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    BEST MOVIES OF 2021 (Lists)

    Best Movies of 2021

    I will be putting up other people's lists as I hastily try to compile one of my own to send to IndieWire. Due to missing the NYFF and every other in-person festival this year and not spending any time in NYC or Paris either, I have not yet seen a lot of the festival favorites that will be popping up on critics' lists. Maybe I'll have seen and loved some few others even noticed, though.

    On one site these are the only personal lists available so far:
    JONATHAN ROSENBAUM
    First Cow - Kelly Reichardt
    Her Socialist Smile - John Gianvito
    Tiong Bahru Social Club - Tan Bee Thiam
    Martin und Hans - Mark Rappaport
    John Farrow Hollywood's Man in the Shadows - Claude Gonzalez & Frans Vanderburg
    While We Are Here - Clarissa Campolina and Luiz Pretti
    Letters from the Ends of the World - a dozen of the first graduates of Béla Tarr’s FilmFactory
    Uncut Gems - Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
    Cry Macho - Clint Eastwood

    JOHN CRONK:
    Annette- Leos Carax
    Benedetta -Paul Verhoeven
    The Hole - Michelangelo Frammartino
    The Card Counter - Paul Schrader
    Cry Macho - Clint Eastwood
    Drive My Car - Ryűsuke Hamaguchi
    France - Bruno Dumont
    In Front of Your Face - Hong Sang-soo
    Memoria - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? - Aleksandre Koberidze

    JOHN WATERS
    (For his annotated version go to ArtForum)
    1 - BUTT BOY (Tyler Cornack)
    2 - SWALLOW (Carlo Mirabella-Davis)
    3 - THE HUNT (Craig Zobel)
    4 - WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! (Kirill Sokolov)
    5 - THE AUDITION (Ina Weisse)
    6 -DEERSKIN (Quentin Dupieux)
    7 - THE HUMAN VOICE (Pedro Almodóvar)
    8 - TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (Justin Kurzel)
    9 - AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR (Jenny Popplewell)
    10 -Tie: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (Aaron Sorkin)
    MANGROVE (Steve McQueen)
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    Chris Knipp's 2021 best movie lists
    Films for a not-yet-final annual movie best list for 2021:
    Favorite features and documentaries of the Year among those that I have seen so far. Some are films I saw last year that had theatrical release this year.

    Categories IndieWire asks you to list: Best Film (top 10), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best First Film, Best Documentary, Best Performance, Best International Film, and the Best 2022 Release You've Already Seen.

    Best features
    THE FRENCH DISPATCH (Anderson)
    THE CARD COUNTER (Schrader)
    THE SOUVENIR: PART II (Hogg)
    ABOUT ENDLESSNESS (Andersson)
    THE DISCIPLE (Tamhane 2020)
    UNDINE (Petzold)
    SPENCER (LARRAÍN)
    BEGINNING (Kulumbegashvili)
    THE DIG (Stone)
    WIFE OF A SPY (Kurosawa)

    Liked, some:
    THE VIGIL (Thomas)
    TITANE (Dumoustier)
    DUNE (Villeneuve)
    JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (King)
    NIGHT OF THE KINGS (Lacote)
    PASSING (Hall)
    I CARRY YOU WITH ME (Ewing)
    RIDERS OF JUSTICE (Jensen)
    KING RICHARD (Green)
    TICK, TICK...BOUM! (Larson)
    SUMMER OF 85 (Ozon)
    AZOR (Fontana)
    THE FEAST (Williams)

    Best Documentaries:
    THE RESCUE (Chin, Evasarhelyi)
    THE THINGS WE DARE NOT DO (Razo)
    THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (Haynes)
    SABAYA (Hirori)
    SUMMMER OF SOUL (Thompson)
    ACASĂ, MY HOME (Ciorniciuc)
    YOUNG PLATO (McGrath, Ní Chianáin)

    To know 2021 film also need to see:
    BEING THE RICARDOS (Sorkin)
    COMPARTMENT NO. 6 (Kuosmanen)
    DRIVE MY CAR (Hamaguchi)
    LICORICE PIZZA (P.T. Anderson)
    MEMORIA (Weerasethakul)
    NIGHTMARE ALLEY (Del Toro)
    THE POWER OF THE DOG (Campion)
    THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (Coen)
    DON'T LOOK UP (McKay)

    ...and also the remaining NYFF 2021 Main Slate films I've not seen yet, a few of which I might like:--at least the starred ones:
    *PARALLEL MOTHERS (Almodóvar)
    CHIARA (JCarpignano)
    *AHED'S KNEE (Lapid)
    BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN (Jude)
    *BENEDETTA (Verhoeven)
    IL BUCO (Framarttino)
    THE FIRST 54 YEARS (Moghrabi)
    FLEE (Rasmussen)
    FUTURA (Marcello, Munzi, Rohrwacher)
    THE GIRL AND THE SPIDER (R and S Zurcher)
    *HIT THE ROAD (Panahi)
    OTHER Hong Sangsoo film
    INTEGRALDE (Munteen)
    *NEPTUNE FROST (Williams, Uzeyman)
    *PETITE MAMAN (Sciamma)
    PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN (Huezo)
    UNCLENCHING THE FISTS (Kovalenko)
    VORTEX (Noe)
    *THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (Trier)
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