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. Rock Bottom Riser (Fern Silva)
  2. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi)
  3. Un monde flottant (Jean-Claude Rousseau)
  4. Saxifrages, Four White Nights (Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval)
  5. Mr. Bachmann and His Class (Maria Speth)
  6. The Girl and the Spider (Ramon Zürcher)
  7. Introduction (Hong Sang-soo)
  8. What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (Alexandre Koberidze)
  9. Teenage Emotions (Frédéric Da)
  10. The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet (Ana Katz)

 

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

  1. Her Socialist Smile (2020, John Gianvito)
  2. Rock Bottom Riser (2021, Fern Silva)
  3. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021, Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  4. Days (2020, Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. The Salt of Tears (2020, Philippe Garrel)
  6. About Endlessness (2019, Roy Andersson)
  7. Malmkrog (2020, Cristi Puiu)
  8. The Girl and the Spider (2021, Ramon Zürcher)
  9. Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (2019, Frank Beauvais)
  10. Atlantis (2019, Valentyn Vasyanovych)

 

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

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

 

Other 2021 films I’ve seen

  • The Good Woman of Sichuan (Sabrina Zhao) – 6.5
  • Friends and Strangers (James Vaughan) – 6.3
  • Fabian, or Going to the Dogs (Dominik Graf) – 6.3
  • Moon, 66 Questions (Jacqueline Lentzou) – 6.2
  • Come Here (Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 6.0
  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Radu Jude) – 5.9
  • Drift Away (Xavier Beauvois) – 5.9
  • We (Alice Diop) – 5.9
  • Pebbles (P.S. Vinothraj) – 5.9
  • Petite maman (Céline Sciamma) – 5.8
  • All Light, Everywhere (Theo Anthony) – 5.8
  • Searchers (Pacho Velez) – 5.8
  • A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (Shengze Zhu) – 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
  • A Glitch in the Matrix (Rodney Ascher) – 5.5
  • From Where They Stood (Christophe Cognet) – 5.5
  • For Lucio (Pietro Marcello) – 5.4
  • Cryptozoo (Dash Shaw) – 5.4
  • Social Hygiene (Denis Côté) – 5.4
  • Dirty Feathers (Carlos Alfonso Corral) – 5.3
  • Forest: I See You Everywhere (Bence Fliegauf) – 5.3
  • Landscapes of Resistance (Marta Popivoda) – 5.2
  • I’m Your Man (Maria Schrader) – 5.1
  • Jack’s Ride (Susana Nobre) – 5.1
  • Bloodsuckers (Julian Radlmaier) – 5.0
  • 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
  • What Will Summer Bring (Ignacio Ceroi) – 4.8
  • The Scary of Sixty-First (Dasha Nekrasova) – 4.7
  • Garage: Engines and Men (Claire Simon) – 4.6
  • Limbo (Soi Cheang) – 4.5
  • Ste. Anne (Rhayne Vermette) – 4.5
  • Language Lessons (Natalie Morales) – 4.4
  • Taste (Lê Bảo) – 4.3
  • Natural Light (Dénes Nagy) – 4.2
  • Ski (Manque La Banca) – 4.1
  • Prisoners of the Ghostland (Sion Sono) – 3.1