It’s that time of year when we think about the best movie of the year. 2021 has been a unique year for cinema, just like the year before. Be on the lookout next week for my personal list of the best anime 2021 with overseas movies and TV shows worth watching.
Animated films dominated many categories this year. One of my favorite international films, which also landed in our best animated films category, was The Summit of The Gods. On Netflix, the film follows a mountaineer determined to overcome the unbeatable Mount Everest at all costs. The French animated film tells the moving story of a man fleeing his past, while trying to honor a promise he once made. The film will touch you and give viewers a new respect for climbers.
Dune was a surprise success to no one, snagging our top spots for Movie, Original Score, Screenplay, and Best Director. It might seem unusual to some, or even unfair for such a mainstream title to win these categories, but the fact is, Dune picked up these victories. Of all the attempts to adapt Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s was one of the best and most thoughtful. With part one in the bag and part two lit green, we have some exciting stories to tell.
For our best movies of 2021, another animated film slipped into our top 3, Pixar’s Luca. Luca holds a special place for me. At first I couldn’t put my finger on it. Was this the unique setting of the film’s story? Was this the general plot? It was the feeling of innocence and acceptance that the film portrays in both its main characters and their families. Sure, the location in the Italian Rivera and the plot were fun, but you couldn’t help but fall in love with the main characters. Sometimes a feel-good movie, in a year full of dark and depressing themes, is a refreshing sight.
Check out the full list below.
Big winners 2021
top 7 movies
- The summit of the gods
- Licorice Pizza
- Tick, tick… Boom!
- The French Dispatch
- Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings
BEST LEADING ACTOR
- Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom!
BEST LEADING ACTRESS
- Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Benicio Del Toro, The French Dispatch
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Lashana Lynch, no time to die
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
- Roadrunner: a film about Anthony Bourdain
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST FIRST FEATURE
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tick, tick… Boom!