Because why have three lists when you can squash them into a single post. Enjoy!
Best Movie of 2021: Space Sweepers
The perfect blend of a big swing of chunky sci-fi nonsense, wrapped in a hilarious script with characters to die for . The end reveal had me screaming and shouting on my feet. MORE, PLEASE.
Honourable mentions: Encanto, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Blood Red Sky
Also loved: No Time To Die, tick, tick…BOOM!, Shang-Chi, Free Guy, Finch, Jungle Cruise, Cruella, Raya and the Last Dragon
Best TV show of 2021: Midnight Mass
An absolutely stunning piece of art that has special resonance to anyone raised in Christianity (hello there). My first experience of Mike Flanagan but it made me an instant convert. A glimpse into the universe, with a script and cast all up to the challenge.
Honourable mentions: Loki, Squid Game, War Of The Worlds
Also loved: What We Do In The Shadows, The Great British Bake-Off, Strictly Come Dancing, Star Wars The Bad Batch, any scene in Hawkeye with Kate and Yelena
Best Game of 2021: Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
The best version of these idiots in any media. Funny, exhilarating and genuinely poignant, it may be a touch too long but there was never a second where it dragged. This is what happens when you allow a team who clearly loved the source material to make a standout single-player game without it needing to be a service or bloated with IAPs. An amazing achievement, and I use “BOOM. You have failed your health inspection” almost daily.
Honourable mentions: Project Zomboid, WRC 10
Also loved: Aliens Fireteam Elite, Kena: Bridge Of Spirits, Dorfromantik, Townscaper, SP!NG, Wordle, Call Of Duty Vanguard (really)
Happy New Year! xxx