. Looking over my Letterboxd list of movies that I watched over this year, it was not an easy task to narrow down movies over this year down; especially considering I’m adding in films that were pushed out of 2020 as well. So here are my favorite movies of 2021
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ remake gives the classic a glowing fresh look
In an era where Batman seems to reboot biannually and Space Jam finds a new film, some films have remained sacred from the reboot button. West Side Story has remained in this category for the past sixty years, but if there is anyone I would trust to remake this classic, it is Mr. Spielberg. And my prediction is right.
‘Shang-Chi’ introduces a new hero into the MCU in an action-packed fantasy adventure.
It’s safe to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been doing some unique world-expansion outside of the films with familiar characters shining in shows such as Loki, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Scarlett Johansson’s solo adventure, Black Widow, covered a hidden chapter from the previous Phase Three. Shang-Chi and the LegendContinue reading “‘Shang-Chi’ introduces a new hero into the MCU in an action-packed fantasy adventure.”
‘Black Widow’ is an explosive spy thriller that came too late
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has had to wait patiently – eight original character chapters along with Avengers ensemble films and other heroes introduced in between – for her turn. Now, it has finally arrived in her self-titled stand alone film. However, this human narrative story felt like it should have come much earlier.
Justin Lin gets the franchise almost back on track with ‘Fast 9’
The Fast and the Furious franchise has gone through quite a journey over the past twenty years. From humble street-racing beginnings to bank heists to globe-trotting international adventures, this high-octane adrenaline rush led by franchise star, Vin Diesel, has been an entertaining fixture in the Hollywood action genre for many years. However, long running seriesContinue reading “Justin Lin gets the franchise almost back on track with ‘Fast 9’”
Movies Perfect for 4th of July
The Fourth of July. A time for cookouts, family/friends, and fireworks. If you are a cinema fan, it could be time to watch one of your favorite films before lighting up fireworks or sparklers in the night sky.
‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ successfully expands the terrifying world while keeping its heart.
The first film for my Summer season didn’t disappoint as John Krasinski brought audiences back to his post-apocalyptic, monster-infested world in A Quiet Place Part II.
‘Mortal Kombat’ is a few moves short of a flawless victory
The 2021 reboot gave us what 1995 was missing, but proved to be anything but flawless.
‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ only marginally lives up to its bloated hype.
A rushed process resulted in a messy continuity of individual films that culminated in 2017’s Justice League. The superhero ensemble film became a box-office bomb, but rumor grew of a cut with the original director’s vision out there. Fan support swelled to bring Snyder’s vision to viewing life.
‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ has enough charm left to give this teenage rom-com trilogy a heartwarming sendoff
In Always and Forever, life-altering decisions shape not only Lara Jean’s love life, but her future in a charming conclusion.