Monday, January 9, 2023

Erika's Favorite Movies of 2022

by Erika Bromley
Happy New Year!

2022 was a difficult year for me on a “working parent” level (just to start). While I saw fewer films this past year than probably since before I could drive at 16, I still decided to share my favorites - it felt too much like a real failure (for only myself!) if I didn't! For one, I love these lists. Almost in any written way, shape or form. Lists like these aren’t meant to be ‘definitive, objective lists’ (in my humble film lover opinion), but rather serve as subjective mosaics that tell us about the viewer, about the world, and if we are lucky, a little about ourselves, too.

I won’t take the time to recap plots or even provide my own analysis; if I aim for that sort of list this year, it won’t happen at all (see “stressed working parent” hint above). And I don’t think anyone reading at this point needs that. What I would love, for even just a few minutes, is to hear from you. What’s your favorite of the year 2022? (ANY TIES?) Do you have a new favorite older film? Did you have a great experience at the theater? If you have the time to respond, I’d love to hear!

Here are my favorites from 2022:

1. The Fabelmans
2. Glass Onion
4. The Menu
5. Top Gun: Maverick
6. Sr.
7. Bodies Bodies Bodies
8. Avatar: The Way of Water
9. The Janes
10. Barbarian
11. Bones and All
12. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
13. Emily the Criminal
14. Everything Everywhere All at Once
15. Nope

*10-15 are ties, in case you were worried.
Honorable mentions: Elvis, Moonage Daydream, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, TAR, Decision to Leave, Armageddon Time

Haven’t gotten to see yet but hoping to:
Pinocchio, The Woman King, Ambulance, RRR, so many documentaries...

Need to watch again while I'm not grading papers: Banshees of Inishirin

AND AS A SPECIAL BONUS, here are Charlie Bromley's (age 14) favorites of the year:
5. Bullet Train
4. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
3. Violent Night
2. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
1. Top Gun: Maverick


  1. Love your list, Erika! There are several I need to see (the Janes!) and if you want company for your viewing of Ambulance, you know how to reach me. I'm a huge fan of that movie. :)

    Charlie's list is great too, and I hope he gives us a favorite Discoveries list in future entries because I have a feeling he is discovering some good stuff these days.

  2. Happy Birthday to Mrs. FthisMovie! I’ve got The Menu and Barbarian in my top 10 and Bodies Bodies Bodies and Glass Onion in my “ties for 10”.
    I haven’t seen The Fabelmans yet because I really want to see it in a movie theater. My favorite movie of the year was X but then I saw Bill Nighy in Living and now that is my number one for 2022.

  3. I hadn't heard of The Janes, but I will seek it out. Pinocchio is fantastic! I hope you like it (you know which one I'm referring to). I've been listening to the Bones and All score a ton. I never really liked Nine Inch Nails, but his movie score work is among my favourites. What did they mean by "bones and all"? I assume, like a soup or something, rather than just devouring the muscle? It wasn't explained in the movie (which is fine, I don't need it spelled out). Probably a soup. Bones and all, where "all" is referring to some cabbage leaves, bay leaf, bit of garlic and perhaps some fennel. And salt of course. I'm not sure those hillbillies were using bay leaf though. Maybe not even salt.

    As a single "working parent" I can feel how difficult it can be to keep up with everything. I'm about to start a new job and will be busier than ever. But I'm sure I'll continue to treasure those moments I get to see some unknown (to me) 70's movie, or going to see the newest pixar with the kids.