lookout because anything can happen. It’s masterful filmmaking that you really do not see all too often.
18. Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry directed by R.J. Cutler
This is an example of a documentary about a celebrity that looks at the the celebrity in question in this case Billie a lot more closely. It’s part documentary and part a coming of age story. The film truly feels like you are having a conversation with her, it’s like talking to a friend and hearing their issues and troubles. Billie talks about her Tourette’s syndrome and how she has suicidal thoughts but she expresses that through words rather than actions. One of the strongest things aspects is Billie’s beautiful relationship with her family, each of her family members taught her something for instance her mom taught her about songwriting, her dad taught her how to play the ukulele and the piano finally her brother produced her and was her songwriting cohort. The interactions between her and her family is seriously some of the most beautiful interactions I’ve seen in a long time, they all are there for each other no matter what and it’s truly a beautiful thing. It’s truly a beautiful documentary that captures some very personal moments of Billie.
17. Zola directed by Janicza Bravo
Zola might be known as the film that’s based on a Twitter thread, but I honestly feel there’s a lot more to it. As I discussed in my review Zola uses a very interesting theme which is past Vs modern The modern part being the story is taking place in modern times while the filming is the past part being that it was filmed on a 16mm camera giving it this look that it’s from the 70s or 80s. The cast all fantastic here Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo and Nicholas Braun all give really strong performances that truly match the film. The film itself is wild and does the source material Justice, it’s a bizarre type of filmmaking that I truly respect and has stuck with me throughout 2021!
16. West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg
West Side Story I truly did not expect to be as good as it was, Spielberg seriously hit it out of the park with this adaption. Between some of the best performances of 2021 (Ariana DeBose, Rachel Ziegler, Mike Faist and Rita Moreno) to each of the songs being a massive powerhouse combined with the cinematography that makes the film gigantic as well Spielberg’s direction. Spielberg’s West Side Story in some ways ends up topping the original film. Plus the film feels very very close to a broadway play especially with the songs, it transports you the setting. Some of the standouts include “Tonight (Quintet)”, “Somewhere”, “One Hand One Heart” and “A Boy Like That” (I swear Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose’s acting in that scene is phenomenal.
15. Tick Tick Boom directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Tick Tick Boom is my favorite musical of 2021, it’s a film that I fell in love with after watching it. Andrew Garfield gives easily one of the best performances of the year, in fact this role is most definitely going to be a highlight of his career he truly captures the broadway aesthetic type of performance that makes you feel like you are there watching a broadway show. In fact the whole film itself feels like the closest to a Broadway show, from the sets, to everyone’s acting and facial expressions it really does hit the Broadway feel out of the park. Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesús both do a fantastic job as well, the singing voices are all beautiful and truly make this film standout. The film itself is a huge gut punch as well especially towards the end because it is indeed a sad but very inspiring story that really hits your emotions at all times. It’s a film that truly gets to you and inspires you, in some ways I can relate to this film being worried I made the wrong choice and navigating through tough pressures. Some of the songs that really stood out to me were Why, Boho Days (truly an addicting song that’s in such a beautiful scene), 30/90 (which really feels like a throwback to the early 2000s rock music) and Louder Than Words (a gut punching song that’s just perfect.)
14. Red Rocket directed by Sean Baker
All I have to say is after watching this film you will never listen *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” the same way ever again and I mean that in the best way possible. Simon Rex who plays an ex porn star was actually a porn star before his acting career, the cast is absolutely fantastic here. Simon Rex truly gives one of the best performances of 2021, he truly invests in his role plus he adds so many layers and depth to his character it’s truly fascinating. Suzanna Son is a huge highlight of the film, she brings so much energy, love, passion and overall massive talent into the role. Her performance feels incredibly raw and fully connects with the story, her singing *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” is truly one of the biggest moments during this film and truly shines. Speaking of which the film’s use of “Bye Bye Bye” is truly masterful it’s to the point where you will be thinking about the song in a completely different way after watching the movie in the best way possible. The filming like in Sean Baker’s other films is masterful it’s shot in 16mm with several different types of lenses, it combines many different colors plus themes such as bright pinks and high skies during the daytime. Plus dreamlike blues and greens at nigh, the film is truly like an incredible painting that immediately captures the attention of the viewer. The film also feels very human we learn so much about the characters, the community of the small town and how their relationships with one another.
13. Pig directed by Michael Sarnoski
Pig is a thought provoking film that really explores each and every character as closely as possible, it takes a simple premise of a pig being stolen and turns into a character study and self journey piece. Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolff are both quite fantastic this is easily one of Cage’s best roles in his career, the chemistry between the two is very raw plus their characters feel like real people. Speaking of which if there’s one word to describe Pig it’s the word raw, there’s so much sense of realness to the film of two men talking to each other and going through their own problems that the audience learns about as the film goes on. When you give Nicolas Cage a great script he can turn that into one of the best performances of the year. There is so much to talk about his character Rob and his journey throughout the film as well as the other characters he meets, the stories they share, the interaction between them and his conversations with Amir (Alex Wolff). The pacing is absolutely perfect in every single way possible, as I said earlier the plot of the movie expands as it goes on and starts becoming something quite different. The final act is sad yet quite wholesome as well, it was truly a beautiful way to wrap the story and show the paths the characters take, what they learned throughout the journey and show how they felt about the journey, the writing is seriously some of the best it truly is something special that you don’t see or hear every day, it’s the type of writing that gets you to feel what the characters are thinking and how they feel as well.
12. The Green Knight directed by David Lowery
David Lowery takes everything about the fantasy genre and makes it his own, even though the film is an adaptation Lowery still brings his own style to it to make it unique. It’s about a young man’s journey of what it really means to become a knight, which he slowly realizes that throughout the film. Dev Patel gives an outstanding performance that truly shines and is a perfect fit for the type of character, the cinematography is absolutely beautiful creating a world that’s absolutely captivating. Truly a fantastic film that captures the fantasy genre in every single way possible.
