December 3, 2022•713 words
As I was putting together my year in review, The Year That Was: 2022, I was writing little blurbs about each movie I saw this year that I really liked. It got to a point, however, that the list was getting a little too long for a post meant to just wrap-up the whole year, so I decided to cut it from there and put it into this, its own post.
With that said, here's a list of all movies that I enjoyed this year presented in the order in which I saw them:
The Power of the Dog (2021). Jane Campion made a gay little Western that I initially thought was all right, but then I couldn't stop thinking about it for days so then I decided "No, actually, this is great."
Memories of Murder (2003). Many will say that Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder is like a Korean Zodiac, but it turns out they'd be wrong and it's the other way around; David Fincher's Zodiac is an American Memories of Murder.
Prey (2022). The studio's a coward and should've let Dan Trachtenberg shoot and release this Predator prequel film in Comanche. That said, do yourself a favor: Turn on the Comanche dub, sit back, and enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Suspiria (2018). Luca Guadagnino does something special with this remake; he takes the Dario Argento classic, truly makes it his own, and the results are so astounding that I was compelled to own a physical copy of it.
X (2022) & Pearl (2022). Speaking of owning physical copies of movies, Ti West's and Mia Goth's X and Pearl...hoo-boy. So good I had to buy them both. X is a nice little slasher send-up, and Pearl is its prequel, and both are so good and so different. I think the whole ensemble in X is great, but Mia in Pearl is transcendent. There's a third movie coming out next year that's part of this series and given how good these two are, I'm both excited and a little scared. Can it live up to these two? Time will tell!
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021). This is a movie shot in a documentary style about a shell named Marcel who wears shoes. Marcel lives with his grandma in an Airbnb and it's about them and family and life and it's very cute and I teared up a lot while watching it.
Confess, Fletch (2022). You know how a lot of people saw Knives Out and were like "I could watch a thousand movies about Benoit Blanc solving mysteries!" and then Netflix decided to give Rian Johnson a deal to do just that (well, three, not a thousand)? That's how I feel about Jon Hamm as Fletch. Give me three-or-more of these, please.
The Menu (2022). Mark Mylod's film about foodie folks being invited by a chef of some renown to a meal to end all meals made me think about my own engagement with/appreciation of food and fine dining and that made me appreciate it.
There are three films that are seemingly beloved by the masses that I also saw but did not share the love for: Malignant, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and Barbarian. Make what you will of that information.
There's time left in this year and movies left to see, so I might be updating this post, but for now...