A year that started off as a decent year for new movies involving Jeff Tremaine jackass forever and Daniels All, Anywhere, At Onceended on a disappointing note with something like AG Inarritu Bardo and Damien Chazelle Babylon.
But like most things, there are still plenty of recent recommendations and movies to watch, from indie dramas to character studies to horror movies to crime thrillers. One thing that quickly struck me this year is just how many solid family movies are coming out in 2022.
This is a genre that’s been off my radar for many years, but I’ve fallen in love with Celine Sciamma’s work within the past 12 months. petit maman and Charlotte Wells after sunBoth girls (Josephine Sanz and Frankie Coriot) have long-lost parents (Nina Mourisse in petit maman and Paul Mezcal after sun).
The film community now seems interested in telling the story of a dysfunctional family through the eyes of a child rather than an adult, and a refreshing reception from audiences. Seashell Marcel wearing shoes For animation output, there are some quality choices for indie-loving adults and older kids.
For family stories not strictly focused on children, see Scott McGeHee and David Siegel’s montana story and Steven Spielberg’s favermans Touch on more serious issues like affairs, divorce, death, and abuse.
favermans It has Spielberg’s usual quirkiness and optimism throughout the retro 1950s-1960s set drama starring Paul Dano and Michelle Williams. montana story As for the two brothers (Owen Teague and Haley Lu Richardson) reconnecting after years apart, it’s simpler. Both perform well and are most effective in modest productions.
Also, on a small production scale, John Patton Ford’s Emily the Criminal It was a pleasant surprise for crime drama fans who wanted to see the feature through the eyes of a woman (Aubrey Plaza) involved in underground scams and scams.
Complicated Female Lead, Another Critical Hit for Todd Field tarwas not only the return of acclaimed writer-director and Cate Blanchett’s recent acclaimed performance, but also offered a new perspective on celebrity, privilege, and “cancellation culture.”
If you’re looking for some solid scares that are “back to basics” this year, Ti West’s X— A tribute to both 1970s slashers and porn origins — and Dan Trachtenberg’s preya popular prequel predator franchise.
Mia Goth and Amber Midthunder are impressive leads in small-scale spooky period dramas, and both films revive that genre and series. preyin the case of.
Rounding out my Top 10 for 2022 are the Graham Moore crime dramas costume was a good example of how to shoot a “theater” with only 2-3 rooms and about 5 actors. Mark Rylance and Johnny Flynn perform as usual, while Dylan O’Brien and Zoey Deutch show off effective chemistry.
I don’t know if 2022 will be one of the brightest years in cinema history, but it was the year I thought, “Wow, not bad.”