LOOKING BACK

Watch: 'A Year in Film 2021' - A Movie Trailer Mashup by Jeff Zhang

A Year in Film 2021 Video

"I have no words… my voice is in my sword." We may already be well into 2022, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy another look back at the movies of 2021! Film critic Jeff Zhang (who runs the website Strange Harbors) put together this fantastic "A Year in Film 2021" movie trailer mashup retrospective, featuring clips from many of last year's movies cut together. "It's late this year, but I spent 50+ hours and the last two months finishing my passion project: my annual A Year in Film edit. Lots of love went into this year’s video, so grab a seat and celebrate the movies of 2021 one more time." This is one of the best year-in-review recap videos for 2021, with the editing throughout seriously kicking ass taking us back through many great movie moments. This makes me want to rewatch so many of them! Have you watched Pig yet? What about Titane?

Looking Back: Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2021 - 'Dune' & 'Limbo'

Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2021

"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience." Another year, another Top 10. After watching over 460 films throughout 2021 (yes I was keeping track on Letterboxd!) it's time to share my final selection of My Top 10 Favorite Films of 2021. I try to watch as much as I can and give myself time to catch up with any extra films at the end of the year, but I also want to make sure I don't forget about some of my favorites from earlier in the year. 2021 was an invigorating and exciting year - with so many ups and downs. But as always, I'm lucky to have a chance to discover terrific films. this year in cinema took us on journeys to far away places, distant planets, as well as to mountaintops and valleys and deserts around this planet. I'm a sucker for visuals and style; the better a movie looks, the more I enjoy it. But I also need to feel the emotions, and when a good one really gets to me, that's the kind of film that sticks with me all year.

Watch: David Ehrlich's 'The 25 Best Films of 2021' Video Countdown

The 25 Best Films of 2021 Video

"So may we start?" Here we go again! One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from the films. It's one of the best ways to look back at the year, including footage from films beyond the 25 that made his list. (If you haven't seen Annette yet, get on that stat!) David's Top 25 of 2021 is as diverse as always, and you will likely discover a number of great films from this video. A handful of my favorites are featured as well, including The Power of the Dog, In the Heights, Titane (yes!!), and The Worst Person in the World (this exceptional Norwegian film about a woman's relationships). Year after year, this is a must watch video for any and every movie lover out there.

Looking Back: Our 10 Favorite Movie Posters from 2021 - Dig This Art

Our 10 Favorite Movie Posters

With the year almost over, it's time to look back and highlight some favorites from the world of movies. Our writer Ethan Anderton used to publish his list of the Best Official Movie Posters, but I'm taking over and will return to highlighting some of my favorite designs. Below is my personal selection of 10 Favorite Movie Posters from 2021. These aren't necessarily the "best" rather they're my own favorites that stuck with me. I'm clearly attracted to color and striking designs, something that looks unique and is evocative. I also think it's important for a poster to capture the vibe of the film, and not just look cool though it's different from how the film feels. That's an important part of poster design. Just slapping any generic photo on a poster is dull and lazy, but creating art, making something vivid - that's what I love the most. Check them out below.

Watch: Another Terrific 'Cinema 2021' Video Tribute by Dylan Hoang

Cinema 2021

"There is no call we do not answer, there is no faith that we betray." Let us never betray cinema!! Another year, another look back at all the year's movies. Editor Dylan Hoang has revealed his Cinema 2021 video retrospective, that also includes a countdown of his Best Films of the Year at the end. These recaps are always worth watching - not only is the editing impressive, but there's something riveting about rewatching clips from all of the movies from 2021. What a year! We had everything from Titane to The Green Knight to Nightmare Alley to Dune to The Power of the Dog to The Ice Road to Free Guy to Barb and Star. There's probably plenty of movies we've all forgotten, but when they pop up here it's nice to think "ohh, I enjoyed that!" And with the year almost over it's also the right time to catch up with any you might've missed. Enjoy.

Watch: Sleepy Skunk's 2021 Movie Trailer Mashup Recap of the Year

2021 Movie Trailer Mashup

"Are you planning to stop me all by yourself?" Let's take a look back! It's time for an engaging look back at all the movies from 2021. Our longtime friend the "Sleepy Skunk" has debuted his annual end-of-the-year recap video - the 2021 Movie Trailer Mashup - utilizing footage from every major movie trailer released throughout 2021 edited together to make you smile. Louis, who makes this mashup every year, puts a lot of time and effort into making sure it's just right. I'm always delighted to see clips from so many foreign films and indies and all the movies that have been forgotten, because they're still 2021 movies no matter what and there's always more to discover. And this 2021 recap rocks out with that Fatboy Slim track finale. Dive on in.

