2021: The Year in Reviews (Wrap-Up)

I guess this is more like “The Site in Reviews,” since this is gonna be the last one and we’re gonna wrap-up 11 years’ worth of reviews.

You know how this works — I guessed ratings back in January and now I see how close I was with everything. Though now, rather than being focused with personal goals like guessing everything either exactly or within a half-star, I’m curious to see what kind of site-long data trends come about.

So let’s wrap this shit up and see what we find.

Normally I do these comparisons over the course of the twelve days before this one (‘On the twelfth day of reviews…’), but for obvious reason this year I didn’t. So we’re gonna start with tables of each month to quickly run down what ratings I guessed for each of the films I watched back in January (if I did) and what ratings I actually gave them. Then afterward I’ll ad all that up and figure out whatever the average rating was for that month. And since I have average ratings for every year I’ve done this, I’ll then figure out a singular average rating for each month of the year over the course of the 11 years I’ve done this. Should be interesting.

But aside from seeing how close each of those singular ratings ends up being to the monthly rating for this particular year, I’m also curious to see if each month this year ends up fitting into that general range of a monthly rating, just because this year, above all others, I didn’t watch movies the way I normally do. Most years, I’ll start watching in earnest in late January, early February. This year, because Oscar eligibility included films in January and February, I watched stuff in those months and then watched literally nothing until the summer. I only managed to finish all of March’s movies (I was watching stuff chronologically as well, one month at a time) over Labor Day weekend. For comparison, on November 1st, I had only watched around 140 movies from this year total. Most other years I hit that total by Memorial Day. It was a weird year for watching. And I’m curious if the ratings still end up being the same as they usually are. Guess we’ll see.

(Note: I’ll update December with the last couple of films I need to see, as I see them.)

January

Film January Guess Actual Rating
Shadow in the Cloud 3 3.5
Pieces of a Woman 3.5 3.5
Locked Down 3.5 3
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise 3 3
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets 2.5 2.5
The Marksman 3 3
Outside the Wire 3 3
Don’t Tell a Soul 3 3
Run Hide Fight 2.5 3
No Man’s Land 2.5 2.5
Our Friend 3.5 3.5
The Sound of Philadelphia 3 3
The White Tiger 3.5 3.5
Psycho Goreman 3.5 3.5
In and Of Itself N/A 3.5
Penguin Bloom 3 3
The Night 2.5 3
The Little Things 3.5 3.5
Supernova 3.5 4
Finding Ohana 3 3
Palmer 3 3
The Dig 3.5 4

I watched 22 films from January and the average rating was 3.20. That’s the highest January I’ve ever had. Though this was a very different kind of January, so I get it. Normally this is a dumping ground, but streaming has started increasing the average rating here of late, plus this year we had Oscar eligibles. So it makes sense that it would be higher.

Previous January ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.70
  • 2012 — 2.86
  • 2013 — 2.75
  • 2014 — 2.40
  • 2015 — 2.69
  • 2016 — 2.79
  • 2017 — 2.70
  • 2018 — 2.95
  • 2019 — 3.10
  • 2020 — 2.95

Adding all of that together, that means, for the entirety of this site, my average January rating was 2.83.

February

Film January Guess Actual Rating
Earwig and the Witch 3.5 3.5
Rams 3 3
Bliss 3 3
Malcolm & Marie 3.5 3.5
Little Fish 3 3
The Reckoning 2.5 2.5
Willy’s Wonderland 3.5 3.5
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar 2.5 2.5
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things 3 3
Music 3 2.5
Saint Maud 3.5 3.5
To All the Boys: Always and Forever 2.5 2.5
Judas and the Black Messiah 4 4
Breaking News in Yuba County 3.5 3.5
Land 3.5 3.5
French Exit 3.5 3.5
The World to Come 3.5 3
Body Brokers 3 3
Blithe Spirit 3 3
The Mauritanian 3.5 3.5
Flora and Ulysses 2.5 2.5
I Care a Lot 3.5 3.5
Silk Road 3 3
The Violent Heart N/A 3
The Father 3.5 3.5
Pele N/A 3
Tom and Jerry 2.5 2.5
Crisis 3.5 3
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry N/A 3.5
The United States vs. Billie Holiday 3.5 3.5
Cherry 3.5 3.5

I watched 31 films from February and the average rating was 3.15. That seems to be the new average for this month since the proliferation of streaming (though the Oscar stuff helped too). That’s almost exactly what the rating’s been for the past two Februarys.

