2021 in Films: 365 Days, 883 Films, and a Year Full of Cinema!

Having spent all of this year working as a freelance writer, I was privileged enough to have a lot more time on my hands again plus I attended several film festivals (in person and virtually), which in turn led towards watching an absurd amount of new-to-me films. Those interested in my rewatching habits: mind your own business! As always after the cut you’ll find all 883 new-to-me films I watched, a separate list of all the films directed by women I watched this year, and then my 24 favorite new-to-me watches of the year. Enjoy!

  1. Boys
  2. Old Boyfriends
  3. Matewan
  4. The Inland Sea
  5. Claudine
  6. Ô saisons, ô châteaux
  7. Les dites cariatides
  8. Les dites cariatides bis
  9. T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais
  10. Yanks
  11. Moscow on the Hudson
  12. Daguerreotypes
  13. Rue Daguerre en 2005
  14. Le lion volatil
  15. Hilda Crane
  16. Melvin and Howard
  17. Pieces of a Woman
  18. Absolute Beginners
  19. Cinderella Liberty
  20. Rollerball (1975)
  21. Les créatures
  22. Elsa la rose
  23. Proof (1991)
  24. Housekeeping
  25. The Happy Ending
  26. Coming Home
  27. Magokoro (Sincere Heart)
  28. The Truffle Hunters
  29. Promising Young Woman
  30. Nine Days
  31. One Night In Miami
  32. Twist
  33. Poetry in Motion
  34. Harry and Walter Go to New York
  35. Dishonored
  36. John Lewis: Good Trouble
  37. All In: The Fight for Democracy
  38. MLK/FBI
  39. Downton Abbey
  40. La voce della luna (The Voice of the Moon)
  41. The Wiz
  42. Hell’s Heroes
  43. Moulin Rouge (1952)
  44. The White Tiger
  45. The Cobweb
  46. The Girl on a Motorcycle
  47. La nuit des rois (Night of the Kings)
  48. The Milkmaid
  49. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
  50. Babenco: Alguém Tem que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer Parou (Babenco: Tell Me When I Die)
  51. The High Note
  52. Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  53. Kong: Skull Island
  54. Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe
  55. Plaisir d’amour en Iran
  56. Nausicaa
  57. დასაწყისი (Beginning)
  58. Pressure Point
  59. The Underneath
  60. CODA
  61. Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre (Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time)
  62. The Dig
  63. How It Ends (2021)
  64. Strawberry Mansion
  65. Superior (2015)
  66. Valeria
  67. Evil Grows in the Dark
  68. Passing
  69. Superior (2021)
  70. Girl Night Stand
  71. Pleasure (2013)
  72. Land
  73. Pleasure (2021)
  74. (February) WolfWalkers
  75. Jockey
  76. Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris
  77. Integration Report I
  78. A Tribute To Malcolm X
  79. I Am Somebody
  80. Deux (Two of Us)
  81. Malcolm & Marie
  82. Wild Mountain Thyme
  83. Supernova
  84. Girl Night Stand: Chapter 2
  85. The Little Things
  86. Dear Venus, Where Does Your Heart Lie?
  87. Danzón
  88. Blue Diary
  89. The Joy of Life
  90. 575 Castro St.
  91. The Royal Road
  92. In nomine Patris
  93. Compensation
  94. Ziegfeld Girl
  95. Judas and the Black Messiah
  96. A Powerful Thang
  97. Crocodile Conspiracy
  98. Jazz on a Summer’s Day
  99. Cycles
  100. Back Street
  101. Man Wanted
  102. Ginza keshô (Ginza Cosmetics)
  103. Subete ga kurutteru (Everything Goes Wrong)
  104. To All the Boys: Always and Forever
  105. Golden Eighties
  106. Minari
  107. Western (2014)
  108. Mother of the River
  109. 7p., cuis., s. de b., … (à saisir)
  110. Fresh Horses
  111. The Toll of the Sea
  112. John Was Trying to Contact Aliens
  113. Test Pattern
  114. Indiscreet
  115. News of the World
  116. Ajube Kete
  117. Tea 4 Two
  118. Intermittent Delight
  119. Boyant
  120. Black Prom
  121. Shangri-La
  122. The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
  123. Koi no katamichi kippu (One-Way Ticket To Love)
  124. Kate Plays Christine
  125. Actress
  126. Belle of the Nineties
  127. Goin’ to Town
  128. Go West Young Man
  129. Klondike Annie
  130. Every Day’s a Holiday
  131. My Little Chickadee
  132. The Grass Is Greener
  133. Father Goose
  134. Bisbee ’17
  135. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
  136. Tabu (2012)
  137. The Loveless
  138. Standing Above the Clouds
  139. (March) Always Shine
  140. When I Get Home
  141. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  142. Moxie
  143. Lucky (2021)
  144. The Mauritanian
  145. A Guide to Breathing Underwater
  146. Nettles
  147. Asa ga Kuru (True Mothers)
  148. Imitation Girl
  149. Me broni ba
  150. Drexciya
  151. Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful
  152. The Affairs of Martha
  153. Own The Room
  154. Barbarella
  155. Frontières (Borders)
  156. Western (2017)
  157. The Morning After
  158. The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  159. Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
  160. The Father
  161. American Dream
  162. Slaxx
  163. Bombay Rose
  164. Phobias
  165. Función de noche
  166. La antena (The Aerial)
  167. When Tomorrow Comes
  168. D.O.A. (1988)
  169. Proof of Life
  170. The Women (2008)
  171. I.Q.
  172. Flesh and Bone (1993)
  173. Armed and Dangerous
  174. Against The Ropes
  175. Prelude To A Kiss
  176. Amityville 3-D
  177. Hurlyburly
