2021 Movies List – Give Me Hope for The New Year!
Whew! What a hot mess the last list turned out to be, huh? Welcome back to our annual movie countdown where we look at the films to watch and the films to avoid. If you’ve been keeping up with them, this list is going to look suspiciously like last year’s because, well, some things happened that caused a lot of release dates to be pushed. So we’re going to tackle the 2021 slate with some addendums on this one. We won’t be adding release dates because MAN did that ever backfire last year. This also means they won’t be listed in any particular order, so there’s no ranking taking place here.
There’s also a particular addendum that is personally being added that is pretty dependent on how things shape up in the next few weeks in regard to safety. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the absolute shit show WB caused with its joint HBO MAX and theatrical release, so allow me to make a point here. There are several WB releases on here, but they all come with the caveat of going to see it in theatres. I cannot stress enough how detrimental this move is to the film industry and to the overall quality of the content we will receive in the future, let alone the gong show you will have to go through to try to see these movies at home (for a HUGE premium) if you don’t live in the USA. I could write an entire essay on the differences between this plan vs other streaming services, so let’s not use the comments section to try to weigh in on that. However, if it’s not safe to do so, I am NOT saying you should go to the theatres. Just don’t support this horseshit HBO MAX deal. Those films will have a handy asterisk beside them if you want to read up on how the filmmakers feel about that deal.
We talked about the best movies HERE, but now let’s get on with the worst!
In case no one has paid attention for the past 20 years, Sony has done a SHIT job with the rights to Spider-Man. Not as bad as what Fox did with the properties they acquired, but Sony has not done well. Lucky for them, Marvel came along and saved the day, making Spidey not only a box office juggernaut again, but also alleviated so much of the Spidey exhaustion people had been feeling. So, Sony thought “hey, know what we can do? Fuck up Spider-Man’s entire catalog of characters!”
After the abomination that was Venom (more on this later), Sony plowed straight ahead with producing even more Spider-Man themed content that is bound to also be dumpster fires! First up, Jared Leto in this nonsense. Has Morbius had multiple solo runs in the comics? Yes. Have they all been prematurely canceled? Also, yes. Has Jared Leto been an amazing actor? Yes. Has Jared Leto also been in a series of bad movies since winning his Oscar (save for Blade Runner:2049)? Also, yes, you see the pattern that’s developing, right?
No thanks, Sony. I’ll keep my money and my sanity on this one, thanks.
The King’s Man
I’m not super pumped when a series gets two entries and flips to a prequel to try to capitalize on its popularity. It always sounds like they’ve run out of ideas but don’t want to lose out on the notoriety of the name. While I still think this one has the potential to be awesome, I’ve danced to this tune before and prequels, while sequels are in the works, are almost always a hot mess. Hoping I’m wrong but I don’t think I am.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Above, I decried Sony’s horrible treatment of Spider-Man characters. Allow me to continue. Venom, starring the usually amazing Tom Hardy, is horrible. Inconsistent, lame, and as bland as tapioca, it was the exact opposite of what I wanted from a movie starring Spidey’s greatest foe and one of my favorite anti-heroes. To top it all off, Woody Harrelson (who I also love) shows up at the end to let us all know that he too can rock a horrible wig and that curly red hair is not a good look for him. Oh, also, Carnage is going to be in the sequel.
So, we’ve got a dumpster fire introduction to both characters along with a studio known for destroying movies with their input and are DESPERATELY trying to ride Marvel’s coattails. Finally, one of the worst sequel titles I’ve ever seen. What a terrible waste of $250 million this is going to be. Just let the rights go, Sony. For the love of God, just let them go.