Previous February ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.25
  • 2012 — 2.15
  • 2013 — 2.59
  • 2014 — 2.92
  • 2015 — 3.00
  • 2016 — 2.90
  • 2017 — 3.03
  • 2018 — 2.85
  • 2019 — 3.12
  • 2020 — 3.15

Over the course of this site, my average February rating was 2.83.

March

Film January Guess Actual Rating
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell N/A 3
Moxie 2.5 3.5
Raya and the Last Dragon 3.5 4
Coming 2 America 3.5 3.5
Chaos Walking 3 3
Pixie 3 3
Boogie 3 3
Cosmic Sin 2.5 2.5
Yes Day 2.5 2.5
Happily 3 3
Justice League: The Snyder Cut N/A 3
The Courier 3 3.5
Nobody 3.5 3.5
A Week Away 2.5 2
Shoplifters of the World 3 2.5
The Seventh Day 2.5 2.5
Tina N/A 3.5
Godzilla vs. King 3 3

I watched 18 films from March and the average rating was 3.03. That’s about standard fare for March, so nothing out of the ordinary there. March is one of those odd months where they release all types of stuff. The first of the blockbusters tend to come out here, though a lot of those tend to be ‘dumps’ because they don’t think they can hang in summer (or they’re from places like Marvel, who have a bunch coming out and just needed to slot something earlier so as not to step on the toes of all the other ones). Still, you can usually count on March as a whole to just be ‘okay’.

Previous March ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.70
  • 2012 — 2.80
  • 2013 — 2.98
  • 2014 — 3.14
  • 2015 — 2.89
  • 2016 — 3.21
  • 2017 — 3.16
  • 2018 — 3.03
  • 2019 — 3.06
  • 2020 — 3.18

My average March rating over 11 years is almost exactly the same as March of this year: 3.02.

April

Film January Guess Actual Rating
Shiva Baby 3.5 3.5
Concrete Cowboy 3 2.5
Every Breath You Take 3 2.5
Thunder Force 2 2.5
Voyagers 3 3
In the Earth 3 3
Stowaway 3 3
Vanquish 3 2.5
Mortal Kombat 3 3
Together Together 3 3.5
Here Are the Young Men 3 3
Things Heard and Seen 2.5 3
Percy 3 3
The Mitchells vs. the Machines 3 3.5
About Endlessness 3.5 3.5
Limbo 3.5 3.5
Four Good Days 3 3
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street N/A 3.5
The Virtuoso 3 3
Without Remorse 3 3

I watched 20 films from April and the average rating was 3.05. Again, just about part of the norm. In my head, April has historically always been one of the most consistent months, and the data seems to bear that out. There’s never really any big budget stuff in April. Usually it’s just stuff they didn’t feel fit anywhere else, plus some Easter-type stuff. April is definitely the most hodgepodge of months in terms of what gets put out.

Previous April ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.90
  • 2012 — 2.85
  • 2013 — 2.88
  • 2014 — 2.81
  • 2015 — 2.92
  • 2016 — 3.08
  • 2017 — 2.89
  • 2018 — 2.97
  • 2019 — 3.07
  • 2020 — 3.19

Over the course of the site, my average April rating is 2.96.

May

Film January Guess Actual Rating
Mainstream 2.5 2.5
The Water Man 3 3
Wrath of Man 3.5 4
Monster 3 3
Here Today 3.5 3
Pink Skies Ahead 3 3
Oxygen 3.5 3.5
Spiral 3 3
The Woman in the Window 3.5 3
The Get Together N/A 3.5
Those Who Wish Me Dead 3.5 3.5
Riders of Justice N/A 4
The Perfect Candidate 3.5
Army of the Dead 3 3
Blast Beat 3 3.5
Drunk Bus 3.5 3.5
Dream Horse 3.5 3.5
Blue Miracle N/A 3
Plan B 3.5 3.5
American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally 3 3
A Quiet Place Part II 3 3.5
Cruella 3 3

I watched 22 films from May and the average rating was 3.26. That makes this the highest May on record, which I think is because a lot of the blockbusters (which would normally pull this rating down closer to 3) were pushed later in the hopes of getting them in theaters with a proper audience. Which meant those solid streaming gems are what propelled the rating.

Previous May ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.81
  • 2012 — 3.10
  • 2013 — 3.22
  • 2014 — 2.98
  • 2015 — 3.02
  • 2016 — 3.14
  • 2017 — 3.06
  • 2018 — 3.02
  • 2019 — 3.02
  • 2020 — 3.05

Over the course of the site, my average May rating is 3.06.

