Top 10 of 2021

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This list will be updated each time I see a film from 2021 (world premiere/imdb date) that is better than at least one of the films already on the list.

  1. Memoria (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  2. France (Bruno Dumont)
  3. Red Rocket (Sean Baker)
  4. The Tsugua Diaries (Miguel Gomes & Maureen Fazendeiro)
  5. Rock Bottom Riser (Fern Silva)
  6. First Time — The Time for All but Sunset [Violet] (Nicolaas Schmidt)
  7. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  8. The Souvenir Part II (Joanna Hogg)
  9. What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (Alexandre Koberidze)
  10. Un monde flottant (Jean-Claude Rousseau)

 

Polls Top 10 (Eligible titles [will] appear here.)

  1. Memoria (2021, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  2. France (2021, Bruno Dumont)
  3. Red Rocket (2021, Sean Baker)
  4. Her Socialist Smile (2020, John Gianvito)
  5. Fauna (2020, Nicolás Pereda)
  6. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  7. The Souvenir Part II (2021, Joanna Hogg)
  8. What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021, Alexandre Koberidze)
  9. Days (2020, Tsai Ming-liang)
  10. Bergman Island (2021, Mia Hansen-Løve)

 

My Top 10 Discoveries During 2021 (for first-time viewings of films made before 2010)

  1. Twin Peaks (1977, Al Wong)
  2. RoboCop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)
  3. De son appartement (2007, Jean-Claude Rousseau)
  4. La vallée close (1995, Jean-Claude Rousseau)
  5. The Seventh Continent (1989, Michael Haneke)

 

