I actually really enjoy putting this “caught up with” list together each year (ok most years) mainly because I know people will wonder how I got to that year without seeing some truly classic and quite frankly outstanding films! While I call it a top 10, its not put in any particular order and has been filtered down from 40 that I thought were worthy to be included in the long list!
Prepare to be utterly amazed with some of my first time viewings in 2021 …
On September 11th 2001, so many people innocently went about their normal morning routine before heading to work on what was a very normal day having no idea the tragedy that was about to come. In New York City a plane hit one of the twin towers and the world watched thinking it was a truly terrible accident until a second plane hit the second tower and it was clear that America was under attack.
As a 14 year old I can still remember coming home from school and seeing the news as the plane hit the pentagon and the fourth was “brought down” we later found out about the heroics of those on board United 93. Going to school the following day in an English lesson we talked about it with newspaper reports, all struggling to understand it.
In all honesty even now twenty years later I still cannot understand this truly tragic and horrendous day, which then turned to weeks, months and years of grief for so many people. The brave emergency service workers doing their duty and not really having any idea what exactly was happening.
Over the past few weeks I have found myself watching so many documentaries about this day and the true amazing moments of human courage to help save others, it really has been an emotional journey to see and hear about more stories from this day.
Forever rest in peace to all those people from around the world who were impacted on that day and still now.
9/11 from the President’s perspective and everything that he did during that day and the decisions he had to make on the World Trade Center’s attack and how far this would then travel across America and the world.
When Lord Farquaad banishes all fairytale creates from his kingdom they take up the swamp of grumpy ogre Shrek, who then decides to make a deal to get his land back. This means he must travel to rescue Princess Fiona for her to marry the Lord, with a talking Donkey by his side nothing will go to plan.
Josh Nash was a truly brilliant mathematician who must attempt to control his mind in order to complete his work. After being diagnosed by schizophrenia it could then destroy everything he has worked hard to achieve.
Donnie Darko is a troubled teenager who narrowly escapes a very bizarre and life changing accident. He sleepwalks and has visions with an imaginary friend that is a man in large rabbit suit named Frank and is manipulated to commit a series of crimes.
The Tenenbaums are a rather dysfunctional family with the three gifted siblings having the potential to go on to achieve great success as they did in youth but not being able to transfer that into adulthood. The return of Royal their father after many years is about to cause chaos for the family, each dealing with their own problems and failure.
When General Eugene Irwin was sent to military prison he was never going to stay quiet against Col. Winter the sadistic man in charge, making the soldiers band together to in a fight to be treated in better ways.