FILMS… My Three Fave Film Releases for 2021



Do look down for my post all about my much loved movies from 2021…


The first of my Wandering Through the Shelves for 2022 posts lists three of my favourites on this topic.



This is the first of my two posts for January 2022 in this weekly entertainment challenge from Wandering Through the Shelves.  This week, I was challenged to pick three of my favourite 2021 film releases… and I’ve selected two I’ve seen and one on my to watch list.

More about this 2022 blogging challenge is HERE... and as the site says…

… Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them.

I’ve watched quite a few movies of all sorts this year in my role as a member in adding my nominations for the  Online Association of Female Critics 2021 Awards and  Women Film Critics Circle 2021 Awards. So picking just the three was harder than I thought, but also giving shout outs to Slalom, Being the Ricardos and Swan Song. These like the below films may figure in a lengthier post someday soon. 

Now on with my list… 


Don’t Look Up…

DON’T LOOK UP | Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence | Official Trailer | Netflix, Netflix

This film was the television event of Christmas Eve for this wee Scottish expat in Finland… with it boasting Leonardo DiCaprio heading an all-star cast in this sci-fi and disaster movie. It’s a TV Movie that will be honoured in all its glory and much more detail, one day soon. I don’t usually like sci-fi films but I liked this one as it had a more unique and satirical take on the Earth is doomed story. And you know I can’t resist an all-star cast…

It tells of a couple of astronomers, Kate, a PhD student and her professor, Dr Randall Mindy  – Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio – who discovers a comet is due to hit Earth in six months. The comet will wipe out the world’s life as we know it… so they try to convince everyone and anyone about the impending catastrophe, and this starts with them approaching the US President (Meryl Streep) and the media.

There’s a fabulous cast of supporting all-star cast of great names including Cate Blanchett, Melanie Lynskey and Jonah Hill. Now before I end up reviewing this film in-depth, I’ll let you discover this fun comedy for yourself.



Dune | Official Main Trailer, Warner Bros. Pictures

This is a remake of the David Lynch retro movie from 1985. This time it has Timothée Chalamet taking centre stage as the protagonist, Paul Atreides. Wikipedia states the plot HERE, and explains that Paul Atreides and

“his family, the noble House Atreides, is thrust into a war for the deadly and inhospitable desert planet Arrakis”.

This film version of the Frank Herbert story is much more engaging than the 1984 version which tbh I tried and failed to watch. And this was despite the stellar 1980s all-star cast including Kyle MacLachlan, Dean Stockwell, Sting and Francesca Annis. The new version was directed and written by Denis Villeneuve who was the man behind the camera for the fantastic Arrival (2016).

Dune‘s visuals and cinematography are breathtakingly captivating and it makes for a stunning ambience. The soundtrack is haunting but adds to the visuals in an immersive way. This film won an award HERE from the Online Association of Female Critics 2021 Awards for Best Cinematography. The 2021 plot is engagingly told by an all-star cast including Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.

and finally one I want to see – and review – after seeing this intriguing trailer…


The Sparks Brothers…

The Sparks Brothers – Official Trailer (2021) Edgar Wright, IGN

According to my Darlin Husband, I am hardly a candidate who would pass exams at Jack Black’s School of Rock (2003). So on first impressions, this film looked and sounded like a mockumentary with a zillion talking heads waxing lyrical about a fictional singing duo called the Sparks Brothers – and “real life” brothers – Russell and Ron Mael.

This trailer was accompanied by some snappy tunes, cool and quirky animation and musical 80s legends who I assumed were in on this joke. These included Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, Giorgio Moroder and even Patton Oswalt making an appearance! But I was surprised and shocked as after doing some research the Sparks Brothers are actually a real-life band, after a wee bit of research…

And check out all my weekly contributions for 2022 are all found HERE...  and read others’ contributions for this topic HERE


Don’t forget to read the other contributions for this topic on Wandering Through the Shelves link up HERE.

And tune in for my post for January 20 about my three favourite movies with time loops





6 thoughts on “FILMS… My Three Fave Film Releases for 2021

  1. Dune is popular this year and, for some reason, I have no desire to see it. On the other hand I really want to see the Leo film and Sparks Bros which looks very funny.

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