Ian Schultz’s 2022 in Film – From Best to Worst

2022 comes to a close and I watched just over 200 releases this year. I hope you enjoy this wild list from my very favourite to least favourite film of the year. I decided not to include any TV this time that feels cinematic so some TV I liked very much included The Andy Warhol Diaries, Barry (Season 3), Black Bird, The Boys (Season 3), Dahmer, George & Tammy, Irma Vep, The Last Movie Stars, The Offer, Peacemaker, Severance, Slow Horses, Tulsa King, Wednesday and Yellowjackets which was probably my favourite this year. I have a lot of TV I haven’t got around to yet so I will be spending the next few months catching up on that.

Some films I couldn’t stomach to sit through Avatar: The Way of Water, Fall (I don’t like heights), The Innocents (the depiction of autism was too “problematic” for me), Jurassic World Dominion, Living (I love Ikiru too much), Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (Ben Shapiro’s cousin can’t be replaced), Spirited (I tried), The Woman King and You Won’t Be Alone which I saw some of the film during Sundance and the digital cinematography was so oft-putting.

I haven’t seen All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, Babylon, Devotion, Empire of Light, Holy Spider, The Inspection, The Pale Blue Eye, Please Baby Please, The Son, Till and Woman Talking so those will now be counted as 2023 releases.

Films marked with a * indicates I saw it theatrically. Any Films listed I reviewed here or on other sites include links to my reviews.

LOVED THESE FILMS BUT YOU DIDN’T LOVE THE FILM AT THE TOP AND THAT’S YOUR FAULT!

1. Blonde *

2. Nightmare Alley *x2

3. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

4. RRR *

5. Bones and All *x2

6. The Fabelmans

7. The Batman *x2

8. Pearl

9. The Banshees of Inisherin *x2

10. The Whale *

11. EO

GREAT

12. The Worst Person in the World *

13. Elvis *x2

14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

15. Everything Everywhere All at Once *x2

16. Decision to Leave *

17. White Noise *

18. The Menu *

19. Crimes of the Future *x2

THE FILM NOBODY EXCEPT ME HAS SEEN 20. Man of Action

21. MEN *

22. Athena

MURDER MYSTERIES ARE GOOD

23. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery *

24. See How They Run *

WOW WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT!

25. Mad God

I STILL OCCASIONALLY LIKE THE MCU!

26. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness *

VERY GOOD

27. After Yang

28. X *

29. The Northman *x2

30. The Forgiven *

31. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent *

32. Nope *x2

33. Barbarian

THE OBLIGATORY HEATHERS RIP-OFF

34. Do Revenge

35. Three Thousand Years of Longing *

36. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

FUCK YOU I LIKED IT

37. Amsterdam *

38. On the Count of Three

REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT FOR AUTISTIC LONERS

39. Nitram *

40. Kimi

41. Happening

42. Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

43. Emily the Criminal

44. The Stranger

45. Jackass Forever *

46. To Leslie

47. Vengeance

48. The Wonder

WTF THE FUCK BUT I LIKED IT

49. After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

50. Flux Gourmet

51. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

52. Emancipation

53. The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes

I WANT TO ROCK U MENTARY

54. This Much I Know to Be True

55. Moonage Daydream *

56. The Jangling Man: The Martin Newell Story

57. This Is GWAR

WERNER BEING WERNER

58. The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft

59. Flee

CAPITALISM IS EVIL THE FILMS

60. Claydream

61. Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel

MORE DOCS

62. Is That Black Enough for You?!?

63. Sr. (but I want the Sr. Cut)

64. Attica

I NEED TO SEE IT THEATRICALLY BUT I LIKED IT

65. Tár

I LIKED THESE FILMS

66. Fresh

67. Deep Water

68. Top Gun: Maverick *

69. Thirteen Lives

70. Wendell & Wild

71. The Good Nurse *

72. Bigbug

73. Not Okay

74. Ambulance *

75. Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

76. The Black Phone

77. Turning Red

CLAIRE DENIS DOUBLE BILL

78. Stars at Noon

79. Both Sides of the Blade

80. Significant Other

81. Official Competition

82. Prey

83. Dark Glasses

84. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever *

85. Scream *

86. Something in the Dirt

87. Dual

88. The Survivor

89. Bullet Train *

90. The Contractor

91. Nocebo

RYAN REYNOLDS GOOD?

92. The Adam Project

93. Causeway

GASPER OK

94. Vortex *

95. Montana Story

96. Candyland

97. Violent Night *

98. Call Jane

99. Black Crab

100. Alice

101. Catwoman: Hunted

102. Jackass 4.5

GOOD DOCS

103. Lynch / Oz

104. Meet Me in the Bathroom

105. The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon

106. Sidney

DECENT FILMS

107. Confess, Fletch

108. Cha Cha Real Smooth

109. Armageddon Time *

I FELT OLD

110. Bodies Bodies Bodies *

111. Dead for a Dollar

ANA DE ARMAS WITH A BOB I LIKE… FILM SO-SO

112. The Gray Man

113. Am I Okay?

114. Smile

115. Midnight

JUST WATCH CRUMB IT’S FUNNIER AND BETTER

116. Funny Pages

117. Hustle

THE GAYS HAVE INVADED YOUR DISNEY FILMS TO MIXED RESULTS

118. Strange World

119. Lightyear

MEL GIBSON IN A MASH-UP OF THE GAME AND TALK RADIO I LIKED IT!

