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My Favorite Movies of 2021

  1. THE POWER OF THE DOG (Jane Campion)
  2. LICORICE PIZZA (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  3. THE LOST DAUGHTER (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
  4. THE CARD COUNTER (Paul Schrader)
  5. THE HAND OF GOD (Paolo Sorrentino)
  6. WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR (Kier-La Janisse)
  7. DRIVE MY CAR (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  8. PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (Lili Horvát)
  9. SAINT MAUD (Rose Glass)
  10. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (Todd Haynes)
  11. SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) (Ahmir-Khalib Thompson)
  12. THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK (Alan Taylor)
  13. SWEET THING (Alexandre Rockwell)
  14. PIG (Michael Sarnoski)
  15. PROCESSION (Robert Greene)
  16. THE WOMAN WHO RAN (Hong Sang-soo)
  17. SIBERIA (Abel Ferrara)
  18. THE BEATLES: GET BACK (Peter Jackson)
  19. KAREN DALTON: IN MY OWN TIME (Richard Peete, Robert Yapkowitz)
  20. MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE (Kate Tsang)
  21. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING (Sean King O’Grady)
  22. A DIM VALLEY (Brandon Colvin)
  23. THE DRY (Robert Connolly)
  24. THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (Joel Coen)
  25. THE FRENCH DISPATCH (Wes Anderson)
  26. ZEROS AND ONES (Abel Ferrara)
  27. BAD TRIP (Kitao Sakurai)
  28. C’MON C’MON (Mike Mills)
  29. PASSING (Rebecca Hall)
  30. SHADOW IN THE CLOUD (Roseanne Liang)

Other movies I really liked: MY HEART CAN’T BEAT UNLESS YOU TELL IT TO; THE HARDER THEY FALL; SARPATTA PARAMBARAI; SHIVA BABY; SENTINELLE; BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR; CRY MACHO; ANNETTE; OLD; SCENES FROM AN EMPTY CHURCH; MEMORIA; LA FLAMME ROUGE; KID 90; PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND; MALIGNANT

Favorite performances of the year:
Alana Haim, LICORICE PIZZA
Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley, THE LOST DAUGHTER
Denzel Washington, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
Filippo Scotti, Luisa Ranieri, Toni Servillo, and Teresa Saponangelo, THE HAND OF GOD
Oscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish, THE CARD COUNTER
Kirsten Dunst, THE POWER OF THE DOG
Park Yoo-rim, DRIVE MY CAR
Lana Rockwell and Will Patton, SWEET THING
Nicolas Cage, PIG
Joaquin Phoenix, C’MON C’MON
Vera Farmiga, THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK
Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga, PASSING
Natasa Stork, PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME
Annabella Sciorra, BEFORE I GO

Still need to see (most anticipated):
TITANE
RED ROCKET
WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY
BENEDETTA
SMALL ENGINE REPAIR
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
MATERNA
STRAWBERRY MANSION
ABOUT ENDLESSNESS
BERGMAN ISLAND
HOUSE OF GUCCI
BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN
THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION
CYRANO
THE SOUVENIR PART 2
PETITE MAMAN
THE BETA TEST
TRAVELING LIGHT
VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH
PARALLEL MOTHERS
WEST SIDE STORY
THE GREEN KNIGHT
FLEE
OLD HENRY
NIGHTMARE ALLEY
NO TIME TO DIE
LANGUAGE LESSONS
UNSTUCK IN TIME
INTRODUCTION
THE WORKS AND DAYS (OF TAYOKO SHIOJIRI IN THE SHIOTANI BASIN)
FLAG DAY
WIFE OF A SPY

My Favorite First-Time Watches of the Year:
FATSO
RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
THE DION BROTHERS
JEREMY
HEAT LIGHTNING
THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL
SLOW DANCING IN THE BIG CITY
DEMENTIA (‘55)
I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU
THE MORTAL STORM
EMPEROR OF THE NORTH
DETECTIVE STORY
CARRIE (‘52)
JENNIE GERHARDT (‘33)
CITY OF THE DEAD
MESSIAH OF EVIL
CAIRO STATION
THE KILLING FLOOR
BACK STREET (‘32)
THE PENALTY (‘20)
THE WHOLE SHOOTIN’ MATCH
FREEDOM (‘81)
PLUNDER ROAD
THE BONNIE PARKER STORY
SAPPHIRE (‘59)
BLACK LIZARD (‘62)
JEWEL ROBBERY (‘32)
THE BASILISKS
THE BRINK’S JOB

Favorite moments:
-Nina Simone in SUMMER OF SOUL
-Paul writing “Let It Be” in GET BACK
-Olivia Colman and Ed Harris dancing to Bon Jovi in THE LOST DAUGHTER
-Willem Dafoe dancing to “Runaway” in SIBERIA

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