It's the end of the year and time to narcissistically look back on what my Movie Year entailed. After two years of Covid impact, things started to get back to normal, but the streaming monster that was awakened may very well be set to stomp all over the Cinema World.
I saw fiftythree new features in theaters this year but I actually went to a lot more film screenings than that number would indicate. Fully forty percent of all Theatrical experiences I had this year would be called "Classic Film Releases"
There were an additional thirty one films that I saw in theaters, these ranged from 1940s War pictures to three of the Harry Potter films. This will also include our annual theatrical screenings of Lawrence of Arabia and Jaws (Including a 3D screening of the shark film)
It is the practice of this site to focus on films seen in a theater, so the seventeen new films that I saw which went straight to streaming are excluded from this inventory. I will say however, that "Prey" the Predator sequel, would have made my top ten list for the year if it had a theatrical release. "The Banshees of Inisherin", "Glass Onion" and "Tar" all disappeared from theaters so quickly that they never had a chance to make it on this site. "The Fabelmans" might have suffered the same fate if I had not diligently sought a venue where I could see it before it vanished into our televisions.
On the Podcast Front, I personally hosted 48 of the 52 Lambcasts this year. I'd like to thank MovieRob, Todd Liebenow and Howard Casner for volunteering to cover for me when I was traveling in the past 12 months. It always lets my head rest easier when I know I have competent, responsible LAMBs who can back me up. In addition to the Movie of the Month, Decade Lookback Shows, Compilation shows, we covered 24 new theatrical releases. That averages out to two new films a month, most of which were crowded into the Summer film season.
Here are links to three of my favorite Lambcasts from 2022:
Biggest Disappointments of the Year
Racing past "Men" for the most vile imagery on the screen this year, just under the wire, is Damien Chazelle's look at Hollywood history in the tears the film industry was transitioning from silent to sound films. "Babylon" does have some things to recommend it, including a great performance by Margo Robbie. Unfortunately, the style that makes some scenes so appealing, also renders many sequences revolting. If you are willing to be defecated on, vomited on and peed on, there may be something here for you. For me it only held disappointment.
How you take five great actresses, but guns in their hands, and make the most boring action movie of the year is beyond me. Simon Kinberg manages to do it with "The 355"and test my patience, even though I am wired for this kind of film .