Top 10 Favorite Films of 2022

This movie defines what a cinema experience should be. If you have the chance catch it in a theatre (there are screenings from time to time) Do not let the run time scare you the three hours goes quickly.

It was difficult to place this one in the #2 spot. This is a movie that defies description. I saw it at SXSW “cold” and you should too. An amazing cast, story and concept this is a movie not to be missed.

This film starting the amazing Joey King was one of my most recommended this year. If you want to see a film that kicks ass action from start to finish this one is it.

Another film I watched completely cold and I am happy about that. Happy I caught this in the theatre.

Tilda Winton AND Idris Elba in a lovely little film with a big concept and a huge heart. Loved it.

This movie was probably the biggest surprise to me. I took this film as a junky throw away film when I saw the trailer. What I was presented with was a surprising story that delves deep in to our humanity. A touching film.

When I saw the trailer for this film I knew it was one that we needed to watch as a family. My son in law is a huge NASA nut and it was especially important to watch it with him. We were not disappointed. And I cried during a movie about a freaking mars rover! Watch it and you’ll see why.

I am a huge documentary nut and love learning about subjects that have no familiarity with. This was one of those. You will learn about volcanoes and the human quest for knowledge.

This movie was a pure popcorn film. A fun action romp with a great cast and some stellar performances. Pure pleasure!

Huge horror fan here and this one delivers!

The Decline and Fall of the Theatrical Experience

The theatrical movie going experience as we know it is dead, and my theatrical movie going behavior is helping to seal its fate. I am a 100% died in the wool movie lover and personally enjoy watching movies in theatres. The problem is that I don’t go to the movies nearly as much as I used to, and I cannot see this changing any time in the foreseeable future. Let me tell you why…

Today I have a basic internal calculus I use to determine whether I see a movie in a theater vs waiting to see it on a streaming platform. The first part of this calculus begins with the question:” Is this a movie that is best enjoyed on the big screen?”  I guess what I really mean is: “Is this a SPECTACLE movie?” Examples of movies that fit this bill, and that I watched in theatres in 2022, are: Top Gun: Maverick, Bullet Train, Black Panther: Wakanda and finally in a few days the new Avatar sequel. In my mind each these films represent the type of spectacle films that I will show up for.

The second criteria in my theatrical vs streaming calculus resides in this question: “How long am I going to need to wait before I can watch this film at home?” For The Fablemans the answer is clear. Not too long!  The Fablemans was released “wide” theatrically few short weeks ago and is available to stream at home NOW, albeit with a $20.00 rental fee.  What I also know is in around 30 days this film will show up on one of my paid services for “free” and that is the most likely time I will view it.  Let me say this… If you told me that I wouldn’t rush to see a new STEVEN SPIELBERG film opening weekend I would tell you that you were crazy, plain, and simple. 

It is the second part of my calculus that is contributing to the decline of movie attendance for “smaller” films. You see the entertainment industry has TRAINED its consumers to be more particular about what types of films they go out to see. Do you really want to spend north of $50.00 to see a film (popcorn and soda included in this price) or do you simply want and watch this with a (much cheaper) bag of microwave popcorn and a can of pop. We all know with certainty that the wait to see films the comfort of your home is not very long so why drag your ass out to see a film? Honestly this makes me sad, but this is the reality we live under.

I would like to mention a little ray of hope. There are some “smaller” films that I will go out of my way to see as I don’t want to wait to see them at home. This generally the result of “buzz” surrounding a film 

Two of films come to mind. The first is called The Menu. I heard a TON of word of mouth about this one, and I left work early to catch it before it left the theatres. The second film is one I wanted to catch in a theatre but was unable to see. This film? Glass Onion. I 100% would have caught this in a theatre but Netflix only released it in theaters for ONE WEEK ONLY! The word of mouth was awesome, but my schedule was not, so I guess streaming it is for that one. 

I really wish this situation was different as I really love seeing films in theatres and will continue to do so albeit at a lower rate than I did in the past. As for the theatres themselves?  Who knows… Their business has been severely disrupted, and they are in sore need of a pivot of some type. Lets see what the future brings… The movie business has gone through multiple disruptions and it will be interesting to see what comes out on the other side of this