  178. The Deal
  179. Promised Land (1987)
  180. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  181. The Doors
  182. Fan Girl
  183. As Above, So Below (1973)
  184. Island in the Sun
  185. Skin Game
  186. Kirikou et la sorcière (Kirikou and the Sorceress)
  187. Posse
  188. The Chase (1966)
  189. Never Let Go
  190. Riot in Cell Block 11
  191. Godzilla vs. Kong
  192. (April) Final Analysis
  193. Shiva Baby
  194. MacGruber
  195. A Walk Among the Tombstones
  196. In the Air Tonight
  197. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  198. What the Constitution Means to Me
  199. Agnes Joy
  200. Odol Gorri
  201. Cooley High
  202. Waiting to Exhale
  203. Slalom
  204. Sidste omgang (Last Round)
  205. Festen (The Celebration)
  206. Jagten (The Hunt)
  207. Nobody Likes You As Much As I Do
  208. Kollektivet (The Commune)
  209. El camino
  210. When You Sleep
  211. I basilischi
  212. Our Towns
  213. St. Louis Blues
  214. Lovers and Lollipops
  215. Rosewood
  216. The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean
  217. The Tall Target
  218. Accident
  219. Bamboozled
  220. Uptight
  221. Take a Giant Step
  222. In the Soup (1992)
  223. Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick)
  224. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
  225. Vers Mathilde (Toward Mathilde)
  226. Dark Days
  227. I’ve Been Afraid
  228. Letter From Your Far-Off Country
  229. Cinema Rex
  230. Crab
  231. Just a Guy
  232. Just a Small
  233. Bosquecito (Little Forest)
  234. Misery Loves Company
  235. Seepferdchen (Seahorse)
  236. Girl and Body
  237. How To Raise A Black Boy
  238. Lucky Feet 2000
  239. Mogul Mowgli
  240. Nuevo Rico
  241. o28
  242. Pilar
  243. Portrait en Pied de Suzanne
  244. Right Now, I Am
  245. Tiger and Ox
  246. Monangambé
  247. Un dessert pour Constance (Dessert for Constance)
  248. Tiny Tim: King For A Day
  249. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  250. Heurtebise
  251. I Don’t Like the Wind, I Like the Sun
  252. À la recherche d’Aline (Seeking Aline)
  253. Simone: A Survivor’s Story
  254. Snowy
  255. Ten Leaves Dilated
  256. Imperdonable (Unforgivable)
  257. I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face
  258. In the Dusk
  259. Inheritance (2021 short)
  260. Just the Two of Us
  261. A Cure for All Things
  262. David
  263. Peach
  264. The Other Morgan
  265. Sales Per Hour
  266. The Price of Cheap Rent
  267. Five Tiger
  268. Armadila
  269. African Violet
  270. Americanized
  271. Black Goat
  272. Rideshare
  273. Swipe Up, Vivian!
  274. Angie (2021)
  275. Champ de bosses (Bumpy Field)
  276. S’temi (Shut Up)
  277. Twice As Good
  278. Sukienka (The Dress)
  279. Anita (2020)
  280. Les mots croisés (Rose Hotel)
  281. Solució per a la tristesa (Solution For Sadness)
  282. Traverser La Nuit (Now, Daphne)
  283. On My Way
  284. Témoin (Witness)
  285. Alive (2020)
  286. Comme la neige au printemps (As Spring Comes)
  287. Inabitável (Unliveable)
  288. Born Again
  289. Bambirak
  290. Heading South
  291. Spotted Yellow
  292. Cet autre hiver (This Other Winter)
  293. Cotton Comes to Harlem
  294. L’autre (The Other)
  295. bustitOpen
  296. Negra
  297. Marvelous and the Black Hole
  298. See You Then
  299. Ma Belle, My Beauty
  300. The Falconer
  301. The Legend of Black Charley
  302. Ludi
  303. Off The Road
  304. We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
  305. Al-mummia (The Night of Counting the Years)
  306. El-Fallâh el-fasîh (The Eloquent Peasant)
  307. Split: Portrait of a Drag Queen
  308. Things Heard & Seen
  309. Le roi et l’oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird)
  310. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
  311. S’en fout la mort (No Fear, No Die)
  312. Aleph
  313. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  314. The Mark
  315. (May) The Human Voice
  316. The Sleeping Negro
  317. Moon Manor
  318. En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove)
  319. Solo el mar nos separa / فقط البحر بيننا (Only the Ocean Between Us)
  320. Carterland
  321. Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President
  322. Na Cidade Vazia (Hollow City)
  323. The Last Angel of History
  324. Cassandro, The Exotico!
  325. Valerie
  326. I Don’t Know
  327. Gone! Up in Smoke
  328. Behind Every Good Man
  329. Transsexuals
  330. Le crime de Monsieur Lange
  331. And Nothing Happened
  332. A Touch of Class
  333. Christmas in July
  334. The Sweetest Sound
  335. Embrace of the Vampire
  336. Blood & Donuts
  337. Waiting For Godot (filmed stage production)
  338. Mainstream
  339. Silo
  340. Tale Of A Vampire
  341. Dance of the Damned
  342. You Will Die At Twenty
  343. The Family Album
  344. New York City Ballet Spring Gala
  345. Voices of the Sea
  346. El cuarto reino. El reino de los plásticos (The Fourth Kingdom: The Kingdom of Plastics)
  347. Home Movie (1973)
  348. Dear Mom,
  349. The Body Beautiful
  350. Black Mother
  351. Italianamerican
  352. Okaasan (Mother)
  353. Akibiyori (Late Autumn)
  354. Vamps
  355. A New Leaf
  356. Shiva Baby (2018)
  357. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  358. La caduta degli dei / Götterdämmerung (The Damned)
  359. Spook Sport
  360. Synchromy No. 4: Escape
