January 24, 2022

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Ryan’s Top 201 Movies of 2021

2021 was a messed up year.  With so much uncertainty in the world, it’s no wonder that uncertainty extended to movies.  Movie theaters looked to be on their last legs when 2021 started, and although they came back in a way a lot of movies changed their release plans to online streaming.  Taking advantage of that trend, I endeavored to watch at least 169 movies this year.  Movies being defined as anything that met MPAA movie rules or that were going to/did have a theatrical release.  I ended up seeing 201 of those movies.  The full list is below, but here are a few of my thoughts:

  • The Matrix Resurrections was my favorite film of the year.  The original is my favorite movie of all time so I was incredibly eager to see what the fourth film would bring.  I showed my kids the original trilogy in preparation, and I have to say the dislike I had for the third film had faded somewhat–I saw the story the Wachowskis were trying to tell and I just didn’t get it back then.  I think the update to the story is something Lana Wachowski needed to bring some closure to the original tale, an attempt to almost rewrite the ending but staying true to the original trilogy.  I loved every moment of this movie.
  • Yay, Musicals! In The Heights was so incredible, visually–I’m now super excited to see what Jon Chu can do with Wicked.  Tick Tick Boom was a blast to watch.  Come From Away was surprisingly emotional.  And Coda, although not a musical, was a heart-warming story involving music that pulled all the heartstrings.  I didn’t get a chance to see West Side Story (dang) or Dear Evan Hanson (I’m okay with that) but musicals have shown they can be done well and connect with modern audiences.  Let’s see a lot more!
  • No Time To Die was bold, brave, and an amazing end to a fantastic arc.
  • Home Sweet Home Alone was the worst mass released film of the year.  How did this movie get made and why did we finish watching it?  I think we just wanted the hero of the movie to lose, and that’s awful.
  • Knights of Newgate was the worst movie of the year.  You haven’t heard of it unless I complained about it to you. It’s free on Amazon Prime and that’s too much to spend.  It’s an awful plot with even worse dialogue and special effects that were made on a Game Cube.  This is not a movie you should ever watch but could be useful as a punishment in the future.

Here’s the full list.  Happy to talk about the scores in the comments!