June

Film January Guess Actual Rating
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 2.5 2.5
Flashback 3 2.5
Under the Stadium Lights 3 2.5
Awake 3 3
In the Heights 3.5 3.5
Infinite 3 3
The Misfits N/A 3
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway 2.5 2.5
Holler 3.5 3.5
Skater Girl N/A 3.5 
12 Mighty Orphans 3 3
Our Ladies 3 3.5
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard 3 3
Luca 4 3.5
The Sparks Brothers N/A 3.5
Fatherhood 3 3.5
The Birthday Cake 3 2.5
Good on Paper N/A 3
The Ice Road 3 3
F9 3.5 3.5
False Positive 3 3
Lansky 3 3
America: The Motion Picture 3 3.5
Zola 3.5 3.5

I watched 24 films from June and the average rating was 3.10. June is also a pretty consistent month, as you can see, with 5 out of 11 years having ratings within .02 of one another. This was the month theaters started opening back up this year, but I will also say, a lot of what came out this month before F9 feels like April fare to me. It feels like they’re just putting stuff out and biding their time for summer to officially start. They kept waiting for that okay to feel safe about putting stuff in a lot of theaters.

Previous June ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.06
  • 2013 — 3.03
  • 2014 — 3.16
  • 2015 — 3.29
  • 2016 — 3.27
  • 2017 — 3.12
  • 2018 — 3.21
  • 2019 — 3.11
  • 2020 — 3.10

Over the course of the site, my average June rating is 3.14.

July

Film January Guess Actual Rating
No Sudden Move 4 4
The Tomorrow War 3 3
The Forever Purge 3 3
Summer of Soul N/A 4
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 3 3
The Boss Baby: Family Business 3 3
The God Committee 3 3
First Date 3 3.5
Black Widow 3.5 3.5
Fear Street Part 2: 1978 3 3
Summertime 3 3
Gunpowder Milkshake 3 3
Space Jam: A New Legacy 3 3
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions N/A 3
Fear Street Part 3: 1666 3 3
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain N/A 3.5
Pig 3.5 3.5
Out of Death 2.5 2.5
Die in a Gunfight 3 3
How It Ends 3.5 3
Old 3 3
Last Letter from Your Lover 3.5 3
Joe Bell 3.5 3
Snake Eyes 3 3
Jolt 3 3
Val N/A 3.5
Mandibles 3
The Comeback Trail 3 3
Midnight in the Switchgrass 3 2.5
Resort to Love N/A 2.5
Twist 3 2.5
The Last Mercenary 3 2.5
Jungle Cruise 3 3
Nine Days 3.5 3.5
Stillwater 3.5 3.5
The Green Knight 3.5 3.5

I watched 36 films from July and the average rating was 3.10. Notice how each of the summer months all hover around 3.00. That’s because of the amount of bland-but-watchable blockbusters that cram these months. You can always count on the summer to be the same, theaters or no theaters. Though this month was definitely a ‘toe in the water’ for them. Stuff came out, but they totally hedged their bets here. Even Black Widow went day and date because they weren’t fully sure if enough people would go (or be able to go) to theaters. Still, this is the most ‘standard’ summer month we had this year.

Previous July ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.31
  • 2013 — 2.84
  • 2014 — 2.95
  • 2015 — 3.05
  • 2016 — 3.03
  • 2017 — 3.22
  • 2018 — 2.99
  • 2019 — 3.13
  • 2020 — 3.08

Over the course of the site, my average July rating is 3.07.

August

Film January Guess Actual Rating
The Suicide Squad 3.5 3.5
Vivo 3.5 3.5
Annette 3.5 3.5
John and the Hole 3 3
The Kissing Booth 3 2.5 2.5
Free Guy 3 3.5
Respect 3.5 3
Don’t Breathe 2 3 3
Beckett 3 3.5
Swan Song 3 3.5
CODA 3.5 4
Naked Singularity 3 3
Crime Story N/A 2.5
Flag Day 3.5 3
Reminiscence 3.5 3.5
Cryptozoo 3 3
Ma Belle, My Beauty 3 3
Rare Beasts 3 3
The Protégé 3 3
The Night House 2.5 3
Sweet Girl 3 3
Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed N/A 3.5
He’s All That 2.5 2.5
Together N/A 3
Vacation Friends 3 3
Candyman 2.5 2.5

I watched 26 films from August and the average rating was 3.12. This is one of the higher Augusts on record. But it also always tends to hang around 3.00, largely because this is where they dump the big budget stuff they have no faith in and also the toe-in-the-water awards stuff. This is also, as you can see, one of the most consistent months.

