I had never been a big theater fan, but that all changed last year. It’s easy to see why I changed my ways since 2022 has been filled with an embarrassing number of amazing movies. Still, a great movie can resonate on any screen, and half of my list hasn’t been seen in a theater. Many movie specials barely missed my list, such as Turning Red, Escape From Spiderhead, The Menu, Clerks III, Barbarian, and Nope, all of which provided cherished viewing experiences.
Anyway, let’s take a look at 10 movies that made 2022 a memorable year.
Musical biopics often have the same tragic ending and story beats, which is why Walk Hard was such a great parody of them. However, Baz Luhrmann will never do anything the standard way, and God bless him for that. Elvis has a brilliant style and using the toxic relationship between Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker as a framing device is just brilliant because it tells his focused story in a distinctive way. Austin Butler also gives a transformative performance that will be hard to top.
9. Banshees of Inisherin
I certainly couldn’t leave The Banshees of Inisherin off my fucking list. The other day I saw a tweet comparing what’s going on here to the high school girl drama, which sums it up perfectly. Much of the film boils down to the heart of conflict for the sake of conflict, the inability to move on, and the emptiness one can feel when contemplating life. It’s more than a little disappointing, but there’s real beauty captured in heartbreak here.
8. Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroes
I’ve been a Dragon Ball fan for most of my life, and I was at the right age for Gohan’s journey to resonate with me the most. While it’s great to see him put the fights on the back burner in favor of being a loving father and husband, it’s a long history that this lack of focus has meant he never realized. its full potential. However, Super Hero brilliantly flips that notion on its head as it turns out Gohan’s love for his friends and family is exactly what he needed to reach that next level. Because of this, I finally got the benefit of a story I’ve invested in for decades.
7. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
No movie has made me laugh harder or with such frequency than Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story. Playing the absurd right was the only way to make this movie work, and it’s perfectly fitting that a movie about a parody musician should be a parody of biopics. There are a number of great performances here, but it’s really Daniel Radcliffe’s intensity that makes the film a treat to watch again.
6. Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro
Pinocchio is truly a visual and technical marvel worth celebrating, but it’s the humanity at the heart of the story that stood out to me the most. The childlike joy of the wooden miracle and the film itself is a reminder of how life is a gift. I never failed to laugh whenever the boy said he liked an item and asked what it was immediately after. This kind of purity is contagious. While the film is set in spectacular locations and features some incredible scenes, it’s the little moments between Geppetto and the acceptance of his new son that make it truly special.
5. The Fabelmans
The mark of a great movie is when it stays with you after it’s released, but few have stuck in my mind consistently like The Fabelmans. From its exploration of art and sacrifice to how Steven Spielberg doesn’t shy away from his family’s mess while finding beauty in it, there’s so much about the film worth pondering. The entire cast is a delight, especially David Lynch in the film’s final scene, which wonderfully brings to life Spielberg’s oft-told story of his encounter with John Ford.
If I had to list my 10 favorite movie moments of the year, probably half of them would come from RRR. There’s a certain seriousness to everything he does, no matter how ridiculous, and that’s exactly why he can tell this serious story of oppression and freedom while balancing great musical numbers and epic scenes. exaggerated action. It’s a real treat, and I’m glad it has found its place in the global consciousness because I would be worse off without it.
3. Top Gun: Maverick
It seems like there are fewer movie stars than ever, but Tom Cruise still lights up the screen and grabs your attention. It would be easy to turn this into a pure nostalgia game, and of course there are plenty of callbacks and connective tissue to the original, but Top Gun: Maverick goes above and beyond with its jaw-dropping action sequences. breath and an interesting story that takes place in the last days of dogfighting. It’s absolutely everything a summer blockbuster should be and more, delivering the best thrills and shows of 2022.
Also, if you don’t get emotional seeing Maverick and Rooster kiss at the end, you don’t have a heart.
2. Everything everywhere at once
Excuse the foul language, but I think recounting this experience best sums up the mad rush that is Everything Everywhere Everything All At Once. At the end of the movie, I found myself crying in the theater and thinking about what I had just seen. Behind me, another moviegoer said out loud, “Well, that was delayed. The emotional kick of how his clever presentation resonated with me fully and not with him at all gave me a hearty laugh. This is the magic of cinema.
1. Avatar: The Way of the Water
I had never seen Avatar until its re-release earlier this year. I walked out of the theater giddily excited for The Way of Water, which ended up exceeding my already high expectations. There are so many amazing moments worth mentioning, but the friendship between Lo’ak and Payakan is what really touched me. The two outcasts reuniting turn out beautifully, and it all fits in wonderfully with the film’s climactic moments. The fact that the biggest blockbuster of the year has nearly an hour showing the wonders of aquatic life and an alien connection to a whale is beyond rad and gives me hope for the movie industry .