Films of my life – the best films of 2022

Another bumper year of movies, though this year I saw most of them in the cinema. Again, there were more than 20 films that made it into my list of favourites

My favourite film of the year was also one of the last I saw. Decision to leave is an Hichcockian neo-noir from Park Chan-wook. It was beautifully shot and with a plot that playfully referenced Vertigo and Badic Instinct. Outstsnding. You can read my full review here

Here are some more of my favourites

Top Gun: Maverick it was a good year for blockbusters. This sequel is way better than the original. The characters are more 3 dimensional, and the action is even more thrilling.

The Batman who would have thought that there is life in the Batman franchise. By going back to the detective noir of the original comics, we get a dark, brooding, coherent dark knight in a thrilling tale. Possibly the best score of the year too

Moonage Daydream this was the outstanding documentary of the year. The enigma of Bowie is illustrated through archive footage and voice over interviews.

Aftersun gets my vote for best debut and also best British film of the year. There is such craft on display that it is difficult to believe that it represented Charlotte Well’s debut. A stunning tale of me memory and loss. You can read my review here

The Banshees of Inisherin is a wonderful layered tale with great performances from the leads

Everything, Everywhere, All At Once proved to be the multiverse story of the year, better than Doctor Strange and last year’s Spider Man