Sunday, January 1, 2023

2022 Theatrical Releases

Weird year for me, with an odd shortage of new releases I liked, but a slightly fuller list of first-time NYC theatrical releases. (I arbitrarily excluded theatrical releases that felt too old, including Face [Tsai Ming-Liang, 2009] and Vengeance Is Mine AKA Haunted [Michael Roemer, 1984].) In approximate order of preference:
  1. Outside Noise (Ted Fendt)
  2. Actual People (Kit Zauhar)
  3. Deception (Arnaud Desplechin)
  4. One Fine Morning (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  5. The Cathedral (Ricky D’Ambrose)
  6. Peaceful (Emmanuelle Bercot)
  7. In Front of Your Face (Hong Sang-soo)
  8. Emily the Criminal (John Patton Ford)
  9. Wood and Water (Jonas Bak)
  10. Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song (Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine)
It could be that Return to Seoul (Davy Chou) belongs on this list, but I need to see it again to focus my reaction. Runners-up include The Girl and the Spider (Ramon & Silvan Zürcher) and Memory Box (Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige).