2021 WRAP-UP | non-bookish media

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to me wrapping up 2021, and today we are talking about all my non-bookish media. Please enjoy me talking about mostly Marvel movies and sneak in the name of 80 songs.

Check out my book and blogging wrap-up here, if you so desire.

MOVIES OF 2021

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NO TIME TO DIE // I was slightly disappointed with this movie. It felt slow for a bond and had a weak villain. Nonetheless, It still has plenty of elements I could appreciate. My favourite scenes, like most people, were the ones with Ana De Armes in.

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ONE CUT OF THE DEAD // This is such a unique movie, and I loved my time with it. Purely a joyful, wacky, zombie experience. The only thing I will say is you have to watch until the end the third (and final) section makes it. Not a movie I would necessarily rewatch, but one of my favourite watching experiences of the year.

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PARASITE // I finally watched this movie! It lived up to my expectation. Such a clever movie that is best going in knowing nothing. It really uses the big and little movements/discussions to create a realistic picture in a very gripping way. The development makes obvious sense to the audience, but it is still unexpected and bold. The balance is practically perfect. Plus, you get more than entertainment from this movie. It’s a conversation piece for the right reasons.

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GIANT LITTLES ONES // One of my new favourite movies. I’ve watched it multiple times. The best way I can describe this movie is, it is a YA contemporary novel I would read and love. It has a lot of multi-layered relationships that were explored in less traditional routes. Many of the relationships are messy and imperfect. The journey is very satisfying, but it is a ‘slice-of-life’ movie, so I like how the end doesn’t feel like the end of the story. I think it is brilliant.

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THE HANDMAIDEN // This was such a good movie. It is a long film, but I found it clever and interesting. Every third, there’s a change in perspective/direction or a reveal that rocks the plot up. It felt like getting gifts throughout the movies. I loved it. It was a thoughtful movie that examines power, class, sex and gender. I really recommend this film, and the ending feels so satisfying.

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BLACK WIDOW // This should have been three movies (years ago)… her training, her leaving, then this one !!! Natasha deserved more (she always did)! Naturally, it still had moments I really enjoyed watching. It’s Marvel, after all.

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SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS // My new favourite marvel film. I loved it so much from the fantasy, humour, characters and action. I just love, love, love it! One of Marvel’s best origin movies ever!!

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VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE // I just like watching these movies for the chaos of Eddie and Venom’s relationship. Plus, I think the take on the romance is quite refreshing. I loved the end credits scene too. #TAMSM3?

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ETERNALS // This was a lengthy movie. I kind of felt like it could have been two movies, to be honest, but I still enjoyed it. Mostly for the characters (the side characters) and the ending. I am very interested to see where all the characters go in the future. It has a lot of potential.

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SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME // Arguably, the biggest movie of the year, and I loved the whole energy around this movie. Thankfully, the actual movie increased the energy because it was just ah-mazing. I wouldn’t say the plot was great but *all the feels*. Honestly, every emotion in this movie. It is iconic and just magical to watch. An incredible experience. Spider-Man, baby.

MUSIC OF 2021

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TOP 5 ARTISTS:

  1. Little Mix
  2. MARINA
  3. Olivia Rodrigo
  4. Anna Akana
  5. Greyson Chance

TOP 5 SONGS:

  1. Think About Us
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Goodbye
  4. Heartbreak Anthem
  5. Sweet & Sour

spotify STATS:

  • minutes listened: 16,037
  • more than 70% of other listeners in the UK
  • top 0.5% of Little Mix’s listeners

