2021 has come and gone. We have a worse President. The same pandemic issues only this year we have out of control inflation, border issues, and a destabilized Middle East. But hey, we still got our entertainment!
In 2021, more people streamed than ever before as movies tested out hybrid releases in theaters and on streaming services. To various degrees of success. With the year drawing to a close HipsterZOMBIEJoint has chosen their favorite films and television shows of the past year:
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Top 10 Television Shows Of 2021
Dr. Death (Peacock)
The true crime story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, Dr. Death, was a mega hit for the Wondry podcast. Naturally it was turned into an enthralling mini-series starring Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin, & Christian Slater. A true horror story about how one Doctor destroyed so many lives.
Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
Selena Gomez shines in this comedic murder mystery series. The young actress holds her own with comedic heavyweights, Steve Martin and Martin Short. A fun and thrilling series for the arm chair detectives of the world.
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Director/writer Mike Flanagan ditches haunted manors for a secluded island community who fall prey to dark emissary that slither’s its way into a church congregation. Led by powerful performances and shocking twists and turns, Midnight Mass is Flanagan’s best work to date.
It’s Lord of the Flies meets Alive with a little Deliverance thrown in. Yellowjackets is an all new original Showtime series about a champion high school female soccer team that has their plan crash land in the old and dangerous wilderness. The series then does something interesting by making a huge time jump as we follow the remaining members, now grown up, trying to solve the murder of their friend. A murder that ties back to plane crash years prior.
Arrow star, Stephen Amell, returns in the new wrestling drama from Starz. The series focused on a small town, family run indie wrestling promotion. The rivalry builds between two brothers, one who is destined for greatness and the other still clinging to the wrestling empire their father built.
Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
Post apocalyptic shows are a dime a dozen these days so it takes an interesting concept for one to truly stand out. Luckily Netflix’s adaptation of Vertigo’s Sweet Tooth comic book does just that. The animal hybrids and disastrous pandemic helps create an intriguing and original story.
Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)
This mini-series assembles an eclectic all star cast and puts them under the thrall of a shady guru played by Nicole Kidman. If you like cults and mysteries this will be up your alley.
Reservation Dogs (FXX)
The funniest show of the year might be one you never heard of. From Taika Waititi comes a story about a group of kids living in nowhere Oklahoma on an Indian reservation. Their goal is to get to California but standing in their way are rival gangs, money, a no help spirit guide, and teenage drama.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Disney+)
The best of the Disney Plus/Marvel Studios series starred two of Captain America’s sidekicks who finally get a chance to shine. Dealing with the burden of the shield, race, and nationalism, this series is far more than a superhero series. It’s the superhero series this country needs at its most divided time.
From the mind of Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, comes the animated and very mature superhero series, Invincible. It’s bloody, it’s funny, it’s non stop superhuman brutality. Think Superman meets Kick-Ass.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Top 10 Films of 2021
Last Night In Soho
Edgar Wright crafts a beautifully dark mystery in this haunting supernatural story starring the alluring Anya Taylor-Joy.
Bob Odenkirk plays everyday family man, Hutch. When his routine and mundane life is impeded upon, Hutch must conjure up a secret and violent past he has kept hidden for years. Top notch action in the spirit of John Wick.
A Quiet Place 2
Few times has a sequel surpassed its original predecessor, however, A Quiet Place 2 does just that. It expands the story while showing glimpses of the original alien invasion.
Godzilla vs Kong
A match that not only lives up to the hype, it also gives audiences a clear winner. This film has some of the best and most brutal monster action sequences of Legendary MonsterVerse franchise. It also delivers on the film’s main antagonist, Mecha-Godzilla!
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
If there ever was a more clear as day indictment on the stupidity of Warner Bros it’s the refusal to let this version of Justice League hit the silver screen. Not only was Snyder’s vision epic in scope, it set the JL up as Gods and gave us the best DC Cinematic villains to date. This is the DCEU we were promised, this is the one the fans still want, this is the one WB wants buried because it was their only real chance of competing with Marvel Studios.
The best Disney film of the year is the one I looked forward to the least. However, Emma Stone took this role and ran with it. Stone delivered the manic and insane villain origin story worthy of Cruella.
You can tell when a film is made by people love the material as opposed to a bunch of woke people trying to shoehorn an agenda. The film does a great job respecting the past while setting up the future. Plus seeing the original Ghostbusters suit up again is one of the best cinematic moments of the year.
West Side Story
Despite a less than stellar box office, the remake of West Side Story is near flawless in execution. It’s lovingly shot and the actors pour their hearts out into these iconic songs.
PG is a film that is so ludicrous and obscene that it shouldn’t work. However, the ultra gory sci-fi action comedy is like an episode of Power Rangers on meth. And we were there for every insane moment.
Spider-Man No Way Home
Marvel Studios and Sony continues to show their fans nothing but love when it comes to the Tom Holland Spider-Man films. There was so much hype and anticipation going into this and the film does not disappoint at all. Not just the best Spider-Man film but arguably one of the top 3 best Marvel Studio films.
That’s our best of 2021, but what was yours? Let us know in the comments and here’s to 2022!