2021 was undoubtedly the year of the blockbuster, and Marvel Studios were once again ready to deliver to expectant audiences. In this edition of Ranked from Sam Sewell-Peterson, the universe’s mightiest villains were ranked from worst to best, stirring discussion regarding whether Thanos ever truly was better than Loki or not.
Leoni Horton’s intelligent takedown of the self-indulgent monumental failure that was Creation Stories, the far-from-true story of British music mogul Alan McGee (who was incidentally played by Ewen Bremner at all stages of his life), took on a life of its own coming out of Glasgow Film Festival, her words no doubt being among the many to dampen the anticipation of this hotly anticipated release.
From The Hangover to Joker, it seems few film directors have been able to assemble a catalogue of all-American cinema quite like Todd Phillips. With interest high in the character of the Joker following Zack Snyder’s Justice League and anticipation growing for The Batman, this tidy list chronicling and ranking Phillips’ filmography earned quite the audience over the course of 2021.
If it won Best Picture at the Oscars in the 21st century, it made the list. From greats like Parasite and 12 Years a Slave to memorable films like Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and all the way through to the downright controversial like Crash and Green Book, every best picture winner decided upon by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was ranked in this list.