As announced in the December 2022 wrap-up, I’m now starting with my rankings and review of the year 2022. As always, I will have separate posts for movies, TV shows and books. However, after a brief Twitter poll, I’m really trying to contain myself and not make everything uber-lengthy.
Today we’re starting with my top movies of 2022. Most of you know that I’m more of a TV person rather than someone who watches a ton of movies, but these films deserve to be talked about. I think for the first time in … ever, all the movies mentioned were released in 2022 (what is happening!?). I might add some releases from previous years into the honorable mentions list though. If you want to keep up to date with my movie viewing schedule, don’t hesitate to add me on Letterboxd! I’m very diligent with movies I’ve watched for the first time, not so much with my many rewatches though.
To keep up the suspense, I’m starting with my honorable mentions this year. I think you’re going to hate some of those choices anyway, but while most of them may never be critically acclaimed, I had fun watching these films! So, here goes nothing:
- Werewolf by Night
- Persuasion (2022)
- Look Both Ways
- Honor Society
- Along for the Ride
- Mr. Malcolm’s List
- The Lost City
- Turning Red
- The Adam Project
- Marry Me
10. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
This could just as well be a theater play, because it more or less takes place in one single location. I need to be in the absolute right mood for movies like that, but I thought it was fantastically acted, vulnerable and brought up some relevant themes about aging and desirability.
Fresh just haunts me. I couldn’t eat anything for HOURS after this movie and I really can’t necessarily say that I liked or enjoyed it? I adore the cast, always have, but the subject matter just freaks me out. I really don’t know how I will ever start dating … So, long story short, this may not be the best movie ever, but it had to be on the list due to its impact on me.
8. After Yang
It’s slow. It’s intimate. It’s all about grief. I’ve been grieving a lot of stuff for a long time and this past year I really sat in that grief. This movie was perfect for that and definitely made me cry.
7. Enola Holmes 2
Yes, I do put plain fun movies on this list. I might even think I like the sequel better than the first movie, who would have thought? The fourth wall breaks are still giving, the sibling relationships are being explored some more and I cannot wait for the next part, since we will now even have Watson in the mix. Double plus points for spotlighting a real life women’s movement.
6. Catherina Called Birdy
I dislike Lena Dunham almost as much as I enjoyed Catherine Called Birdy. I’ve said it before, I have not read the book and cannot compare it, but I thought it was a gorgeous coming-of-age tale. Birdy is the kind of role model girls need these days. And even though I’ve hammered on about this for far too long, I do love Joe Alwyn and am always happy to have him on my screen.
Aftersun destroyed me emotionally. I was legit ugly crying despite some things never being said out loud, my mind just went there and fell down a dark, dark hole. While the story is sad af, it’s the editing that makes the movie special. It works so well with 90s aesthetics, reflections and transitions. Top notch work!
4. Do Revenge
For every sad movie, I have to put a really fun one on the list? Is that how it works? No? Anyway, Do Revenge was super entertaining. I loved it as a whole – the cast, the colors, the soundtrack, the references. I can get behind more teen movies like this.
3. Glass Onion
People go back and forth between whether Knives Out or Glass Onion is better, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I like both for different reasons, although they are equally masterclasses in subverting expectations and making it more about the journey than the end result. I could watch Benoit Blanc helping ladies get revenge on rich people for decades to come.
2. Everything Everywhere All at Once
Everyone is going to hate me for not putting this movie on the number 1 spot and I get it. I thought Everything Everywhere All at Once deserved all the hype and awards. It was clever, it was unique and it really shot me right in the heart with the complex family dynamics. It’s so so so good, but I just watched the next movie an unreal amount of times.
1. Top Gun: Maverick
I think I’ve seen this movie (at least in part) more than 20 times this past year and I have zero regrets. I’ve never been overly invested in the first Top Gun movie and I probably never will be, but I had so much fun watching the sequel and got the nostalgia even without any sort of perfect memory from the OG storyline. The action and cheesiness was well balanced. It’s so overly optimistic and yet, I had no problem suspending my disbelief for this one. I wanted them to succeed.