Since everyone is doing one, i thought i would try making a year end list. Now, a lot of the Oscar contenders i haven’t seen, so this is more best from what i’ve seen rather than a definite best of 2021 list.
Edit-Somehow forgot Cabin in the Woods. That has been rectified
Argo-A tense thriller that manages to combine both comedic and serious moments. A film that will have you cheering by the end.
Seeking a friend for the end of the world-Far more emotional than the trailer suggested, this is a surprisingly involving tale that manages to easily comedy and drama without coming of incoherent.
Chronicle-One of the best found footage movies i’ve seen, this showed Nolan isn’t the only one capable of creating a dark, satisfying take on the superhero genre. With realistic characters, this one really worked for me.
Looper-A thoughtful, gritty sci-fi examining the cycle of violence. Remembers good sci-fi relies on characters, not special effects or plot devices. Also, this is the first performance where Emily Blunt really impressed me.
Cabin in the Woods-A meta take/deconstruction of almost every horror film from the past 20 years, one of the most original movies to come out in the last few years
Judge Dredd-A great action film that deserved a better audience than it got, i also liked how the main female character wasn’t a generic love interest, unlike most action flicks these days.
Skyfall-An examination of the Bond franchise and where its at, it manages to keep Bond relevant while paying tribute to its past. I wouldn’t consider myself a Bond expert, but i still enjoyed this one immensely.
21 Jump Street-While this doesn’t have anything close to the depth of the other films on this list, i found it too hilarious not to include. A great action comedy.
Avengers-A fun action flick that managed to mix comedy with more serous moments. It also managed to handle its large cast exceptionally well, with all of the superhero characters geting good character development and interactions.
The Grey-This seems to be a rather polarizing one, and i happen to be in the “loved it” camp. Surprisingly introspective, i felt the film had a depth to it that made it a far more enthralling viewing experience than the trailers lead me to believe.
The Dark Knight Rises-This didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations, but for me this was a satisfying conclusion to Nolans take on the Batman universe.
Moonrise Kingdom-For me, this struck the perfect balance between quirky and heartfelt. A delightful, emotionally resonant affair.
Bernie-Anchored by a magnificent performance from Jack Black, this is a surprisingly complex film that lets the viewer decide in there own minds whether Bernie is guilty or not.
Turn me on,Dammit!-Technically this was released in 2011, but it went on dvd in America only this year so i’m including it. While the title makes you think of a raunchy sex comedy like American Pie, it is actually a smartly told coming of age film. While sexuality is a element in the film, it isn’t nearly as sexual as the title would suggest.