2022 Ten Best Movies

Tilda Swinton: The Eternal Daughter (A24)

A link to my ten-best list at the Scarecrow blog.

2022 is finished and from this perspective, it feels like a down year for movies. I have no doubt that in the future some films that struck me as wanting will grow in stature, and I will discover as-yet unwatched titles of merit. Still: disappointing.

            Maybe at that future date, I will want to rank the films in order of preference. Having watched a huge number of them in the last month, this is challenging—it’s not like years past, when I had the chance to live with movies for a while before ranking ’em. Here are the good things, in different groups of urgency.

            Top tier:

            Crimes of the Future (David Cronenberg).

            Happening (Audrey Diwan).

            The Eternal Daughter (Joanna Hogg).

            Tár (Todd Field).

            Second tier:

            The Quiet Girl (Colm Bairéad).

            The Banshees of Inisheran (Martin McDonaugh).

            Hit the Road (Panah Panahi).

            In Front of Your Face (Hong Sang-soo).

            EO (Jerzy Skolimowski).

            Watcher (Chloe Okuno).

            Third tier:

            Utama (Alejandro Loayza Grisi).

            The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg).

            Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

            Close (Lukas Dhont).

            Three Minutes: A Lengthening (Bianca Stigter).

            Murina (Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic).

            Benediction (Terence Davies).


4 Responses

  1. What about the 10 worst?

  2. Most of these were not on my radar, so thanks for changing that.

    Of the movies on your list I’ve only seen Watcher, which I really enjoyed.

    I’ve been excited for Crimes of the Future, but also nervous, and I’ve been putting it off. Cronenberg/Mortensen are 3-for-3 in my book, though, so I’m not sure why I’m procrastinating.

    • I mean, it’s understandable to be nervous before watching CRIMES OF THE FUTURE. You should be. I think it’ll grow on you.

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