Total: 50 (full list here)
That’s the lowest number since I started tracking in 2006! It’s also fewer films than 2020, despite the fact that I only went to films for about 2 months in 2020 compared to 6 in 2021. The difference is: no film festivals. I miss festivals SO MUCH y’all. I want to stand in a line and complain about passholders while also being a passholder. The dream!
Anyway, so the the strategy this year is looking at anything I watched for the first time in 2021 that was released in 2019-2021. And here we go!
Favorite films: Titane, Thin Skin, The Power of the Dog, Passing
Also: Spencer, Wisdom Tooth, Romeo & Juliet at the National, Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, The Souvenir Part II
More after the jump!
Best line: “Jesus didn’t mention you.” Benedetta
Best ensemble: Nine Days
Festival favorites: Lucky Chan-sil, A Boy and Sungreen
Best animated film: New Gods: Nezha Reborn
Best short films: The First Time, Blue Suit, The Human Voice
Best chase scene: Lật Mặt: 48H (listen half of this list is me making my own fun)
Best fight scenes: The Paper Tigers
Best popcorn movies: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, In the Heights, Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Best queer films: See You Then, Moonlit Winter, Summertime
Best BL: “A Tale of 1000 Stars”, Restart After Come Back Home, The Boy Foretold by the Stars, “To My Star” (just… a lot of stars happening here I don’t know what to tell you.)
Best straight romance: Love You Forever, I Remember (possibly this is just my Lee Hong-chi obsession speaking whatever don’t @ me)
Best documentaries: We Were Smart, Women of Troy, 144
Best TV: WandaVision, Midnight Mass, Squid Game, Vincenzo, Beyond Evil, Chuang 2021 (lol)
Did I miss your fave? Yes probably I never even saw it because I was too busy watching Cdramas and survival shows. I log my viewing consistently over at letterboxd, so feel free to join me there.
I am intending to bring back my monthly posts here too, though it’ll look a little different than it used to, at least for a while: more new-to-me watches, fewer actually new titles. I hope you’ll join me.