Top 10 – Best Films of 2021

2021 was another strange year with the cinemas closed for a while again, so attempting to watch new films and in particular those from 2021 was quite the challenge. I feel as though this list isn’t maybe as “good” as some lists but I have had to go by the films that I have seen and I might have missed some but here it goes! Sorry, not sorry that this was a great year for musicals!

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Awards: Golden Globes 2022 – Nominations

The nominations for the 2022 Golden Globes which won’t have any actual live ceremony this year and no starts in attendance!

Film

Best film – drama
Belfast
CODA
Dune
King Richard
The Power of the Dog

Best film – musical or comedy
Cyrano
Don’t Look Up
Licorice Pizza
tick, tick … Boom!
West Side Story

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2021 Letterboxd Stats!

This was my second proper full year of logging everything I watch on Letterboxd and it really is so helpful and useful for keeping track of which films you watched and being able to put tags on means you can then easily scroll through that way as well. My challenge for this year was to “review” each film as well, which meant I just put in a couple of comments about the film.

Here we can take a look at my 2021 stats and I am sure no one will be surprised with my most watched films either!

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Musical Moments – In the Heights (Tony Awards 2008)

After seeing In the Heights film for the second time at the cinema yesterday I felt this was the perfect time to have In the Heights as a musical moment. I have picked the performance from the original Broadway cast at the Tony Awards in 2008 in which it went on to win the Best New Musical Tony Award (and I was at these awards!)

In the Heights (2021) Review

Usnavi lives in Washington Heights in New York owning a bodega, constantly saving to get himself a better life back in his native the Dominican Republic. In the Heights shows how close the neighbourhood had been, but everything looked to be falling apart as everyone seems to want to get out.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Musicals: From Stage to Screen

I have always loved and adored musicals but I am fully aware that the genre seems to be the most difficult to please people who aren’t the biggest fans of them. After rewatching Chicago and the up and coming release of In the Heights it has me thinking about musicals going from stage to screen. Then if you have actually seen them on stage before the film adaptation or if you see the film first and then the stage musical. For obvious reasons a lot of changes have to be made when taking a show from the stage and putting it on screen, this is the main reason I feel Wicked has been left in production for around 12 years now. It’s one of my favourite stage musicals that I have currently seen nine times, but I really cannot picture how it will transfer to film without losing its magic and quite frankly being rather ridiculous on screen?

In the Heights is a show that I have been very lucky to see on stage twice, the first time on Broadway the night before it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2008 and then in the West End in 2016. Both times I appreciated the unique nature of the music and quite frankly I think it is better than Hamilton. Both obviously coming from the genius mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, seeing him perform on Broadway was certainly very special. I have been looking forward to seeing the film adaption of In the Heights since it was announced and that is now only a few weeks away. The reviews that have been released so far have been extremely positive and this increases my excitement to see the film. As we always seem to go through phases with musicals and one often leads to more being released.

I am really hoping that people who are not the biggest fans of musicals will give In the Heights a watch though as it really is not like any other musical you have seen before, we have come a very long way from the traditional musical numbers and acting. The rap/hiphop style is something so unique and different that it is a true joy to witness, I feel I have now moved more into begging people to see it, even though I haven’t myself yet either. I just hope audiences will be open minded and see something that dares to be different.

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Trailer: In the Heights (2021)

Feels very strange to be doing another post about a trailer for In the Heights and changing the release year to 2021. This is a film we should have all loved and enjoyed already. I was lucky enough to see this on Broadway the day before it won the Tony Award for best new musical back in 2008 and also saw it in 2016 in London.

It is a truly outstanding show and I personally think the musical numbers in it are better than Hamilton.

Poster: In The Heights (2020)

The teaser poster has dropped for the musical event of 2020 when In The Heights will be released in cinemas. It is a truly incredible musical which I have been lucky enough to see on stage twice.

The first time was on Broadway the night before it won the Tony Award for best new musical! Before Hamilton we had this truly incredible show and I am so please it has been made into a film, I like it better than Hamilton in all honesty! Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius.

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