120. On The Line

THESE ARE TOTALLY FINE

121. The Price Pay

122. Watcher

123. Beast

124. Spin Me Around

125. The Outfit

126. The House

127. Slumberland

128. DC League of Super-Pets

129. The Greatest Beer Run Ever

130. The Spine of Night

131. Vesper

132. France

133. Raymond & Ray

134. Ticket to Paradise

135. Where the Crawdads Sing

136. Adopting Audrey

137. Pussycake

138. The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

139. Breaking

140. The Loneliest Boy in the World

141. Cult Hero

142. Miracle Valley *

I LOVE YOU QT BUT A CHILD CAN FIGURE OUT CORBUCCI’S FILMS ARE ABOUT FASCISM

143. Django & Django

144. The Storms of Jeremy Thomas

REBECCA HALL COMMITTED… FILM IS NOT

145. Resurrection

I LIKE THE ROCK JUST NOT HIS FILMS EXCEPT SOUTHLAND TALES

146. Black Adam

ALMOST DUMB ENOUGH FOR ME TO LIKE IT

147. Samaritan

148. Moonfall *

BEAUTIFUL BUT STORY SUCKED

149. Moon Garden

150. All Quiet on the Western Front

HORROR REBOOT/REMAKE WHO CARES AT THIS POINT

151. Halloween Ends

152. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

FUCK J.K. ROWLING

153. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

154. The Lost City

155. Memory *

HOLLYWOOD TAKE TAIKI WAITITI’S COCAINE AWAY

156. Thor: Love and Thunder *

CANNIBALISM ISN’T THAT SEXY

157. Death on the Nile

158. The Curse of Bridge Hollow

159. The Tender Bar

IT’S LIKE ONE OF THOSE PORN PARODIES JUST WITHOUT THE PORN

160. The Munsters

161. The Twin

LAZY DOC ABOUT A REMARKABLE PERSON IT ENDS IN 1992

162. Nothing Compares

IT SURE FELT LIKE A REAL, LIKE YOU KNOW “GO TO A THEATRE” MOVIE FILM JUST NOT A GOOD ONE!

163. Don’t Worry Darling *

MOST OVERRATED OF THE YEAR, FIRST YEAR FILM SCHOOL SYMBOLISM FROM THE OUTSET

164. Aftersun *

MIGHT HAVE WORKED AS A MINI-SERIES… MIGHT IS THE KEY WORD

165. She Said *

MARKY MARK IS GAY FOR JESUS

166. Father Stu

WINONA RYDER AND CHRISTINA RICCI IN THEIR MILF ERA… SHAME ABOUT THE FILMS

167. Monstrous

168. Gone in the Night

HELLRAISER WAS ALWAYS WOKE… THIS FILM STILL MADE SLEEPY

169. Hellraiser

170. Uncharted

171. Cyrano

SAME DIRECTOR AS TOP GUN: MAVERICK… NO SORRY THAT WAS TOM CRUISE

172. Spiderhead

GUY PEARCE GET A BETTER AGENT

173. The Infernal Machine

174. Boiling Point

BRUNO WE WILL MISS YOU JUST NOT YOUR MORE RECENT FILMS

175. Corrective Measures

176. White Elephant

MEDIOCRE BUT I LIVED

177. House of Darkness

178. Hellbender

179. Falling for Christmas

180. They Live in the Grey

JORDAN PEELE IS A GENIUS BUT HAS A LOT TO ANSWER FOR

181. They/Them

182. Master

HARRY HAS MORE CHEMISTRY WITH HIS MALE CO-STAR HERE THAN HE DID WITH FLORENCE PUGH!

183. My Policeman

ANOTHER KING HAVE FALLEN

184. Firestarter

NAOMI WATTS WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

185. The Desperate Hour

186. Spirit Halloween: The Movie

I’VE NEVER BEEN MORE DISAPPOINTED I WEPT MORE THAN KEVIN DOES AT MCU FILMS

187. Clerks III

188. Incredible But True

189. When You Finish Saving the World

DIDN’T MAKE ME MORB

190. Morbius

191. Paradise City

PAINFUL

192. Dashcam

193. Shut In

194. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone

195. Pinocchio

196. Luck

197. Sharp Stick

198. Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial

199. What Is a Woman?

FILMS MABE BY “AUTEURS” WHO DESERVE SOME TIME IN DIRECTOR JAIL BUT IT SEEMS LIKE ANDREW DOMINIK IS HEADING THERE INSTEAD WHICH IS SAD

200. Triangle of Sadness *

201. Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

IF FILMS COULD BE TOPS OF BOTTOMS

202. Bros

WOULD BE A BOTTOM… BOTTOM OF MY 2022 LIST!

Ian Schultz

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