I’ve been watching more movies during the pandemic. I haven’t done a complete breakdown by genre, but since I’ve done four different horror movie A–Zs during 2020 and 2021, I’m going to guess a fair amount of the increase is in the horror genre. Why horror? Definitely no cathartic reason. No, not at all. I just like horror.
Number of movies watched per year according to my Letterboxd account:
- 2018: 74
- 2019: 112
- 2020: 159
- 2021: 161 (thus far)
But the real question here is, “What were my favorite movies that I watched for the first time in 2021?” Links to my previous thoughts are provided.
The Big Movies
I’ll be honest, I do love a big movie.
- Ford v Ferrari (2019)
- Tenet (2020) – I’ll have more to say about Tenet in the near future.
- Dune (2021) – The most unabashedly “movie” movie on this list. I know it isn’t how Denis Villeneuve wanted me to see Dune, but I was very grateful that it streamed day & date on HBO Max. Trust me, Mr. Villeneuve, I really wanted to see it in a theater, but I’m just not there yet. I hope when part two comes out I’ll be able to catch a double feature.
The Ones that I Thought About Later
- Chinatown (1974) – I didn’t blog about Chinatown. I watched it for an online class that I was taking and I never quite got my thoughts together about it outside of class. Not surprisingly, there is a reason this is a noir classic.
- Falling (2020)
The Horror Movies
- The Orphanage (2007) – The one where I was late to the party.
- Rigor Mortis (2013) – The utter surprise.
- Gretel & Hansel (2020) – The work of art.
- Surfing with the Enemy (2011) – Lance Henriksen shows up on this list twice because of course he does.
- Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) – Wait, I never blogged about Scream, Queen? There is an adage that you should only write a memoir or a biography if you have a unique story to tell. The same goes for documentaries and Mark Patton definitely has a unique story. It’s also an interesting discussion on text, sub-text, and added text.
There you go: ten movies, in no particular order. I blogged about Surfing with the Enemy and Gretel & Hansel in the same January 16th blog post and that feels like forever ago. Here’s hoping 2022 brings more good movies my way.