Movies watched in 2021

These are my 20 favorite films this year. More than any other year that I can think of, the release schedule of films were really thrown off due once again to another year of COVID. Nomadland and A Quiet Place II, for example, are technically 2020 films, but they didn’t get a wide release until 2021.

Previous years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

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A more complete Varda filmography

All of the films Agnès Varda (1928-2019) directed, culled from multiple sources across the internet. Most people know her from the French New Wave classic, Cléo from 5 to 7, or Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), but Varda’s filmography extends to at least 84 unique works.

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Video clips and history of world cinema: 1938-1947

10 Years 10 Films (10Y10F) is a project to display embedded YouTube selections of cinema history. This is Decade Six of a series that gives the viewer a quick time-lapse view of how movie technology and style has developed throughout the world – one clip each year – from 1888 through 2017, starting with the foundations to see how filmmakers build or deconstruct them.

World cinema 1938-1947

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Which email subscription service should I use?

Greetings, particularly to the email subscribers of my blog. First, let this serve as a heads up that the current Google Feeburner service WILL END IN JULY, so I’ll be transferring subscribers to a new service in the next week or two.

Currently,, Feedio, and Feedblitz are my top contenders, each with decent options available for free or less than $50/year. What do you recommend? I doubt I’ll ever have more than 100 followers, so keep that in mind. I use WordPress, too. I know there are some plugins for WordPress, but I’m not sure which are the most reliable and affordable.

If I’ve still got your attention and you haven’t been on in a while, I’ve been focusing mainly on the continuing 10 Years 10 Films project, since 2017! It’s been an eye-opening journey working through world film history, one decade at a time, starting in 1888. I was also inspired to produce a “What Is the Bible?” series last year, from a Christian-turned-atheist’s perspective. In music news, I got my stats up and going again last summer, so you can see what I’ve been “scrobbling” lately.

Thanks for tuning in. Expect Part 7 of 10 Years 10 Films in July!

Queer films and directors, 1938-1947 (10Y10F VI Bonus List)

Some of the gay and lesbian stereotypes in these films are clearly damaging, others are celebrated as coded queer classics in a time when “sex perversion” was forbidden in Hollywood. An interactive version of this list, with notes on each film, can be found at Letterboxd.

Still from Fireworks (1947)
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