11. C’mon C’mon directed by Mike Mills
Mike Mills continues to be a director who truly captures the human emotion, family relationships and what makes us human. C’mon C’mon sets up a simple story Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) looks after his nephew Jesse (Woody Norman) while Viv (Gaby Hoffmann) is away to help Paul (Scoot McNairy). But the film evolves from much more than that, it tackles several subjects such as how much Adulthood can put a dent in how we understand childhood, showing how children are very complex and how they’re still figuring out who they are, how curious about the world they are and a lot more. The performances are truly special Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman on screen together is truly beautiful, friendship the two build over the course of the film feels very organic something you would see from a uncle and nephew who are trying to understand one another. Both of which show each other new things, talk about their personal issues to one another and share there thoughts about the future. Speaking of which the interview scenes of Johnny interviewing kids and teens about what they think about the future and how it can effect all of us is truly beautiful. It explores how these kids are thinking and feeling, how they want change the world for the better it really shows how complex children can really be. Gaby Hoffman is truly fantastic here as well, like Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman she gives a very powerful and beautiful performance that truly captures motherhood and how hard it can really be, finally there’s this human element to the film. C‘mon C’mon is a very human film it understands our relationships with our families can be/are as well as how meaningful they can be/are, combining those moments with black and white plus gorgeous cinematography captures moments with a family almost like looking through old family photos. Looking back and sharing memories about a aunt, uncle, grandpa, grandma ect is truly some of most fun moments you could have. The black and white cinematography compliments that real well and makes it all the more meaningful!
10. Mass directed by Fran Kranz
Mass is the definition of a film that completely destroys the viewer, it’s a powerful film that that shows two sets of parents sharing their views on a school shooting that happened. Each of the characters go through tons of development which is quite honestly some of the best I’ve seen in a film for awhile now, each of the characters discuss with one another about their views, what should be done, what could have had happened to prevent the shooting from happening and tons of grief as well. The writing is just simply powerful there’s no other word to describe it, you feel every single word from the film and it often gave me goosebumps. Mass is also very depressing and it’s the very unfortunate reality of the aftermath of these tragic events. The performances from Jason Isaacs, Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton and Reed Birney are all absolutely incredible and the definition of raw.
9. Nine Days directed by Edson Oda
Nine Days is another gut punching film that really makes you think about the choices you made in life. It tackles so many different types of topics that truly succeeds in capturing the viewer. There were moments where I found that Nine Days speaks to me on a personal level which made the experience all the more powerful to the point where I cried, feeling like you aren’t good or enough or you have those moments where you think you have nobody who supports you/likes you when in reality that’s not true is something that has happened to me quite a few times. And I feel this film does a pretty great job of explaining that situation, it’s a very depressing yet very thoughtful film that really gets to you. Of course there’s the performances that are just simply fantastic, Winston Duke giving one of the best performances of 2021 and the character development that was given to his character was breathtakingly beautiful. Nine Days is the definition of beautiful filmmaking that truly sticks with you.
8. The Power Of The Dog directed by Jane Campion
Jane Campion creates a masterpiece that’s a very powerful film in every single way possible. From the performances such as Benedict Cumberbatch who plays a character who has dealt with pain, there’s also agony and a lot of other emotions that help build his character. It’s a very interesting character study of him and he has this journey about his emotions. Kristen Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee are both fantastic, they each bring something truly special to the film, Dunst giving a very raw and classic western type feel performance that feels like it’s out of the classic black and white film era. And McPhee giving a performance that follows Cumberbatch’s character that is just as interesting and as powerful. The film itself has a old soul to it, it feels like it’s straight out of the classic film era with some darker twists, the style the film went for which was being violent without being violent was done in such a unique and interesting way. The film shows that violence can come in many different forms, most of it here is done psychologically which fits the film quite well. The cinematography compliments the whole theme as well with beautiful shots and a dark atmosphere that brings a ton suspense and mystery to the film. Jane Campion’s direction is brilliant she really hits it out of the park when it comes to bringing a sense of rawness to the film, she also makes every character as interesting as possible. Giving them a ton of development, with monologues, quiet scenes and heavy hitting moments that really capture the important parts of character development in film.
7. Dune directed by Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve continues to show he’s one of the best directors working today, Dune is a masterful film that is both beautiful visually as well as how incredibly well done the storytelling really is. The character development is absolutely top notch mixed with tons of fantastic performances that really standout. It’s a visually and masterfully crafted film that does a fantastic job of getting the viewer to invest in the characters. An absolute crowning achievement!
6. Spencer directed by Pablo Larraín
Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Princess Diana is her best performances and is quite honestly one of the best performances I’ve seen in a film and that’s no exaggeration. She captures every single detail about Princess Diana especially the looks and mannerisms, which add much more power to her role. The writing is absolutely flawless, it goes beyond being a biographical film. The writing becomes hypnotic to the ears, with a dreamlike to state to it while also feeling incredibly raw. Speaking of which you can not convince me that Spencer isn’t part horror, one of the major points of Spencer was to show how Isolated Diana felt from the royal family. Spencer does this in a very nightmarish but fascinating way that gets pretty psychological. The filming combined with the location also feels like a dream mixed with a nightmare, there’s this sense of loneliness you get from Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Princess Diana. You really understand why she felt isolated and why she wanted out of the royal family, Pablo Larraín’s direction is absolutely fantastic. He brings much fascinating elements to the film such as dreams, sense of loneliness, nightmares and rawness that hits you like a truck. Spencer is a powerful film that’s effective from beginning to end.
