Sunday, February 19, 2023
Best Movies of 2022, Introduction
I’ve always run this series in the two or three weeks before the Oscars, depending on how many movies I wanted to talk about. For a while they were moving the Oscars up in the calendar to try to compete with the Golden Globes, so I was running these earlier, but now they’ve strayed back into March, so I’ve moved back with them.
Frankly, I like it this way. I’ve never understood why everybody insists on running their year end top ten lists in mid-December. What if there are great movies you haven’t seen yet? Are you just trying to beat everybody else to press? Why? Why not run yours in January? That’s a graveyard for movies, so you’ll be lacking for good material, as opposed to December when there’s lots of good movies being released to write about.
But I recognize that running mine in February/March might be pushing things, because who can remember the movies of 2022 at this point? What can I say, it takes me a long time to get around to seeing these things.
As always, I’ll start by pointing out the movies that I didn’t get a chance a see, which in this case includes two Best Picture nominees, All Quiet on the Western Front and The Banshees of Inisherin. Also Babylon and some others that I’m sure I’m forgetting.
I’m going to have four movies to talk about that pointedly aren’t on the list, and ten movies that are on the list. Let me take this time to single out four movies that almost made the list. I whole heartedly recommend Pinnochio, Armageddon Time, Turning Red, and Women Talking. Go see them.
Okay, tomorrow the first movie not on the list!