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Adam’s Top Films of 2022

Adams Top Films of 2022

The Good 

Triangle of Sadness (dir. Ruben Östlund) 

That YouTube clip of Östlund not getting a nomination and freaking out like a little man-baby has soured me on all his work since seeing it.  The kind of work that Östlund does should not require the kind of … award adulation that he so desperately wanted.  It makes me feel like all the themes in his films are award-chasing posturing.  It’s taken a few more movies, years, and then this piece of monumental work to make me reconsider.  

BTW, if you’re questioning what happened at the end of Triangle of Sadness, you’re part of the fucking problem.  

Top Gun: Maverick (dir. Joseph Kosinski)

When Tom Cruise is done with making movies it will be a sad, sad, sad end to a beautiful era.  TGM is the example of what a committed Super Star – who is proving to be more Tony Stark/Ironman than all the billionaires out there – can do when given three years of production, half a billion dollars, and the backing of a studio with full faith in him.  The result isn’t just a movie but a pop culture moment that everyone collectively got behind.  

The Batman (dir. Matt Reeves) 

Best Batman movie ever.  Better than Nolan.  Better than Burton.  Better than Schumacher.  

The Banshees of Insherin (dir. Martin McDonagh)

We’re in a bit of a row, aren’t we???

Pearl (dir. Ti West) 

Mia Goth should get all the awards.  This isn’t just a horror film.  This is a technicolor melodrama inspired by the work of Vincent Minelli. Her “talk to me speech” is what should net her a Best Actress nomination. Even if it doesn’t, Pearl and its sequel show Goth is a powerful artist beginning to come into her own.

Note: West and Goth made a sequel to Pearl called X.

Nope (dir. Jordan Peele) 

Jordan Peele is Jordan Peele.  He isn’t the new so-and-so.  He’s the dude that people will be saying, “oh, he’s the next Jordan Peele.”  Nope is just confirmation of this.  Justice for Gordy.  

Glass Onion (dir. Rian Johnson) 

Give me eight films over the next twenty years with rotating cast members and at the center Daniel Craig with his Foghorn Leghorn accent.  

Crimes of the Future (dir. David Cronenberg)

Wait twenty-five years.  That is how long Videodrome took to become a reality.  

Bullet Train (dir. David Leitch) 

Pitt inspired by Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton.  If we see another three of these with Pitt running away from all manner of villains, I’m good with that. 

Broker (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda) 

Koreeda proves two things; Song Kang Ho continues to be one of the best living actors and he can take just about any subject and turn it into an empathetic portrait of the family we build.

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