5. Licorice Pizza directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson once again does a successful job of bringing the viewer into his world and the film’s world. In this case 1970s San Fernando Valley it instantly draws you in with beautiful filming and incredibly well done shots. The film itself feels very dreamlike but at the same time feels very real once it starts to get down to the meat of the film. Alana Haim gives one of the best performances of 2021, this is her debut role and her talent is on full display. She goes all out with her performance and truly delivers. She plays Alana a character who is still trying to figure herself out in the world, then there’s Cooper Hoffman (the son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who is absolutely fantastic as well, he plays Gary Valentine a teen who’s very charismatic. Gary is 15 and Alana is 25 it’s story about how said relationship can’t happen (due to obvious reasons) but tells that in a interesting way, both capture the mannerisms of a teen and adult and show how completely different each one is. The style of the film is truly beautiful, it’s shot on 35mm film while using older lenses in order to create the film’s 1970s texture or give it that type of feel. The film at times feels like a fairytale mainly due to the style of the film and the brilliant screenplay from PTA, the writing truly reflects the 1970s and goes for an incredibly raw feel that’s all the more powerful. The editing is spot on, it helps create a ton of character moments that give the viewer a lot of information about the characters, how they feel, what they are thinking and so on. It’s one of the strongest cases of character study I’ve seen in a film this year, Bradley Cooper is also an incredibly fun addition to the cast. He truly brings a lot of energy and humor to the film that truly captures the film’s mood, the use of color is masterfully done. So many scenes pop out to the viewer and many more scenes just stick with you.
4. Shiva Baby directed by Emma Seligman
Shiva Baby is one a chaotic, stressful and anxiety inducing film that works in every single way possible. It captures everything that happens which is quite a lot in just 77 minutes, every performance feels authentic, particularly Rachel Sennott who Is most definitely going to have an amazing career and Molly Gordon. Rachel Sennott puts so much strength into her role and her performance eventually builds up to scenes with tons of anxiety inducing scenes that feel claustrophobic, which I actually related with quite well. You know that feeling at a gathering and too many people are talking to you at once, so you zone out and then just break down? That I related to so well, it’s happened to me multiple times before and the way Shiva Baby portrays that very situation is just as anxiety inducing and chaotic as it really is. Emma Seligman does a flawless job as the director and writer, she brings as much realism as possible to this film. Seligman takes a gathering and makes it as real as possible, a majority of Shiva Baby is set at a Jewish funeral service and really does fantastic job of showing each and every detail. The combination of the film exploring bisexuality and anxiety is masterful, there’s so much care and careful analysis the different situations that take place during the film and Rachel Sennott’s character Danielle. Despite the film being anxiety inducing there’s a ton of humor that truly works! Shiva Baby is a film I have never stopped thinking about since I saw it, it really excites me to see what Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott will do next!
3. Titane directed by Julia Ducournau
Titane is a very different type of disturbing film, it’s disturbing yet very wholesome at the exact same time. Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon easily give some of the best performances of 2021, the rawness, power and just overall talent their performances show is quite amazing, they both truly capture the viewer’s attention and bring you into the film. Everyone else in the film does a fantastic job as well, each giving really interesting performances that add to the overall film, the atmosphere is very interesting while it is suspenseful and definitely does keep you wondering what’s going to happen next, it’s the type of atmosphere you wouldn’t think of when you think of the word disturbing. In some parts of the film it’s a wholesome type atmosphere that actually gets you to feel for each of the characters, the writing is masterful it’s filled to brim with interesting dialogue, emotional scenes that actually punch you in the gut and disturbing scenes that will most definitely disturb you. The music is pretty incredible as well, it adds so much to the film and adds to the weirdness as well! Lastly there’s Julia Ducournau’s direction is hands down some of the best direction I’ve seen in a film in quite some time, every scene feels important and adds so much to the story, the themes that get explored such as gender-bending and psychopathic violence are done incredibly well with care to them. There’s a ton of quiet moments between the characters are some of the most powerful, the body horror aspect takes things in a entirely new direction that the subgenre really hasn’t explored yet. It’s truly a masterfully directed film that reminds me of why I love film so much. Titane doesn’t just rely on gore or violence to be disturbing, it has many different themes that it explores wonderfully and throws in some wholesome scenes in it to make it standout from a lot of disturbing films.
2. CODA directed by Siân Heder
CODA has never left my mind since I saw it last January at Sundance, it’s a powerful film that means so much to me on every single level. It’s beautiful representation when it comes to deaf actors, Emilia Jones’s singing voice is absolutely beautiful especially her cover of “Both Sides Now.” Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant and Marlee Matlin are all fantastic and truly give some of the most touching performances from 2021. CODA is such a beautiful coming of age film that will make you feel so many emotions. Truly one of the most memorable and absolute beautiful films of 2021!
1. Last Night In Soho directed by Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright tackled the horror genre and truly made it into a very haunting experience. It’s a film that combines haunting imagery, nostalgia and music to create a absolutely top notch film on every single level! The performances are quite fantastic Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor Joy preform beautifully together, both give very raw performances that truly show talented they both are. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful, it takes advantage of the location and makes a ton of beautiful stylistic choices, it’s also one of the most visually haunting films of the year. Last Night In Soho is a haunting film that uses very creepy visuals and a haunting atmosphere to give chills down the viewers spine. The music very creatively used, Anya Taylor-Joy’s version of Downtown is truly beautiful her voice perfectly fits the 60s vibe the film is going for. Speaking of which Last Night In Soho is a beautifully haunting love letter to the 60s that says nostalgia is a killer and can be quite disturbing. Finally there’s Edgar Wright’s direction which is truly fantastic, he takes the horror genre and does something completely different and masterful with it, Edgar Wright also knows how to make a film disturbing without relying on a bunch of gore, it’s mostly all in the atmosphere combined with the music that is addicting and hypnotic.
