2022: The Lists

I think it’s interesting that, this year, my ‘lists’ are out before my Top Ten list. Most years in the past I did put out versions of these lists in early December, before the Top Ten. But in recent years, I feel like I’ve been putting these out in January, given the elongated Oscar timeline we’ve been having. And last year I know they came way late. But this is the first year they’re coming before my Top Ten list even drops. Which is kinda fun. Might lead the three people who read this stuff to wonder wha the hell the list is even gonna be.

This was a fairly easy one to compile for me. The performances were all pretty straightforward. There wasn’t a lot of fat to be cut from them or a lot of difficult decisions to be made. The posters I had ready in mid-December. The other lists were also pretty easy to compile. The scores (as they always do), took a bit longer. But I’m satisfied with my work and my choices.

As was the case last year, everything will be presented without comment. I hope you’ll find my opinions worth listening to enough to go seek out anything you’ve not yet seen.

(Some) Hidden Gems/Underseen Films from 2022

  1. All the Old Knives
  2. Call Jane
  3. Catherine Called Birdy
  4. Cha Cha Real Smooth
  5. Entergalactic
  6. The Forgiven
  7. Fresh
  8. The Greatest Beer Run Ever
  9. Honor Society
  10. Jerry and Marge Go Large
  11. Kimi
  12. Mad God
  13. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  14. Metal Lords
  15. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
  16. The Outfit
  17. Rosaline
  18. See How They Run
  19. The Valet
  20. Windfall


The Films of 2022 That Disappointed Me

  1. Amsterdam
  2. Armageddon Time
  3. Black Adam
  4. The Bubble
  5. Death on the Nile
  6. Deep Water
  7. Disenchanted
  8. Don’t Worry Darling
  9. Emancipation
  10. Empire of Light
  11. Halloween Ends
  12. Jurassic World: Dominion
  13. Men
  14. RRR
  15. Thor: Love and Thunder


The Films of 2022 That Surprised Me

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front
  2. Ambulance
  3. Barbarian
  4. The Batman
  5. Bullet Train
  6. Call Jane
  7. Confess, Fletch
  8. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  9. Hustle
  10. The Menu
  11. Prey
  12. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  13. Thirteen Lives
  14. Top Gun: Maverick
  15. White Noise


My Favorite Male Lead Performances of 2022

  1. Austin Butler, Elvis
  2. Daniel Giménez Cacho, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  3. Nicolas Cage, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  4. Daniel Craig, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  5. Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick
  6. Eugenio Derbez, The Valet
  7. Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
  8. Ralph Fiennes, The Forgiven
  9. Brendan Fraser, The Whale
  10. Jon Hamm, Confess, Fletch
  11. Chris Hemsworth, Spiderhead
  12. Gabriel LaBelle, The Fabelmans
  13. Daniel Radcliffe, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
  14. Sam Rockwell, See How They Run
  15. Mark Rylance, The Outfit


My Favorite Female Lead Performances of 2022

  1. Cate Blanchett, Tár
  2. Frankie Corio, Aftersun
  3. Viola Davis, The Woman King
  4. Danielle Deadwyler, Till
  5. Ana de Armas, Blonde
  6. Kaitlyn Dever, Rosaline
  7. Mia Goth, Pearl
  8. Rebecca Hall, Resurrection
  9. Zoe Kazan, She Said
  10. Zoe Kravitz, Kimi
  11. Emma Mackey, Emily
  12. Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
  13. Amber Midthunder, Prey
  14. Carey Mulligan, She Said
  15. Bella Ramsey, Catherine Called Birdy
  16. Margot Robbie, Babylon
  17. Saoirse Ronan, See How They Run
  18. Taylor Russell, Bones and All
  19. Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans
  20. Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once


