Well folks it’s that time of year again, where everyone decides to post their favourite movies of the year. I think we can all agree that it’s been a truly great year for movies and after a time of cinemas struggling to get people back in front of the big screen again, it’s good to see that there has been some amazing movies in 2022. Here’s my favourite movies from the past year.

10. Decision to Leave

Park Chan-wook expertly directs a gripping crime thriller about a man found dead at the bottom of a mountain. Detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) begins his investigation and very quickly suspects the dad man’s wife, Seo-rae (Tang Wei).

Decision to Leave is a dark romance with an old-school neo noir feel to it. The chemistry between Tang Wei and Park Hae-il is electric. Easily one of the best films of the year. The story twists and turns in ways you won’t expect and I was completely captivated by it. If you haven’t seen Decision to Leave I strongly recommend you take the time to watch it. Recommended for anyone who liked Memories of Murder.

9. Nope

After the success of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele has done it again with another gripping horror that will have you on the edge of your seat. OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer) are horse trainers on a ranch in California. After some strange and unexplainable occurrences they decide to do some further investigation. The trailer gives you a pretty good indicator to where this movie is going but honestly regarding the plot the less you know the better.

Peele has expertly blended genres with Nope, it’s first and foremost a horror as there are scenes that are indeed chilling and will stay with you long after the movie has ended. Yet it’s also a sci-fi movie and a western. That’s three genres you don’t normally see combined together very often, especially like this, but the results speak for themselves. Jordan Peele is a director who has a clear vision for his movies and you’re always guaranteed something new. Nope is no exception. You’ll jump, squirm and laugh. It balances humour and horror together while experimenting with genres and showing you something you haven’t seen before. One of my favourite horror movies in 2022 and a strong recommendation for Jordan Peele fans.

8. The Black Phone

Yes I’ve added another horror to the list. A suburban Colorado town is being haunted by a string of recent child abductions by someone known only as “The Grabber.” The police are no closer to catching anyone when 13-year-old Finney is abducted by the mental Ethan Hawke in his most psycho role yet. Finney awakens in a soundproof basement and starts receiving calls from a disconnected phone by the serial killer’s previous victims.

The Black Phone was such a surprise and everything a great horror movie should be. It’s highly tense the whole way through and the entire cast are phenomenal. This is not surprising when you cast Ethan Hawke because the man just cannot put in a bad performance. He is monstrous, terrifying and will make your skin crawl. The creepy masks only add another layer, giving him an almost animalistic characteristic. The performances of brother and sister, Finney and Gwen, played by Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are brilliant. Their talent shines through, they had believable chemistry with each other and they’re the reason the audience will become so invested in the story. The Black Phone expertly blends real-world horror with supernatural elements. It’s atmospheric, stressful and the sadistic performance from Hawke will be sure to scare the shite out of everyone.

7. Triangle of Sadness

Triangle of Sadness is grotesque on so many levels, it’s absolutely insane and I loved it. If you haven’t seen it already, fix that now because this is an experience not to be missed. Celebrity couple Yaya (Charlbi Dean) and Carl (Harris Dickinson) are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich. What starts as a picture perfect and most instagrammable voyage on the sea quickly turns sour and ends in the most catastrophic way possible. Now stranded on an island, they must fight for their survival. Sure who wouldn’t want to be stranded on an island with a bunch of self-centred millionaires, what could possibly go wrong in that scenario?

Triangle of Sadness is unique, fun and disgusting all at once. It doesn’t pull its punches when making fun of the model industry, the ultra-wealthy and how they’ve accumulated their wealth. It’s a satirical commentary on class and how the other half live, especially how out of touch with reality they can be. So ultimately when everything starts going catastrophically wrong you can’t help but think “ah sure don’t they kinda deserve it”.

6. Top Gun: Maverick

The Navy’s top aviators are finally back after over thirty years. Join Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and all the other top pilots in their most dangerous mission yet, only this time without the cheesy 80s soundtrack. Maverick finds himself in the unlikely position as a teacher to the best of the best Top Gun graduates for a confidential and highly dangerous mission in “insert generic country here.”

Top Gun: Maverick has taken the franchise to a whole new level. Much like the Mission Impossible movies, it’s kicked it into a new gear and is all about the action. The flight sequences are an exhilarating thrill ride. Adrenaline fuelled, gripping and so well filmed that you will feel like you’re sitting in the jets themselves. Visually epic, and exceeds expectations. Tom Cruise may not be Hollywood’s greatest actor but he’s got one setting that he does better than anyone, and that setting is action man. Despite being nearly sixty he does not shy away from the stunts and in a time where cinemas are struggling I can tell you that Top Gun: Maverick is made for the big screen so I hope all you film fans took the opportunity to see it on the biggest screen possible.