And that is the end of The Best Films Of 2021 list!! I hope you all enjoyed!!
Allow me to explain why I’m only going to 31 for this part! Back when I first started reviewing films I always had a Top 60 and I always consider the top 30 the major films, the ones that stuck with me throughout the year plus are my personal favorites! Plus that gives me more time to some final switching around so I’m satisfied with the rest of the list! So we will be doing that here, let’s continue on with the list!
49. No Time To Die directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
No Time To Die was the perfect send off to Daniel Craig’s James Bond! It’s filled to the brim with classic James Bond elements, fantastic action scenes, some short but very sweet couple of scenes with Ana De Armas and some really well written characters who are a ton of fun. The film itself is massive and the cinematography makes sure to show that in a very detailed way, lastly there’s the Bond theme song of the film “No Time To Die” by Billie Eilish which is quite honestly one of my favorite Bond theme songs, the context of it is fantastic and the opening is absolutely top notch!
48. No Man Of God directed by Amber Sealey
I really wouldn’t blame someone if their first reaction hearing about another Ted Bundy movie being released was “another one?!?” Because quite frankly there has been a lot of them at this point, however Amber Sealey’s No Man Of God manages to be far different from the other films. For one thing the film isn’t only about Ted Bundy it’s also about FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier which is story I feel like completely goes unnoticed at times. The performances here are quite fantastic Luke Kirby does a fantastic job as Ted Bundy, he’s intimidating, acts like him and so on this is definitely one of the best if not the best portrayal of Ted Bundy in recent memory. Elijah Wood plays Hagmaier and he does an incredible job as well, the chemistry between Wood and Kirby is fantastic and feels very real. It’s disturbing but at the same time very fascinating as to what was going on between their discussions, which is where the writing comes in. Which I truly feel is the best part about this film, the writing really shares the thoughts and discussions they shared with one another.
47. Happier Than Ever A Love Letter to Los Angeles directed by Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osborne
In 2020 we saw a huge number of concert movies due to the pandemic. I was interested to see if the trend would carry over to 2021 and while there definitely weren’t as many. There were still some, like this one which I feel was the most successful. It’s a beautifully put together film of Billie Eilish’s music from her “Happier Than Ever” album, the editing is top notch as well as filming. Both combined truly give it a beautifully hypnotic look to it. Both Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osborne combine their styles to truly give something quite beautiful, the animated portions are quite gorgeous and give all types of emotions as well.
46. Cusp directed by Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill
Cusp isn’t your traditional documentary it’s more of taking a look at the daily lives of a group of teenage girls and intimate look of how they act and feel. Where the film does get into controversial territory is when the girls get harassed, some people are going to look at it as exploitation but I feel it’s quite effective. I feel like the film is pointing out despite what the media is wanting to tell you how feminism is everywhere and is stronger than ever as well as consent there are still some areas in America where feminism and consent haven’t spread which is unfortunate. As far as filmmaking goes it’s quite fantastic, it’s very raw and is focused on the girls and their lives. I’ve said this before but one of my favorite types of filmmaking is seeing the daily life or lives of a certain person or group of people and this is no exception here.
45. Censor directed by Prano Bailey-Bond
I’m honestly baffled of how little Censor was talked about in 2021! The premise for Censor is quite unique it involves the video nasties which are an actual group of films that were viewed as controversial for various different reasons in the UK in the early 1980s! The film then puts the main character on a quest that let’s just say get really bizarre as the film goes on. The beginning of Censor starts out pretty ordinary and does a fantastic job of setting up for what’s about to come next, the acting and writing here are fantastic both really add so much to the film and give it this haunting atmosphere as well. Prano Bailey-Bond did such a fantastic job with this film, she really knows how to create a beautiful but haunting scene that shows a lot of information as well.
44. Malcolm & Marie directed by Sam Levinson
Malcolm & Marie started out pretty high up on the list, this is mostly the result of 2021 being a very crowded year for fantastic films. However I still think it’s quite incredible, I’m keeping this short because I talked about this film quite a lot. But the performances from Zendaya and John David Washington are both fantastic, the film is brutally honest with raw and emotional dialogue. And Same Levinson’s direction is really really strong, I can completely understand not liking this film and how it doesn’t work for some people. But it absolutely works for me!
43. The Killing Of Two Lovers directed by Robert Machoian
The Killing Of Two Lovers right from the beginning captures you in this hypnotic atmosphere, there is truly something unsettling about the atmosphere that really works well for this movie. The plot is simple yet brings so much meaning behind it Clayne Crawford plays David a man who really tries to keep his family of six together during his separation from his wife. Throughout the film David completely loses it and can’t handle his wife’s new relationship, the film keeps things very grounded and makes the characters as realistic as possible. It’s almost like a character study of David we are given this POV of David on what he’s feeling and what he’s going to do. When the film reaches the final act that’s when everything goes down and the film manages to keep things grounded. It’s brutal and actually pretty terrifying due to how realistic and grounded it really gets. The direction from Robert Machoian is flawless and really does a good job of giving the film tons of strength!
42. Benedetta directed by Paul Verhoeven
I reviewed this film not too long ago and have nothing really new to say, so I’ll just post parts of my review here! Benedetta is an absolute fever dream and I truly love it for that. First off the acting is so strong to the point where it’s horrifying in several scenes, the filming is shot in this very raw style that makes it as if you are there in person watching what’s going on. The main theme in the film is sex which the movie does a pretty great job of showing and explaining the several different parts to it, Benedetta really reminds you of those weird B rated horror that were released back in the 80s despite not being a horror film itself. Which I feel like is one of the strongest parts about it and why it’s so successful as a film. Paul Verhoeven just throws whatever he can into this film and usually that backfires in a lot of other movies but not here, In this case it adds to each of the scenes and make them all the more interesting, disturbing and downright insane.
