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Top Films of 2021

Hey Shooters, As the year draws to an end, lots of publications bring out their top films of 2021, but I'm keen to know which films or TV shows got your seal of approval this year?

I have a soft spot for Céline Sciamma's modern day fairytale 'Petite Maman,' and I thought Joanna Scanlan's performance in 'After Love' was superb. I also absolutely loved 'Summer of Soul-' an exhilarating documentary about the the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity. The footage was never seen and largely forgotten – until now and includes rediscovered footage of performances by an array of amazing artists such as Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. Definitely one to seek out if you're a music fan.

  • Hello Molly,
    I really liked Michael Sarnoski's 'Pig'.
    I've yet to actually see it but I'm really lookig forward to Edgar Wight's 'Last Night in Soho'

    1 month ago
  • I absolutely loved the (in)glorious excesses of 'Last Night in Soho' and thought it far superior to any of Edgar Wright's previous films...you should go see it, Kieran!

    1 month ago
  • Hi, there!

    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn was probably the best of this year, Radu Jude must be a genius, and his films are getting better and better.
    I was also impressed by Annette, even though some bits like the metoo one are sadly underdeveloped, but it's a glorious piece of filmmaking (and I'm not into the Leos Carax business, usually).
    I enjoyed Summer of Soul, sometimes it can be quite a standard affair, but there are moments of sublime beauty like when Mahalia sings.
    I also hear really good things about The Velvet Undeground (will watch it tonight), Memoria (really curious about Apitcha's english language debut) and Passing (included in Rosenbaum's 2021 top ten)

    1 month ago
  • Not sure when it came out but Netflix's TV series The Queen's Gambit was fantastic - my sense of elation at the ending quickly followed by loss at the outcome there were no more episodes (nor ever would be as a serial) was palpable. Recently read the pilot script and it is top drawer writing on voice.

    1 month ago
  • Thanks for sharing everyone :) I really enjoyed the Queen's Gambit too. I still need to catch Last Night in Soho, Memoria and Bad Luck Banging... And I'm really looking forward to Maggie Gyllenhaal's debut feature, The Lost Daughter, as I'm a big fan of the book and Olivia Colman is always fantastic. I was recently dazzled by Titane, which I found both enthralling and disturbing- I even had to close my eyes a few times but I'd still highly recommend if you can stomach a bit of body horror. And I also enjoyed Paolo Sorrentino's semi- autobiographical The Hand of God, which is now on netflix.

    4 weeks ago
  • As someone whose big on horror but, alarmingly so getting tired of genre tropes repeating and repeating, both Censor and Titane hit it out the park for me.

    I was really expecting to The Green Knight to be my hands down FOTY but honestly, I left feeling it was a bit lack lustre, I think it was a great film but it fell into the classic A24 trap of being extremely overhyped prior to release so it's not taken at face value.

    Nomadland was also a strong one, I often struggle with films that are as dry as it was but Frances McDormand really managed to keep it still intriguing.

    3 weeks ago
  • 'Petite Maman' was rather lovely.

    'Pig' was interesting, I liked it, and The Cage was perfect.

    'Censor' is my film of the year, beautifully done.

    Have been put off Edgar Wright since the nonsense that was 'Baby Driver', but maybe I'll try 'Last Night in Soho'.

    And 'Nomadland' was a huge disappointment, a weird quasi-documentary that just made me want to rewatch Zhao's previous film 'The Rider', which is fantastic; if you've not seen that, go watch it now.

    Oh and 'Bad Luck Banging...' sounds great, very Pedro Almodóvar, but doesn't seem to be available to watch anywhere!

    2 weeks ago
  • I’m probably late to the party but hey…

    Dune, first time I saw it, was at a small newly opened cinema in Reading. Thought it was Ok. Then went a second time thought good. Then saw clips online and realised I hadn’t truly seen the film. So went to the Prince Charles cinema and saw it on a big screen for the third time and its completely won me over. It’s a special movie. It’s got under my skin. Sometimes you need to see a film a few times to get it.

    Power of the Dog, The Piano is one of my favourite film’s ever. So I was hoping for good things from Power of The Dog. But I felt underwhelmed by the film. I also felt there was one more twist in the narrative too regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s character & Kodi Smit-McPhee’s character. Nonetheless I’m happy to see a western at the cinema. So rare nowadays.

    No Time to Die, I loved it. The end wasn’t so much of a shock compared to giving Bond a family! Thought it looked beautiful especially scenes in Italy. Loved the Aston Martin chase. Thought the acting was really solid from all cast especially M vs Bond in M’s office scene. However in retrospect I wanted a richer/deeper narrative relevant to todays global threats.

    Titane - wasn’t expecting that! I didn’t know anything about the film going in and then “that” scene. A unique film. Really grabbed me. Loved the cinematography and cool cast.

    West Side Story - so good, what do you expect it’s by The Master. But the officer krupke song/scene jars with the current situation in America regarding police brutality. Nonetheless really enjoyed it. Rachel Ziegler is great too.

    Finch/Bios - Really cool looking film. Very pure narrative. Visual effects are stellar. Wish I saw it on a big screen.

    Matrix 4 - Hoped for so much. When it paid tribute to the past it was cringy. But when the film was itself and not an homage to the past films, it was alright, wanted more. BTW Matrix 3 Zion battle is amazing!

    Spiderman - a happy meal movie.

    Still need to see “Nobody” and "The Green Knight.”

    Ultimately happy to be going to the cinema and seeing movies again with people.

    2 weeks ago