Jacob’s 12 Best Movies of 2021

As the pandemic raged on, something miraculous happened that got us through the year 2021! Businesses started reopening, including movie theaters. Not only could we go back and see our friends who we felt empty without, but we could also experience the feeling of paying a ticket to a movie that we thought would never release. Once again, we could smell the scent of freshly buttered popcorn, quench our thirsts with refreshing beverages, and see amazing sights that graced the screens! Of course, streaming was always an option for those who felt more comfortable just staying at home without the risks of catching transmissions from a stranger’s orifices. Nothing truly beats the feeling of being back at the cinema again! While I have been going to the theater less, I have managed to catch a few gems on the big screen (four of these have made the list to be exact – points if you can guess which ones)! The movies are back and I have 12 that made an impression on me! As with every year, I am sure that there are some superior movies I may have missed, especially with awards season, which if I had seen before this list would knock some of these picks down, so you get what you get! Without further ado, let’s begin!

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Film Review – Spoiler-Free

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Movie, 2021) | Release Date, Trailer, Cast | Marvel

The amount of hype for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third entry in Jon Watts MCU trilogy was unbelievably high. Right from the get-go, there has been a lot of discussion in which direction this installment was going to head, especially since Sony and Disney almost parted ways after the huge success of Far From Home. We almost didn’t get a third chapter until Spider-Man actor Tom Holland allegedly made a drunken phone call in tears to settle a dispute! We really owe it to Holland for stepping up and speaking his mind, as it paved way for what may not just be the best Spider-Man movie, nor the best MCU movie, but the best movie of 2021 as of late!

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Jacob’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2022

2021 is almost over, which means a new year in movies is approaching! As we get ready to leave this year behind, it is time to look at the upcoming movies that I am most certainly anticipating, as many as they are, for I am always down to see these when I have a chance. As with previous year’s releases, I may not get to all of them upon release, but these films are the one I am looking forward to the most!

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A Look Back On ‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do America’ – Still Funny After 25 Years?

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) - IMDb

When I was a kid, I had no idea who Beavis and Butt-Head were. I never really watched MTV, nor did it seem that I was really allowed to. What I do remember was seeing a VHS copy of their first motion picture, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America at age nine, but I had never really watched it, nor did I ever watch the show that it was based on. My first experience watching Beavis and Butt-Head was in high school when I noticed that a neighbor of my dad at the time, happened to have a couple of VHS’ of the show and the movie. I decided to borrow them both. While I cannot remember what my initial reaction was, all I can say is that watching Do America opened the door for my appreciation of the characters and it eventually became one of my favorite comedies, which I like to watch whenever I am in the mood.

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‘Kevin Can F**K Himself’ Season 1 Review

Kevin Can F**k Himself (TV Series 2021–2022) - IMDb

Earlier this year, Marvel’s WandaVision set the stage for a new type of show, which combined the makings of a stereotypical sitcom with hard-hitting drama featuring tragic characters who feel the need to escape, only to be hindered by circumstances beyond their control. It was a real game-changer, not just for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for sitcoms in general, as solidified by AMC’s new series, Kevin Can F**K Himself, which has the same blend of sitcom shenanigans and TV drama, enough to make it somewhat of a copycat. Yet, while WandaVision was more of an evolution of sitcom styles from the 50s to now, Kevin Can F**K Himself is a straight parody of the typical family-sitcoms you saw in the 90s through now. A lot of them seem to have the same formula; you have the extremely self-centered, slobbish, dim-witted husband who everybody loves, yet somehow gets into a situation which makes things worse, as well-intentioned as he tries to make it, while his hotter-than-average wife shrugs at his ideas, only to help clean up the mess. Kevin Can F**k Himself helps us to see it from the wife’s point-of-view, opening our eyes to what is beyond the bright lights and canned laughter of a sitcom. It is really one huge “f**k you” to sitcoms of this nature.

