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I Watched 100+ Movies in 2021

by Michala 6 months ago in movie
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My thoughts, ratings, and if they're worth watching

Movie posters for Don't Look Up, The Descent, Zola, Big Time Adolescence, But I'm a Cheerleader, Sound of Metal, Army of the Dead, The Harder They Fall, Synchronic, and Brokeback Mountain

I watched so many movies this year, over 100 of them, and all for the first time. After watching each film, I rated them on Letterboxd. I wrote this article to discuss the plot of each film without any spoilers, what I rated them after watching, and if I think each film is worth you watching. All of my suggestions are based off of my opinion.

There are so many movies to watch with so little time to watch all of them, so I wanted to create a guide each year of what movies I think are worth watching. Here, you will find movies from the '80s to recent releases, dramas, comedies, thrillers, family friendly films, and horror movies. The order in which I share each movie is the order in which I watched them throughout the year. Enjoy!

Raising Cain

Children are disappearing and a child psychologist may be behind the disappearances.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I would recommend watching this movie at least once.

Rust Creek

A college student fights for her survival on her road trip home.

2/5 stars

Yes, if you like thrillers, then I recommend you watch this one.

ariana grande: excuse me, i love you

A behind-the-scenes view of Ariana Grande's Sweetener tour.

1/5 stars

No, I would only watch this if you are a fan of Ariana Grande.

November Criminals

To be quite honest, I don't remember much of this movie.

1/5 stars

No, I do not recommend this movie because it was not rememberable.

Truth and Lies: Jonestown

A documentary about Jim Jones and his religious movement that ended in tragedy.

3/5 stars

Yes, I would watch this documentary if you are interested in cults and religion.

The Evil in Us

This is another film that I do not remember much about.

1.5/5 stars

No, I would not recommend you watch this film.

Wildling

A woman who has been held captive her whole life discovers the outside world for the first time.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I really liked this movie and would recommend it.

Big Time Adolescence

A high schooler becomes best friends with a college dropout.

4/5 stars

Yes, It's a different coming-of-age story.

Above Majestic

A documentary about 12 conspiracies.

1/5 stars

No, I wouldn't recommend this.

Alone

A woman is kidnapped and escapes a cold-blooded killer.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, this movie had me on the edge of my seat.

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis

A comedian talks about struggles of their mid-twenties, calling it a quarter-life crisis

2/5 stars

No, this comedy special was only okay.

Sightless

A woman loses her sight and is placed into an environment to help her adjust to her new life.

2/5 stars

No, I think there are so many movies just like this but better.

Malcolm & Marie

A young couple unpacks their night after an award show.

1/5 stars

No, unless you like watching people argue.

Framing Britney Spears

A documentary on Britney Spears's conservatorship.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I enjoyed this documentary enough to write an article about it.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

A documentary series about a serial killer in L.A., based on true events.

2/5 stars

No, unless you want to instill fear onto yourself.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Two best friends befriend a girl who is sick with cancer.

3/5

Yes, especially if you like movie adaptations of books.

Possessor

A brain implant allows people to inhabit other people.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, you should watch this film! The idea is so clever.

Love Potion No. 9

Two veterinarians try a potion that will make them find their true love.

2/5 stars

No, I would not recommend watching it.

Antebellum

An author is trapped in her reality that feels off.

1.5/5 stars

No, I would not recommend this film.

I Care a Lot

A legal guardian gets herself into some trouble.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I would watch this film at least once.

Buffaloed

A young woman does anything to make money to get out of her hometown.

2/5 stars

No, I wouldn't recommend this movie.

Just Married

A married couple discovers how much they don't want to be married during their honeymoon.

2.5/5 stars

I would recommend watching this film at least once!

The Assistant

An assistant becomes aware of abuse at her job.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I found the acting to be really good in this film.

Triggered

A group of friends wake up with bombs strapped to their chests and have to figure out how to remove them.

2/5 stars

No, the concept was interesting but the ending sucked.

Gothika

A psychologist wakes up in the same mental institution in which she is employed.

3/5 stars

Yes, this movie deserves to be watched!

Homefront

To be honest, I don't remember anything about this movie.