Previous August ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.80
  • 2012 — 3.02
  • 2013 — 2.83
  • 2014 — 2.78
  • 2015 — 3.07
  • 2016 — 3.17
  • 2017 — 3.01
  • 2018 — 3.07
  • 2019 — 2.97
  • 2020 — 3.00

Over the course of the site, my average August rating is 2.99.

September

Film January Guess Actual Rating
Afterlife of the Party 2.5 3
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 3.5 3.5
Cinderella 3 2.5
Worth 3.5 3.5
The Year of the Everlasting Storm N/A 3.5
Mogul Mowgli N/A 3.5
Zone 414 3 2.5
The Gateway N/A 2.5
Malignant 2.5 2.5
Kate 3.5 3.5
The Card Counter 3.5 3.5
Queenpins 3.5 3
Come from Away N/A 3.5
The Voyeurs 2.5 2.5
Small Engine Repair 3 3
Nightbooks 3 3
Cry Macho 3.5 3
The Eyes of Tammy Faye 3.5 3.5
Prisoners of the Ghostland 3.5 3.5
My Son 3.5 3.5
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 3 3
The Mad Women’s Ball N/A 3
Blue Bayou 3.5 3.5
Copshop 3 3.5
Best Sellers 3 3
The Duke 3 3
The Nowhere Inn 3 3
This Is the Night 3 3
Intrusion N/A 2.5
Birds of Paradise 3 3
The Starling 3.5 3
Dear Evan Hansen 3.5 3
The Guilty 3.5 3.5
No One Gets Out Alive 3 2.5

I watched 34 films from September and the average rating was 3.09. Wow. September is pretty consistent too. I guess it makes sense. They dump a lot of genre stuff around Labor Day because they know people don’t really watch movies when school is starting and also dump the nominal awards stuff they see mixed reactions for.

Previous September ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.97
  • 2012 — 3.13
  • 2013 — 2.93
  • 2014 — 3.08
  • 2015 — 2.98
  • 2016 — 3.08
  • 2017 — 2.90
  • 2018 — 3.05
  • 2019 — 3.06
  • 2020 — 3.20

Over the course of the site, my average September rating is 3.04.

October

Film January Guess Actual Rating
The Many Saints of Newark 3.5 3.5
Venom: Let There Be Carnage 3.5 3.5
The Addams Family 2 2.5 2.5
Old Henry N/A 3.5
Titane N/A 3.5
Diana: The Musical N/A 2.5
The Show 3 3
Mayday 3 2.5
Black as Night N/A 3
Bingo Hell N/A 2.5
Falling for Figaro 3 3
There’s Someone Inside Your House 3 3
No Time to Die 4.5 4.5
Mass 3 3
Lamb N/A 3.5
The Last Duel 4 4
Halloween Kills 3 3
The Velvet Underground N/A 3.5
Needle in a Timestack 3 3
Bergman Island 3 3
Night Teeth 3 3
Dune 4 4
The French Dispatch 4.5 4.5
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain 3.5 3.5
Ron’s Gone Wrong 2.5 2.5
Passing 3.5 3.5
Women Is Losers N/A 3.5
Hypnotic N/A 2.5
Violet 3 3.5
The Spine of Night 3.5 3.5
A Mouthful of Air 3 2.5
The Souvenir Part II 3.5 3.5
Heart of Champions 3 3
Army of Thieves N/A 3.5
Last Night in Soho 4
Antlers 3.5 3.5

I watched 36 films from October and the average rating was 3.26. This is where the awards stuff starts to permeate the schedule, which is why there’s such a big jump in rating. You’ll see the rating go up pretty consistently throughout the rest of the year for that reason. October, though, is always hampered by the bad horror stuff they put out for Halloween.

Previous October ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.31
  • 2013 — 3.29
  • 2014 — 3.07
  • 2015 — 3.46
  • 2016 — 3.16
  • 2017 — 3.14
  • 2018 — 3.21
  • 2019 — 3.14
  • 2020 — 3.14

Over the course of the site, my average October rating is 3.21.

