My Favorite Movies I Saw in 2022

Movie Report

Here we are again. The beginning of a new year and me picking out my favorite movies of the previous year. Where does all this time go? Insanity.

I’m really trying to keep up with my movie watching throughot the year on my Letterboxd account.  It has nice stats which I’m going to use to go through my 2022 movie watching in this article.  So check me out there.

So, on to my list.  Rules are like my books, only movies new to me in 2022 are eligible. So first I’ll do a list of my favorite movies released in 2022.  Then, I think in a separate article, I’ll do a list of my favorite movies I watched for the first time in 2022.  Those can be from any year.  But in this article I’m focusing on 2022 released movies and a few stats from Letterboxd.

So let’s see what my favorite things to watch in 2022 were. I got most of my images and links from Wikipedia.

Favorites of 2022

Top Gun Maverick
Top Gun Maverick
– I love the original Top Gun.  I saw it with my dad in the theater.  He went to the Naval Academy so he loved it too.  They have been talking about a Top Gun sequel for YEARS.  I didn’t want one.  Especially as we had entered the 2010s and I thought the moment had passed.  But I was wrong.  Holy crap, this movie is amazing and fun and it had everything I did (and did not) know I wanted in a Top Gun sequel.

Dr Strange 2
Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
– This one snuck up on me.  And my love of this movie is directly tied to my love of WandaVision.  The movie is a direct sequel to WandaVision.  They both deal with different kinds of grief in different ways.  One is the grief of loss, the other is the grief of realizing you’ll never have what you want the most.  And after dealing with the first kind of grief, you decide that you aren’t going to stand for the second kind of grief.  Elizabeth Olsen is so good as Wanda in this.  I love her darker turn here.  I love Cumberbatch as Strange, and he excels here as well.  Getting Sam Raimi was perfect, his dark touches make this movie almost a horror movie.  I love it, I really do, and Wanda’s story is heartbreaking.  And we need to see more of America Chavez, she’s awesome.

Everything Everywhere All at Once
Everything Everywhere All at Once
– I had NO IDEA what to expect with this movie.  I wasn’t even sure I understood the trailer the first time I saw it.  But I love Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu.  This thing blew me away.  To be honest, the first time I watched it, I loved it, but it was almost too much.  By the end of the movie I was finding the story a bit hard to follow and I just didn’t know what I thought.  After watching it again a few months later, I get it now.  I think the movie throws so much at you visually, it’s hard to process some of the story because you’re busy processing everything.  The second viewing I was able to better focus and I got everything better.  This movie is throwing a lot at you, but I like that it doesn’t spoon feed you and believes that you are able to keep up with it.

The Gray Man
The Gray Man
– I love this cast, but I heard a lot of people trashing the movie for some reason, so I was concerned.  Then I watched it.  I watched it twice last year.  I almost watched it a third time.  I loved it.  I love the action, I love the humor.  Gosling and Evans are so good in this.  I want to read the book now, but part of me wonders if the humor carried over from the book, or did Gosling and Evans bring all that humor to the roles?  I don’t know.  Regardless, this movie is awesome and I loved it.

– Unfortunately, like most everyone, I knew this was a Predator prequel when I pressed PLAY.  I think the filmmakers intended it to be a surprise.  That being said, it didn’t stop me from loving this entry in the Predator franchise.  It is now my second favorite Predator movie.  And every time I watch it I like it a little bit more.

So that was all movies released in 2022.  Like I mentioned earlier, I’ll do a second part of this list where I talk about movies made before 2022 that I saw for the first time in 2022.

Let’s take a look at some of my movie watching stats from my account over on Letterboxd.

2022: Films by week

Here’s a graph of the number of films I watched throughout the year broken down by week.  My overall total was 233 movies watched.  That’s 4.5 movies per week.  Last year’s overall total was 193.  My highest weekly total of movies watched in 2022 was 10.  There were two weeks where I watched 10 films.  The first was Aug 28 – Sep 02.  I was about to do a podcast on movies from the year 2012, so I rewatched a bunch of 2012 movies that week.  The other week I watched 10 films was Sep 12-16.  That was when I did my Friday the 13th rewatch going from the first movie up through the 2009 remake.  Next highest total was 8 movies in a week, which I did 4 times.  It’s interesting, I watched more total movies this year than last, but I had two weeks in 2021 that I watched more movies.  The highest weekly total of movies watched in 2021 was 13 and 12.

2022: Top Actors

Here is the list of actors that I watched the most movies of this year.  JK Simmons being first seems odd, but he’s been in a ton of movies.  And we did a full Spider-Man rewatch last year as a family before seeing No Way Home.  He also popped up in a couple of the 2012 movies I rewatched.  We watched a bunch of Keanu’ filmography last year.  We showed the kids the Bill & Ted movies, the Matrix movies, Speed, and I showed my son two of the John Wick movies.  So that’s where he came from.  And Kane Hodder was in a bunch of the Friday the 13th movies I watched.  Pretty good eclectic list of actors there.

2022: Top Directors

This is the top 10 list of directors I watched this year.  You see where marathons shape these lists.  Sam Raimi for Spider-Man 1-3 and Dr Strange 2.  Kenny Ortega did a lot of those Disney musicals we watched with the kids like High School Musical and Descendants.  I love George Romero made it in there from my finally finishing his original Dead trilogy.

According to these stats, the first movie I watched in 2022 was Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie on January 1.  The last movie I watched in 2022 was The Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Dec 26. Surprising I didn’t watch any movies between Dec 26 and Dec 31 last year.

Anyway, that about wraps up my 2022 movies list.  Stay tuned, like my books, I’ll have a second movie list where I’ll go over the movies made before 2022 I watched for the first time last year. And maybe I’ll also talk about some of my favorite TV series I watched, as well as some other “honorable mentions”.

One Response to “My Favorite Movies I Saw in 2022”

  1. I always love these lists, Pax. Really interesting seeing the stats about the actors and directors.

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