  361. Tarantella
  362. So This Is Paris
  363. Verbena trágica
  364. Sergeant Rutledge
  365. Her Man
  366. Rockfield The Studio on the Farm
  367. The Perfect Candidate
  368. Those Who Wish Me Dead
  369. Oxygène
  370. Quattro strade (Four Roads)
  371. Medicine For Melancholy
  372. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
  373. Unpregnant
  374. Die bleierne Zeit (Marianne and Juliane)
  375. Duel at Diablo
  376. Shu’our akbar min el hob (A Feeling Greater Than Love)
  377. Yeelen
  378. The In-Laws (1979)
  379. The Mothman of Point Pleasant
  380. Nobody’s Business
  381. Watermelon Man
  382. Supa Modo
  383. Carbon Copy
  384. Rosa Luxemburg
  385. Thomasine & Bushrod
  386. Plan B
  387. Port Authority
  388. Una Corriente Salvaje (A Wild Stream)
  389. Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen
  390. August at Akiko’s
  391. The Woman in the Window (2021)
  392. Main Street After Dark
  393. The Flirting Widow
  394. Hannah Arendt
  395. The Silent Partner
  396. So Fine
  397. The Reflecting Skin
  398. Intimate Stranger (1991)
  399. The Railway Children
  400. Out of State
  401. Branco Sai, Preto Fica (White Out, Black In)
  402. Era uma Vez Brasília (Once There Was Brasilia)
  403. Crumbs
  404. (June) Kevin Beasley’s Raw Materials
  405. The Marx Brothers Home Movies Collection
  406. Let’s Go Crazy
  407. Go West (1940)
  408. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
  409. Tove
  410. The Sterile Cuckoo
  411. 11’e 10 kala
  412. Les saignantes
  413. Love Jones
  414. The Booksellers
  415. Queens at Heart
  416. Ouanga
  417. Älskande par (Loving Couples)
  418. Skater Girl
  419. In the Heights
  420. Die Höhle des gelben Hundes (The Cave of the Yellow Dog)
  421. Le roi des aulnes (The Erl King)
  422. Trans
  423. Changes (1970)
  424. Hats Off to Hollywood
  425. At Least You Know You Exist
  426. No Ordinary Life
  427. Mùi du du xanh (The Scent of Green Papaya)
  428. Good On Paper
  429. Te Llevo Conmigo (I Carry You with Me)
  430. The Female Closet
  431. Bad Girls Go To Hell
  432. Le peuple migrateur (Winged Migration)
  433. Zola
  434. (July) Till Death
  435. Fear Street Part 1: 1994
  436. C’était un rendez-vous
  437. Two-Lane Blacktop
  438. Cockfighter
  439. Airheads
  440. Faisons un rêve… (Let’s Make A Dream)
  441. Working Girls
  442. The Great Sadness of Zohara
  443. Moments Without Proper Names
  444. Madeinusa
  445. Fear Street Part 2: 1978
  446. Scales
  447. Eat the Document
  448. Stop-Loss
  449. The Green-Eyed Blonde
  450. Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan in Concert
  451. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  452. The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival
  453. Phantom Love
  454. Year of the Horse
  455. Square Times
  456. Sodom and Gomorrah, New York 10036 Abe Beame Mayor
  457. …A Valparaíso
  458. The Vestal Theatre
  459. The Case Against Lincoln Center
  460. Fjols til fjells (Fools in the Mountains)
  461. Su
  462. Foreign Letters
  463. Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands
  464. La daronne (Mama Weed)
  465. Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters
  466. Fear Street Part 3: 1666
  467. Occupation: Mill Worker
  468. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
  469. Backtrack
  470. Pig
  471. Il peccato di Anna (Anna’s Sin)
  472. The Last Letter from Your Lover
  473. Hearts of Fire
  474. Shadow Kingdom
  475. Masked and Anonymous
  476. Renaldo and Clara
  477. The VelociPastor
  478. Tau ban no hoi (Boat People)
  479. Hitparkut (Dissolution)
  480. Hands Across The Table
  481. Abouna (Our Father)
  482. Daratt (Dry Season)
  483. Un homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  484. Grigris
  485. Une saison en France (A Season in France)
  486. Alama (2019)
  487. Murder at the Vanities
  488. Enemies of the State
  489. The Green Knight
  490. Tempest (1982)
  491. The Balcony
  492. Solomon Northup’s Odyssey
  493. Lilith
  494. Célébration
  495. Archangel
  496. Careful
  497. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
  498. The Forbidden Room
  499. Minnie and Moskowitz
  500. (August) Sheng Si Jie (Stolen Life)
  501. Rachida
  502. The Photograph (2007)
  503. The Day I Will Never Forget
  504. Dirt Music
  505. Le chaudron infernal (The Infernal Cauldron)
  506. La colonne de feu (The Pillar of Fire)
  507. Le Dirigeable fantastique (Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship)
  508. Les illusions fantaisistes (Whimsical Illusions)
  509. Le Locataire diabolique (The Diabolic Tenant)
  510. La Fée Carabosse ou le Poignard fatal (The Witch)
  511. La légende de Rip Van Winkle (Rip’s Dream)
  512. Le royaume des fées (The Kingdom of the Fairies)
  513. Le voleur de crimes (Crime Thief)
  514. The Teckman Mystery
  515. Le Voyage à travers l’impossible (The Impossible Voyage)
  516. Les quatre cents farces du diable (The Merry Frolics of Satan)
  517. The Count
  518. Behind The Screen (1916)
  519. The Rink
  520. The War Widow
  521. La nuit de la vérité (The Night of Truth)
  522. Bring Your Own Brigade
  523. Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman)
  524. Sunlight Jr.
  525. The Adventurer
  526. The Cure (1917)
  527. The Fireman
  528. The Pawnshop (1916)
