Ranking my Top 10 Films of 2021: Which Movies Made The Cut?

It’s that time of year again! As we get closer and closer to approaching 2022, I thought it would be the perfect time to count down my Top 10 Films of 2021. 

There are still a lot of movies that I have not seen yet, but I wanted to highlight some of my favorites of the year so far!

My Top 10 Films of 2021 are:

10

Fear Street Part Two: 1978

Fear Street 

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I really enjoyed the entire trilogy, but part two was on another level. It really channeled the slasher vibe of Friday the 13th with lots of gore and fun sprinkled in to keep the audience invested, as we turned back time in the best possible way!

9

Wrong Turn (2021)

Wrong Turn 2021

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It seems like there is a new reboot or reimagining popping up constantly, but Wrong Turn managed to really capture my attention. It’s very different from the original film and the sequels that I can really do without. It takes a creepy folk horror vibe and brings us a Final Girl worth getting excited about in a truly terrifying entry!

8

The Night House

The Night House

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A very different kind of horror movie that really stirred many of my emotions and created a powerful conversation about death and grief. This movie chilled me to my core and also made me contemplate things in my own life. You need to be in the right state of mind to watch this, but if you are looking for something beyond the average haunted house film, this is one to watch!

7

Free Guy

Free Guy

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This movie made me smile so much the entire time! Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer were a dream team and I just loved everything about this movie. The humor works and it is a nice escape to truly transport you somewhere else worth going! I loved it!

6

Pig

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My favorite performance by Nicolas Cage by far! I didn’t know what to expect when I started this movie, but it brought me on such an emotional journey in an unexpected way. This movie was brilliant and touching. I think it really created an important conversation about grief and loss in such a unique way.

5

Till Death

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I thought I had seen this type of movie before, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie and it became one of my favorite guilty pleasure thrillers of all time. Megan Fox puts forth a valiant effort and really reels us in as we witness her attempt to survive her chilling and deadly circumstances.

4

Candyman (2021)

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This film managed to continue the original story of Candyman in a relevant and effective way. The visual effects were chilling and stunning, creating a new kind of terror. I loved this film from start to finish and can’t wait to watch it again, but be careful about what you say in front of the mirror…

3

Malignant

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Completely bonkers but in the best possible way! This movie was like nothing I have ever seen before and I don’t think I truly appreciated it until I watched it a few times. Visually stunning, an effective music soundtrack, and an out of this world performance! We have really gotten some solid horror entries in 2021 and Malignant is leading the pack for sure!

2

Nobody

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Jam-packed with lots of action, Bob Odenkirk delivers in this fantastic fast-paced movie. This movie is right up there along with Taken, as it lets you tune out everything in the world and just focus on pure entertaining fun. This was the first film I saw back in movie theaters and I was beyond impressed!

Drum roll please…

1

Last Night in Soho

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An elegant and consuming film from start to finish. I loved every single second of this film. The fashion and setting were breathtaking and the performances were truly fantastic. This film is twisted and dark, but it has such an artistic flair to it as well. It captivated me completely and is my number one pick by far! An exceptional film worth getting excited about!

I hope to see more films from 2021 soon, but I hope you enjoyed the list! I wish you all a happy and healthy new year and can’t wait to review more new films in 2022! Happy viewing!

Spoiler-Free Review of “Gunpowder Milkshake” on Netflix: Girl Power to the Extreme

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“When they need someone to clean up their mess, they send me…”

Gunpowder Milkshake is an action thriller film that premiered on July 14th 2021. It is currently available to stream on Netflix. The film stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett. It runs for an hour and fifty-four minutes.

The film follows two assassins who happen to be mother and daughter. After being separated many years ago, the two reunite to help protect an eight year old girl from a dangerous group of men.

Here is the trailer:

Gunpowder Milkshake looks like a dream at first glance. The cast is out of this world and it immediately gives us a noir-Tarantino-John Wick-esque vibe which seems like it should be a lot of fun. However, imitation is not always a sign of flattery. Does its attempt to channel this film style get in the way of pure greatness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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All star cast.

If I wanted a group of female assassins to protect me, I would be more than thrilled if these ladies showed up. The cast was honestly the best part of the movie. These ladies kicked some ass and showed a lot of style and flair along the way. I wanted to explore some of the supporting characters more, but I loved each and every one of them and I thought that even the actress who played the young girl was truly talented.

Dream team right here!

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Plenty of action to go around.

If you are looking for mindless violence and plenty of fight scenes, you are in the right place. The film delivers in this category. While some of the fight scenes early on were a little bit too rehearsed and choreographed for my liking, the later scenes made up for this.

The Cons:

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Took a while to get going…

When I’m in the mood for a lot of action and violence, I don’t want the pace of the movie to feel slow. For me, this film took a while to get going. Sure, there was plenty of action in the first half of the movie, but the overall plot and pacing just felt slow and unsure of itself.

Once we got to the second half of the movie, I was all in, but I don’t want to have to wait an hour to get there…

Lost some originality points.

I’m all for a movie channeling the vibe of another work, but this film felt like a tired imitation of John Wick and Kill Bill at some points. The slow motion scenes with loud music behind them were almost excruciating to watch. They just didn’t really work here in my opinion.

Once we got to the second half of the film, I noticed that they stopped doing them so much, which really made a difference.

Having a cast of female leads should be empowering and inspiring. There were moments of this throughout the film, but I also thought they deserved a lot more and I also wanted some more humor worked into the film so it didn’t take itself too seriously. Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk was pure perfection for me and I think this film should have taken a page out of its book to understand that you don’t need to mash up popular film styles and gimmicks to make a film entertaining.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

The film was entertaining and I really adored the cast. It took a while to get going, but once it did, I was invested. I think if the film had made a few tweaks and abandoned its gimmicks and slow motion scenes, it would have been a lot better, but if you are looking for a fun action thriller, you’ll get that here.

I recommend watching Nobody first; however, if you haven’t already, which was absolutely incredible!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on Gunpowder Milkshake in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

Girl Number Thirteen is available here!

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