41. Violation directed by Dusty Mancinelli and Madeleine Sims-Fewer
Violation is actually quite disturbing, those of you who have known me for awhile know that I love disturbing cinema. So Violation really impressed me when it went full on disturbing, the acting all around was quite fantastic especially from the main lead Madeleine Sims-Fewer she did such a fantastic job in her role, the writing kept things very grounded and added to the atmosphere as well. In case you haven’t guessed from the summery of the film it’s a revenge film, it feels a lot like one of Shudder’s previous films “Revenge” combined with a very Lars Von Tier too it. Which ultimately makes the film that much stronger, the cinematography combined with the disturbing atmosphere also adds to it. It gives this film a very authentic feel to it which given the subject matter leads to some disturbing and haunting results. A common problem a lot of revenge movies have is going way too over the top, it takes out the sense of realism and instead comes off as trying way too hard to be disturbing. With Violation you do not get that here it keeps things balanced and never goes over the top, which is the type of disturbing everyone will remember. Violation is a very dark film that doesn’t hold back and also has a haunting score to go with it (the score will definitely get stuck in your head for a few days).
40. Spider-Man No Way Home directed by Jon Watts
Spider-Man No Way Home was the best MCU project of 2021, I’m keeping this short because this is already been hammered into your head plenty of times. But the use of characters is what really makes this movie, it’s a huge celebration of all the Spider-Man films and the character as a whole. We get continuations one some other characters, some really strong action scenes and some emotional ones as well! Plus the humor actually works here! Just an overall incredible ride from beginning to end!
39. Judas And The Black Messiah directed by Shaka King
Honestly I feel like I said it best in my review! Daniel Kaluuya captures the spirit of Fred Hampton. How he acts, how he felt, how he thought about certain situations, his relationships with other people. It’s all there and really makes the film that much more powerful, LaKeith Stanfield also does a fantastic job with playing William O’Neil in fact I feel this is one of Stanfield’s best performances so far in his career, like how Daniel Kaluuya captures the spirit of Fred Hampton. Stanfield captures the spirit of William O’Neil incredibly well it’s like you are being thrown back in the past and witnessing events take place all over again. Speaking of which I feel that’s what this film does an incredible job, it feels like a huge time capsule and a truly fantastic one. It captures the moments that will make you angry in the best way possible, mostly due to how incredibly well written this film is, given the events that happened and just how beautifully made this film is. Shaka King should really be proud of himself because this is so far one of the best directed films I’ve seen so far this year, he captures every important moment about Fred Hampton and what made him who he was. Shaka King also captures the relationships that Hampton had and why he is an important figure. The last 20 minutes of the film will make you angry and rightfully so, because of what happened to Fred Hampton. The last 20 minutes are powerful and horrifying they don’t sugarcoat anything at all, the film doesn’t hold back at all which is very important when you talk about films like Judas And The Black Messiah.
38. Euphoria: F*ck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob directed by Sam Levinson
This is the last exception I made for the list and I definitely saved the best for last. From Hunter Schaeffer’s powerful performance and the character study of her character to the gut punching scene that use’s Lorde’s song “Liability” and of course the scene with Billie Eilish and Rosalia’s “Los Vas A Olvidar.” This special episode is a lot to take in and is truly heartbreaking in every single way possible!
37. Flee directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Flee is a true story about a refugee’s life with the threat of capture and death, the storytelling is just absolutely fantastic. It’s a fantastic blend of a documentary and animation that really created something very special, there’s very haunting imagery that is also at the same time very beautiful which shows how incredible the storytelling really is! Flee tells the story through the animation which actually makes Amin’s story more impactful and emotional, it’s truly a fantastic showcase of storytelling. It’s at the point where you feel you are with Amin as you are witnessing the trauma and pain he went through. Very powerful storytelling in all categories!
36. Malignant directed by James Wan
James Wan created a film that is just flat out insane and I absolutely respect him for it. What starts out as a film you would probably expect if you read the plot turns into a bizarre unpredictable experience that completely does it’s own thing. Malignant was one of the biggest surprises of 2021 and for very good reason!
35. The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain directed by Will Sharpe
Benedict Cumberbatch has been in quite a few films this year all of which he did a fantastic job in! The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain is another example of how he is currently one of the best actors working today, he captures Wain’s mannerisms really really well and just goes all in with his performance. The film itself is absolutely beautiful with a ton of colors that matches the overall tone of the film. There’s a ton of heartbreaking moments that I definitely cried at while watching, it’s a very interesting biopic that shows how something as simple of drawings and paintings of cats could turn into someone’s career and make a ton of people feel a tremendous amount of joy!
34. The Hand Of God directed by Paolo Sorrentino
The Hand Of God is one of the most meaningful and powerful films of 2021, it’s a film that explores what life is like after so many hurtful experiences. Such as losing loved ones who you deeply cared about, it’s enough to break a person, what gives this film even more power is the acting. The acting from each of the cast members is some of the best acting of the year, there’s tons of emotions, power and a lot of care put into these performances that truly make this film shine. The cinematography compliments all of that with gorgeous shots, engaging shots of the actors interacting with one another and matching the mood of the scene in question. The film shows the journey of someone who’s been through many hurtful experiences and gives us the question which is “how would you cope after being through this?” Each person has a different way of coping through experiences, which the film shows that perfectly it keeps things as realistic as possible. What completely steals the show is the use of the song “Napule é” a beautiful song used for a gorgeous film that really hits you in the gut, the direction from Pablo Sorrentino is fantastic here. He captures the journey of someone who’s been through a lot incredibly well and makes sure to put in as much detail as possible.