  529. Histórias que Só Existem Quando Lembradas (Found Memories)
  530. The Floorwalker
  531. One A.M.
  532. Don’t Blink – Robert Frank
  533. Lourdes
  534. Full of Life
  535. Game 6
  536. Sweet Bean
  537. Vigil in the Night
  538. True Confession
  539. Beckett (2021)
  540. This Is The Sea
  541. La fiancée du pirate (A Very Curious Girl)
  542. 27 Missing Kisses
  543. Papa, les petits bateaux (Papa The Little Boats)
  544. The Solid Gold Cadillac
  545. Le cerf-volant (The Kite)
  546. Charles and Lucie
  547. The Learning Tree
  548. Last Days in Vietnam
  549. Plaisir d’amour (The Pleasure of Love)
  550. La pelle (The Skin)
  551. Under The Volcano (2021)
  552. O Ébrio (The Drunkard)
  553. Very Annie Mary
  554. La cigarette
  555. The Sea Shall Not Have Them
  556. Cast a Dark Shadow
  557. Rare Beasts
  558. Confetti
  559. The Hot Rock
  560. Cruising
  561. Blanche comme neige (White As Snow)
  562. Reminiscence
  563. The Revolt of Mamie Stover
  564. La visita (The Visitor)
  565. 499
  566. Al morir la matinée (The Last Matinee)
  567. Song of Freedom
  568. Vision Portraits
  569. Black Rodeo
  570. Field of Dreams
  571. The Night House
  572. Candyman (2021)
  573. No Man of God
  574. Dementia
  575. The Song of the Butterflies
  576. Intersection
  577. (September) Petite Maman
  578. Violet
  579. Dear Evan Hansen
  580. Queenpins
  581. Kate
  582. Dating & New York
  583. Becoming Cousteau
  584. Matar a la Bestia (To Kill The Beast)
  585. The Power of the Dog
  586. Titane
  587. Neptune Frost
  588. Last Night In Soho
  589. Mlungu Wam
  590. Lingui, The Sacred Bonds
  591. Beba
  592. Ali & Ava
  593. You Are Not My Mother
  594. Quickening
  595. Lakewood
  596. The Humans
  597. The Starling
  598. Les bal des folles (The Mad Women’s Ball)
  599. Julia (2021)
  600. Costa Brava, Lebanon
  601. Saloum
  602. Astel
  603. The Gravedigger’s Wife
  604. The One and Only Ivan
  605. Medusa
  606. Les oiseaux ivres (Drunken Birds)
  607. Ich bin dein Mensch (I’m Your Man)
  608. Charlotte (2021)
  609. Three Minutes – A Lengthening
  610. Zalava
  611. Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather Is Fine)
  612. Silent Night
  613. The Good House
  614. Diários de Otsoga (The Tsugua Diaries)
  615. Flee
  616. Întregalde
  617. Re dai wang shi (Are You Lonesome Tonight?)
  618. Best Sellers
  619. Ste. Anne
  620. After Blue (Paradis Sale)
  621. Long Train Running: The Story of the Oakland Blues
  622. Affirmations
  623. Anthem
  624. Yi miao zhong (One Second)
  625. Ethnic Notions
  626. Tongues Untied
  627. Color Adjustment
  628. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret)
  629. Black Is . . . Black Ain’t
  630. I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs
  631. Señorita
  632. Aparisyon (Apparition)
  633. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
  634. Martyrs Lane
  635. In Balanchine’s Classroom
  636. The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)
  637. The Souvenir: Part II
  638. Midnight Alibi
  639. Parachute Jumper
  640. Blondie Johnson
  641. Another Dawn
  642. Street of Women
  643. My Bill
  644. (October) Mayday
  645. Witch Hunt
  646. Bingo Hell
  647. Black As Night
  648. The Many Saints of Newark
  649. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  650. Stranded
  651. The Goose and the Gander
  652. King of the Underworld
  653. Jokeren
  654. Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom)
  655. Laberinto de pasiones (Labyrinth of Passion)
  656. Le bolle di sapone
  657. Cenerentola
  658. Bigorno fume l’opium
  659. La mosca e il ragno
  660. Il Giglio Nero
  661. The Man from Kangaroo
  662. Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits)
  663. An Old Fashioned Boy
  664. Guilty Hands
  665. British Agent
  666. I Found Stella Parish
  667. Give Me Your Heart
  668. Fool’s Paradise (1921)
  669. The White Angel
  670. Confession
  671. Allotment Wives
  672. Kika
  673. Carne trémula (Live Flesh)
  674. Geomsa-wa yeoseonsaeng (A Public Prosecutor and a Teacher)
  675. Moon Over Miami
  676. The Haunting of Rosalind
  677. Le ménage Dranem
  678. Phil-for-Short
  679. Knackningar (Knocking)
  680. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  681. Moral
  682. ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?!)
  683. Love of Chrysanthemum
  684. Ito, the Beggar Boy
  685. Hako’s Sacrifice
  686. Maciste all’inferno (Maciste in Hell)
  687. Tacones lejanos (High Heels)
  688. La Concejala Antropófaga (The Cannibalistic Councillor)
  689. Down Argentine Way
  690. Gold Dust Gertie
  691. Central Park (1932)
  692. The Case of the Black Cat
  693. Chatterbox (1936)
  694. The Hidden Hand
  695. Track of the Cat
  696. Mystery Date
  697. The Hypnotic Eye
  698. Strange Affair (1944)
  699. Flames
  700. Hooligan Sparrow
  701. Japanese Schoolchildren (1901)
  702. Japanese Funeral (1904)
  703. Japanese State Procession (1904)
  704. Japanese Dancers and Japanese Stave Duel (1905)
  705. Picturesque Japan (1907)
  706. Les Rapides de la rivière Ozu (Shooting the rapids on the River Ozu) (1907)
  707. Grand Fête du cinquantenaire de Yokohama (Japanese Festival) (1909)
  708. Récolte du riz en Japon (Rice industry in Japan) (1910)
  709. Rice Festival in Kyoto (1910)