playlists

slow and emotional pop songs β†’ Lonely by Noah Cyrus, Arms Around You by Jamie Grey, fOoL fOr YoU by ZAYN, Ship In A Bottle by fin, Goodbye by MARINA, Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored? by Sody and Cavetown, I Feel Nothing by Anna Akana, I Do by Jessie Reyez, Let You Go by Joshua Bassett, Sad Song (stripped) by L Devine and Route 94, Happier by Olivia Rodrigo, Let My Love Pull You In by Phillip Larue, If I Left The World by Gryffin, Marina and Model Child, All The Time by Anna Akana, Coffee by Ai Bendr, Love It If We Made It by Rina Sawayama, Highly Emotional People by MARINA, go to hell by luhx., Nightmare by Leadley, drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo, Why Am I the One by Fun., Overloved by Greyson Chance, Achilles Come Down by Gang of Youths, hope ur ok by Olivia Rodrigo, Anymore by Anna Akana, Colour Me by Juke Ross, Woke Blokes by Thelma Plum, From The Dining Table by Harry Styles, Control by Zoe Wees, Heartbeat by BTS, People Watching by Conan Gray, These Four Walls by Little Mix, Swim by Anna Akana, Fool’s Gold (recorded at RAK) by Niall Horan, obsessions by MARINA, favorite crime by Olivia Rodrigo, No Man’s Land by Stela Cole, No One’s In The Room by Jessie Reyez, Love Me or Leave Me by Little Mix, Selfish by Anna Akana.

pop POP songs β†’ Think About Us by Little Mix, You F O by Stella Cole, Hermit the Frog by MARINA, Dancing Next To Me by Greyson Chance, Rich White Straight Men by Kesha, Motivate by Little Mix, MONTERO (call me by your name) by Lil Nas X, Wasabi by Little Mix, Don’t Make Me by Malinda, I Love You But I Love Me More by MARINA, Kings & Queens by Ava Max, BANG! by AJR, 50/50 by Kayla Diamond, Can’t Pin Me Down by MARINA, If Your Over Me by Years & Years, Lightning by Little Mix, everything sucks by vaultboy, Gold by MARINA, Like a Girl by Lizzo. Dandelions by Ruth B, Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels by Todrick Hall, Cut You Off by Little Mix, Woman by Doja Cat, Joan of Arc by Little Mix, All For You by Years & Years, Lies by Will Jay, Love Like Mine by Stela Cole, If I Get My Way by Little Mix, Kill The Sun by Motherfolk, Like That by Bea Miller, Let Me Go by Anna Akana, Trash by Little Mix, Purge the Poison by MARINA, Rendezvous by Little Mix, Sweet & Sour by Jawsh 685, Lauv & Tyga, I Can Do Better by LOVA, Too Afraid by MARINA, Heartbreak Anthem by Little Mix, Galantis & David Guetta, Shampain by MARINA, Act My Age by One Direction.

OTHER MEDIA

PODCAST: the magnus archives

The Magnus Archives: Season 4 by Jonathan Sims

Thank you to Vera @ Wordy and Whimsical for introducing me to this podcast. A horror podcast follows the new head archivist of The Magnus Institute. They work on converting the neglected statements into audio and completing the follow-up work.

The podcast was wonderful for delivering short yet still thrilling horror stories. My favourite bits were the ‘follow-up work’ at the end of each episode. It added a sense of realism to the horror. It was unsettling in the best way. There is an over-arching plot throughout the series as well. It brought a lot of intrigue and fantasy to the series. It makes you want to keep listening for sure. Okay, it does sound quite serious, but there was joy and humour too. Just the odd lines, but they were fabulous. It created a great listening experience for me.

Finally, I have to mention the characters. I loved them. There were a lot of distinct personalities interacting in the workplace. It made for plenty of dynamic scenes, and the ones with any of them together were my favourite. 

THEATRE: Hamilton

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I finally got to see Hamilton in the theatre. I loved it. It had been so long since I had been to the theatre, whilst it did feel a little weird, I really enjoyed going. Just experiencing the atmosphere, production, and songs was brilliant. Seeing it live added a lot to the songs I already loved. Hamilton is a really good musical, from the details, journey and emotions. What an experience!

It’s important to remember this isn’t historically accurate, and you need to remember people as there were. But as a work of fiction, I think it is a powerful story. The feelings and personality traits work really well with audiences.

What were your favourite movies of 2021? What new songs did you discover? Do you like podcasts? Got any favourites?