0.5/5 stars

No, it's okay to skip this film.

Hell Fest

A Halloween theme park has an undercover killer.

2.5/5 stars

No, I would not recommend watching this movie because it kind of sucked even though I liked it.

Save Yourselves!

A couple takes a no-phone vacation and misses the news that the world is under attack.

2/5 stars

Yes, please watch this movie at least once! It's quirky and cute.

But I'm a Cheerleader

A cheerleader is sent away to "sexual redirection" school after having thoughts of being a lesbian.

3/5 stars

Yes, watch this movie!

The Descent

A group of friends go on a cave expedition and try to find their way out, only to realize they aren't the only ones there.

5/5 stars

Yes, this is one of my favorite movies I watched this year, and definitely one of my favorite horror films now.

Villans

I vaguely remember this film, sorry.

1.5/5 stars

No, this film was not rememberable.

Teresa's Tattoo

A girl wakes up with a tattoo.

1/5 stars

No, it's okay if you skip this film.

You're Next

A dinner party turns deadly but one guest is not here for it.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, please watch this movie!

Follow Me

I don't remember much of this film besides it being so bad, but I could have also sworn it was titled something else when I watched it.

0.5/5 stars

No, this movie is not important.

Bad Trip

Eric Andre pulls pranks on people in public.

1/5 stars

No, don't watch this unless you find Eric Andre's humor funny.

Captain Fantastic

A dad who lives in the forest with his children ventures back into society when their mother passes away.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I would watch this movie at least once.

Devil's Knot

Little kids are murdered and three teenage boys could be behind it.

2/5 stars

Yes, I liked this film.

Untouchable

A documentary about the horrible Harvey Weinstein.

2/5 stars

Yes, if you like watching documentaries about abusers.

Suburban Gothic

A guy who talks to the dead tries to find a ghost who is threatening his town.

1/5 stars

Yes, especially if you like Kat Dennings.

What Lies Below

Something is off about a teen's mom's new boyfriend.

0.5/5 stars

No, I barely remember this movie.

The Lodge

An almost stepmom is snowed in with her soon to be stepdaughters.

2/5 stars

Yes, I enjoyed this film!

Vamps

Two vampires decide if they want to be dead forever once love enters their life.

1.5/5 stars

No, I thought this film was going to be better than it was.

American Murder: The Family Next Door

A documentary following the disappearances within a family.

2/5 stars

No, unless you're a true crime junkie for some reason.

Thunder Force

Two best friends accidentally turn themselves into superheroes.

1/5 stars

No, this is not a good or funny movie.

2067

A man goes to the future to try and change his current reality.

1/5 stars

Yes, although this movie isn't that great.

Seaspiracy

A documentary about the pollution in the ocean.

1/5 stars

Yes, I think it's important to watch this documentary.

Death of Me

A couple wakes up without recollection of what happened to them after a night spent on a remote island.

1/5 stars

No, this movie was boring.

WeWork: of The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn

A documentary about the making and breaking of a cult, excuse me, company.

2.5/5 stars

No, this is a really boring documentary.

Synchronic

Paramedics become curious about a synthetic drug that is causing a trail of deaths

3/5 stars

Yes, this was better than I expected.

The Stand In

An actress asks her stand in to take her place in a rehab facility.

1/5 stars

Yes, I liked the concept of this film.

White Boy

A documentary about a white boy in the middle of a drug operation in Detroit, Michigan.

1/5

No, I only watched this documentary because I am from Michigan.

Brokeback Mountain

Two cowboys share a summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, please watch this! It's a good slow burn.

Total Recall

A man discovers that his reality may not be real.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, this one is considered a classic.

Kindred Spirits

A sister comes home after a long time with no explanation.

1.5/5 stars

No, this movie was not that interesting.

Roll Red Roll

This documentary follows a sad story about a girl and a high school football team.

3/5 stars

No, unless you love documentaries as I do.

Arrival

As aliens land on earth, a language expert is asked to talk to them to see if the aliens are friends or foes.

4/5 stars

Yes, it's a different aspect of an alien invasion.

