@voyou Extremely accurate summary of my 2021 film viewing from Letterboxd https://letterboxd.com/voyou/list/the-10-best-films-i-saw-in-2021/detail/ https://t.co/Dw90mT30A8 13 Jan 22 Reply Retweet Favorite

The official chart of 2021

My favourite songs of 2021. Check out the gratuitously long Spotify playlist of basically everything I liked this year (with the best first, more or less), or carry on reading for some explanation of why I liked them.

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