Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2021, By Patrick McDonald

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StarTHE FRENCH DISPATCH

“FDis"
The French Dispatch
Photo credit: Searchlight Pictures






Why a 10 BEST for 2021? Like SOHO above, a kind of anti-nostalgia, but beautifully rendered through its quirkiness. Writer/director Wes Anderson continues to be one of the most original film creators working. Available through Video On Demand.

StarLICORICE PIZZA

“LicPiz"
Licorice Pizza
Photo credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer






Why a 10 BEST for 2021? Must be a theme. More anti-nostalgia BUT filtered through a greater love story than LOVE STORY. The 1970s had its share of adventures, as this film proves. In theaters now.

StarDUNE

“Dune"
Dune
Photo credit: Warner Bros.






Why a 10 BEST for 2021? It’s a perfect film adaptation that satisfies and honors one of the best science fiction books ever written. Besides that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? Magnificent. Available on HBO Max.

Click here for an interview with David Dastmalchian of DUNE, by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

StarWHEEL OF FORTUNE & FANTASY

“Wheel"
Wheel of Fortune & Fantasy
Photo credit: Film Movement






Why a 10 BEST for 2021? Writer/director Ryusuke Hamaguchi is on fire in 2021 with this film and DRIVE MY CAR. His ability to create exactly what we feel in our lives is a miracle of creation. Available through Video on Demand at FilmMovement.com

StarWEST SIDE STORY

“WSS"
West Side Story
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios






Why a 10 BEST for 2021? Despite seeing on stage and in its 1961 film iteration on numerous occasions, this film hit an emotional chord that I will never forget. Unbelievable what Steven Spielberg was able to accomplish with material that never seems to age. In theaters now.

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HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Editor and Film Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2021 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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  • South Side

    CHICAGO – One the brightest comedies set in Chicago is “South Side,” created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. The pair moved the show from Comedy Central to HBO Max, and Season Two dropped for streaming on November 11th, 2021, with the same free-wheeling and hilarious misadventures of Simon and Kareme.

  • Colin in Black & White

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 4th, 2021, reviewing the new miniseries “Colin in Black & White” – regarding the early years of ex-NFL QB Colin Kaepernick – currently streaming on Netflix.

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