The Disaster Artist

An aspiring actor accidentally makes the worst movie ever with the help of a friend.

3/5 stars

Yes, especially if you've watched The Room.

Waiting...

A group of waiters and waitresses try to find the meaning of life while attending a job they don't like.

0.5/5 stars

No, unless your humor is still stuck in the early 2000s.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

A police officer begins to solve murders but ends up being a part of the murderer's games.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, especially if you are a fan of the Saw franchise.

Blast from the Past

A man who has lived underground for over 30 years ventures above ground to find groceries and a wife.

2/5 stars

No, you do not need to see this movie.

Little Joe

A genetic engineer creates a flower that is supposed to make people happy.

1.5/5 stars

No, although the concept is interesting.

My Cousin Vinny

After being mistakenly arrested and accused of murder, two friends rely on a cousin who is a lawyer.

3/5 stars

Yes, this movie is good.

Rent-A-Pal

A lonely man finds companionship in a host of a VHS film.

3/5 stars

Yes, I haven't seen a movie like this in a while.

Army of the Dead

During a zombie apocalypse, a team of people ventures to Vegas to claim a stash of money.

0.5/5 stars

Yes, I found this film to be entertaining, but I gave it a low rating because there were too many plot holes for me.

The Quiet Place Part II

A family continues to venture to safety without making a sound in this sequel.

4/5 stars

Yes, especially if you've seen the first one.

Mars Attacks!

An alien invasion thought to come in peace is misinterpreted.

1/5 stars

Yes, I guess this movie is considered a cult classic.

Almost Famous

A music-obsessed reporter lands a gig with The Rolling Stone to follow one of his favorite bands on tour.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I actually want to watch this film again.

Saint Maud

A nurse and newfound Christian take care of an ex-dancer.

3/5 stars

Yes, even though there are many movies like this.

Fear Street: 1994

There's a series of deaths in a town and teens try to figure out who is doing it.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, Netflix did a good job at adapting the Fear Street stories.

Fools Rush In

A woman becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and the man has to decide if he wants to make a life with her or choose his career.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, even though it's unrealistic, I found it cute.

As Above, So Below

An archeologist and a camera crew go through the Catacombs below Paris to find a powerful stone.

1/5 stars

No, watch The Descent instead.

Fun with Dick and Jane

After losing jobs, a couple has to do crime to pay back their debt.

4/5 stars

Yes, especially if you're in a silly, goofy mood.

Fear Street: 1978

A camp counseler goes on a killing spree while the camp kids try to figure out why.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, this is part two of Netflix's adaptation of Fear Street.

What Dreams May Come

A man dies goes to heaven, but has to find his wife when she dies.

2/5 stars

Yes, especially if you want to cry.

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny

Two musicians become friends and go on a quest to become the best musicians ever.

5/5 stars

Yes, especially if you are a fan of Jack Black.

Fear Street: 1666

A witch hunt leaves a curse across town for centuries to come.

4/5 stars

Yes, it's the third part of Netflix's adaptation of Fear Street.

The Strangers

A couple heads to a family home for a getaway only to be tortured by masked people.

3/5 stars

Yes, this movie is so good.

Zola

A dancer is convinced by her dancer friend to go on a trip to make some quick cash.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, this movie is based off real events that were told as a Twitter thread.

Phobias

Paitents who have life-changing phobias are in a doctor's care, only for their fears to be intensified.

2/5 stars

Yes, I found this premise to be interesting.

Attack the Block

A group of teens protects their neighborhood from an alien attack.

3/5 stars

Yes, it's a funny movie.

He's All That

As a spin-off of She's All That where the roles are flipped.

1/5 stars

No, save yourself from the bad acting.

star-crossed: the film

Kacey Musgraves visualizes her divorce album.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, it's very camp.

Love and Monsters

After being underground for seven years since monsters took over the surface, a man travels across towns to reconnect with his girlfriend.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I thought this movie was cute.

1 Night in San Diego

Two best friends venture to San Diego to meet up with their high school crush.

0.5/5 stars

No, this is an awful movie.

Labyrinth

A girl has to save her baby brother from the goblin king.

