The Movie Network team chose the best films of 2021. Each member selected five of their favorite tapes in no particular order. We invite you to read each list and share your reaction.
Christian Ortega's Top 5 :
There is nothing like the experience of going to the movies. After being away from the seventh art for several years – due to lack of time and at the same time due to a pandemic that has not yet ended – this year I returned to theaters, reaffirming my passion for the medium. It is impossible not to contemplate the possibility that the communal experience of sitting in the darkness of a movie theater may never be the same again. Despite this, I admit that the pandemic has made cinema more accessible than before. You no longer have to wait months and months for a movie to hit local theaters, and that gave me the opportunity to see many movies this year that perhaps in previous years I would not have been able to see before it ended. So, if you are away from the world of cinema, this is a very good time to go back and immerse yourself in all that the seventh art has to offer. We have more cinema than ever.
I make this selection of my five favorites of the year, although, as always, I would have liked to see more.
The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion returned to the movies with a gem that ended up being my favorite movie of the year. The script and performances are among the highlights of Campion's film. The way the story is constructed is masterful, with layers falling apart as the minutes go by. "The Power of the Dog" is a phenomenal character study, about lies to oneself, the search for identity, and the effect that other people can have in our lives.
"Licorice Pizza" is many things: a young love story, a tribute to California in the 70s, a comedy film … but above all it is a Paul Thomas Anderson film, and those who follow the director know what this is. it means. Licorice Pizza is my second favorite of the year, but depending on the day I could say it's my first.
"Bergman Island" is another love story, but this time, almost the same as with "The Power of the Dog", it is a story about what could be. Mia-Hansen Løve's new work meditates on love, missed opportunities, and to some extent, conformism in love relationships. Vicky Krieps and Mia Wasikowska are phenomenal on the tape.
The Beatles: Get Back
"The Beatles: Get Back" documents the last days of the famous Beatles as a band. Directed by Peter Jackson, "Get Back" feels like a fly on the studio wall where the four mythical beings that make up the band work their magic and create what was to be the band's last album. The material, which had been kept for 50 years, is a phenomenal historical document of what really happened in these last days of the band, and how the famous “Rooftop Concert” was made. A must-watch for all music fans, but especially for all Beatles fans.
Pablo Larraín returns to the big screen taking, again, as his approach to a real life figure, and recounting part of his tragic life. This time the filmmaker decides to tell a piece of the story of Princess Diana, and takes us on a journey (or a fairy tale, as the film says) showing how the relationship between the Princess and Prince Charles was deteriorating, and as Diana comes to the brink of madness, during a Christmas in England. The direction of Larraín is phenomenal, with a suffocating tension that increases throughout the film, and a performance by Kristen Stewart that can award the first Oscar to the American actress.
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