2021 In Titles

Toward the end of 2019, I realized my taste in movies sucked. (See below.)


My Favorite Movies, 2019:


So in 2020, I made a resolution to watch 100 movies I hadn't seen. It was life-changing. (See "2020 In Titles" for reference.)


My Favorite Movies, 2020:




This year, my goal was to watch 103 movies I hadn't seen. I watched 134 and it was, again, life-changing.


Film has largely taken over my personality, but to try to keep that at least somewhat confined to this corner of the internet (okay, okay -- this and my twitter account), here are lists and thoughts on my year in movies.


All of the Best Movies I Watched This Year, 2021:




Everyone loved it and they were right: Parasite; Little Women


Was most surprised to love: Ghost


Movie I laughed the hardest at: What We Do in the Shadows


The hype was wrong: I'm Thinking of Ending Things; I Care A Lot


Favorite documentary: The Alpinist


Most movies watched in a month: 22

Least movies watched in a month: 1



My Favorite Movies, 2021:




I've also been dissecting what I think makes a movie good this year. I've watched an overwhelming amount of excellent movies over the past two years and also a ton of garbage ones. Here's where I'm at.


In a good movie: I learn something, I feel something, and I expand my understanding of the world.



The 134 movies I watched for the first time in 2021:

  1. Soul

  2. My Octopus Teacher

  3. Pulp Fiction

  4. Atlantis

  5. King of Staten Island

  6. 17 Again

  7. Coco

  8. Jaws

  9. Big Daddy

  10. Perks of Being a Wallflower

  11. Shaun of the Dead

  12. Death to 2020

  13. The Nice Guys

  14. Parasite

  15. Sister Act

  16. Black Panther

  17. Sister Act 2

  18. Little Women

  19. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

  20. 500 Days of Summer

  21. Call Me by Your Name

  22. Into the Woods

  23. That’s My Boy

  24. Bring It On

  25. Marriage Story

  26. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  27. Ghost

  28. To All the Boys I've Loved Before 3

  29. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

  30. My Best Friends Wedding

  31. Happy Gilmore

  32. Shutter Island

  33. Malcolm and Marie

  34. Friendsgiving

  35. Goodwill Hunting

  36. Goodfellas

  37. The Matrix

  38. American Psycho

  39. The Girl on the Train

  40. 12 Years a Slave

  41. Tom & Jerry

  42. Booksmart

  43. Rain Man

  44. Godfather

  45. I Care A Lot

  46. Pretty Woman

  47. Nomadland

  48. Deadpool

  49. Game Night

  50. Late Night

  51. Shape of Water

  52. The Help

  53. The Big Lebowski

  54. The Big Short

  55. This Is the End

  56. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

  57. Wild Child

  58. Friends with Benefits

  59. Two Weeks Notice

  60. What We Do in the Shadows

  61. Promising Young Woman

  62. Accepted

  63. Mank

  64. Murder Mystery

  65. Logan

  66. Mystic Pizza

  67. Seaspiracy

  68. Trial of the Chicago 7

  69. Social Dilemma

  70. If Beale Street Could Talk

  71. Killers

  72. Captain Fantastic

  73. Between Two Ferns: The Movie

  74. The Father

  75. Bridesmaids

  76. Breakfast Club

  77. The Sweetest Thing

  78. Garden State

  79. Reservoir Dogs

  80. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  81. I, Tonya

  82. Friends with Kids

  83. I Love You Man

  84. Plan B

  85. Always Be My Maybe

  86. Love Happens

  87. Quiet Place 2

  88. Hidden Figures

  89. Hamilton

  90. Mary Poppins Returns

  91. Keanu

  92. Framing Britney Spears

  93. Barb and Star Go to Del Mar

  94. 127 Hours

  95. Uncut Gems

  96. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

  97. Wildlife

  98. Fargo

  99. Jungle Cruise

  100. Kissing Booth: part three

  101. Godzilla vs Kong

  102. Badlands

  103. Green Book

  104. Ballad of Buster Scruggs

  105. The Alpinist

  106. Django Unchained

  107. Free Guy

  108. Silence of the Lambs

  109. Something Borrowed

  110. Beautiful Boy

  111. The Vow

  112. The Addams Family

  113. Twilight

  114. Dune

  115. The Twilight Saga: New Moon

  116. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

  117. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn pt 1

  118. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn pt 2

  119. Letters to Juliet

  120. 21 Jump Street

  121. Love Hard

  122. Making Spirits Bright

  123. King Richard

  124. Christmas with a View

  125. Next Stop Christmas

  126. The Holiday

  127. Single All the Way

  128. West Side Story

  129. Princess Switch 3

  130. Spider-Man: No Way Home

  131. Tick Tick Boom

  132. Thor: Ragnarock

  133. Don't Look Up

  134. CODA


And, just for fun...


My Favorite Shows, 2021:

  1. Saturday Night Live

  2. Loki

  3. Succession