33 thoughts on “2021 WRAP-UP | non-bookish media

  1. there was SO much amazing marvel content last year – black widow, Shang chi, the hawkeye series and no way home?!?! like AHHH. AND WAIT little mix was one of my top artists too!! their songs always want me to get up from the couch and hold a solo dance party haha.
    AND YES another hamilton obsessed fan!! you’re so so lucky that you got the chance to watch hamilton live😭like what an amazing experience?! I’m already daydreaming about it lol. what are your favourite songs from the soundtrack?
    super fun post :))

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    1. Marvel did provide in 2021 and I didn’t even see it all because I need to get on the TV shows πŸ˜… 2022 is going to be great for Marvel content too 😍
      AHHH.. I love that!! Little Mix are amazing ✨✨ they are so energetic and 100% make you dance alone in the house πŸ˜‚
      Hamilton is great!! I still can’t believe I have gotten to see it live tbh 😭😍 I really hope you get to one day! ❀️ oohh… satisfied, wait for it, you’ll be back, who live who dies who tells your story, your obedient servant are among my top songs but it is so hard to choose πŸ˜… what are your favourite songs?
      Thank you so much Suhani πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  2. I know we’ve already talked about it, but YES!! Shang-Chi is one of the best Marvel origin movies we’ve got so far and I’m so happy about that. Also, I totally agree on the Ana de Armas scenes being the best part of the last Bond movie. She’s amazing!

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    1. I am always happy to hype up Shang-Chi 24/7 πŸ˜‚ it was ah-mazing and I hope everyone falls it love with it 😍
      Ana de Armaz is a stunning actress. I am going to search for all the movies she’s been in so I can see more of her performances now!

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  3. I watched all the marvel movies this year for the first time, and loved them!! Black Widow was amazing, and Shang Chi was also incredible!! I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m really excited for No Way Home. Happy 2022 πŸ’•

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    1. Ahh.. So glad you got to experience the Marvel movies and loved them. I loved growing up with them so much 😍 Shang-Chi is my favourite πŸ₯Ί
      I really hope you end up loving No Way Home!!
      Thank you, wishing you a wonderful 2022 as well! πŸ’œ

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  4. I loved your non-bookish wrapup! πŸ₯° I’m not a big movie person so I haven’t seen any of the films, but I’m intrigued by Venom as I keep seeing so much about this movie! I also loved The Magnus Archives!!! Vera recommended it to me as well and I immediately got obsessed with it πŸ’• I’m curious, who is your favorite character? πŸ₯Ί

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    1. Thank youuu πŸ₯° aw.. I hope you are able to check out the venom films, I think they are good fun!

      Haha Vera’s passion for The Magnus Archives was influential πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but I’m glad because I enjoyed it so much!! I really loved Tim actually but from the series as a whole probably Martin 🧸or Melanie! who was your favourite character??

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  5. 2021 gave us many good movies and on top of it Marvel contents!! It was a pretty good year for us, marvel fans. I can’t wait for what Marvel has for us this year. Happy 2022 πŸ’–

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  6. Oh wow I’ve only seen four of the movies you’ve mentioned here and haven’t even heard of a few of the others πŸ™ˆ you basically know which ones I loved too from our conversations- Bond & a few of the Marvels ones. I loved Black Widow, even though I somehow have only seen one Avengers film πŸ˜… I also love when films switch perspective as you’ve mentioned eith Handmaiden – Last Duel did that as well. I so need to see Shang Chi sometime though. Can’t believe I haven’t. And everyone seems to love it too. Hopefully I’ll manage to finally watch it soon.

    Omg you’ve listened to more than 70% of listeners in the UK!! And I’ve probably listened to less πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ I do need to up how much music I listen to. I don’t know why I don’t put it on more as it always makes you feel upbeat. I even only know one of your top five artists…you can guess which πŸ˜… well I have heard of Little Mix too but don’t really know any of their songs. Ooh I love Marina’s obsessions though. So good!! And Hermit from your second playlist. I never see that one of her songs mentioned. And I Love You But I Love Me More. Well tbh I love her whole new album. I don’t think I know Too Afraid??? I have all her albums. Now I’m confused. (I’m running to YouTube once I’ve spent this πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

    I haven’t ever listened to any podcast I don’t think πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ you know I love theatre though!! Hopefully going a couple of times this year…especially as We Will Rock You is finally on!! It got delayed by ages. I’m glad you loved Hamilton so much. Do you think you’ll see any other shows this year?

    I feel like I’ve probably shared my favourite movies already over the year πŸ˜… but I did love Cruella (especially the soundtrack!!!), Dune & Last Duel off the top of my head.