  710. Fishing with Cormorants. Isle of Yeso, Japan (1911)
  711. Quelques types Japonais (Japanese Types) (1911)
  712. Apres midi d’une Japonaise (Among the Japanese) (1911)
  713. London: Late Emperor of Japan (1912)
  714. A travers les temples de Kyoto (Some Japanese Temples) (1912)
  715. The Ainus of Japan (1913)
  716. Distancia de rescate (Fever Dream)
  717. Chameleon Street
  718. Comanche Station
  719. Decision at Sundown
  720. Trick Or Treat (1986)
  721. Office Killer
  722. Bones
  723. Buchanan Rides Alone
  724. Waterfront
  725. The Personality Kid
  726. Journal of a Crime
  727. Secret of the Chateau
  728. Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
  729. Murder in the Blue Room
  730. The 9th Guest
  731. The Thirteenth Guest
  732. Maniac (1934)
  733. A Passport to Hell
  734. Man of the World
  735. Lonely Wives
  736. The Man Who Would Be King
  737. Deep Cover
  738. La bestia debe morir
  739. The Thing Called Love
  740. Wedding Rehearsal
  741. In the Best Interests of the Children
  742. The Dead
  743. A Walk with Love and Death
  744. An Algorithm
  745. William Eggleston in the Real World
  746. Possession (1981)
  747. (Noirvember) The Devil Thumbs A Ride (1947)
  748. Madres paralelas (Parallel Mothers)
  749. Strange Bargain
  750. Roadblock
  751. The French Dispatch
  752. Chicago Deadline
  753. A Lady Without Passport
  754. Red Notice
  755. Mark, Mary & Some Other People
  756. Hive
  757. Spencer
  758. Eternals
  759. The Guilty (1947)
  760. I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes
  761. No Sudden Move
  762. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  763. Cats Don’t Dance
  764. A Rage in Harlem
  765. The 13th Letter
  766. The Velvet Underground
  767. The Web
  768. The Garment Jungle
  769. Night Raiders
  770. All Too Well
  771. Hell’s Half Acre (1954)
  772. The Fall of the House of Usher (1942)
  773. Fragment of Seeking
  774. Picnic (1948)
  775. On The Edge
  776. The Assignation
  777. The Wormwood Star
  778. The Four Elements
  779. Usher
  780. Night Has a Thousand Eyes
  781. The Crooked Way
  782. Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  783. Black Art: In the Absence of Light
  784. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
  785. Highway 301
  786. Really Love
  787. The Outside Story
  788. Swan Song
  789. Noche de fuego (Prayers for the Stolen)
  790. Shakedown (1950)
  791. Sex Bowl
  792. Ifé
  793. Matzo Maidels
  794. After the Break
  795. Tomboy (1997)
  796. Greta’s Girls
  797. Wicked Woman
  798. Om det oändliga (About Endlessness)
  799. Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
  800. Doraibu mai kâ (Drive My Car)
  801. King Richard
  802. Danger Signal
  803. Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (1938)
  804. Whiplash (1948)
  805. Retfærdighedens ryttere (Riders of Justice)
  806. Violent Saturday
  807. Red Rocket
  808. The Well (1951)
  809. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
  810. Nightmare (1956)
  811. C’mon C’mon
  812. Across 110th Street
  813. Baby Boy
  814. The Velvet Touch
  815. Licorice Pizza
  816. Count the Hours!
  817. A Castle For Christmas
  818. Lightning Strikes Twice
  819. This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  820. Her Kind of Man
  821. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
  822. Aya de Yopougon (Aya of Yop City)
  823. The Beta Test
  824. Wild Indian
  825. Les contes de la nuit (Tales of the Night)
  826. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
  827. Desert Fury
  828. My Name is Pauli Murray
  829. (December) El prófugo (The Intruder)
  830. Nightmare Alley (2021)
  831. The Lost Daughter
  832. Procession
  833. Adrienne
  834. Mixtape
  835. Val
  836. Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story
  837. È stata la mano di Dio (The Hand of God)
  838. New Year’s Eve
  839. Attica
  840. Limbo (2020)
  841. Let It Be Morning
  842. Les criminels (The Criminals)
  843. Souad
  844. Deserto Particular (Private Desert)
  845. Captains of Za’atari
  846. Off The Rails
  847. National Champions
  848. Verdens verste menneske (The Worst Person in the World)
  849. Dýrið (Lamb)
  850. Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn)
  851. Respect
  852. Faya Dayi
  853. Single All the Way
  854. House of Gucci
  855. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  856. Ailey
  857. Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
  858. The Unforgivable
  859. Något att minnas (Something To Remember)
  860. The Grand Bizarre
  861. The Novice
  862. Memoria
  863. Inventário de Natal (Christmas Inventory)
  864. Vánocní sen (A Christmas Dream)
  865. The Amusement Park
  866. Ulysse
  867. Hommage à Zgougou (Tribute to Zgougou)
  868. Les 3 boutons
  869. Diary of a Mad Housewife
  870. Mass
  871. Boxing Day (2021)
  872. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
  873. Le Chat du rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat)
  874. Chico & Rita
  875. Eat A Bowl of Tea
  876. Holler
  877. The Matrix Resurrections
  878. Sin señas particulares (Identifying Features)
  879. Gūzen to sōzō (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy)
  880. Le Sommet des dieux (The Summit of the Gods)
  881. The Disciple
  882. Cyrano
  883. Ghahreman (A Hero)

