It’s a tough time of the year for a film critic. Studios love to backload the calendar with every tentpole release they can and critics scramble for access and the time to watch and write about them. I am in the same boat.
But, the majority of my 2021 film watching is complete. I found this year to be a wonderful mix of blockbuster and independent films. I was able to watch 96 films from the 2021 Oscar calendar (March 1 – December 31 release). If I was a part of Rotten Tomatoes, I would have given “fresh” ratings to over 70 of those films.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t miss some notable films. Some were huge box office hits I never got around to (Venom: Let There Be Carnage, A Quiet Place: Part II) or hits I didn’t care about (F9, Ghostbusters: Afterlife). Others just managed to slip through the cracks (The Guilty, Eternals). While I’m not exactly disappointed I didn’t miss some (Nightmare Alley), there are others I will prioritize when I have the opportunity (West Side Story). Then, there are other films that no one in the world has seen unless you saw them at the two festivals three months ago (Cyrano). I will probably end up watching them all.
That being said, I still highly enjoyed this film year. Check out my full Best of 2021 list. You can also check out all the Best Of lists from the top menu. Yes, the years are weird, but I’ll be catching up as the months go by.
Site News: I will have a few more reviews next week, but the Sundance Film Festival takes priority thereafter. It kicks off on January 20th and runs through the end of the month. So, buckle up for a ton of new films you’ve never heard of (I have 24 films tentatively scheduled to see).