2022, ten films to remember

Memory (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

2022, ten films to remember: biographies, superheroes and increasingly hybrid genres. From Princess Diana of Larraín to Pattinson’s Batman

2022 has been a year still marked by downward receipts compared to the pre-pandemic trend. If our Christmas box office got a jolt thanks to Avatar – The way of water (which has already exceeded 20 million euros), for the rest of the year the attendance remained lukewarm, thanks to the increasingly aggressive streaming offer and the lack of titles truly capable of polarizing the attention of the great public (the Lion and Palme d’Or did not arrive, like in the good old days when only punitive cinema was awarded). This year, among the ten most watched films, no Italians, only Blockbusters made in the USA: in second place after Avatar there are Minionsthen the Doctor Strange with its multiverse of madness, in fourth place is the geriatric sequel of Top Gunsfollows the new cinematic chapter dedicated to Thorthe new Batman with Pattinson, another Marvel with Black Panther Wakanda Forever, Fantastic Beasts – Dumbledore’s Secretsand to close two of the films most panned by critics but very popular in cinemas around the world, Jurassic World – The Dominion and Uncharted.

Waiting for the release of Close by the Belgian Lukas Dhont, in cinemas from 4 January, by Decision to leave by Park Chan-wook (Prix de la mise en scène at Cannes), which we will release with the title The mystery woman (!) on February 2, 2023, and ofTar by Todd Field (Coppa Volpi in Venice for Cate Blanchett) to be released on February 9, 2023, these are the 10 films released in cinemas or streaming in 2022 to remember – in addition, off the charts, they are also noted Forever Young – Les Amandiers by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, KIMI by Steven Soderbergh Crimes of the future by David Cronenberg Barbarian by Zach Cregger (on Disney+), Bears don’t exist by Jafar Panahi, Beautiful by Mamoru Hosoda El Planeta by Amalia Ulman (on MUBI), Amsterdam by David O. Russell, Fairy tale by Alexander Sokurov Paris, 13th Arr. by Jacques Audiard (on MUBI).

Spencer by Pablo Larrain
Spencer (Pablo Larrain)

1. Spencer (Pablo Larrain, 2021): With this new portrait from his gallery of illustrious biographies, Larraín delivers us one of the most beautiful horror films of the last 20 years. A princess who gets lost along the way, the ghosts of the past, a castle that becomes a prison. Diana becomes all princesses, for her – as for all – the happy ending is just an illusion. On Prime Video

2. The Wonder (Sebastian Lelio, 2022): the Oscar-winning Chilean director for A fantastic woman he reflects here on the nature of stories, on the need to tell them, to create them. Investigate the power of magical thinking, stronger than the truth itself, which is shaped in favor of needs so deeply ingrained in human nature as to be vital (here the review). On Netflix

3. The pupils (Alice Rohrwacher, 2022): “A clumsily film, freely inspired by a letter. That the writer Elsa Morante sent to her friend Goffredo Fofi”, a short that concentrates all the merits of the Italian director’s cinema, a rigorous magical realism always suspended between tenderness and nostalgia. With Alba Rohrwacher in the role of the evil nun and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in those of the rich woman, among them a group of orphans who will soon learn that the moral of the story is that there is not always a moral. On Disney++

4. The Batman (Matt Reeves, 2022): a very black noir without brakes that darts against the trend of Marvel’s superiors towards dark and foggy terrains; a very classic detective story, with gangsters and drug dealers, with an outcast and eccentric “investigator”, as in the most classic of the Hollywood Golden Age hardboiled films, but with – in addition – a cape (here the review). On NOW TV

5. Memory (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021): despite the international production (with Tilda Swinton), Memory it does not betray the poetics of the Thai director who adds a precious new piece to his universe of sensorial, mysterious and cryptic films. His is a complex cinema, of authorial resistance which, in the age of streaming catalogs clogged by algorithmic films, is becoming even more important, even if repelling, demanding, sometimes even frustrating – but what am I watching?, someone will ask (here the review). On MUBI

The Batman Robert Pattinson

6. Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2022): fleeing the war, finding yourself, Jonas Poher Rasmussen brings to the screen a painful and current story, full of suffering, he does it with an animated documentary that talks about a cruel and inhuman story in which an outstretched hand is a miracle, a blinding light capable of giving back to an existence full of scars the spark necessary to continue to hope (here the review). On AppleTV

7. Blonde (Andrew Dominik, 2022): Marilyn allows herself to be deceived by her lovers, because she has not been taught otherwise, she chases after the figure of a father who never wanted her, of a disturbed mother, she becomes someone else to break the vicious circle of her misfortunes, fueling thus the obsession with an ideal family that never welcomed her. But Blonde it is also (and perhaps above all) the portrait of the public who believed they loved it, who desired it, used it, but never understood it (here the review). On Netflix

8. Bones and all (Luca Guadagnino, 2022): Guadagnino’s great cannibal love is a road movie that collects all the waste of 80s cinema (from Schumacher to Bigelow, up to Todd Holland) without ever getting lost in homages or sterile and smug quotations. The love story between outsiders without the possibility of redemption beats to the rhythm of a young and vital heart, dripping with blood, pain and hope. At Cinema

Bones and all Guadagnino
9. Scream (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, 2022): between welcome returns and new entries, this new unexpected chapter is the complete summa of the entire series, without distorting its essence in an attempt at modernization, it offers an update to the tics of contemporary cinema (and the public). A film that will make all fans of the saga joyful and probably intrigue others. On Prime Video and NOW TV

10. The Lost City (Adam Nee, Aaron Nee, 2022): a writer of romance novels is kidnapped by a very bad Daniel Radcliffe (!!) to find a lost treasure, to rescue her will take care of the model of the covers of her books (Channing Tatum): perfect recipe for one disaster after another. 2022 update beyond the limits of parody of that great classic that it is In pursuit of the green stone: art wisdom and mastery, and a brilliant cast blessed by the presence of Sandra Bullock. One day we will talk about this title as today we talk about the twentieth century and Susanna. On NOW TV

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