Well, the Oscars are tonight, so I thought it time to share my long gestating Top Ten list from 2021. The pandemic and parenting have made film watching harder, though somehow I was able see The Paw Patrol Movie (which just narrowly missed a spot on the list) at least fifteen times. 1917 is still the last film I saw in a theater and it feels like that was back in 1917. Long gone are the days of me being first in line on opening night. But thankfully streaming services have kept me up to speed (at my own speed), though with limited time, I need to be very selective in my viewing.
A few of these films were pleasant surprises (Nightmare Alley) while others I knew I would love given the pedigree (Dune, Licorice Pizza). The ones that resonated most, oddly, were shot in black and white, with the film of the year, Passing, making the choice for obvious symbolic reasons.
Without further adieu…The Spin’s Top Ten Films of 2021:
- Passing – dir. Rebecca Hall
- C’mon C’mon – dir. Mike Mills
- Nightmare Alley – dir. Guillermo Del Toro
- Licorice Pizza – dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
- Dune – dir. Denis Villenueve
- The Tragedy of Macbeth – dir. Joel Coen
- CODA – dir. Sian Heder
- The Dig – dir. Simon Stone
- House of Gucci – dir. Ridley Scott
- The Eyes of Tammy Faye – dir. Michael Showalter