My Favorite Male Supporting Performances of 2022

  1. John Boyega, The Woman King
  2. Adrien Brody, See How They Run
  3. P.J. Byrne, Babylon
  4. Colin Farrell, The Batman
  5. Paul Dano, The Fabelmans (and The Batman)
  6. Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
  7. Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
  8. Spike Jonze, Babylon
  9. Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
  10. Edward Norton, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  11. Pedro Pascal, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  12. Brad Pitt, Babylon
  13. Glenn Powell, Top Gun: Maverick
  14. Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  15. Mark Rylance, Bones and All


My Favorite Female Supporting Performances of 2022

  1. Sheila Atim, The Woman King
  2. Hong Chau, The Whale
  3. Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
  4. Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  5. Isis Hainsworth, Metal Lords
  6. Olivia Hamilton, Babylon
  7. Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  8. Dakota Johnson, Cha Cha Real Smooth
  9. Li Jun Li, Babylon
  10. Lashanna Lynch, The Woman King
  11. Thuso Mbedu, The Woman King
  12. Janelle Monáe, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  13. Sadie Sink, The Whale
  14. Kristen Stewart, Crimes of the Future
  15. Evan Rachel Wood, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story


My Favorite Movie Posters of 2021

Honorable Mention: Men

50. Alice

49. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

48. Pinocchio

47. Nope

46. The Sea Beast

45. All Quiet on the Western Front

44. Jurassic World: Dominion

43. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

42. The Eternal Daughter

41. Ambulance

40. Empire of Light

39. There There

38. Death on the Nile

37. A Love Song

36. The Banshees of Inisherin

35. Something in the Dirt

34. Elvis

33. Clerks III

32. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

31. Significant Other

30. Three Thousand Years of Longing

29. The Fabelmans

28. Crimes of the Future

27. Spin Me Round

26. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

25. God’s Creatures

24. Prey

23. Bullet Train

22. Blonde

21. Top Gun: Maverick

20. Confess, Fletch

19. Vengeance

18. The Greatest Beer Run Ever

17. Barbarian

16. Bones and All

15. Pinocchio

14. The Black Phone

13. Thor: Love and Thunder

12. Deep Water

11. Everything Everywhere All at Once

10. Don’t Worry Darling

9. Fresh

8. Scream

7. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

6. Bodies Bodies Bodies

5. The Batman

4. The Northman

3. The Outfit

2. Armageddon Time

1. White Noise


My Favorite Film Scores of 2022

(*I listened to 165 scores to prepare this list*)

30. Pearl, Tyler Bates & Tim Williams

29. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Nathan Johnson

28. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Disasterpeace

27. Prey, Sarah Schachner

26. The Bad Guys, Daniel Pemberton

25. Enola Holmes 2, Daniel Pemberton

24. Turning Red, Ludwig Göransson

23. Death on the Nile, Patrick Doyle

22. After Yang, Aska Matsumiya

21. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Rael Jones

20. Hustle, Dan Deacon

19. Secret Headquarters, Lorna Balfe

18. Bodies Bodies Bodies, Disasterpeace

17. Crimes of the Future, Howard Shore

16. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Leo Birenberg & Zach Robinson

15. Confess, Fletch, Horace Silver

14. Persuasion, Stuart Earl

13. Entergalactic, Dot Da Genius

12. The Outfit, Alexandre Desplat

11. Blonde, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Top Ten Film Scores of 2022

10. The Lost King, Alexandre Desplat

9. All Quiet on the Western Front, Volker Bertelmann

8. Empire of Light, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

7. Top Gun: Maverick, Harold Faltermeyer, Hans Zimmer & Lady Gaga

6.  Living, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

5. The Batman, Michael Giacchino

4. Emily, Abel Korzeniowski

3. Women Talking, Hildur Guðnadóttir

2. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Alexandre Desplat

1. Babylon, Justin Hurwitz

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One response

  1. Sorry to see RRR on your “disappointments” list. Granted, it got pretty hyped up, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

    On the other hand – was there ANYONE who didn’t find Amsterdam and Don’t Worry Darling among the biggest wet farts of the year?

    On the other other hand – Greatest Beer Run was just a nothing of a film in my book. Not upsettingly bad (my expectations were already low), but utterly forgettable.

    January 30, 2023 at 2:49 pm

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