311 films in 2021

Happy New Year! I wish I could share my Top 10 of 2021, but it isn’t quite ready yet. Soon! (Here’s my alternative list, ICYMI.)

For New Year’s Day I’m doing something new on FITI.

Inspired by an Instagram post from Edgar Wright, where he listed all the films he watched in 2021, I thought I should do the same. It would’ve been smart of me to keep track of them through the year… instead of devoting a few hours of my New Years Eve to assemble this list. Of course, I do to a degree with the blog and the podcast I cohost with Stephen Cooke, LENS ME YOUR EARS, but I also take in other films in the course of a year, rewatching or discovering older films just for the pleasure of it.

These kinds of catalogues always risk being an internet humblebrag: look how devoted I am to this obsession everybody! I’m sure I can name a few folks even in my own circle who’ve seen more movies than I did in 2021. It’s not a contest! My feeling is if I make a habit of keeping track of these numbers in years hence I’ll have helpful viewing statistics to compare.

This is especially important because I am no longer as Premiere Card carrier.  Since mid-2015 I’ve been one of the few members of the media in Halifax to carry a Premiere Card, which allows free access to (almost) every new film in cinemas.

Cineplex is reducing the number of card carriers this year across the country, and I’m amongst the disavowed. There’s a possibility of renewal in 2023 but in the meantime I’ll be paying for my feature films, which is very likely to diminish their number. It’ll be good to see how much while also recognizing the role the pandemic has played, and will continue to play, with in-person movie watching. Sigh.

So, what follows is an alphabetical list of all the movies I watched in 2021, to the best of my memory. If I’ve seen it in the cinema (including in-person festival screenings) the title is bold. If the feature is older than two years I’ve included the year of release. I’ve also thrown in a few posters just for the fun of it. And please scroll to the bottom to see the list of documentaries I watched this past year.

Reviews of (almost) all the new films can be found on the blog by using the search function, while many of the older ones were discussed on LENS ME YOUR EARS, available on all fine podcast platforms.



28 Weeks Later (2007)

48 Hours (1982)

8:37 Rebirth

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

About Endlessness

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)


Another 48 Hours (1990)

Army of the Dead

Ashby (2015)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

The Asphyx (1972)

Avengers; Infinity War (2018)

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar

Barefoot In The Park (1967)


Being The Ricardos

Best Sellers

Between Waves

Black Widow


Beat Girl aka Wild For Kicks (1960)

The Bedroom Window (1987)


Bergman Island 

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987)

Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

Blood & Black Lace (1964)

Blood Ties (2013)

Bob le Flambeur (1956)

Boss Level

Brick (2005)

Butterfly and Sword (1993)

California Split (1974)


The Card Counter


The Charmer (2017)

The Chase (1966)

The Celluloid Closet (1996)

Chestersberg : Make Murder Legal

The China Syndrome (1979)

The Collector (1965)

Coming To America (1988)

Coming 2 America

Concrete Cowboy


The Cotton Club Encore (1984)

Countess Dracula (1971)

The Courier


C’mon C’mon

Crossing Delancy (1988)

Croupier (1998)


Cutter’s Way (1981)

Danger Diabolik (1968)

Darling (1965)

Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor

Dead Pigs

Death Line aka Raw Meat (1972)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Dragonwheel (2002)

Dear Comrades!

Death of a Ladies’ Man

Delores Claiborne (1995)

Desperate Hours (1990)

The Dig

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

Dog Soldiers (2002)

Don’t Look Up


Double Indemnity (1944)

Drive My Car

Dune (1984)


The Electrical Life of Louis Wain


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

F9: The Fast Saga

Farewell My Lovely (1975)

The Father

Flickering Lights (2000)

Flowers of Shanghai (1998)

Free Guy

The French Dispatch

French Exit

The Frightened City (1961)

The Gambler (2014)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife


The Glorias

The Godfather III (1990)

The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

God of Gamblers (1989)

Godzilla vs Kong

The Golden Child (1986)

The Good Thief (2002)

The Great Buck Howard (2008)