Rank Title Score
1 The Matrix Resurrections 99
2 In The Heights 98
2 Tick Tick Boom 98
2 Coda 98
5 Come From Away 97.99
6 Free Guy 97
7 Spider-Man: No Way Home 96
8 The Power of the Dog 94
9 Belfast 93.9
10 In & Of Itself 93.6
11 No Time to Die 93.5
12 Cruella 93.1
13 Shang-Chi And The Stupid Long Title 92.7
14 Red Notice 92.6
15 The Harder They Fall 92.5
16 Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know 92.1
17 Swan Song 92
18 Judas and the Black Messiah 91.9
19 F9 91.8
20 The Mitchells vs. The Machines 91.7
21 Beckett 91.5
22 The Suicide Squad 91.4
23 Reminiscence 90.99
24 Nobody 90.9
25 Malice at the Palace 90.85
26 I Care A Lot 90.6
27 Army of the Dead 90.5
28 Coming 2 America 90
29 Blood Red Sky 89.7
30 Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas 89.5
31 Assassins 89.4
31 Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street 89.4
33 The Unforgivable 89.3
34 One Night in Miami 89.1
35 The Dissident 88.9
36 Promising Young Woman 88.8
37 Raya and the Last Dragon 88
37 Best Sellers 88
39 No Sudden Moves 87.5
40 Here Today 87.4
41 Being James Bond 87.007
42 Playing God 87
43 Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry 86.9
44 The Guilty 86
45 Fear Street Part 2: 1978 85.9
46 Fear Street Part 3: 1666 85.6
47 Plan B 85.5
48 The God Committee 85.3
49 The Vault 85.25
50 Encanto 85
51 Kate 84.8
52 Friends: The Reunion 84.3
53 Reopening Night 84
54 Fear Street Part 1: 1994 83.9
55 Golden Arm 83.6
56 Space Sweepers 83.5
56 Woodstock 99 83.5
58 Major Grom: Plague Doctor 83.2
59 Stowaway 83.1
60 Mother/Android 83
60 Julia 83
62 Moxie 82
62 False Positive 82
62 Fruitcake Fraud 82
65 The Little Things 81
65 Yes Day 81
65 A Quiet Place Part 2 81
65 Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed 81
65 The Starling 81
65 Dune 81
65 Being the Ricardos 81
65 Night Teeth 81
65 Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road 81
65 Nine Days 81
75 Things Heard & Seen 80
75 Found 80
77 Framing Britney Spears 79
77 8-Bit Christmas 79
79 The Block Island Sound 78
79 Don’t Look Up 78
79 Wrath of Man 78
82 Godzilla vs. Kong 77
82 Gunpowder Milkshake 77
82 Bankrolled 77
85 Zack Snyder Justice League 76
85 The Seventh Day 76
85 The Virtuoso 76
85 Army of Thieves 76
89 Ratatouille the Musical 75
89 Tina 75
91 The Paper Tigers 74
92 Fever Dream 73
92 Werewolves Within 73
94 Bo Burnham: Inside 72
94 Jungle Cruise 72
94 The Card Counter 72
97 Finding ‘Ohana 71
97 The Map of Tiny Perfect Things 71
97 Operation Varsity Blues 71
97 Super Me 71
97 SAS: Red Notice 71
102 WeWork 70
102 Mortal Kombat 70
102 Shiny_Flakes 70
102 There’s Someone Inside Your House 70
102 Ride the Eagle 70
107 Thunder Force 68
107 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions 68
107 Single All The Way 68
110 By Rook or Left Hook: The Story of Chessboxing 67
111 White Tiger 66
112 The SpongeBob Movie 65
112 The Tomorrow War 65
112 Mixtape 65
115 Bliss 64
115 Made You Look 64
115 Minari 64
115 Cinderella 64
115 Forever Rich 64
115 Dead Asleep 64
121 Without Remorse 63
121 Till Death 63
123 America: The Motion Picture 62
123 Black Widow 62
123 How I Became A Superhero 62
123 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 62
123 The Stronghold 62
123 Hypnotic 62
129 The Woman in the Window 61
129 Nomadland 61
129 Conjuring 3 61
129 Good on Paper 61
133 Roadrunner 58
133 Finch 58
135 Venom 2 57
135 Lulli 57
137 P!nk: All I Know So Far 55
137 Fatherhood 55
137 Snake Eyes 55
137 Pray Away 55
137 Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway 55
142 Intrusion 54
143 Prey 53
143 The Whole Truth 53
143 Cusp 53
146 Awake 52
146 Twas the Fight Before Christmas 52
148 Good Timing with Jo Firestone 51
148 Peter Rabbit 2 51
148 The Eyes of Tammy Faye 51
151 Hero Mode 48
151 Love Hard 48
153 Together Together 47
154 Why Did You Kill Me? 46
154 Shatner in Space 46
154 How it Ends 46
157 Vivo 45
157 Vacation Friends 45
157 Eternals 45
157 Chocolate Road 45
157 Zola 45
162 Locked Down 44
162 Oxygen 44
162 Val 44
162 Closed for Storm 44
166 Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell 43
166 Queenpins 43
166 Dark Web: Cicada 3301 43
169 Homesick 40
169 Parallel 40
169 Our Towns 40
169 I Am All Girls 40
169 Sweet Girl 40
169 Beanie Mania 40
175 Infinite 38
175 Reno 911! The Hunt for Q Anon 38
177 Kid 90 35
177 Dog Gone Trouble 35
179 Aftermath 32
180 Searching For Sheela 31
180 A Glitch In The Matrix 31
182 Outside the Wire 30
182 And Tomorrow the Entire World 30
182 Voyagers 30
182 The Cleaner 30
186 Luca 29
187 Sentinelle 28
188 Those Who Wish Me Dead 25
188 Sam Smith: Love Goes 25
190 Afterlife of the Party 22
190 We Broke Up 22
190 The Last Mercenary 22
190 River 22
194 These Streets We Haunt 21
195 Magic Max 20
195 Space Jam 2 20
197 Expiry 18
198 Tom & Jerry 15
199 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar 7
200 Home Sweet Home Alone 3
201 Knights of Newgate 2
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