November

Film January Guess Actual Rating
The Harder They Fall 4 4
Eternals 3.5 3.5
Finch 3.5 3.5
Spencer 3.5 4
Love Hard 2.5 2.5
Ida Red 3 3
Dangerous 3 2.5
Father Christmas Is Back N/A 2.5
Clifford the Big Red Dog 2.5 2.5
Belfast 3.5 4
Red Notice 3 3
Home Sweet Home Alone N/A 2.5
Apex 3 3
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star 2.5 2.5
Ghostbusters: Afterlife 3.5 4
King Richard 3.5 4
C’mon C’mon 3.5 4
Tick, Tick… Boom! 3.5 3.5
I Was a Simple Man 3 3
Zeros and Ones N/A 3
Boiling Point N/A 4
Encanto 3.5 4
House of Gucci 4 4
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City 3 3
Bruised 3 3
The Humans 3.5 3.5
A Boy Called Christmas 3 2.5
The Unforgivable 3.5 3.5
Drive My Car N/A 4
The Summit of the Gods N/A 3.5
8-Bit Christmas N/A 3
The Beatles: Get Back 4 4.5
A Castle for Christmas 2.5 2.5
Licorice Pizza 5 4.5

I watched 34 films from November and the average rating was 3.35. November’s rating tends to fluctuate solely based on how I respond to the awards stuff. It’s always gonna be solid even despite the proliferation of terrible seasonal Netflix rom coms. Plus Thanksgiving weekend and two weeks before that tend to be the big major release weekends as well. So if that stuff ends up good, November tends to go higher for me.

Previous November ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.50
  • 2012 — 3.66
  • 2013 — 3.31
  • 2014 — 3.18
  • 2015 — 3.42
  • 2016 — 3.47
  • 2017 — 3.35
  • 2018 — 3.36
  • 2019 — 3.28
  • 2020 — 3.18

Over the course of the site, my average November rating is 3.37.

December

Film January Guess Actual Rating
The Power of the Dog 3.5 4
Single All the Way N/A 2.5
Mixtape N/A 3.5
Wolf N/A 3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid N/A 2.5
Encounter 3 3
Silent Night N/A 3.5
Flee N/A 3
Home 3 3
Deadlock 2.5 2.5 
The Hand of God 3.5 3.5
Benedetta 3 3
West Side Story 4.5 4.5
Being the Ricardos 4.5 4
Red Rocket 4 4
Don’t Look Up 4.5 4
National Champions N/A 3.5
Minamata 3 3.5
Back to the Outback N/A 2.5
Rumble N/A 3
The Novice N/A 3.5
A California Christmas: City Lights N/A 2.5
Spider-Man: No Way Home 4 4
Nightmare Alley 4 4
The Tender Bar 4 3.5
Swan Song N/A 3.5
Fortress N/A 2.5
Mother/Android N/A 3
The Lost Daughter 3.5 3.5
The King’s Man 3.5 3.5
A Journal for Jordan N/A 3
Sing 2 2.5 2.5
The Matrix Resurrections 4 4
Cyrano 4 3.5
American Underdog N/A 3
The Tragedy of Macbeth 4 4
Jockey 3.5

I watched 37 films from December and the average rating was 3.32. Which is spot on for what December has become over the past few years and still makes it the highest-rated month of the year, which makes sense.

Previous December ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.80
  • 2012 — 3.70
  • 2013 — 3.67
  • 2014 — 3.37
  • 2015 — 3.57
  • 2016 — 3.41
  • 2017 — 3.31
  • 2018 — 3.44
  • 2019 — 3.21
  • 2020 — 3.37

Over the course of the site, the average December rating was 3.47.

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So yeah, that’s how the average monthly ratings shook out. I decided to order them from highest to lowest just to get an idea:

  • December – (3.47)
  • November – 3.37
  • October – 3.21
  • June – 3.14
  • July – 3.07
  • May – 3.06
  • September – 3.04
  • March – 3.02
  • August – 2.99
  • April – 2.96
  • January – 2.83
  • February – 2.83

I mean, not surprising at all. The three highest months are where the awards stuff comes out, the next highest are all the summer months, the two lowest are the dumping ground months and those lower ones are the ‘box of chocolates’ months where you never know what you’re gonna get. All makes total sense to me. Which would then, if I averaged all that out, mean that if I watched any old random movie, the most likely rating I would give it is 3.08. Which honestly feels like what my average rating was for each of those years. But since I do actually calculate that longways, we’ll get to it.

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So next I’m gonna take all the data from those tables and break down how accurate all my guesses were. This used to be the part I looked forward to most, but at this point, after last year when I managed to guess every single movie I watched (and guessed a rating for) within a half-star, there’s not really much left for me to achieve. So mostly I’m just hoping I do about as well as I usually do here.