I didn’t quite keep up with a 50/50 ratio of films directed by women, but I did watch several hundred this year and truly every year I discover more and more older films directed by women and brings me such joy. Streaming services like Criterion Channel and programmers at places like UCLA have really done a great job of bringing a lot of forgotten filmmakers to the foreground. Forever grateful.

  1. Boys
  2. Old Boyfriends
  3. The Inland Sea
  4. Ô saisons, ô châteaux
  5. Les dites cariatides
  6. Les dites cariatides bis
  7. T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais
  8. Daguerreotypes
  9. Rue Daguerre en 2005
  10. Le lion volatil
  11. Les créatures
  12. Elsa la rose
  13. Proof (1991)
  14. Promising Young Woman
  15. One Night In Miami
  16. John Lewis: Good Trouble
  17. All In: The Fight for Democracy
  18. Babenco: Alguém Tem que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer Parou (Babenco: Tell Me When I Die)
  19. The High Note
  20. Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe
  21. Plaisir d’amour en Iran
  22. Nausicaa
  23. დასაწყისი (Beginning)
  24. Girl Night Stand
  25. Valeria
  26. Evil Grows in the Dark
  27. Passing
  28. Superior (2021)
  29. Pleasure (2013)
  30. Land
  31. Pleasure (2021)
  32. Integration Report I
  33. A Tribute To Malcolm X
  34. I Am Somebody
  35. Girl Night Stand: Chapter 2
  36. Dear Venus, Where Does Your Heart Lie?
  37. Danzón
  38. Blue Diary
  39. The Joy of Life
  40. 575 Castro St.
  41. The Royal Road
  42. In nomine Patris
  43. Compensation
  44. A Powerful Thang
  45. Crocodile Conspiracy
  46. Cycles
  47. Golden Eighties
  48. Mother of the River
  49. 7p., cuis., s. de b., … (à saisir)
  50. Test Pattern
  51. Ajube Kete
  52. Tea 4 Two
  53. Intermittent Delight
  54. Boyant
  55. Black Prom
  56. Shangri-La
  57. The Loveless
  58. Standing Above the Clouds
  59. Always Shine
  60. When I Get Home
  61. Moxie
  62. Lucky (2021)
  63. A Guide to Breathing Underwater
  64. Nettles
  65. Asa ga Kuru (True Mothers)
  66. Imitation Girl
  67. Me broni ba
  68. Drexciya
  69. Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful
  70. Own The Room
  71. Frontières (Borders)
  72. Western (2017)
  73. American Dream
  74. Slaxx
  75. Bombay Rose
  76. Phobias
  77. Función de noche
  78. D.O.A. (1988)
  79. The Women (2008)
  80. Shiva Baby
  81. What the Constitution Means to Me
  82. Agnes Joy
  83. Odol Gorri
  84. Slalom
  85. El camino
  86. When You Sleep
  87. I basilischi
  88. Our Towns
  89. Lovers and Lollipops
  90. The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean
  91. Vers Mathilde (Toward Mathilde)
  92. I’ve Been Afraid
  93. Cinema Rex
  94. Crab
  95. Just a Guy
  96. Just a Small
  97. Bosquecito (Little Forest)
  98. Misery Loves Company
  99. Seepferdchen (Seahorse)
  100. Girl and Body
  101. Lucky Feet 2000
  102. o28
  103. Pilar
  104. Portrait en Pied de Suzanne
  105. Right Now, I Am
  106. Tiger and Ox
  107. Monangambé
  108. Un dessert pour Constance (Dessert for Constance)
  109. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  110. Heurtebise
  111. I Don’t Like the Wind, I Like the Sun
  112. À la recherche d’Aline (Seeking Aline)
  113. Simone: A Survivor’s Story
  114. Snowy
  115. Ten Leaves Dilated
  116. Imperdonable (Unforgivable)
  117. In the Dusk
  118. Inheritance
  119. Just the Two of Us
  120. A Cure for All Things
  121. Peach
  122. The Other Morgan
  123. Sales Per Hour
  124. The Price of Cheap Rent
  125. Five Tiger
  126. Armadila
  127. African Violet
  128. Americanized
  129. Black Goat
  130. Rideshare
  131. Swipe Up, Vivian!
  132. Angie (2021)
  133. Champ de bosses (Bumpy Field)
  134. S’temi (Shut Up)
  135. Twice As Good
  136. Anita (2020)
  137. Solució per a la tristesa (Solution For Sadness)
  138. Comme la neige au printemps (As Spring Comes)
  139. Born Again
  140. Bambirak
  141. Heading South
  142. Spotted Yellow
  143. Cet autre hiver (This Other Winter)
  144. L’autre (The Other)
  145. bustitOpen
  146. Negra
  147. Marvelous and the Black Hole
  148. See You Then
  149. Ma Belle, My Beauty
  150. The Falconer
  151. We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
  152. Split: Portrait of a Drag Queen
  153. Things Heard & Seen
  154. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
  155. S’en fout la mort (No Fear, No Die)
  156. Aleph
  157. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  158. Moon Manor
  159. Solo el mar nos separa / فقط البحر بيننا (Only the Ocean Between Us)
  160. Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President
  161. Na Cidade Vazia (Hollow City)
  162. Cassandro, The Exotico!
  163. I Don’t Know
  164. Transsexuals
  165. And Nothing Happened
  166. Embrace of the Vampire
  167. Blood & Donuts
  168. Mainstream
  169. Tale Of A Vampire
  170. Dance of the Damned
  171. New York City Ballet Spring Gala
  172. Voices of the Sea