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    1. Haha I hadn’t heard of some of the movies until I saw them on BBC iplayer or 4od so it was just chance πŸ˜‚
      Haha wow they are lots of great avengers movies, I love the build up to them. Black Widow is an amazing character 😍😍 yesss please watch Shang-Chi, I think you will love it!!!!!
      Aww.. Handmaiden was so interesting and that has made me even more excited to see The Last Duel!! Perspective changes are so interesting!

      I was surprised to see that percentage too πŸ˜‚ I did love a lot of music last year though!!
      I hope you are able to listen to more music then, I definitely think it can improve your mood!
      Haha.. MARINA OF COURSE πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜ you got me into obsessions last year and I love it!! Hermit is so catchy!! Yesss I love you but I love me more is amazing. The new album was stunning. Too afraid is from the love + fear album, I love it!!
      Little Mix are really fun and upbeat.. I like a lot of their non-single songs which you don’t get to hear as much so I definitely think their albums are worth checking out!

      There are a lot of podcasts out there so it can cover a lot of interests which I like!
      Ahh.. I so hope you get to go to the theatre more this year and love them all πŸ₯° ahh… We Will Rock You should be amazing!
      Thank you. No plans for theatre shows yet, but never say never. They can be expensive but it is nice!

      Ahh… I need to watch Cruella, Dune and Last Duel 😍😍 thank you for the recs!!

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      1. Ah right. I never really look at the films on iplayer tbh. I think last time I did was when I was trying to find the Spooks one.
        There are so many though too, especially if you count all the individual character ones too πŸ˜… and yes, she’s fascinating. I hope so, everyone else seems to!! I’ll let you know know I see it. Yeah they can really add to a movie or book. I especially love multiple perspectives where you don’t know whose telling the truth.

        Wonder if you’ll listen to even more this year? I guess I just don’t very often think of putting it on. I do when baking though usually πŸ˜‚ and yes Marina!!! Yay I’m glad I got you into that album and yes I checked it on YouTube. I must of heard it before and forgot somehow but its beautiful. Ah right yeah you generally do just hear the singles for everyone. I don’t get how they pick sometimes as so many singers have amazing songs that don’t become singles.

        That’s true. I’m sure I’ve heard of a few interesting ones in the past too.
        Thank you 😊 I hope so too. And yes it should be. I adore the music or Queen!!
        Yeah they can be, I think they’ve gone up too recently. Mostly I end up getting them as birthday gifts
        I hope you enjoy them just as much as me πŸ’—

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        1. Yeah looking for films on iplayer is a 1am thing haha! 🀣
          There are, and they are adding more all the time! Yay, I look forward to it!
          Definitely, it can be so intriguing!

          We shall see! Cooking/baking and music go together very well!
          haha it can be hard to remember all the songs! Her voice is insane! No I’m not sure how they pick the singles- maybe through test groups or the most dancey! 🀣

          Yay!! Yes I think Queen music has such good energy live as well!! Probably. They make lovely gifts!
          Thank youuu!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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          1. Oh 🀣
            Thats true. I have no idea how many they’ll be in the end!!

            They do!!
            Yeah it can. And her voice is incredible 😍 plus her lyrics are always so powerful too. Yeah I guess so. Sometimes the choices are quite random though.

            It does!! It varies so much too. And yes they do (:
            πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  7. This was so fun and enjoyable to read! LOVED this wrap-up! I’m a Marvel fangirl too, and I totally agree with shang- chi being one of the best origin marvel movies ever! Little Mix and Olivia Rodrigo are also 2 of my favorite artists. Overall, great post!! xx

    I’m new to your blog here, but I just wanted to let you know I think it’s awesome ❀

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    1. Yay, thank you soo much!! πŸ’• Marvel is amazing and their universe just keeps getting bigger and bigger!!! Shang-Chi is soooo good, I think you’ve just reminded me a need a rewatch ASAP!
      ahh… I could happily listen to Little Mix and Olivia Rodrigo all day 🀣
      Thank you soooo much for visiting my blog!!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯° And that means a lot!! Thank you for your lovely comment! πŸ’•

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      1. It’s my pleasure really! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
        AHHH yes I need to rewatch Shang-Chi too sometime soon! But I seriously hope I don’t procrastinate studying for my midterms in the process hahahaha πŸ˜‚

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