33. The Humans directed by Stephen Karam
The Humans is the definition of a film that hits you like a truck when you least expect it, what starts out as a film about just a family coming over Thanksgiving quickly turns into a very psychological nightmare that’s filled with sadness, eeriness and so much more. The characters are what make the film experience, not only is each character given a very realistic personality but they are given their own identity and truly feel like some family members you may have. The filming combined with the one location setting is another key factor to The Humans due to it’s small space you constantly see several characters on screen together at all times, what’s very interesting is each and every scene a character is given something to do. Even if a certain character isn’t the main focus of the scene they will still be interacting with the characters just from a distance or close enough angle. This has been done before in other films but I can’t help but feel that The Humans does this in the best way possible and really fits the story that’s being told. Finally there’s the writing which gives this film it’s own identity, as the film goes on it gets more and more relatable, then comes the final 15-20 minutes. A true gut punch that sums this whole film up, the film itself was already nightmarish enough but adding in the last scene gave the film that much more power.
32. Violet directed by Justine Bateman
Violet is a meaningful film about anxiety and the voice in your head that says “you aren’t good enough” or “nobody likes you” Violet uses this idea in a way that’s very unique and quite clever, it combines some very quick editing with some very striking shots that grab the attention of the viewer. The film itself is incredibly raw and emotional to the point where it punches you in the gut several times, which leads to Olivia Munn’s performance which is easily the best of her whole career. She displays so much talent here and how capable she is as an actress, her character is fully fleshed out and feels like an actual person with so much anxiety. The writing is absolutely perfect as well, once again it captures the natural feel and truly delivers when it comes to making the viewer feel and care for what’s taking place.
31. Saint Maud directed by Rose Glass
To finish off this part we have Saint Maud! The narrative of the film is incredibly powerful it ranges from tacking the idea of belief it shows how much it can damage a person when the people who love you the most don’t respect those beliefs. There’s also a fantasy element or escapism feel to it, showing how Maud attempts to escape the current situation she’s in but ultimately she can’t. There’s tons of grief and powerful scenes that blend so well together, the final act is where you are put in this perspective that Maud must go through what is about to happen. The performances are of course fantastic especially combined with Rose Glass’s direction! It all blends into a haunting nightmare!
That is for part 3! Next time we finish the list with the last 30 films!
Hello again and welcome to part 2 of the best films of 2021 list! We are going to continue working our way up the list with even more fantastic films. This part I did switch around quite a few movies where is with last part I didn’t switch that much! But I hope you enjoy let’s get started!
74. Prisoners Of The Ghostland directed by Sion Sono
Obviously Prisoners Of The Ghostland is the weaker of the two Nicolas Cage movies that made the list (Willy’s Wonderland didn’t make the cut although I really liked it). However this film was absolutely bizarre that I couldn’t help but love it. Nicolas Cage gives tons of “Nicolas Cage moments” while also being genuinely really great as well. Sofia Boutella is also really fantastic as well, the film is such a nice blend of sci-fi, western, fantasy and action. The cinematography tells the story which is quite interesting and the costumes really standout, Prisoners Of The Ghostland is not for everyone but I couldn’t help but love this one!
73. Halloween Kills directed by David Gordon Green
Originally I had Halloween Kills in the Top 50, I still do think Halloween Kills is by far one of the best films of the franchise, but when compared to a lot of other films that came out in 2021 you see a difference. However I still absolutely loved it, Halloween Kills goes for something completely different with the franchise and focuses on the people of Haddonfield and how they are reacting to Michael Myers’s killing spree. It’s a much darker film with very brutal kills that end up being some of the best of the series, a lot of the choices the characters make while not smart make sense it’s a community in panic because of a unstoppable killer. It’s an overall really fun slasher film that gets a lot right! ￼
72. Plan B directed by Natalie Morales
While Plan B does feel a bit similar to Unpregnant it does things differently. As I said In my review Plan B is more on the comedic side but also balances that with some drama as well, it also does use some elements from Booksmart but manages to make it own’s thing. Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles are what make this film, between their surprisingly raw performances and their chemistry you can’t help but get invested in. There’s a lot of touching moments as well that really do make this film. Natalie Morales does have another movie that’s on the list (that we will get to soon) that I do think was the better film. But Plan B is a fantastic showcase of Morales’s directing talent.
71. Nobody directed by Ilya Naishuller
Nobody was one of the biggest surprises of 2021, Naishuller who previously directed Hardcore Henry once again takes the action genre and does something completely different with it. Nobody is a hybrid of dark comedy with some very heavy action combined with brutal kills. Bob Odenkirk does such a fantastic job here combine that with some very well shot action scenes that you get so much detail and you have yourself such a badass film. It’s a type of film that knows how to entertain it’s audience and knows how to balance dark comedy with action, Nobody is truly a unique action film that is truly so much fun!
70. The Matrix Resurrections directed by Lana Wachowski
Although I’m not the biggest Matrix fanatic out there I can’t help but appreciate Resurrections. Seeing Keanu Reeves as Neo again is a beautiful sight, the visuals are some of the best of 2021, the writing is energetic and very well paced. The film itself reads as a film where Lana Wachowski just doesn’t care what anyone thinks and makes a film, which I actually found to be very inspiring. It’s a very bold blockbuster that truly hits with a lot of meta humor, excellent action and just an overall fantastic film.
69. Spiral: From The Book Of Saw directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Look I completely understand why some people wouldn’t like Spiral, however it completely worked at least for me. The film trades a lot of the gore that was in some of the previous films of the series for more of a structure. Which works in this case, it’s a interesting mystery that does keep you invested. Spiral manages to do it’s own thing without heavily relying on the other films, while it does use some of the classic Saw elements it never goes beyond on that. Spiral is a genuinely fun and investing film that does a great job of bringing more to the series!
