Paid Members Devon Malcolm Posted December 29, 2021 Paid Members Share Posted December 29, 2021 Somebody who knows something about music, TV, games and what-have-you should do threads for those because I don't. Anyway, this was my top 10 of the year. In reverse order for 'dramatic' effect. 10) The Killing of Two Lovers I don't think I would have believed you if you'd said one of the best films of the year would have been a psychological drama starring the guy who played Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon TV show. But here we are. Not only that, but Clayne Crawford gives one of the best performances of the year as well. The opening scene is incredible and it's intense and gripping for the whole rest of the running time. 9) Bad Trip What I was expecting - lots of really, really funny and juvenile pranks and humour. What I wasn't expecting - a film that is also about the kindness and support of strangers that unexpectedly becomes one of the most wholesome films of the year. Eric Andre and Tiffany Haddish are the best. 8. Censor Takes its place alongside Berberian Sound Studio as a film that delves into the psychology of horror while also being uncomfortable and tense in its own right. Absolutely ridiculous that this was Prano Bailey-Bond's debut, and what a couple of years Niamh Algar is having. 7) The Medium Just when you thought the found footage film was dead, The Medium wandered along and became one of the greatest films in the history of the genre, if not the greatest. Actually uses the gimmick believably and uses its lengthy running time to gradually drain you of all your nerves. The best horror film of the year. 6) Riders of Justice Anders Thomas Jensen is a madman who has been making weird black comedies like this his whole career, but this is his finest hour. Mads, of course, makes it his but the support characters and story progression mean just as much. Some people will hate it but that doesn't stop it from being brilliant. 5) The Mitchells vs. The Machines The best animated film of the year by some distance. Its depth of character and humour are everything you would expect from the Into the Spider-Verse team, but it's also amazingly subtle with its themes of representation. It's also hilarious and the animation is impossible to fathom. 4) The Card Counter Paul Schrader is suddenly, unexpectedly doing the best work of his career. He follows up First Reformed with a film that somehow ties in themes of PTSD with addiction and gets Oscar Isaac's best career performance to strengthen it all like he did from Ethan Hawke in his previous film. Not an easy watch but so good. 3) C'mon C'mon Mike Mills (not that one) has established himself as one of the greatest American directors working today with his 20th Century Women / C'mon C'mon double-bill. A really warm and thoughtful film about single parenting, adult guilt and youthful hopes for the future. Phoenix great, as ever, but Gaby Hoffman's arguably better. 2) Another Round Mads so nearly had the perfect year, if it wasn't for Chaos Walking. The great Thomas Vinterberg's best film since Festen (and he's made The Hunt in that time), it's a film every bit as much about friendship and addiction as it is about mid-life crises. The end scene seems to have propelled it into popular culture but there is so much to this than its performances and ending. 1) Petite Maman Not the film anybody was perhaps expecting as Céline Sciamma's follow-up to the excellent Portrait of a Lady on Fire, but it's also a better film. A deceptively simple story about choldhood grief and trauma, it's also a beautiful film about friendship and family. Does so much more in 70 minutes than all of the year's biggest films managed in over double that running time. Just missing out were the Greek black comedy Apples, the crime thriller I'm Your Woman with an ace Rachel Brosnahan performance, and the Polish social media drama Sweat. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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