Saturday 11 December 2021

Review of 2021: Cinema - 10 Favourite Films (+ Extras)

All the individual Top 10 Films of the Year lists by Sight and Sound contributors can be read here. My list as submitted is below... along with a few honourable mentions and extra categories. 

 1. The Power of the Dog (dir. Jane Campion)

2. Annette (dir. Leos Carax)

3. Leave No Traces (Żeby nie było śladów) (dir. Jan P. Matuszyński)

4. The Souvenir: Part II (dir. Joanna Hogg)

5. The Tragedy of Macbeth (dir. Joel Coen)

6. Mosquito State (dir. Filip Jan Rymsza)

7. The Lost Daughter (dir. Maggie Gyllenhaal)

8. Never Gonna Snow Again (Śniegu już nigdy nie będzie(dir. Małgorzata Szumowska)

9. Everyone Has a Summer (Każdy ma swoje lato) (dir. Tomasz Jurkiewicz)

10. My Wonderful Life (Moje wspaniałe życie) (dir. Łukasz Grzegorzek)

Honourable Mentions (or seen after submitting the Top 10):

Nowhere Special (dir. Uberto Pasolini)

Hyacinth (dir. Piotr Domalewski)

Passing (dir. Rebecca Hall)

Ammonite (dir. Francis Lee)

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (dir. Celeste Bell, Paul Sng)

Drive My Car (dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)


90th Birthday interview with Claire Bloom at BFI

Festival coverage: New HorizonsPolish Film Festival in Gdynia

50 Years of Sunday Bloody Sunday (A Conversation with Michał Oleszczyk at Cineaste)

Baffling Acclaim Awards: IWOW: I Walk on WaterBeginning, Bad Luck Banging, or Loony Porn, Last Night in Soho, Ultraviolence 

So Bad it's Good Award: Diana: The Musical (rather this than Spencer, any day) 

Favourite Scores: The Power of The Dog (Jonny Greenwood), The Lost Daughter (Dickon Hinchliffe)

Favourite Credit Sequence: Mosquito State

Cinematographer Heroine: Weronika Bilska (Everyone Has a Summer, Bo we mnie jest seks, My Wonderful Life, Songs About Love, Simple Things

TV: Uprising (BBC, dir. Steve McQueen, James Rogan), Stephen (ITV, dir. Alrick Riley)

Unexpected Crush: Adam Woronowicz (My Wonderful Life, Zupa Nic)


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    1. I hope you get the chance again soon. I had strong reservations about the final section but a lot of it is great.