68. The Strings directed by Ryan Glover
The Strings is a prime example of a film that uses music as a hauntingly beautiful element. Tegan Johnston gives a haunting but at the same time gorgeous performance. There isn’t a whole lot of dialogue however it’s replaced for cold cinematography and Johnston’s acting which does a fantastic job of telling the viewer how she feels and what they she is thinking. The music is beautifully done it captures the atmosphere that the film is going for, which is something I haven’t seen in too many movies as of late and that is the sense of loneliness. The film takes place in a remote cottage during the winter while it’s snowing, which is the perfect opportunity to use such a haunting atmosphere that really brings you into the film. Tegan Johnston also has a beautiful singing voice, her voice also captures the sense of loneliness type feel to it as well. The Strings is a film that combines many different type of elements to create a haunting but beautiful experience!
67. All Too Well: The Short Film directed by Taylor Swift
This is another exception I made for the list, it’s a short film that could be pretty much called a music video. However that doesn’t take away from the incredibly raw dialogue which although it doesn’t have a lot of it when it does it’s quite incredible, it captures a huge sense of realism and power that is captured within the song and what’s being shown. Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brian (who gives his best performance in a very long time) are both fantastic and do a really great job of showing tons of emotions. I’ve said this before but I truly hope Taylor Swift considers a directing career!
66. The French Dispatch directed by Wes Anderson
The French Dispatch is a clever film that tackles the anthology film genre very very well. There’s a great variety that isn’t present in a lot of anthology films. The acting from the cast is quite fantastic, the direction from Wes Anderson is once again phenomenal and the writing is filled clever humor that’s genuinely hilarious. Some segments are definitely better than others however that doesn’t stop each of the segments from being very interesting and having a lot to say, the final wrap up of all the segments is very touching and I’m sure a lot of journalists could relate to!
65. The Harder They Fall directed by Jeymes Samuel
I’ve said before that westerns do not much for me, but films like The Harder They Fall take the genre and do a lot more with it. The cast are absolutely incredible they all work together really well, have great chemistry and play as a lot of badass characters. The editing is energetic and beautifully done which gives some very strong action scenes that truly deliver on every single level. I could also go on how absolutely insane the opening scene is, from the music, to the acting it’s truly incredible. Guns Go Bang is also a fantastic song!
64. The Guilty directed by Antione Fuqua
The Guilty is a rare instance where I actually don’t mind that it’s a shot for shot remake. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance is absolutely incredible, the guy is a seriously talented actor and he displays that here quite well. His performance feels incredibly raw and his reactions to the situation at hand feels incredibly powerful and quite human, he is basically what sells this film and rightfully so. Second reason is the lighting, while in some films I feel like I don’t need to point that out because it doesn’t really impact the story in most cases, but here it definitely impacts the story and really gives the movie this haunting and thrilling look to it. It adds to the anxiety this film gives the viewer as well as making you wonder what’s about to happen next. Then there’s the thrilling atmosphere…which is just flat out incredible, it adds a lot of anxiety to the viewer and perfectly captures what it would be like to be in the situation that Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal) is in. The film also does a wonderful of build up throughout its running time, it slowly but surely builds up until it releases a huge amount of thunderous scenes that leave an impact on the viewer.
63. Finch directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Finch is honestly something I did not expect to make this far on the list let alone be on the list in general. It was by far one of the most surprising films of 2021, it’s a story of three life forms a human, a dog and a robot, their interaction with each other, how they feel and so on. It’s a very heartwarming film that looks and is quite beautiful. One thing I did not expect going into Finch was to cry but it happened, which is mainly due to how raw the storytelling really is. A fantastic sci-fi film full of heart and soul!
62. The Amusement Park directed by George A. Romero
Here’s another example of a lost film that was recovered and released, The Amusement Park was produced back in 1972 but was lost for years. I’ve decided that this film qualifies for the list because it never got a release and plus I’ve been wanting to find an excuse to talk about lost films so there’s that! Anyway the film itself is quite disturbing, it feels like as if it’s one of those disturbing PSAs from the 90s and early 2000s except turned into a 53 minute feature. It deals with very heavy subject matter (elder abuse), the film is very experimental and just leaves you wondering “what on earth did I just witness?” It’s also one of those disturbing films that gets more and more disturbing as it goes on.
61. Luca directed by Enrico Casarosa
Luca is another film I originally had much higher up on the list, but I will admit I do think I overhyped it a little too much. However I still absolutely love it and it’s this high up for a reason. It uses the theme of “being who you are” or “hiding your true self” in such a beautiful and clever way that really makes the film. The animation is stunning, the characters are lovable and the story is just beautifully told in every single way possible.
60. Language Lessons directed by Natalie Morales
Language Lessons is how you do a film about the pandemic, Natalie Morales does such a beautiful job both acting in and directing this film, Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales have beautiful chemistry between one another, everything about this film feels natural. There’s no “#relatable!” garbage humor like there was in a few other pandemic movies, there’s no forced plotlines. It’s a simple straight forward film about two people, their emotions, how they feel about the pandemic and so on. Truly a fantastic film and I’m absolutely looking forward to seeing what Natalie Morales does next!
59. Zack Snyder’s Justice League directed by Zack Snyder
I’m going to keep this rather short because at this point you already know the drill about this one. Talk about a difference, Snyder’s Justice League vastly superior to the movie that was released in 2017 in every single way possible. From far more character moments and development, far better writing (as well as acting) and just an overall far more enjoyable film that’s much more in depth. The film gives a ton of more context that make a lot more sense than what was released in 2017, I said in my review that the 2017 movie feels like a bunch of scenes out of context. While this film makes much more sense and actually tells a story, It’s great seeing Cyborg and The Flash get the character moments they deserved since the beginning. Snyder did a fantastic job with this one!
