The 5 Best Films of 2021

Creating a top 5 list of the best films of 2021 proved to be surprisingly difficult. We were spoilt for choice as films began actually releasing again.
From the local art house cinemas to the giant multiplexes to everything in between, cinema felt like it was on a come back in 2021. And with the unprecedented shortening of the window between a cinema release and a home release, more people had access to great cinema than ever before.
But with so much to choose from, which 5 films actually made the cut?

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No Time To Die (2021) Review

A new James Bond film being released is like national holiday for me. And with the long delayed release of No Time To Die, it was like all my Christmases had come at once.

No Time To Die is beautiful and heartbreaking, in equal measure. It’s a tragic love story masquerading as an action film. It’s one of the best and boldest Bond films ever made and one that will surely prove controversial for some Bond fans…

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The Suicide Squad (2021) Review

The first thing to note about James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is that it is better in every imaginable way to David Ayer’s disastrous 2016 effort. Rather more surprisingly however, is just how good Gunn’s film is when compared to the rest of the DC superhero movie pantheon. It’s a gross-out splatter-fest, earning it’s 15 rating in almost every minute of run time, but with a big ol’ heart underneath all the guts and gore. It’s not entirely perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun and is undoubtedly the DCEU’s best movie yet.

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Cinema of New Zealand: Sleeping Dogs (1977) Review

Sleeping Dogs is a landmark film for the cinema of New Zealand. It kick-started the countries very own new wave cinema movement and it heralded the arrival of two new voices with director Roger Donaldson and star Sam Neill.

But away from all that, it’s also just a really good thriller. The pacing is occasionally uneven but the film is certainly never boring. The beautiful cinematography and explosive action sequences disguises the film’s low-budget roots while Donaldson’s passionate direction shines throughout.

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The ‘Final Destination’ Franchise – Worst to Best

Like the ‘Saw’ franchise, from 2000 to 2011,¬†Final Destination¬†became a cinematic tradition. Released every few years, the series hooked audiences in with the promise of ridiculously gory and over-the-top deaths. But it did this with a surprisingly consistent approach, establishing and updating it’s strict set of in-world rules and building a impressively rich mythos. And also someone gets their guts pulled out of their arsehole.

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Greenland (2020) Review

Greenland is the latest action vehicle from Gerard Butler. Helmed by his Angel Has Fallen director, Ric Roman Waugh, It follows Butler’s John Garrity and his family as they try to find safe haven before the end of the world. It sounds a hell of a lot like Roland Emmerich’s 2012 but surprisingly, Greenland has so much more to offer…

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‘Insidious’ – Worst to Best

After jumping into the ‘Saw’ franchise amid the country-wide lockdown, we decided to follow it up with James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s other franchise, ‘Insidious’.

Unlike ‘Saw’, there’s no bad entry, so ranking these were much more difficult. But here’s my list! Let me know what you think.

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