  173. Home Movie (1973)
  174. Dear Mom,
  175. The Body Beautiful
  176. Vamps
  177. A New Leaf
  178. Shiva Baby (2018)
  179. Spook Sport
  180. Synchromy No. 4: Escape
  181. Tarantella
  182. Rockfield The Studio on the Farm
  183. The Perfect Candidate
  184. Quattro strade (Four Roads)
  185. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
  186. Unpregnant
  187. Die bleierne Zeit (Marianne and Juliane)
  188. Shu’our akbar min el hob (A Feeling Greater Than Love)
  189. Rosa Luxemburg
  190. Plan B
  191. Port Authority
  192. Una Corriente Salvaje (A Wild Stream)
  193. Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen
  194. Hannah Arendt
  195. Out of State
  196. Kevin Beasley’s Raw Materials
  197. Tove
  198. 11’e 10 kala
  199. Älskande par (Loving Couples)
  200. Skater Girl
  201. Die Höhle des gelben Hundes (The Cave of the Yellow Dog)
  202. Le roi des aulnes (The Erl King)
  203. Trans (1994)
  204. Hats Off to Hollywood
  205. At Least You Know You Exist
  206. No Ordinary Life
  207. Good On Paper
  208. Te Llevo Conmigo (I Carry You with Me)
  209. The Female Closet
  210. Bad Girls Go To Hell
  211. Zola (6/30)
  212. Fear Street Part 1: 1994
  213. Working Girls
  214. The Great Sadness of Zohara
  215. Fear Street Part 2: 1978
  216. Scales
  217. Stop-Loss
  218. Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan in Concert
  219. Phantom Love
  220. The Vestal Theatre
  221. The Case Against Lincoln Center
  222. Fjols til fjells (Fools in the Mountains)
  223. Su
  224. Foreign Letters
  225. Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters
  226. Fear Street Part 3: 1666
  227. The Last Letter from Your Lover
  228. Shadow Kingdom
  229. Tau ban no hoi (Boat People)
  230. Hitparkut (Dissolution)
  231. Enemies of the State
  232. Sheng Si Jie (Stolen Life)
  233. Rachida
  234. The Photograph (2007)
  235. The Day I Will Never Forget
  236. Le voleur de crimes (Crime Thief)
  237. The Teckman Mystery
  238. La nuit de la vérité (The Night of Truth)
  239. Bring Your Own Brigade
  240. Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman)
  241. Sunlight Jr.
  242. Histórias que Só Existem Quando Lembradas (Found Memories)
  243. Don’t Blink – Robert Frank
  244. Lourdes
  245. Sweet Bean
  246. This Is The Sea
  247. La fiancée du pirate (A Very Curious Girl)
  248. 27 Missing Kisses
  249. Papa, les petits bateaux (Papa The Little Boats)
  250. Le cerf-volant (The Kite)
  251. Charles and Lucie
  252. Last Days in Vietnam
  253. Plaisir d’amour (The Pleasure of Love)
  254. La pelle (The Skin)
  255. Under The Volcano (2021)
  256. O Ébrio (The Drunkard)
  257. Very Annie Mary
  258. La cigarette
  259. Rare Beasts
  260. Confetti
  261. Blanche comme neige (White As Snow)
  262. Reminiscence
  263. Candyman (2021)
  264. No Man of God
  265. The Song of the Butterflies
  266. Petite Maman
  267. Violet
  268. Queenpins
  269. Becoming Cousteau
  270. Matar a la Bestia (To Kill The Beast)
  271. The Power of the Dog
  272. Titane
  273. Neptune Frost
  274. Beba
  275. You Are Not My Mother
  276. Quickening
  277. The Mad Women’s Ball
  278. Julia (2021)
  279. Costa Brava, Lebanon
  280. Astel
  281. The One and Only Ivan
  282. Medusa
  283. Ich bin dein Mensch (I’m Your Man)
  284. Three Minutes – A Lengthening
  285. Silent Night
  286. The Good House
  287. Diários de Otsoga (The Tsugua Diaries)
  288. Best Sellers
  289. Ste. Anne
  290. I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs
  291. Señorita
  292. Aparisyon (Apparition)
  293. Martyrs Lane
  294. In Balanchine’s Classroom
  295. The Souvenir: Part II
  296. Mayday
  297. Witch Hunt
  298. Bingo Hell
  299. Black As Night
  300. The Haunting of Rosalind
  301. Knackningar (Knocking)
  302. Flames
  303. Hooligan Sparrow
  304. Distancia de rescate (Fever Dream)
  305. Office Killer
  306. In the Best Interests of the Children
  307. An Algorithm
  308. Hive
  309. Mark, Mary & Some Other People
  310. Eternals
  311. Night Raiders
  312. All Too Well
  313. Really Love
  314. Noche de fuego (Prayers for the Stolen)
  315. Sex Bowl
  316. Ifé
  317. Matzo Maidels
  318. After the Break
  319. Tomboy (1997)
  320. Greta’s Girls
  321. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
  322. A Castle For Christmas
  323. Aya de Yopougon (Aya of Yop City)
  324. My Name is Pauli Murray
  325. El prófugo (The Intruder)
  326. The Lost Daughter
  327. Mixtape
  328. Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story
  329. Attica
  330. Souad
  331. Off The Rails
  332. Respect
  333. Faya Dayi
  334. Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
  335. The Unforgivable
  336. Något att minnas (Something To Remember)
  337. The Grand Bizarre
  338. The Novice
  339. Ulysse
  340. Hommage à Zgougou (Tribute to Zgougou)
  341. Les 3 boutons
  342. Holler
  343. The Matrix Resurrections
  344. Sin señas particulares (Identifying Features)