Films I Guessed Exactly: 12 Mighty Orphans, About Endlessness, The Addams Family 2, American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, Annette, Antlers, Apex, Army of the Dead, Awake, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Benedetta, Bergman Island, Best Sellers, Birds of Paradise, Black Widow, Bliss, Blithe Spirit, Blue Bayou, Body Brokers, Boogie, The Boss Baby: Family Business, Breaking News in Yuba County, Bruised, Candyman, The Card Counter, A Castle for Christmas, Chaos Walking, Cherry, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Coming 2 America, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The Comeback Trail, Cosmic Sin, Cruella, Cryptozoo, Deadlock, Die in a Gunfight, Dinner in America, Don’t Breathe, Don’t Tell a Soul, Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, Dream Horse, Drunk Bus, The Duke, Dune, Earwig and the Witch, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Encounter, Eternals, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, F9, Falling for Figaro, False Positive, The Father, Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, Fear Street Part 3: 1666, Finch, Finding Ohana, Flora and Ulysses, The Forever Purge, Four Good Days, The French Dispatch, French Exit, The God Committee, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Green Knight, The Guilty, Gunpowder Milkshake, Halloween Kills, The Hand of God, Happily, The Harder They Fall, Heart of Champions, He’s All That, Here Are the Young Men, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Holler, Home, House of Gucci, The Humans, I Care a Lot, I Was a Simple Man, The Ice Road, Ida Red, In the Earth, In the Heights, Infinite, John and the Hole, Jolt, Judas and the Black Messiah, Jungle Cruise, The Justice of Bunny King, Kate, The King’s Man, The Kissing Booth 3, Land, Lansky, The Last Duel, Last Night in Soho, Limbo, Little Fish, The Little Things, The Lost Daughter, Love Hard, Ma Belle My Beauty, Mainstream, Malcom and Marie, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, The Marksman, Mass, The Matrix Resurrections, The Mauritanian, Monster, Mortal Kombat, My Son, Naked Singularity, Needle in a Timestack, Nightbooks, Night Teeth, Nightmare Alley, Nine Days, Nobody, No Man’s Land, No Sudden Move, No Time to Die, The Nowhere Inn, Old, OSS 117: From Africa with Love, Our Friend, Outside the Wire, Out of Death, Oxygen, Palmer, Passing, Penguin Bloom, Percy, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Pieces of a Woman, Pig, Pink Skies Ahead, Pixie, Plan B, The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, Prisoners of the Ghostland, The Protege, Psycho Goreman, Rams, Rare Beasts, The Reckoning, Red Notice, Red Rocket, Reminiscence, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, Ron’s Gone Wrong, Saint Maud, The Seventh Day, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Shiva Baby, The Show, Silk Road, Sing 2, Small Engine Repair, Snake Eyes, The Sound of Philadelphia, The Souvenir Part II, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Spine of Night, Spiral, Stillwater, Stowaway, The Suicide Squad, Summertime, Sweet Girl, There’s Someone Inside Your House, This Is the Night, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Tick… Tick… Boom!, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Tom and Jerry, The Tomorrow War, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, The Unforgivable, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Vacation Friends, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, The Virtuoso, Vivo, Voyagers, The Voyeurs, The Water Man, West Side Story, The White Tiger, Willy’s Wonderland, Without Remorse, Worth, Yes Day, Zola

Films I Guessed A Half-Star Off: Afterlife of the Party, America: The Motion Picture, The Beatles: Get Back, Beckett, Being the Ricardos, Belfast, The Birthday Cake, Blast Beat, A Boy Called Christmas, Cinderella, C’mon C’mon, CODA, Concrete Cowboy, Copshop, The Courier, Crisis, Cry Macho, Cyrano, Dangerous, Dear Evan Hansen, The Dig, Don’t Look Up, Encanto, Every Breath You Take, Fatherhood, First Date, Flag Day, Flashback, Free Guy, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Here Today, How It Ends, Joe Bell, King Richard, Last Letter from Your Lover, The Last Mercenary, Licorice Pizza, Locked Down, Luca, Midnight in the Switchgrass, Minamata, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, A Mouthful of Air, Music, The Night, The Night House, Nitram, No One Gets Out Alive, Our Ladies, The Power of the Dog, Queenpins, A Quiet Place Part II, Raya and the Last Dragon, Respect, Run Hide Fight, Shadow in the Cloud, Shoplifters of the World, Spencer, The Starling, Supernova, Swan Song, The Tender Bar, Things Heard and Seen, Thunder Force, Together Together, Twist, Under the Stadium Lights, Vanquish, Violet, A Week Away, The Woman in the Window, The World to Come, Wrath of Man, Zone 414

