I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve started a post that way. Most of my posts lately have simply been movie reviews or my weekly Trailer Round-Ups. My last long form post was way back in July when I celebrated this blog’s 8th anniversary. Much like last year, my activity wasn’t at the same level as years past. On the positive, I did watch more movies overall, even if my activity for the blog was about the same as 2020. Before getting into all of that, though, here are some stats for Drew’s Movie Reviews in 2021:
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GREAT 😀 :
The Suicide Squad
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GOOD 🙂 :
One Night In Miami…
Outside the Wire
The White Tiger
The Little Things
Raya and the Last Dragon
Malcolm & Marie
The Tomorrow War
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Last Night In Soho
The Harder They Fall
tick, tick… BOOM!
The Matrix Ressurections
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were OK 😐 :
The Woman in the Window
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were BAD 😦 :
Home Sweet Home Alone
Here are the films released prior to 2021 I reviewed:
The Cannonbal Run (1981)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Rear Window (1954)
The Trouble With Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
First things first, while the views this year were roughly the same, there was a slight decrease nonetheless. Given my large increase in views from 2019 to 2020, it would have been hard to maintain the same amount of views, especially since my number of posts in 2021 is almost exactly the same as 2020. Given my lack of posting activity throughout the year, the amount of views I received in 2021 across my posts is pretty exciting.
Blogathon announcement posts are usually high traffic posts for my blog, so the top two most viewed posts are no surprise. Shadow of a Doubt being on the list took me by surprise. Of all the Hitchcock films I posted reviews for this year, I’m glad that one is the most viewed one because that is my favorite Hitchcock film of those with reviews. I have seen more Hitchcock films than what I have reviewed but more on that later. The posts in the fourth and fifth slots, Raya and Cruella respectively, are not surprising after I thought about it. Those two posts in particular I shared on a Disney-themed Discord server I am on. So they have a few extra views from people visiting from there, pushing them into their top spots for the year.
Unsurprisingly, there is quite a bit of overlap between my most commented on and most liked posts. Last Night In Soho, Free Guy, and Red Notice all appear on both lists. A big surprise, however, is a Trailer Round-Up post making its way to a top liked spot! I think that is a first in eight years.
My longest posting streak, as usual, comes from the back-to-back events that happen at the end of July: the Christmas in July Blogathon and my anniversary celebration.
Much like 2020, my posting activity in 2021 was a bit lackluster compared to previous years. As you can see by the list above, I watched quite a few new releases this year (36 to be exact) but I barely posted reviews for any of them. Outside of 2021 releases, I also watched a decent amount of films released before this year, many of which never received reviews on this blog. If you want to see what all I watched, check out my Letterboxd diary. I know I’ve been saying this for a while but I’m hoping my activity increases soon. I haven’t had the drive to write full reviews most of the time but I have come of with a few ideas to at least get something posted about the films I see. Hopefully 2022 will see more of that. I you want to see my ranking of all 36 2021 films I watched this year, you can check out my 2021 release ranking list on my Letterboxd.
At the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself to watch at least one Alfred Hitchcock film a month. Despite not posting reviews for them all, I’m happy to say that I have achieved that goal! I have watched 12 out of the 15 films in my Hitchcock box set and I will continue watching the rest into next year. Before this project, I hadn’t seen any movie in Hitchcock’s large filmography (well, I watched The Birds years ago but I barely remembered it). As a cinefile, I could not let that continue. I had so much fun on the project and can see now why Hitchcock is held in such high regard as a filmmaker. You can check out my Hitchcock ranking list on my Letterboxd to see where all 12 films have placed.
I really enjoyed my journey through Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography project. If you have any ideas for other directors you recommend for a similar project in 2022, please let me know in the comments.
It would be great for me to end this post with some grand ideas for 2022 but unfortunately I have none. As I mentioned before, my goal (again) is to try to get more on a more regular cadence with posting reviews. Thank you to everyone who still visits regularly, despite me not offering you much lately. You all are the greatest and I keep doing this because of you!
Thanks everyone for an enjoyable 2021. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive, stay weird. See you all in 2022!
Until next time, cheers!