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.
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.
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