Wait did any movies even come out last year?

The pandemic has made the timing of movie releases weird. Movies endlessly have been getting delayed and it really seemed like nothing came out in 2021. With the Oscars coming up, y’know the most prestigious awards show nobody watches, we once again took it upon ourselves to reflect on if there was anything even worth watching or talking about for this year’s best movie podcast. The answer was YES! Even in a sea of delayed films, there was a number of great stuff that came out last year that supplied that much-needed escapism that only movies can provide, transporting our minds away from the harsh reality of real life and into a world of imagination and wonder. So join Tuong and Movie Lovers Nivala Maharaj, Jesse Anderson, and Alyssa Wooldridge as they binge all the films from last year to bring you a Top 5 Movies of 2021 list!

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Ground Rules

  • Movies must have come out in 2021
  • Does NOT need to be an Oscar contender.
  • Some movies came out last year don’t qualify for this year’s Oscars. We don’t really care about that. As long as it came out in 2021 it’s fair game to us
  • “Specials” don’t count as movies. (ie Comedy Specials)
  • Movies that are on our list are OUR favorite movies of 2021 and therefore don’t need to be considered the “best” for everyone else.
  • Documentaries count

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as some unordered lists and some ordered lists

Group Top 5

5. The Mitchells vs. the Machines

4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

3. Pig

2. Dune


Tuong’s Top 10 List (ordered)

10. Last Night in Soho

9. Pig

8. The Green Knight

7. In the Heights

6. Nightmare Alley

5. The Mitchells vs. the Machines

4. Dune

3. Spider-Man: No Way Home


1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

NOTE: My true #1 is actually Bo Burnham’s Inside which is a masterpiece in my opinion but since it’s not a “movie” and it’s a comedy special it doesn’t count.

Honorable Mentions: Encanto, Raya and the Last Dragon, Tick Tick Boom, Tragedy of Macbeth, King Richard

Dishonorable mentions: Red Notice, Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage

Nivala’s List (unordered)

  • Encanto
  • In the Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Jungle Cruise
  • King Richard
  • Belfast
  • Free Guy
  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Ma

Jesse’s List (unordered)

  • Dune
  • Pig
  • Stillwater
  • White tiger
  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Ma
  • No Sudden Move

Alyssa’s List Top 10 (ordered)

10. C’mon C’mon

9. Tick Tick Boom


7. King Richard

6. The Harder They Fall

5. Pig

4. Drive My Car

3. Red Rocket

2. The Power of the Dog

1.Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Ma

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