A few comments about films that fell outside my top twenty….
I like the bookends: a director who flexes his ambitions with the ease of breathing and a film committed to to capturing the vaporousness of social media. I loved 2021!
Glancing at this list before I post it, I remembered again why 2021 ruled. Such an imaginative bunch! Click on hyperlinks for full reviews.
Dear Jamie Dornan agent: please force him to costar with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo in every comedy script they write, thanks.
Let’s keep it up! Nicolas Cage earned a finishing spot for Best Actor at Florida Film Critics Circle’s annual awards. Click on hyperlinks for full reviews (when possible).
Returning to the theater in July, I sat double masked, trembling. Yeah, I thought as the Zola credits rolled. This wasn’t that bad. I returned four more times. I would’ve continued doing so had screenings returned to pre-pandemic availability. A 11 a.m. showing of Licorice Pizza on Christmas was the earliest I could manage. COVIDContinue reading “The best films of 2021 — part one”
Winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, The Power of the Dog excited my colleagues in the Florida Film Critics Circle. We chose Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy over Drive My Car among Ryûsuke Hamaguchi films but we awarded Best Foreign Language to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God. Here is a partialContinue reading “‘The Power of the Dog’ wins big with Florida Film Critics Circle”
After a sluggish start, 2021 got going in the summer and fall with several first-rate documentaries, festival obscurities, and mainstream hits distributed by usual suspects Amazon and Netflix and so on. Come late January when I order these titles (and dump and add a few more) I’ll decide between several flawed but worthwhile choices andContinue reading “The best films of 2021 (so far)”