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Film Review

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) - IMDb

Nearly 40 years after the first Ghostbusters premiered in theaters, a third movie in the franchise has finally arrived! It has been a long, rocky road to get to where we are now, with the project being in development hell for nearly two decades, matched with the casts’ hesitancy to return, along with the passing of Harold Ramis (who played Egon Spengler), it seemed that a third Ghostbusters would never get off the ground. The closest we have come was 2016’s female-led reboot which seemed to distance fans and divide critics. Now, a true sequel has come in the form of Ghostbusters: Afterlife! Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman, who you may know as the director of films such as Juno, Up in the Air, and Jennifer’s Body. Yet what makes this special is that he is the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, which makes it feel like a passing of the torch. Ivan seems to appreciate his father’s work enough to continue the legacy as he visited the set of the original 1984 film as a kid. The touch is noticeable, but what it comes down to is more of the same story, yet for a new generation of Ghostbusters fans.

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A Look Back at ‘Jingle All the Way’ – 25 Years of Corny Arnie Goodness

Jingle All the Way (1996) - IMDb

Now that Jingle All the Way is on Disney+, I figured that I would give it a rewatch for its 25th anniversary. I remember it as the movie that introduced me to the corniness that is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though he was mostly known for being an 80’s action star with films like The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Predator, and Commando, there was a time when he decided to take on family comedies. Kindergarten Cop and Junior were movies that showcased his comedic chops, but none seem to match the ridiculous, over-the-top, exaggeration that is Jingle All the Way. Jingle All the Way is Arnold at his corniest as he plays a father desperate to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, only to cross paths with a police officer, a manic mailman, and a crowd of last-minute shoppers who all seek to get the ever in-demand Turbo Man doll. In reality, Jingle All the Way is a testament of a father trying to prove his worthiness to his son as he sets out on an all-day journey to make things right.

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A Look Back On ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ – 20 Years Later

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) - IMDb

It is amazing that after 20 years, Harry Potter still has its share of fans. The amount of memorabilia/attractions I see are on par with Star Wars. Even as a kid, I would have never guessed that this series of films would leave its mark in the annals of pop culture history as much as it does today. People still talk about it, and it even has its own cinematic universe known as Wizarding World with the Fantastic Beasts movies to ensure that the flame of J.K. Rowling’s beloved works does not die out. Though through recent controversy, her spark may have died, yet the books and films still live on in the hearts of the fans. While I may never have read the books (though I have dabbled a bit in the first book), I was there when the first film came out. I was seven years old when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in theaters. My fondest memory was going to the theater one night to see it with my parents. Of course, it was a school night so I was not sure about staying up just to see a movie in the theater, but seeing as I always loved going to the movies, I was glad to oblige. As late as it was after we left the theater, I knew I saw something special for I instantly fell in love with Harry Potter.

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‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Film Review

Clifford the Big Red Dog Movie Poster (#1 of 5) - IMP Awards

When I was a kid, one of the books I loved to read were the Clifford books by the late Norman Bridwell. The idea of a giant red dog fascinated me to the point where I believed anything was possible. I am sure that at one point, I wished I had a dog like Clifford. As big and clumsy as he was, Clifford was always there to help and just like any other dog, he remained loyal to his owner, a little girl named Emily Elizabeth, who loved him just as much. Walt Becker’s live-action adaptation seems to show this lovable canine as nothing more than a bumbling accident-prone buffoon reminiscent of Marley & Me‘s pooch; it seems to be a common trope in live-action dog-centered family-comedies, and writers Jay Scherick, David Ronn, and Blaise Hemingway seemed to do their homework. Though I feel, with each other live-action adaptation of a popular children’s character, I feel like I have seen this type of film before. You have fart-and-poop jokes, a human character that can’t stand the mischief of the animal, a villain with a cunning plan. The formula is all there.

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‘The French Dispatch’ Film Review

The French Dispatch (2021) - IMDb

Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, is a mosaic of different works inspired by his appreciation for The New Yorker, though it is mostly fictional. The French Dispatch tells three stories set in the fictional town of Ennui-sur-Blase; all are beautiful to immerse yourself into, yet as offbeat as a film by Anderson is expected to be. We are treated to gorgeous sets, the yellowish-atmosphere of 60’s avant-garde French cinema, a whimsical score by the always reliable Alexandre Desplat, with some songs and compositions by French artists to set the mood of the soundtrack, all the while welcoming you to its world, making you feel like you just stepped into France, or at the most, the chaotic side. As Owen Wilson’s bicycle-riding travel-writer Herbsaint Sazerac (based on New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell) takes us on “a sight-seeing tour” in its first of few stories set around a newspaper called The French Dispatch, headed by the no-nonsense Harold Ross-inspired editor Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray) as he overlooks the details of these stories published.

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