It’s Movie Time Again

As old friends of this blob may remember, Rick and I like to save up all our movie tickets and on New Year’s we get them out and reminisce about the films we saw that year. Because of the plague, we did not celebrate this tradition in 2020 or 2021. But this year we’re back at the movies!

Here are some of our favorite cinema visits in 2022:

I saw the trailer for Everything Everywhere All at Once several months before the film appeared in cinemas, and I was so excited that I called Rick over to watch it with me. We both immediately said We Must See This Movie. When we did, it was our first time back in the cinema in two years. What a wonderful way to get excited about movies again.

The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic is a rom-com and a thriller about a blind, wheelchair-bound man with MS trying to go to meet a friend he has only ever spoken to over the phone. The film style is utterly original, with masterful sound design and a visual focus kept tightly close to the protagonist to create amazing empathy and tension.

There’s a special place in my heart for Compartment no 6 because it’s based on the Rosa Liksom novel of the same name, which I translated into English. I love what the filmmakers did with it, and the story’s message about tenuous friendship between Russia and the countries to the west is particularly bittersweet in light of what’s happened since it was first written.

Hit the Road is a mystery, a warm family story, a comic road movie, and a political drama. It surprised me over and over.

It’s hard to describe Petite Maman. It’s a kind of sci-fi or fantasy I guess, but it feels absolutely real.

Jordan Peele wrote and directed Nope, so of course it’s densely filled with symbolism and hidden meanings, while also being scary and exciting to watch. A person could write a doctoral thesis on its richly coded critique of screen culture. No doubt someone is doing so even as we speak. The take away: DON’T LOOK AT IT! But I recommend seeing the movie.

I was charmed by the original Marcel the Shell shorts of Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp, and wanted to see the feature-length film, but I wondered if it might be too much sweetness. It’s not. The film totally exceeded my expectations of what little Marcel could do with a meatier dramatic role. And the final musical number is delightful.

In thinking about the past year, being able to go to the movies again is right up at the top of the list of blessings to count. Every one of these films was so much better at the theater than it would have been all by ourselves on our small screen at home.

Did you see any good movies this year?

More year-end movie round-ups here.

~ by lolarusa on January 2, 2023.

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