58. Oxygen directed by Alexandre Aja
Oxygen is another huge surprise from 2021, what could have ended up being another terrible Netflix sci-fi film that would be quickly thrown away ended up being a claustrophobic nightmare that despite being a sci-fi film it is very raw. There’s a ton of great character bits for Mélanie Laurent’s character to grow and we learn quite a bit about her. The writing is overall really strong and ends up giving a very thrilling atmosphere that wraps the film quite nicely!
57. Loki directed by Kate Herron
The final MCU and Disney+ series on the list! To keep this short like the other MCU series on the list the performances here were phenomenal. Tom Hiddleston is at his best as Loki here, Owen Wilson gives a surprisingly charming and hilarious performance and then there’s Sophia Di Martino who steals the show whenever she’s on screen. The writing is overall very strong it balances the drama, action and humor very well. One doesn’t out match the others which is exactly what more MCU films need to do and I hope they do in the future.
56. Gaia directed by Jaco Bouwer
Gaia is a huge mix of The Last Of Us (the video game), The Blair Witch Project, In The Earth and parts of The Green Inferno all mixed into a very interesting movie! It’s use of body horror was really great and slowly gets under your skin as the film progresses. The acting from Monique Rockman was really great and the writing gives this creepy feel as well. Combine that with the atmosphere and you have yourself a genuinely haunting movie that is very effective, especially when the writing is cleverly written! The location and the filming is also another one of this film’s strong points, combing them both gives beautifully haunting results that end up being intimidating and creepy as well!
55. Coming Home In The Dark directed by James Ashcroft
Another pretty disturbing film that has some very brutal kills that definitely catch you by surprise, it doesn’t hold back at all really. The atmosphere is what makes this film, Ashcroft absolutely nails it with the haunting and suspenseful atmosphere that really gets under your skin!
54. The Sparks Brothers directed by Edgar Wright
The Sparks Brothers is truly something special, I went into this documentary back at Sundance 2021 knowing next to nothing about the rock band Sparks and I walk out knowing so much about them. That in my opinion is when a documentary is very successful, with that said that’s not all. Edgar Wright puts in his style in the documentary such as using a ton of beautifully creative animation, black and white interviews that really add a lot to the documentary and he brings so much energy and humor into it as well. Edgar Wright really makes this his own.
53. I Care A Lot directed by J Blakeson
I Care A Lot is a very wild film that’s seriously fantastic, Rosamund Pike gives such a fantastic performance and absolute nails everything the film is going for. The film isn’t afraid to show unfortunate situations that do happen to senior citizens, the film shows those moments and calls them out very well. A common discourse about this film was that the film “supports this because Pike is the protagonist” I said this in my review and I’ll say it again here. Being the protagonist does not mean the person is “good” or the audience has to like them. All protagonist means is said character is the main character nothing more and nothing less. The film itself makes it quite clear that these situations are gross and calls them out very well. I Care A Lot is a very wild experience that truly delivers!
52. Profile directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Profile is one of those screen life movies you know like Searching, the Unfriended movies, The Den and a few others. This one is definitely one of the more realistic movies of the genre, the performances here incredible especially Valene Kane and Shazad Latif both of which give raw performances that sound like actual people interacting over the internet, the film does a good job of showing how certain social media platforms such as Facebook can be used as a dangerous weapon when wanting to commit horrible horrible crimes. It actually gets quite disturbing as the film goes on which is the type of disturbing that is definitely effective! Timur Bekmambetov does an incredible job with Profile, he gives the film a haunting atmosphere that gives the viewer the feeling of anything could happen and makes them wonder what’s going to happen next. Profile is also based on a true story which is an incredible read that I do recommend reading!
51. Beans directed by Tracey Deer
Beans was most definitely a hard hitting film, it takes the coming of age genre and does something different with it…being set in the Oka crisis of 1990. Which builds the characters quite well and really establishes each of the characters thoughts. The film itself is semi-autobiographical meaning it’s showing historical events that the director Tracy Deer herself lived through as a child. Deer does a fantastic job of showing the viewer what she experienced, how her friends and family felt and acted through it and so much more. The film really hits you like a truck as it goes on, it starts out pretty normally but quickly evolves into a very sad but personal experience that I’m seriously glad Tracy Deer told, the writing feels incredibly raw and only adds to the film and how personal it really feels.
50. The Night House directed by David Bruckner
The Night House takes a simple concept and turns into a nightmare in the best way possible, Rebecca Hall is brilliant in the leading role, she gives one of the best performances from 2021 and truly shows how talented she is as an actress. The dialogue from Rebecca Hall is chilling there are scenes where dialogue actually makes the viewer quite uncomfortable, due to how strong her performance really is. The writing is quite fantastic, it’s effective of telling a interesting story and takes you into the film’s world with some very powerful and interesting dialogue! Combine that with what is one of the best things about this film…the atmosphere! The film relies on the atmosphere to scare the viewer which it works quite well, the atmosphere also leads to some jumpscares that are surprisingly effective! The Night House is one of those movies that gets jumpscares right, a lot of the time in other movies jumpscares are very predictable, lazy and aren’t effective at all. The Night House has the atmosphere, the build up and it’s strong camerawork to make the jumpscares work, all of those elements combined together create several genuinely terrifying scenes that scare the viewer. The Night House is also surprisingly sad and can be depressing at times, it’s mainly due to the plot and it really works here. The film balances the horror and the sadness it’s really interesting to see the two together
And that is for part 2 of my best list! Stay tuned for part 3!!