2021: The Year In Movies


Despite working from home for the entire year and my traditional long December vacation, I saw a tremendous decrease in my movie watching, with my lowest total since 1988.  I managed to watch a mere 47 movies last year, finishing below the 50 movie plateau for the first time this century.  Despite being home all day and not needing to bother with pesky things like a commute.  Or exercise.

85 different people starred in those 47 movies (starring in being the first two named stars, a tradition dating back to the old Chicago Tribune TV guide which populated the early days of my database), and a single one starred in more than 1 film. That thespian was:

Films Per Actor Per Year
Actor Name Films
Kiana Madeira 2

Here’s a look back at the movies I watched last year and what recollection, if any, I have of them. The films are listed in the order I saw them.

I See You (2019)
I have no recollection of this Helen Hunt vehicle.

Amanda & Jack Go Glamping (2017)
An author whose marriage is failing as bad as his career decides to go on a private retreat.

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)
Finishing up my run through the Death Wish series from 2020, with a 73 year-old Charles Bronson trying to keep the series going.

2036 Origin Unknown (2018)
Some sci-fi movie starring Katee Sackhoff.

Ma (2019)
A lonely woman lets the local kids party at her house, but turns on them when they start to pull away.

Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
An homage and a remake of the original, but this time in 3D!

Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself (2021)
A magician pulls off amazing, psychological tricks.

Spontaneous (2020)
Two kids find love when their high school is quarantined after students start spontaneously combusting.

Friendsgiving (2020)
A group of friends get together for a zany Thanksgiving dinner.

Death to 2020 (2020)
A comedic retrospective of the shit year that was 2020.

Five Feet Apart (2019)
Two teenagers with cystic fibrosis fall in love, but can’t have any physical contact.

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Sylvester Stallone was tricked into making this stinker when Arnold Schwarzenegger spread rumors that he was thinking of starring in it.

Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
A documentary about a man obsessed with The Price Is Right.

No Escape Room (2021)
The latest cheap horror film to use an escape room as a premise.

The Last Blockbuster (2020)
A documentary about the role Blockbuster Video played in pop culture and the last operating store in Bend, Oregon.

Plaisir (2021)
An American girl falls in love while staying at a commune in France.

Reklaw (2021)
A team of outcasts helps give criminals a second chance by destroying crime scene evidence.

The Nipple Whisperer (2021)
A retired man is called back to work when an old acquaintance needs to get her nipples hard.

Seaspiricy (2021)
A documentary about the seafood and fishing industries and how they may just be destroying the world’s oceans.

Black Widow (2021)
My first post-lockdown cinematic experience, the Avenger teams up with her adoptive parents and sister to bring down the Black Widow program.

Freaky (2020)
A high school girl switches bodies with a serial killer.

A Quiet Place II (2021)
The blind aliens who only react to sound return for another go-around.

Halloween Kills (2021)
Michael Myers returns to kill a bunch of people in the small town of Haddonfield.

Fear Street: Part One – 1994 (2021)
A mystical force returns to cause multiple murders in the town of Shadyside.

Good Luck in the Land of Mañana (2018)
Two sisters try to rescue their grandmother’s paintings before their uncle can sell them.

Voyagers (2021)
Lord of the Flies on a spaceship, basically.

Fear Street: Part Two – 1978 (2021)
In order to make sense of what is happening in Shadyside in 1994, the kids need to find out what happened in 1978.

Fear Street: Part Three – 1666 (2021)
The truth of what is happening dates back to 1666, and, with this new knowledge, the kids are able to defeat the evil in 1994.

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
What if John Wick was a Scottish lass?

Cosmic Disaster (2021)
Two cousins turn their world upside down by switching places.

Bug (2006)
When a lonely woman meets an unhinged war veteran, the lines between reality and delusion are blurred.

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)
Kong is brought to the US to battle Godzilla, but the two end up teaming up to fight something else.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
When a spell to remove the world’s knowledge of his secret identity goes awry, Spider-Man must team up with different versions of himself to contain villains crossed over through the multiverse.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Shang-Chi battles his father, the Mandarin, to protect the homeland of his mother’s people.

The Voyeurs (2021)
A couple thinks they are spying on an apartment across the street, but all is not what it seems.

Don’t Look Up (2021)
Scientists find a threat to life on Earth but are unable to get anyone in government or the media to take it, or them, seriously.

How It Ends (2021)
A woman and her younger self try to go to an end of the world party.

The Suicide Squad (2021)
James Gunn puts his spin on the team of DC villains forced to work for the man.

The Rental (2020)
Two couples go away for the weekend, but their plans go awry when they find that someone is spying on them.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)
The survivors of a deadly escape room are brought back together for another run through the gauntlet.

Another Girl (2021)
An unstable young woman keeps writing to the main character of her favorite book and starts getting responses.

Stowaway (2021)
When an unplanned passenger is stuck on a mission to Mars, the crew suddenly realizes they don’t have enough provisions to survive their trip.

Kill For Me (2013)
A young woman tries to get her college roommate to kill her father.

The Nest (2020)
A woman struggles with adjusting to life in the English countryside while her husband tries and fails to make it in London.

Emma. (2020)
Anya Taylor-Joy stars in this latest adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.

Awake (2021)
An EMP wipes out electronics and people’s ability to sleep.

Ratter (2015)
A young woman is surveilled and stalked in her home.

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