The Green Knight


The Guilty

Gunpowder Milkshake

Happy Together (1997)

Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man (1991)

Hard Eight (1996)

The Harder They Fall

Hear My Song (1991)

Hillbilly Elegy

His House

Homeboy (1988)


House of Gucci

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

The Humans

Hunger (2008)

An Ideal Host

Identifying Features

I Care A Lot

The Immigrant (2013)

In A Better World (2010)

Inherent Vice (2015)

In The Earth

In The Heights

Ismael’s Ghosts (2017)

Italian For Beginners (2000)

I Used To Go Here

John Carter (2012)

Johnny Handsome (1989)

JT LeRoy (2018)

Judas And The Black Messiah

Julia (1977)

Jungle Cruise


The Kid Detective

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

King Richard

Klute (1971)

Ladyhawke (1985)


The Last Duel

Last Night in Soho

The Last Seduction (1994)

The Late Show (1977)

Laura (1944)

Licence to Kill (1989)

Licorice Pizza

The Living Daylights (1987)

Locked Down

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Lore (2012)


Margrete: Queen of the North

The Mauritanian



The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix: Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix: Revolutions (2003)

The Matrix: Resurrections


Metro (1997)

Metroland (1997)



The Mitchells vs the Machines

Mortal Engines (2018)

Mothering Sunday


My Days of Mercy (2018)

My Salinger Year

My Summer of Love (2004)

The Nest

News of the World

Niagara (1953)

Night At The Eagle Inn

Night Blooms

Nightmare Alley (1947)

Nightmare Alley

Night Moves (1975)

Night Of The Demon aka Curse Of The Demon (1957)

Night Raiders



No Sudden Move

No Time To Die

No Way Out (1950)


One Night In Miami…

Our Friend

Our Souls At Night (2017)

Out of The Past (1947)


Palm Springs

Panic In The Streets (1950)

Paprika (2006)


Peace By Chocolate

Peeper (1975)


Petite Maman

Phantom Lady (1944)

Pieces of a Woman


The Pleasure Girls (1965)

The Power of the Dog

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Promising Young Woman

The Protege 

A Quiet Place: Part II

The Rainmaker (1997)


Rent (2005)

Repulsion (1965)

Riders of Justice

Rose Plays Julie

A Royal Affair (2012)

The Saint (1997)

Saint Maud


Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)

Saving Face (2004)

The Secret Garden (1949)

The Secret Garden (1987)

The Secret Garden (1993)

The Secret Garden (2017)

The Secret Garden

Seige (1983)

The Seven-Ups (1974)


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

She Dies Tomorrow 

Six Minutes To Midnight

Small Axe: Mangrove

Small Axe: Lover’s Rock

Small Axe: Alex Wheadle


The Souvenir

The Souvenir Part II


Spider-Man: No Way Home



The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

The Stunt Woman (1996)


The Suicide Squad


Swan Song (Stephens)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

These Are The Damned (1962)

They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (1969)

tick, tick… BOOM!

Tin Can


Together Together

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse 

The Tomorrow War


Trouble In Mind (1985)

Two Days One Night (2014)


The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vampyr (1931)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Vertiges: A Woman In Danger (2001)


West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

White Sands (1992)

Wife of a Spy


Wild Mountain Thyme 

The Witches

The Wolfman (2010)

The Worst Person in the World

Year of the Dragon (1985)

Yes, Madam (1985)

Zack Snyder’s Justice League 

Zero Effect (1998)



The American Sector, Acasa My Home, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Dust Radio: A Film About Chris Whitley, Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing, Fanny: The Right To Rock, Flee, FTA, A Glitch In The Matrix, Jodorowski’s Dune, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide, Once Were Brothers, Original Cast Album: Company, Softie, Some Kind of Heaven, Soul Boys of the Western World: Spandau Ballet, A Song For You, The Austin City Limits Story, The Sparks Brothers, Stray, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, Summer of Soul… Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised, Suzi Q, Taming The Garden, Tina, Val, Witches of the Orient, Wojnarowicz, Woodstock 99

About the author


Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.