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2022 Film Favorites? #Oscars95

March 12, 2023

Oscars 95

Tonight is Oscar Night! Our friend Ron Wells loves films and music, and he goes to see a lot of both. I always appreciate his recommendations and reviews and I publish them as often as possible here on Art Predator. Thank you, Ron, for your contributions.; scroll down to read his thoughts on this year’s flock of films. Read more about 95th edition of the Academy Awards aka the Oscars here; host is Jimmy Kimmel.


FAVORITE (?) FILMS of 2022 from Ron Wells 
I really didn’t have a favorite film in 2023. It just seemed a poor year for memorable movies. If I had to choose, I may have gone with Aftersun, but that’s only if I had to choose. 
I DID find MANY, many great performances this year, especially with women actresses. Even if the movies didn’t hold up from start to finish, I certainly enjoyed the acting in most, if not all of the films I saw listed below. And, as seems the case in past years, I really liked the documentaries on Leonard Cohen and David Bowie.
These are ranked according to how much I liked them, with the ones I liked least listed at the bottom of the list. I still really want to see the documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, and I’m VERY open to any suggestions which all of you may have.
Oscar nominations include for Best Picture
has to be watched very, very closely to determine what writer/director, Charlotte Wells, is conveying to the audience. While on vacation, a young, divorced father and his 11 year old daughter appear to be very close and love each other, but as you watch the film you can see the daughter is approaching her teen years which her father may not recognize, and the father has secrets which he’s not able to convey to his daughter. For whatever reason, this film about missed connections, and the regret they may bring later in life, hit me very hard. 
Moonage Daydream (Documentary)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Oscar nominations include Best Picture 
The Eternal Daughter
Who We Are : A Chronicle of Racism in America (Documentary)
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Animated)
I laughed quite a few times when watching Puss in Boots, which was why I liked it more than del Toro’s Pinocchio, even thought the animation in Pinocchio was spectacular.
The Fabelmans
Oscar nominations include Best Picture 
She Said
Everything Everywhere All At Once (ForeignSubtitled)
Oscar nominations include for Best Picture
Everything Everywhere All At Once
may win Best Picture this year, but the wild swings and often strange happenings seemed to me ultimatley just to be about a mother and daughter understanding and coming to terms with each other. I didn’t dislike it, and certainly the acting was excellent, but as a whole the film just left me thinking, “Ok, that was kind of interesting.”
The Wonder
Downton Abbey: A New Era
The Banshees of Inisherin
Oscar nominations include for Best Picture
Oscar nominations include for Best Picture
To Leslie
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Pinocchio (Animated)
The Whale
RRR (Foreign/Subtitled)
As I get older, I just cannot watch graphic violence/torture on the screen, no matter how good a film may be. This explains my reluctance for appreciating RRR, even though it is a beautifully made and acted film. If you’ve been close to, or seen, real violence sometime in your life, it just becomes something you prefer not to see graphically on a movie screen to any great degree.
Where the Crawdads Sing 
Thanks Ron for sharing your thoughts and rankings. There’s a lot of films on this list I am looking forward to seeing.

A film that I’d recommend and add to this list that left a lasting impression is 
The Woman King. 
Do you agree with Ron? Was this a lackluster year for movies– even if it was great for certain performances? What are some of your favorite films from 2022? Which film do you think will win Best Picture? Who deserves Best Actress?  What else about the Oscars or this recent batch of films that interests you? 

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