Looking Back: Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2020 - 'Nine Days' at #1

Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2020

"You are being considered for the amazing opportunity of life." Another year, another Top 10. Better late than never, as they say! Though this usually happens with me, getting this list out takes a lot of time… It was a tough year to keep writing during 2020, despite watching films all the time. I saw over 400 films during the year, trying to watch as much as I could despite the lockdowns and the shut downs, and everything else going on. But here it is anyway - my personal list of my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2020. Most of all, I just want to share my love for these glorious works of cinema. It's not that surprising that many of my favorite films are films about how magical and mesmerizing life is to live, which is important during this pandemic time anyway. We have to keep on living, despite all the challenges, we have to seek the light, despite all the darkness, we have to find beauty, despite all the ugliness. And these films provided that much needed bliss.

Looking Back: Celebrating 'Women in Film 2020' Video Retrospective

Women in Film 2020 Video

"Those are the numbers, but this is their story." The UK film magazine Little White Lies has revealed a new retrospective video for 2020 titled Women in Film 2020. The video essay is edited by Portuguese editor named Luís Azevedo and includes commentary on many of the films. "2020 was a great year for women behind the camera. Here are just some of our favourite films directed by them from last year, including Promising Young Woman​, The Assistant​ and Miss Juneteenth​." It also features other favorites like The 40 Year Old Version, First Cow, Nomadland, Babyteeth, and Rocks. If you're still looking for any films to catch up with from last year - any and all of these are worth watching. View the full essay below.

Watch: David Ehrlich's 'The 25 Best Films of 2020' Video Countdown

The 25 Best Films of 2020 Countdown

What a year 2020 was. A year unlike any other, full of tragedy and chaos, but despite all of that - the magic of the movies still brings us together. One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from the films. It's one of the best ways to look back at the year, but also to celebrate how beautiful and mesmerizing and moving and magical each of these films are. David's Top 25 of 2020 is as diverse as always, and you will likely discover a number of films from this video. A handful of my favorites are featured as well, including Minari and Babyteeth and Lover's Rock.

Looking Back: Adam Frazier Picks His Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2020

Adam's Top 10 of 2020

Over the previous 12 months, I've seen more than 110 new releases, and I'm happy to report that it's been another fantastic year at the movies, despite not being able to actually go to the movies. Throughout 2020, we got to see new work from visionary filmmakers like Spike Lee, David Fincher, Chloe Zhao, Regina King, Lee Isaac Chung, Emerald Fennell, and Oz Perkins, whose dark fairytale Gretel & Hansel is one of the most atmospheric and aesthetically pleasing horror movies of the year. We also witnessed great performances from Viola Davis, Delroy Lindo, Frances McDormand, Chadwick Boseman, Carey Mulligan, Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman, Elisabeth Moss, and Steven Yeun. And we were left in awe by cinematic art like Mank, News of the World, The Midnight Sky, Emma – works of impeccable craftsmanship by the cinematographers, production designers, SFX artists, and costume designers alike.

Looking Back: Ali Benzekri's 'Greeting to 2020's Cinema' Video Recap

Greeting to 2020's Cinema

"Who cares about what they think? This is about me. This is about my life. This is me." As 2020 comes to an end, looking back at this year there's been so much hardship, so many challenges, so much tragedy, so much upheaval, it's tough to think about movies. But despite all of these challenges, movies were still there. Not only did film festivals continue, but distributors found a way to release new films any way they could - in "virtual cinemas", on VOD, in drive-ins, in backyards, on streaming services. And movies have reminded us that there's still so much to live for - there's love and hope, families and friends, beauty and joy out there. Moroccan cinephile Ali Benzekri has created a lovely year-in-movies recap video - an "ode to the films of 2020" called Greeting to 2020's Cinema. Enjoy a final look back at 2020 as we jump into the New Year.

Watch Perri Nemiroff's 2020 Recap Videos: Top 5 + A Movie Montage

2020 Recap Perri

"The fact that I've already seen Palm Springs evolve with every single viewing leaves me with no doubt that the movie is going to continue to inspire me to push myself further." Yes! Big fan of that movie, too. Fellow movie geek Perri Nemiroff, who works for Collider, has debuted her end of the year recap videos looking back at 2020 in film. Perri has posted her homemade "2020 Movie Montage" and "Top 5" videos on YouTube and they're worth a watch. Perri discusses her Top 5 favorites and why she loves them so much - and her picks are quite unique. She also loves horror films and features more horror in her recap montage than most other retrospective videos like this, which is refreshing to see… Because there's always so many superb horror films that too often get lost in the awards season hoopla. View both of her 2020 videos below.

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