The image above tells a story; it features the illustrious salon of words and images of a select cognoscenti of individuals who blog separately, but are temporarily inseparable in the guise of the WordPress 4. Fellow WordPress 4 members, I salute you all!. When I started blogging in earnest last year, I set a rough goal of how many readers I hoped to reach; anywhere near a quarter of a million readers (weekly readership 4.3k, annual 220,000+) was well beyond any of my number-crunching plans, and as I humble-brag approaching this milestone, I thank readers, aggregators, commenters, publicists, film-makers and all those who have contributed their time and dedication to making this site a ongoing pleasure to create, if not to actually read. And yes, I know, most of these views were probably generated accidentally by me correcting my own typos…
So a few stats to cap off the year, and a ‘half in half’ dozen most popular reviews. The top six most popular positive reviews with readers were…
- Don’t Look Up 2. The Matrix Resurrections 3. Stillwater 4 Raya and the Last Dragon 5. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 6. Minimata.
But even more popular were a slew of negative reviews, it does seem that slagging something off floats the boats of the readers, and why not?. The top six pannings were.
- Wonder Woman 1984 2 The Eternals 3. Old 4 .Red Notice 5. No Time to Die 6. Coming 2 America
Sticking with the good stuff, the Film-authority.com’s own personal favourite 2021 Top Ten, in no particular order, were, House of Gucci, The Green Knight, The Beta Test, The Last Duel, Dune, Coda, Tick Tick Boom, C’Mon C’Mon, Cruella and Being the Ricardo’s.
Special mentions for the slew of great indie films, so awards for Crisis, Danny Legend God, Woe, Wanton Want, Two Yellow Lines, Pig, Even Mice Belong in Heaven, Sunset on the River Styx, Hit Record, Collusions, The Land of Owls and many, many more. On tv there was enthusiasm for The Queen’s Gambit, The Undoing, Mare of Easttown, Ted Lasso, and of course the SNL Iceberg sketch. And a boot in the hole for hot garbage like Last Night in Soho, Halloween Kills and The Kings Man; you know you can do better.
Let’s stuff 2021 back in the memory hole, and look forward to a better future.
Happy New Year to all readers, and I’ll see you on the other side in 2022 !