Other 2021 films I’ve seen

  • Bergman Island (Mia Hansen-Løve) – 7.0
  • Saxifrages, Four White Nights (Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval) – 7.0
  • Mr. Bachmann and His Class (Maria Speth) – 6.9
  • Vortex (Gaspar Noé) – 6.8
  • The Girl and the Spider (Ramon Zürcher) – 6.8
  • The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier) – 6.7
  • Introduction (Hong Sang-soo) – 6.6
  • Teenage Emotions (Frédéric Da) – 6.5
  • The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet (Ana Katz) – 6.5
  • Wood and Water (Jonas Bak) – 6.5
  • The Good Woman of Sichuan (Sabrina Zhao) – 6.5
  • El Gran Movimiento (Kiro Russo) – 6.4
  • Petite Maman (Céline Sciamma) – 6.4
  • Old (M. Night Shyamalan) – 6.4
  • Hit the Road (Panah Panahi) – 6.4
  • Friends and Strangers (James Vaughan) – 6.3
  • Annette (Leos Carax) – 6.3
  • Fabian, or Going to the Dogs (Dominik Graf) – 6.3
  • Ghost Song (Nicolas Peduzzi) – 6.3
  • Moon, 66 Questions (Jacqueline Lentzou) – 6.2
  • Onoda (Arthur Harari) – 6.2
  • Drive My Car (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) – 6.1
  • Benedetta (Paul Verhoeven) – 6.1
  • Topology of Sirens (Jonathan Davies) – 6.1
  • Come Here (Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 6.0
  • Titane (Julia Ducournau) – 6.0
  • Prayers for the Stolen (Tatiana Huezo) – 6.0
  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Radu Jude) – 5.9
  • In Front of Your Face (Hong Sang-soo) – 5.9
  • Drift Away (Xavier Beauvois) – 5.9
  • We (Alice Diop) – 5.9
  • Pebbles (P.S. Vinothraj) – 5.9
  • Ahed’s Knee (Nadav Lapid) – 5.8
  • The Card Counter (Paul Schrader) – 5.8
  • Searchers (Pacho Velez) – 5.8
  • All Light, Everywhere (Theo Anthony) – 5.8
  • The Crusade (Louis Garrel) – 5.7
  • Haruhara-san’s Recorder (Kyoshi Sugita) – 5.7
  • The Tale of King Crab (Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis) – 5.7
  • Întregalde (Radu Muntean) – 5.6
  • A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (Shengze Zhu) – 5.6
  • Neptune Frost (Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman) – 5.6
  • The Inventory Will Be Drawn Up at 11 a.m. in the Presence of the Poet’s Wife (Martin Verdet) – 5.6
  • Azor (Andreas Fontana) – 5.5
  • The Cathedral (Ricky D’Ambrose) – 5.5
  • Futura (Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, & Alice Rohrwacher) – 5.5
  • A Glitch in the Matrix (Rodney Ascher) – 5.5
  • Unclenching the Fists (Kira Kovalenko) – 5.5
  • From Where They Stood (Christophe Cognet) – 5.5
  • For Lucio (Pietro Marcello) – 5.4
  • Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (Edwin) – 5.4
  • Nitram (Justin Kurzel) – 5.4
  • Cryptozoo (Dash Shaw) – 5.4
  • Black Notebooks [Ronit] (Shlomi Elkabetz) – 5.4
  • Social Hygiene (Denis Côté) – 5.4
  • Babi Yar. Context (Sergei Loznitsa) – 5.4
  • Pig (Michael Sarnoski) – 5.3
  • Drunken Birds (Ivan Grbovic) – 5.3
  • Dirty Feathers (Carlos Alfonso Corral) – 5.3
  • Forest: I See You Everywhere (Bence Fliegauf) – 5.3
  • Earwig (Lucile Hadžihalilović) – 5.2
  • Outside Noise (Ted Fendt) – 5.2
  • The Invisible Mountain (Ben Russell) – 5.2
  • The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion) – 5.2
  • A Hero (Asghar Farhadi) – 5.2
  • The Velvet Underground (Todd Haynes) – 5.2
  • Landscapes of Resistance (Marta Popivoda) – 5.2
  • I’m Your Man (Maria Schrader) – 5.1
  • Black Notebooks [Viviane] (Shlomi Elkabetz) – 5.1
  • Aloners (Hong Sung-eun) – 5.1
  • Tralala (Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu) – 5.1
  • Jack’s Ride (Susana Nobre) – 5.1
  • Great Freedom (Sebastian Meise) – 5.0
  • Marx Can Wait (Marco Bellocchio) – 5.0
  • Returning to Reims [Fragments] (Jean-Gabriel Périot) – 5.0
  • Deception (Arnaud Desplechin) – 5.0
  • A Night of Knowing Nothing (Payal Kapadia) – 5.0
  • Bloodsuckers (Julian Radlmaier) – 5.0
  • Compartment No. 6 (Juho Kuosmanen) – 4.9
  • A Cop Movie (Alonso Ruizpalacios) – 4.9
  • The White Fortress (Igor Drljača) – 4.9
  • Censor (Prano Bailey-Bond) – 4.9
  • Taming the Garden (Salomé Jashi) – 4.8
  • Reflection (Valentyn Vasyanovych) – 4.8
  • Dune: Part One (Denis Villeneuve) – 4.8
  • The Divide (Catherine Corsini) – 4.8
  • House Arrest (Alexey German Jr.) – 4.8
  • What Will Summer Bring (Ignacio Ceroi) – 4.8
  • Petrov’s Flu (Kirill Serebrennikov) – 4.7
  • The Scary of Sixty-First (Dasha Nekrasova) – 4.7
  • Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen) – 4.7
  • The Story of My Wife (Ildiko Enyedi) – 4.7
  • Let’s Say Revolution (Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval) – 4.6
  • The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun (Wes Anderson) – 4.6
  • Garage: Engines and Men (Claire Simon) – 4.6
  • Limbo (Soi Cheang) – 4.5
  • Ste. Anne (Rhayne Vermette) – 4.5
  • Mr. Kneff (Steven Soderbergh) – 4.5
  • Jane by Charlotte (Charlotte Gainsbourg) – 4.5
  • Paris 13th District (Jacques Audiard) – 4.4
  • Casablanca Beats (Nabil Ayouch) – 4.4
  • Language Lessons (Natalie Morales) – 4.4
  • Sundown (Michel Franco) – 4.4
  • They Carry Death (Samuel M. Delgado & Helena Girón) – 4.3
  • Last Night in Soho (Edgar Wright) – 4.3
  • Lamb (Valdimar Jóhannsson) – 4.3
  • Taste (Lê Bảo) – 4.3
  • Natural Light (Dénes Nagy) – 4.2
  • Three Floors (Nanni Moretti) – 4.2
  • Between Two Worlds (Emmanuel Carrère) – 4.2
  • Ski (Manque La Banca) – 4.1
  • CODA (Siân Heder) – 4.1
  • Ali & Ava (Clio Barnard) – 4.1
  • Lingui (The Sacred Bonds) (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun) – 4.0
  • Benediction (Terence Davies) – 3.8
  • The Innocents (Eskil Vogt) – 3.7
  • Cow (Andrea Arnold) – 3.6
  • Spencer (Pablo Larraín)– 3.6
  • The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation (Avi Mograbi) – 3.5
  • After Yang (Kogonada) – 3.4
  • After Blue (Paradis sale) (Bertrand Mandico) – 3.2
  • Hold Me Tight (Matheiu Amalric) – 3.1
  • Prisoners of the Ghostland (Sion Sono) – 3.1
  • Playground (Laura Wandel) – 2.9
  • Flag Day (Sean Penn) – 2.4