THE BEST FILMS OF 2022
(a video by me)
Love and Leashes 2022
Come for 50 Shades as a feminist workplace comedy, stay for the filmmakers putting a Code Era level masterclass in deception by making a film directly about fetish, filled with racy sequences, in which characters barely even kiss.
War of the Worlds 2005
I had never seen this, but I vividly remember being spooked by the TV spots as a kid. There's countless movies about wartime paranoia, but this truly conveys the collective, cumulative uneasiness of 24-hour news cycles meant to enforce the notion of constant peril. 3/4s are almost immaculate disaster-allegory with Spielberg and Williams in their horror bags, but the very ending feels like less of a downer than it could/should be. (Have no idea how closely it's sticking to Wells' original)
Mistress America 2015
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.
Scream 3 2000
"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…