Best Films Watched in 2021


“Citizen Kane”* (Directed by Orson Welles)

“Mank” (Directed by David Fincher)

“An Elephant Sitting Still” (Directed by Hu Bo)

“Kajillionaire” (Directed by Miranda July)

“Nomadland” (Directed by Chloe Zhao)

“The Selfish Giant” (Directed by Clio Barnard)

“Shoplifters” (Directed by Hirokasu Kore-eda)

“Another Round” (Directed by Thomas Vinterberg)

“November” (Directed by Rainer Sarnet)

“Katalin Varga” (Directed by Peter Strickland)

“St. Maud” (Directed by Rose Glass)

“The Hollow Crown” (Directors: Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre, Thea Sharrock, Dominic Cooke)

“Code Unknown” (Directed by Michael Haneke)

“Transit” (Directed by Christian Petzold)

“True Grit” (Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen)

“Hud” (Directed by Martin Ritt)

*Seen for the first time on a big screen

Honorable Mention:

“The Green Knight” (Directed by David Lowery)

“The German Sisters” (Directed by Margaret von Trotta)

“In the Aisles” (Directed by Thomas Stuber)

“The Future” (Directed by Miranda July)

“La Haine” (Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz)

“99 Homes” (Directed by Ramin Bahrani)



“Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” (Directed by Morgan Neville)

“Happy People: A Year on the Taiga” (Directed by Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov)

“Bergman Island” (Directed by Mia Hansen-Love)

“A Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” (Directed by Sophie Fiennes)

“Val” (Directed by Leo Scott & Ting Poo)

Short films:

“The Escape” (Directed by Paul Franklin)

“Death of a Shadow” (Directed by Tom Van Avermaet)

About Cliff Burns

I'm a literary writer, specializing in slipstream/ alternative/surreal/science fiction. My influences include Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, David Cronenberg, Rene Magritte, any artist who defies convention and busts open genres, attacking the status quo.
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