Category: Commentary

2021 Wrap

Well, we’ve almost made it! 2020 2.0 couldn’t stop us from enjoying another year of movies. They may change our theatrical release dates, but they will never take our streaming! Thankfully, I was able to see more movies in a theater instead of at home on the couch. There’s still a sense of magic there for me. Unfortunately, I’ve found myself slacking more this year than last, which I feel bad about. I have a list of 20 or so movies I need to catch up on. With school, travel (seeing a movie on Mackinac Island!), and other life curveballs, I have often found escape in a darkened theater only to have words for a review find escapism from me. As part of a process improvement class, I devised a rapid improvement initiative to keep myself more on track here. My New Year’s resolution is to stick to a more regular schedule of programming here by implementing that plan.

Again, I thank all of you for stopping by and allowing me to be a small part of your lives. Here’s to a great 2022! Without further adieu, here are my top movies of 2021 in no particular order… (No, “Wonder Woman 1984” did not make the cut, and I almost put “Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar” on here)


Finding You

Four Good Days

A Mouthful of Air

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Last Night in Soho

Halloween Kills

Free Guy

Schulz Saves America

Jared Freid: Socially Distanced, Of Course



The Fear Street Trilogy

A Quiet Place 2

James Bond: No Time To Die

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A snow-draped Vogue Theater to see “Julia” this past week.
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“Somewhere in Time” at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, sitting close to Christopher Reeve’s seat during a pivotal scene of the movie filmed in the theater.

“Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy”


The beginnings of the “War on Drugs” explained. The beginning of many of the societal ills that we are now reaping what we had sewn at this pivotal moment in American history. It was equally shocking to see what transpired and how we handled it. It’s always a painful pill to swallow when you can see how little the human race learns from history and how much we walk in a big circle, acting equally if not increasingly shocked with the results of our often flawed ways.

Government often creates many of the problems it “comes to the rescue” to solve, and most of the time rushing things and acting on emotion is the worst strategic alternative. This felt much longer than its runtime, but in a good way. A great deal of quality information and storytelling packed into this one. Well worth a watch.

2020 Wrap – Sweet 16 + 1

It was a weird year. Thankfully, there were still enough movies to fill a year-end countdown! A newfound love for the drive-in theater, and even more scouring streaming than normal led to a really interesting 2020 lineup in my movie watching this year. Huge thank you to all of you, from all over the world, who visit my page to check out a random guy’s thoughts about movies. Can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store, and to continue to grow the page and connect with even more of you! Cheers!

In no particular order, here are my top 17 of the year… (I couldn’t narrow it to 16, whoops)


The Gentlemen


Just Mercy

The Lodge

The invisible man

You should have left


Words on bathroom walls

A nice girl like you

Hooking up

Palm Springs

Promising Young Woman

A rainy day in New York

Love and monsters