Films I Guessed a Full Star Off: Moxie

Films I Didn’t Review: 8-Bit Christmas, American Underdog, Army of Thieves, Back to the Outback, Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, Bingo Hell, Black as Night, Blue Miracle, Bob Ross: Happy Accidents Betrayal and Greed, Boiling Point, A California Christmas: City Lights, Come from Away, Crime Story, Diana: The Musical, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Drive My Car, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, Father Christmas Is Back, Flee, Fortress, The Gateway, The Get Together, Good on Paper, Home Sweet Home Alone, Hypnotic, In and of Itself, Intrusion, A Journal for Jordan, Justice League: The Snyder Cut, Lamb, The Mad Women’s Ball, Mayday, The Misfits, Mixtape, Mogul Mowgli, Mother/Android, National Champions, The Novice, Old Henry, Pele, Resort to Love, Riders of Justice, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, Rumble, Silent Night, Single All the Way, Skater Girl, The Sparks Brothers, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, Summer of Soul, The Summit of the Gods, Swan Song, Tina, Titane, Together, Val, The Velvet Underground, The Violent Heart, Wolf, Women Is Losers, The Worst Person in the World, The Year of the Everlasting Storm, Zeros and Ones

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So, based on that, there were 277 films that I saw and also guessed ratings for. I guessed 203 of them correctly, 73 a half-star off and only 1 a full-star off. Which put me at a solid 73.3% in guessing things exactly, which is about what I’m normally at. Maybe one day I’d have gotten to 75%, but oh well. That’s close enough.

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Here’s a breakdown of what ratings I gave each of the films each year:

Total Number of Films Seen: 345 (currently)

4.5 stars: The Beatles: Get Back, The French Dispatch, Licorice Pizza, No Time to Die, West Side Story

4 stars: Being the Ricardos, Belfast, Boiling Point, C’mon C’mon, CODA, The Dig, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, Encanto, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, The Harder they Fall, House of Gucci, Judas and the Black Messiah, King Richard, The Last Duel, Last Night in Soho, The Matrix Resurrections, Nightmare Alley, No Sudden Move, The Power of the Dog, Raya and the Last Dragon, Red Rocket, Riders of Justice, Spencer, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Summer of Soul, Supernova, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Wrath of Man

3.5 stars: About Endlessness, America: The Motion Picture, Annette, Antlers, Army of Thieves, Beckett, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Burry, Black Widow, Blast Beat, Bob Ross: Happy Accidents Betrayal and Greed, Breaking News in Yuba County, The Card Counter, Cherry, Come from Away, Coming 2 America, Copshop, The Courier, Cyrano, Dream Horse, Drunk Bus, Earwig and the Witch, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Eternals, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, F9, The Father, Fatherhood, Finch, First Date, Free Guy, French Exit, The Get Together, The Green Knight, The Guilty, The Hand of God, Holler, The Humans, I Care a Lot, In and of Itself, In the Heights, Kate, The King’s Man, Lamb, Land, Limbo, The Little Things, The Lost Daughter, Luca, Malcolm and Marie, The Many Saints of Newark, The Mauritanian, Minamata, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Mixtape, Mogul Mowgli, Moxie, National Champions, Nine Days, Nobody, The Novice, Old Henry, OSS 117: From Africa with Love, Our Friend, Our Ladies, Oxygen, Passing, Pieces of a Woman, Pig, Plan B, Prisoners of the Ghostland, Psycho Goreman, A Quiet Place Part II, Reminiscence, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, Saint Maud, Shadow in the Cloud, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Shiva Baby, Silent Night, Skater Girl, The Souvenir Part II, The Sparks Brothers, The Spine of Night, Stillwater, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, The Suicide Squad, The Summit of the Gods, Swan Song (Udo), Swan Song, The Tender Bar, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Tick… Tick… Boom!, Tina, Titane, Together Together, The Unforgivable, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Val, The Velvet Underground, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Violet, Vivo, The White Tiger, Willy’s Wonderland, Women Is Losers, The Worst Person in the World, Worth, The Year of the Everlasting Storm, Zola

