Tom Santilli's Top 20 Films of 2022
2022 is nearing its end, and for many, it's good-riddance. The movie industry has shown resilience with some massive blockbusters this year, and a return to people seeing movies in theaters.
Well, certain movies. Be careful what you wish for. The industry has morphed into something that none of us expected, a landscape where films like "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Avatar: The Way of Water" can still make BILLIONS of dollars world-wide, but where most rom-coms or other "adult-slanted" films that we're used to, like "Tar" or "The Fabelmans," aren't able to justify their budgets with theatrical income alone.
And while many of the streaming platforms in 2022 are still losing money, we're still seeing some experimental release strategies as the studios try to navigate the changing landscape. Disney's "Turning Red" was a good little film, but one that made almost nothing when it was released simultaneously on Disney+. One of the greatest "see-it-with-a-crowd" films of 2022, Netflix's "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," was shamefully only released to theaters for a seven-day run, before landing on Netflix weeks later.
If anything, 2022 was another transitional year, as the movie theaters, the studios and the streaming platforms continue to forge their future business models. Not every superhero film was a financial success (see "Black Adam"), and while "Lightyear" and "Strange World" were box office disasters, "Minions: The Rise of Gru" made nearly a billion dollars.
But 2021 did represent a return to movie theaters, and the future looks bright. With a slew of films from 2020 held over and released into 2021 and beyond, there definitely was no shortage of content in 2021 at the box office or on the ever-increasing streaming platforms at our disposal.
We're nearing the end of 2022, but we have one more big week of releases to get through before we can celebrate the holidays.
Here's a smattering of offers that the movie theaters are serving up this Holiday/Christmas Weekend 2022, along with a few movies that we would like to point you to below:
(We previously posted FULL reviews of the following):
"Avatar: The Way of Water" - Full Review (currently in theaters)
"Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio" - Full Review (now streaming on Netflix)
"Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" - Full Review (streaming on Netflix 12/23)
Read on for more blurb reviews of new releases this weekend:
It has finally arrived.
The long-awaited sequel to what had at one time been the #1 box office movie of all-time, Avatar, is now in theaters...and I'm happy to say that it's been worth the wait.
***MINOR PLOT SPOILERS TO FOLLOW***
Critics Choice Awards 2022 Nominations have been announced, 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' leads with fourteen in total
The Critics Choice Award Nominations have been announced! The Critics Choice Association - one of the most prestigious critic groups in the world (and one in which both Tom Santilli and Greg Russell are voting members!) have just named their "Best of 2022" nominations in their film categories.
The Michelle Yeoh led "Everything Everywhere All At Once" led the way with 14 total nominations, including Best Picture. Steven Spielberg's "The Fabelmans" was in second with 11 nominations (including one for Spielberg himself). Damien Chazelle's wild "Babylon" film scored 9 noms, as did the critically-acclaimed "The Banshees of Inisherin."
The Critics Choice Awards will air on Sunday, January 15th, 2023, live from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, with Chelsea Handler hosting for the first time. Jeff Bridges is set to receive the group's Lifetime Achievement Award.
See the full list of nominations below!
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