It’s my favorite time of the year! Annual rankings! This year I was able to tally 4 more movies than I did last year, 115 movies released in 2022! As always, there were some incredible films released this year, but one genre sticks out to me that I have spoken to a great many of my friends about, and that genre is horror. Let me just put these titles on the table real quick *takes deep breath* “Speak No Evil,” “Nope,” “The Menu,” “Mad God,” “Glorious,” “Barbarian,” “Men,” “Scream,” “Smile,” and that is only a quick few from the top of my list. It’s a renaissance age of horror and I am glad to be here for it.
Horror aside, all genres showed out while some may have taken a step back? Let’s dig in.
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I am so glad that I held out this post until after I binged 2022 movies this whole week because I feasted my eyes on A24’s latest project “Aftersun.” This movie ripped me apart. I feel as though my Letterboxd review will explain enough than I can word vomit out again.
“Honestly, sometimes you watch a movie at the perfect time of your life. Whether it gives you hope or it gives you reflection.
Watching AFTERSUN and being frozen as the credits rolled and the subtle soft music ran. I literally just started crying.
Maybe this won’t be as effective when I watch it 2, 5, 10 years from now, or maybe it’ll serve as a reflection of similar feeling I felt the first time I watched it. Regardless, this affected me on a grand scale and I won’t soon forget it.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” reigned at the number 1 spot until literally earlier this week. This was one of my favorite cinematic experiences in theaters in a long time. Enough said.
3. “Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio”
GDT continues to prove he is the master story-teller. This dark reimagining of the tale of Pinocchio was absolutely heartbreaking and a legitimate lesson on life. Appealing for all ages and 100% appealing for me.
4. “Speak No Evil”
I type this title and I shudder. Ironically enough, you can catch this grim and utterly depressing movie on the streaming service Shudder. This movie is not for the feint of heart. It’s uncomfortable for about 90% of the movie until it is an absolute devastator. A final 10 minutes of film I won’t soon forget.
Another homerun from A24 and the director duo, The Daniels. EEAAO has been in film fanatics’ mouths and minds for the entire year. Whether for good or even for bad. A timeline warping experience that is as challenging to comprehend as it is manic madness.
6. “Avatar: The Way of Water”
I have a full review in the quiver, but here’s a taste of it. I doubted big Jim Cameron. I’m not the biggest fan of the first “Avatar” so my expectations were low. How good could it be? Well, good enough for 1 billion dollars in 14 days. A spectacle, an event, and yet another big success for the brilliant director that is James Cameron.
Jordan Peele returned with his 3rd feature film, appropriately titled “Nope.” Peele’s movies have become event movies and this was exactly that. Exploring another subgenre of horror, “Nope” delivers something otherworldly here.
8. “The Menu”
Another absolute treat of a surprise on the year 2022. Director Mark Mylod delivers a brilliant dark comedy blended with horror that is bolstered with incredible performances.
9. “The Batman”
We waited SO LONG for “The Batman” and finally we got it. While it can be seen as a tad divisive, for me, it was everything I could have wanted. I backed my man Robert Pattinson since his casting and he did not disappoint. I cannot WAIT for the future of this Batman.
Rounding out my top ten is the return of the Black Panther. The late, great Chadwick Boseman is watching over us and the show must go on. I was scared and worried how this movie would end up and I am so happy to say that it was largely a success for me. Some things may not have worked as well as others but ultimately this was the best of the MCU films on the year. Although… Maybe that is not saying that much. Keep scrolling. 👀
And now….. SPEED ROUND
11. “Mad God”
Incredible stop-motion work. A horror theme park ride that ends with a hell of an exclamation point regarding thought and ideas on life, creation, death, and the never-ending recycling of it all.
“Prey” came blasting onto the scene as the prequel/sequel? to the “Predator” franchise and let me tell you, GIVE ME MORE! Fan-freaking-tastic movie filled with blood, action, and an excellent performance by lead Amber Midthunder.
13 and 18 “X” and “Pearl”
A24 served us a buffet this year. Not only with a plethora of great movies but two within their own damn franchise. Ti West’s “X” and “Peal” delivered their own unique stories that plays to their own strengths. Both equally a wonderful time at the movies.
14. “The Northman”
When I talk about surprises of the 2022 year, I almost have to say “Barbarian” leads the way as the #1 surprise. A perfect tease of a trailer, a perfect presentation of plot twists and unexpected beats. A revival of good old fun with a campy disturbing horror movie.
Adam Sandler’s “Hustle” on Netflix was another big surprise for me. I don’t even like basketball that much but this sports drama may have cracked my top five sports movies. No lie.
22. “Don’t Worry Darling”
Get over yourselves, this was a good fkn movie.
24 and 28 “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
The MCU and their movies have notoriously landed among my top 20 and even top 10. With the end of phase 3 and entering phase 4, things have gone largely divisive among many fans. While I’m going to dust aside the radical opinions of the MCU, my side on it all is that these are not failures by any means, but we need to kick it up a notch sooner rather than later. I’m hoping my man Jonathan Majors as Kang coming up in the next Ant-Man film will be the true beginning of the high stakes MCU films.
37. “Movers Ultimate”
I had to show some love to my people over at “Movers Ultimate.” I had the honor of attending the Pittsburgh premiere and was pleasantly surprised to have a small independent movie make me crack the hell up in my seat. At an incredibly affordable rental price, go pick “Movers Ultimate” as your laugh provider sometime soon.
Cate Blanchett supremacy.
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the movie itself, I can’t deny Blanchett’s incredible performance. If it weren’t for her, my rating would be far lower.
57. “Halloween Ends”
Listen, I commend “Halloween Ends” for taking chances. I like the ideas, don’t like the executions as much.
As we get lower, I don’t want to get into too much details talking trash on the movies I didn’t find favorable. They just weren’t my cup of tea. However, I am super happy to say that it took until about the rank of 88 out of 115 for me to rate a movie unfavorably.
Let me know what y’all think, and here’s to a wonderful 2023 of movies!