3 stars: 8-Bit Christmas, 12 Mighty Orphans, Afterlife of the Party, American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, American Underdog, Apex, Army of the Dead, Awake, Benedetta, Bergman Island, Best Sellers, Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, Birds of Paradise, Black as Night, Bliss, Blithe Spirit, Blue Miracle, Body Brokers, Boogie, The Boss Baby: Family Business, Bruised, Chaos Walking, The Comeback Trail, Crisis, Cruella, Cry Macho, Cryptozoo, Dear Evan Hansen, Die in a Gunfight, Dinner in America, Don’t Breathe 2, Don’t Tell a Soul, The Duke, Encounter, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Falling for Figaro, False Positive, Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, Fear Street Part 3: 1666, Finding Ohana, Flag Day, Flee, The Forever Purge, Four Good Days, The God Committee, Godzilla vs. Kong, Good on Paper, Gunpowder Milkshake, Halloween Kills, Happily, Heart of Champions, Here Are the Young Men, Here Today, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Home, How It Ends, I Was a Simple Man, The Ice Road, Ida Red, In the Earth, Infinite, Joe Bell, John and the Hole, Jolt, A Journal for Jordan, Jungle Cruise, Justice League: The Snyder Cut, The Justice of Bunny King, Lansky, Last Letter from Your Lover, Little Fish, Locked Down, Ma Belle My Beauty, The Mad Women’s Ball, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, The Marksman, Mass, The Misfits, Monster, Mortal Kombat, Mother/Android, Naked Singularity, Needle in a Timestack, The Night, The Night House, Night Teeth, Nightbooks, Nitram, The Nowhere Inn, Old, Outside the Wire, Palmer, Pele, Penguin Bloom, Percy, Pink Skies Ahead, Pixie, The Protege, Queenpins, Rams, Rare Beasts, Red Notice, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, Respect, Rumble, Run Hide Fight, The Show, Silk Road, Small Engine Repair, Snake Eyes, The Sound of Philadelphia, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Spiral, The Starling, Stowaway, Summertime, Sweet Girl, There’s Someone Inside Your House, Things Heard and Seen, This Is the Night, Together, The Tomorrow War, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, Vacation Friends, The Violent Heart, The Virtuoso, Voyagers, The Water Man, Without Remorse, Wolf, The Woman in the Window, The World to Come, Zeros and Ones

2.5 stars: The Addams Family 2, Back to the Outback, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Bingo Hell, The Birthday Cake, A Boy Called Christmas, A California Christmas: City Lights, Candyman, A Castle for Christmas, Cinderella, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Concrete Cowboy, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Cosmic Sin, Crime Story, Dangerous, Deadlock, Diana: The Musical, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, Every Breath You Take, Father Christmas Is Back, Flashback, Flora and Ulysses, Fortress, The Gateway, He’s All That, Home Sweet Home Alone, Hypnotic, Intrusion, The Kissing Booth 3, The Last Mercenary, Love Hard, Mainstream, Malignant, Mayday, Midnight in the Switchgrass, A Mouthful of Air, Music, No Man’s Land, No One Gets Out Alive, Out of Death, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, The Reckoning, Resort to Love, Ron’s Gone Wrong, The Seventh Day, Shoplifters of the World, Sing 2, Single All the Way, Thunder Force, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Tom and Jerry, Twist, Under the Stadium Lights, Vanquish, The Voyeurs, Yes Day, Zone 414

2 stars: A Week Away

Films I’ve Yet to See: The Perfect Candidate, Mandibles, Jockey

Average Rating for 2021:

5 4.5-star films

30 4-star films

114 3.5-star films

137 3-star films

60 2.5-star films

1 2-star films

Which would put an average rating for this year around 3.18. Which is pretty high. Though I have noticed over the past few years that I can’t be bothered to hate stuff and generally can make myself okay with most things or at the very worst indifferent. So that’s probably what that owes to.

Previous average ratings:

  • 2015: 3.13
  • 2016: 3.16
  • 2017: 3.08
  • 2018: 3.09
  • 2019: 3.13
  • 2020: 3.15

So based on all of that, that means that my average film rating for the past seven or so years (since I guess I didn’t do this calculation before then) is 3.13. So with the 3.08 from up there, that means about on average I will guess a film somewhere in the 3.1 range. Which I guess bears out with all the data. So that’s cool. Not sure what it means in the end except that I watch a lot of movies and can actually calculate this sort of thing, but at least it amuses me. Which is really all we need.

So yeah, that’s that. The top ten list is delayed mostly owing to me not having the time to write it up. So it’ll go up when it goes up. I already said I was gonna probably be tweaking it for the first couple weeks of January anyway, so I’m not overly worried about getting it up by a certain time. Unlike five years ago, I don’t feel the need to rush it before it’s ready.

Which, see that? Growth.

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