THE BEST FILMS OF 2022
(a video by me)
Killer first half and then it sort of fizzles out as it overexplains itself, but still quite refreshing.
Cinema is in a dire place in terms of marketing & distribution, and I'm admittedly out of the loop to what people outside my Letterboxd feed are watching, but it really feels like this should've been talked about more. I guess as long as the Netflix deal dilemma ("would you rather be seen and forgotten or not seen at all?") gets figured out, those movies are stuck there.
She's everything. He's just Rocky.
Feminist girlboss and bumbling himbo switch places in a musical comedy crash course on patriarchy 101. As usual for this kind of massive crowdpleaser that's expressly about progressive social change, there's a strategic conciliating tone to the conflict resolution so that everyone is appeased by the end, but here the spectacle is never abandoned in favor of condescending melodrama. There's no subversion to the proven formula, just some timely tweaks, which even directly reutilize songs…
Brooke: What's going on in college?
Tracy: I don't know, everyone's really excited about this frozen yogurt machine at the student center.
B: I watched my mother die.
B: I was with my mother while she died.
T: I don't know any dead people.
B: That's cool about the frozen yogurt machine. Everyone I love dies.
"Pop culture is the politics of the 21st century".
Wes Craven gets it. A horror thriller about women-hating Hollywood creeps that blame their actions on their victims, so, not timely at all. It's also, mostly, about deep, violent traumas coming back, and gaining physical form, to haunt people who had their lives defined by tragedy. That, of course, plays into the picture's meta-commentary on trilogies and the series' discussion of movie violence vs real-life violence. By definition, the best franchise…