3/5 stars

Yes, this movie is a classic.

Till Death

A married couple on the rocks spends their anniversary night at a remote location, only for the wife to wake up the next day handcuffed to her dead husband.

3/5 stars

Yes, I thought this movie was great.

Generational Wealth

A photographer captures the stories of the rich, famous, and the world's obsession with wealth.

2/5 stars

Yes, I found this documentary to be intersting.

Funhouse

A group of influencers and celebrities attend a game show where they compete to win money.

1/5 stars

No, there are other films that do better at this storyline.

Trick 'r Treat

Real ghosts and other creatures wreak havoc on a town when jack-o-lanterns are smashed before midnight.

3/5 stars

Yes, this is a good movie to watch on Halloween.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A killer haunts teenagers in their dreams and in real life.

4/5 stars

Yes, this is a great slasher film.

Halloween Kills

Michael Myers is still alive as the town and his victims try to kill him again for good.

3/5 stars

Yes, especially if you are a fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

V/H/S/2

People discover tapes that are disturbing to watch.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, especially if you like live footage films.

Eighth Grade

A girl is re-discovering herself as she gets through her last week of middle school after a tough year.

3/5 stars

Yes, this is such a great film!

Sound of Metal

A drummer loses his hearing and has to learn how to live without one of the five senses.

3/5 stars

Yes, this movie is really good.

Vivarium

A young couple so badly want to find the perfect house, and once they find it, it won't let them leave.

2/5 stars

Yes, I found this aspect to be intersting.

Nocturnal Animals

A woman is sent her ex-husbands manuscript of his new book, and as she reads it, she is reimagining her past.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I liked the aspect of this film.

May

A traumatized girl grows up into a woman and has to learn how to make friends.

2.5/5 stars

Yes, I think this movie is underrated.

The Curse of Von Dutch: A Brand to Die For

A documentary about the brand Von Dutch and who claims to have created it.

1/5 stars

No, this is one of the worst documentary series I have ever seen.

Queen of the Damned

A vampire summons the queen of all vampires with his music.

3/5 stars

Yes, if not for Aaliyah then for the music.

The Neon Diamond

A young model moves to Los Angeles to become a model and is loved by photographers and agents and hated on by other models.

1.5/5 stars

Yes, although it is kind of a slow burn.

Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street

A documentary crew follows five heroin addicts over the course of two years.

3/5 stars

Yes, this is a really good documentary on addiction.

The Harder They Fall

A cowboy and his gang come together to get revenge on an enemy.

5/5 stars

Yes, this movie is so good and has great actors in it!

Hypnotic

After getting out of her relationship and trying to get back to herself, a woman seeks help from a therapist.

1/5 stars

No, this is not a good movie.

Recovery Boys

A group of men try to recover from their addiction issues.

2/5 stars

Yes, another good documentary on addiction.

The Wailing

A stranger arrives and people get murdered.

2/5 stars

No, this movie is long and takes a long time to get to the point.

Thir13en Ghosts

A family inherits a house from a dead family member only to realize that it is inhabitat with ghosts.

3.5/5 stars

Yes, this movie is great.

Good Time

A set of brothers get caught in a robbery and one brother tries to keep out of jail.

2/5 stars

Yes, especially if you liked Uncut Gems.

Don't Look Up

A life-ending comet is discovered by a PhD student and an astrologer and they try to warn the world how little time they have left.

3/5 stars

Yes, this movie has a good message and is uncomfortably relateable.

Better Watch Out

A babysitter is left to protect herself and the kid she's babysitting from home invaders.

4/5 stars

Yes, this is an amazing Christmas movie for those that like horror films.

The Ramen Girl

A women moves to Tokyo for her boyfriend--only for him to leave her--so she makes a life for herself in a ramen shop.

2/5 stars

No, this movie did not age well, but RIP Brittany Murphy.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

A pseudo-documentary about a serial killer in New York.

3/5 stars

I only recommend this movie if you can stomach torture, violence, and true crime stories.

That's all, folks!

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About the author

Michala

I'm a 20-something writer and digital artist. Follow my art account @bratty.beach on Instagram for more creative content.

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