Who said movies are dead?
Of course the pandemic has reduced theater attendance, but we're not lining up to see if we can play. You can't miss a good movie.
Some paid dirt at the door. It was useful if you were chatting with Tom Cruise's flying boy or one of James Cameron's impersonated whales. But audiences were slow to embrace the challenge of a wild card like Thar. I guess they will eventually. Always a good time to play ball.
The families we are born into and the families we are starting were key themes this year. And as a family of cinephiles, we have heated debates about which movies we love or hate. It's fun, isn't it?
So let's get the party started by choosing the top 10 movies of 2022.
10. Binding: “RRR” and “Avatar. The way of the water.
Cinema is a work of art that should be recognized. But SS Rajamouli, one of the Indian companies, uses RRR (the name stands for Rise, Roar, Revolt) to show how it's done. This is a class-contradictory riot where bloody revolutionary struggles are interwoven with melodious songs and dankira numbers. India's biggest hit is now a hidden player in the Oscar race.
But first, Rajamouli has to face off against Hollywood actor James Cameron, whose 2009 sequel to Avatar is a spectacular visual feast as the blue-eyed Navi family begins a war against nature-destroying human oppressors.
When Cameron and Rajamouli stand up and scream and rave at the awards ceremony, we're all winners in the audience who want to be wowed.
9. "Women Speak."
What do the women in a single Mennonite farming colony do when the men in their group become drug addicts and rape them, believing that the devil has done it to them? As the women, played by an emotional cast led by Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand, gather in the field to discuss their choices, the film feels as #TMToo timely. In the year In the 2018 Canadian novel by Miriam Toews, director Sarah Polley sings with sonic fire on screen as these women struggle to find their way. Polly's film is meant to shock you, and it does.
Austin Butler makes rock 'n' roll proud with his fire and grace as Elvis Presley in director Baz Luhrmann's biopic. Oscar-nominated Butler, 31, will play Elvis as Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), who tries to escape the snares of his difficult manager. To pay off his gambling debts, the Colonel takes Elvis out of his demonic musical frenzy and sends him to powerful Las Vegas gigs, hastening his tragic demise. Overkill is the default mode for this movie, but Butler is undeniable. Like Elvis, you can't take your eyes off him.
In his third film as a director, following the indelible Out and Gus, Jordan Peele combines satirical wit with sci-fi UFO ideas and a scathing critique of race and class in America. Crossing the Border Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya and New York Film Critics Circle winner Keke Palmer are brothers who run a ranch that supplies horses for Hollywood films about the birth of black cinema. Provocation is Pell's game, and no one plays it better.
6. "After the Sun"
This is the film of the year for an aspiring writer and director. Her name is Charlotte Wells and the 35-year-old director puts the show's big boys to shame. Newcomer Frankie Corio is a fascinating exploration of a young Welsh girl on holiday in Turkey with her divorced father. Like a parent trying in vain to keep his daughter's good side, Paul quietly corrupts Mescal. In a year dominated by veteran actors, Mescal, 26, and 11-year-old Corio, they are emerging as new talents. Living in their world is a rare privilege.
5. The best shooter. "lonely"
In the year If 2022 brings more gentle emotions, I'll never find them. It took Tom Cruise 36 years to create a sequel that was loved by both critics and audiences, who paid nearly $1.5 billion to see it at the worldwide box office. Can this popcorn win the Oscar for best picture? Well, the heroes came from "Rocky" to "Gladiator". Why not Cruz? At the age of 60, he plays the role of an army pilot instructor and has not been married for many years.
4. The Inishing Banshees
Inspired by the best performances of Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, this hypnotist by Martin McDonagh is full of comic magic and terrifying hell. Here is your family. The film is based on the fictional Irish island of Inishery in 1923, where two friends are separated when they die fighting each other in a pond. Farrell's Padraic is a simple soul who lives with his sister (the lovely Carrie Condon) but treats Gleeson's Colm like a brother, to the point where Colm threatens to snap his finger at every word Padraic tells him to cut him off. Fasten your seat belts.
Here is Steven Spielberg's personal brand that his family uses. He calls them Fabelmans to show himself as a child (Gabriel LaBelle) and to understand how film scares (Scary!) work. The legendary Spielberg has no part in this coming-of-age tale, only a boy's self-doubt and anti-Semitic bullying and his beloved mother (the great Michelle Williams) betraying her father (Paul Dano). ). )) "Family, wisdom, cuts you in two," says the brilliant Judd Hirsch as the showman's crazy uncle. It's not wrong. Spielberg and co-writer Tony Kushner are not afraid of the dark until they become an enduring screen classic.
This year's only cinematic blast is everywhere and at the same time Oscar favorite Cate Blanchett shows incredible strength in her attempts to break the rules. She plays classical music conductor Lydia Tarr, a virtuoso of violent nature who uses her powers to seduce women with her magic wand. In his first film in 16 years, talented writer/director Todd Field imagines what happens when a genius is crushed by a culture of defiance. Inspired by Lydia's visit to her unhappy family, the ending will blow your mind.
1. "Everything, everywhere, all at once."
This explosion of unbridled energy tops our list of the best films of the year, as the future of film and its endless possibilities unfold in every frame. 30-year-old writer/directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheiner – who call themselves Daniel – are putting everything they have into it. That means writing a story about Chinese-American laundromat owners – mother (Michelle Yeoh), father (Ke Hu Quan) and daughter (Stephanie Hsu) – who kill an IRS auditor (Jamie Lee Curtis). In a multiverse where dead ends are suddenly filled. You laugh until you hurt yourself. Low-budget indie films rarely exceed $100 million at the box office. This one did it. How cool is that?