2021 in Film: Matt’s Favourite Performers of The Year

2021 in Review: Best Performers

It has been a hell of a year and a hell of a year for film. The second year of the ongoing worldwide pandemic has been a bit of a roller coaster, with wave after wave of COVID once changing the film landscape. Theatres re-opened, but people have only really gone back for the biggest blockbuster titles, and even then, the numbers are a bit soft.

That’s not to say that there hasn’t been many a literal ton of films this year, though. I set a new personal record, having seen nearly 180 films released in 2021, and let me tell you that most of them are good!

To break down my favourites a little more this year, I’ll be dividing things up into three lists, one for my favourite performers, one for my favourite films, and one for the best of the rest. There are navigation links at the bottom of each page to the others.

Without any further ado, let’s get started with my favourite performers of the year!

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Home Video: Great Nicolas Cage Performances and Where to Buy, Rent, or Stream them

Prisoners of the Ghostland

This week will see the release of the new Sion Sono directed Nicolas Cage starring post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure thriller Prisoner of the Ghostland (see my Fantasia review here!) in theatres and on-demand. It’s a super weird film, and if you like weird Nicolas Cage, it probably has something for you.

Here are five more great Nicolas Cage performances in that same spirit and where you can buy, rent, or stream them from home.

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Fantasia ’21 Review: ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ is a totally bonkers film, in a good way

Prisoners of the Ghostland

As we’ve previously established, Nicolas Cage is one of our most idiosyncratic performers and one of our last true movie stars. Sion Sono is a Japanese filmmaker known for his subversive and idiosyncratic sensibilities. So what do you get when these two meet? A bonkers film, that’s what.

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Review: ‘Pig’ is not the movie you are expecting, but is one of the best movies of the year


Nicolas Cage is something of an enigma. I don’t think that it is either surprising or a revelation to say that, but the man is one of the only true movie stars we currently have. He is known for his near-constant output as an actor, and for being willing to appear in just about anything. This volume of work is not always great (though it’s never exactly boring), but the one thing it accomplishes is that as a result we sometimes forget that he’s a really great actor.

In Pig, his latest film, he reminds us. Before I launch into this review, I should say this: Pig is one of my favourite movies of the year so far, and I firmly believe that you should see it as cold as possible.

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Outcast Trailer: Nicolas Cage IS The White Ghost

Nicolas Cage / Outcast

Nicolas Cage envers stops working. It seems like he puts out a film a month or so which is how you end up with everything from Oscar worthy outings to, well, you know. Hayden Christensen hasn’t done a movie in ages and when he does he gets mixed reviews. Does this seem like a match made in heaven to you? Then you should probably watch this trailer for Outcast.

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The Poster For Left Behind Is Glorious

Left Behind

Just look at it. It’s amazing. Nicholas Cage giving his Nicholas Cage Confused face as if to say “What letter does the list these people are on start with? Am I on that list now?” Look at the road run into the sea and head toward a burning city! Look how confused everyone looks!

This is the world we live in people. Nicholas Cage, an American Idol contestant, a TV famous guy, and two other people starring in the Hollywood adaptation of a best-selling Christian novel about the people left behind (aka, the people not good enough to get into heaven) when the rapture comes.