Lastly, here are my favorite first time watches (not counting “new” releases) that I watched in 2021. Most of these I already wrote about in my monthly wrap-ups, but just wanted to shout these out one last time.

Matewan, 1987 (dir. John Sayles)

Moscow on the Hudson, 1984 (dir. Paul Mazursky)

The Cobweb, 1955 (dir. Vincente Minnelli)

Danzón, 1991 (dir. María Novaro)

Compensation, 1999 (dir. Zeinabu irene Davis)

Jazz on a Summer’s Day, 1959 (dir. Aram Avakian & Bert Stern)

Golden Eighties, 1986 (dir. Chantal Akerman)

Indiscreet, 1958 (dir. Stanley Donen)

7p., cuis., s. de b., … à saisir, 1984 (dir. Agnès Varda)

The Trip to Bountiful, 1985 (dir. Peter Masterson)

The Loveless, 1981 (dir. Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery)

Lovers and Lollipops, 1956 (dir. Morris Engel & Ruth Orkin)

The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean, 1966 (dir. Juleen Compton)

Bamboozled, 2000 (dir. Spike Lee)

Looking for Mr. Goodbar, 1977 (dir. Richard Brooks)

Bad Girls Go to Hell, 1965 (dir. Doris Wishman)

Working Girls, 1986 (dir. Lizzie Borden)

The Solid Gold Cadillac, 1956 (dir. Richard Quine)

Black Is … Black Ain’t, 1994 (dir. Marlon Riggs)

Chameleon Street, 1989 (dir. Wendell B. Harris Jr.)

Deep Cover, 1992 (dir. Bill Duke)

Possession, 1981 (dir. Andrzej Żuławski)

The Assignation, 1953 (dir. Curtis Harrington)

Diary of a Mad Housewife, 1970 (dir. Frank Perry)

In the coming days I will be posting my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2021 so keep an eye out for that. Also, again if you want to keep up with my writing in 2022 please sign up for my newsletter! And if you want to keep up with my movie consumption Letterboxd is really the best place.

About Marya E. Gates

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