5. The Banshees of Inisherin

Set on the Island of Inisherin, lifelong friends Pádraic (Colm Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) find themselves in the centre of a dilemma when Colm abruptly ends the friendship, much to the shock of the entire Island. Pádraic refuses to accept that Colm could suddenly just decide not to be friends anymore and is determined to put an end to this childish feud.

Although classed as a black comedy, it’s far more dark and melancholic than comedy. It’s drifting between humour and serious topics, you’ll be laughing one minute and disturbed the next. It’s not afraid to pull at the heart strings and will provoke a strong reaction from the audience. The cast is small but makes an impact, each playing their part brilliantly. Colin Farrell particularly stands out and reminds us just how good of an actor he really is. Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan are also giving hugely memorable performances so it’s no surprise the entire film has received so much awards buzz already. McDonagh is the perfect choice for writing stories that tackle dark issues and inserting comedy among quite depressing topics. The Banshees of Inisherin is a brilliant film, hilarious and bleak. It’s one of a kind and definitely one of the best this year.

4. Elvis

A biopic about the one and only King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley. From director Baz Luhrmann comes an epic life story on Elvis played by Austin Butler. There is so much packed into this biopic, with the main focus being his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Prepare yourself for the most insane, extravagant and spectacular movie of the year. I didn’t think Baz Luhrmann could possibly out Baz Luhrmann himself but it seems he had another level and all it took was bringing an icon onto the big screen.

Whether you’re a big Elvis fan or not, this biopic is a masterpiece. I loved it, it’s breathtaking and I don’t care what else came out this year, give Austin Butler all the awards. He aced this performance, capturing the voice, mannerisms and the charisma of Elvis better than anyone else. He was perfect, his singing and dance moves were exceptional. The greatest performance in a musical biopic by a long shot. I don’t cry at movies but let me tell you, by the end things were getting quite emotional. Easily one of the best films of the year. A dazzling and flashy extravaganza so full of energy you can’t help but love it.

3. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

It’s a much-loved classic that has been retold again and again. Now see Pinocchio like you’ve never seen him before. A stop motion masterpiece from directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson in a heartfelt story of a wooden puppet who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of Geppetto, a grieving woodcarver. A passion project for Guillermo del Toro’s for years that no studio would fund has now finally been given its moment. So is it really as amazing as you’ve all heard? Yes it really is a masterpiece. Del Toro’s interpretation of the fairy tale is strongly focused on love, loss and the similarities between Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

A unique take that completely reinvents the story, with a darker tone and a backdrop of 1930s fascist Italy. Although the focus has shifted from the original story, it’s still at its heart a tale about relationships between fathers and sons that may have you in tears on more than one occasion. The stop motion looks absolutely incredible. Honestly, this is cinema. It’s magical, funny and will pull at the heartstrings for sure. It’s dark, weird and wonderful which clearly has del Toro written all over it. I absolutely loved it. Fantastic and a must see for Guillermo del Toro fans.

2. The Batman

The Batman is right up there as one of the best comic-book movies. No DC movie has been this good since The Dark Knight. Psychotic serial killer, The Riddler sends Gotham into a panicked frenzy when he begins murdering key political figures and leaves cryptic clues for his next victims. Knowing this is just the beginning, Batman must investigate amongst rampant corruption to find The Riddler. Robert Pattinson plays Bruce Wayne like we haven’t seen on the big screen before. Riddled with trauma he is desperate to live his life as Batman and abandon Bruce Wayne altogether.

Paul Dano is absolutely mental as The Riddler, Zoë Kravitz owns every scene she’s in, and Colin Farrell is completely unrecognisable as The Penguin. The Batman definitely feels like more of a psychological crime thriller than a superhero movie. I loved the tone, with it’s strong Se7en and The Zodiac Killer vibes. I had high expectations and Dano’s sadistic portrayal of The Riddler is everything I’d hoped it would be and more. I cannot wait to see what the combination of Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson will do next.

1. Everything Everywhere All At Once

In the infinite multiverse there are quite literally endless possibilities. There are no rules and no boundaries. It gives the filmmakers complete freedom to do whatever they like, while also avoiding the pitfalls of overloading the audience and still keeping an actual story going through all the mayhem. Everything Everywhere All at Once has blown everything out of the water and pushes the boundaries of filmmaking to an entirely new level so of course it’s my favourite movie 2022.

Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) doesn’t seem to be living her best life. Things soon take a rapid change when she becomes swept up in an absolutely insane adventure in which she alone can save the world by exploring other universes and connecting with the lives she could have led. At its heart it’s a story about the stresses of life, the feelings of regret and the constant ‘what if’ that I believe we can all relate to. There is also a mother daughter theme amongst the chaos.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is feckin’ bonkers, highly original and an experience not to be missed. Highly recommended and if you somehow made it this far without seeing it then you know what you need to do.

There was a lot of great movies to choose from and it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to only ten so some other terrific movies also worth checking out are Belfast, The Menu, See How They Run and Glass Onion.

Good riddance to 2022 & here’s hoping 2023 will have some more great cinema experiences.

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