30 June 2022

2022 Mid-Year Movie Review!

Well folks it's that quasi-magical time - time to add up the movies we've watched this year! But half! We keep track of everything right here, and what would be the point if we didn't get obsessive with the data? As usual, it really felt like I was doing better. But here we go.

We're at a straight 100 films so far. Now, that's well ahead of last year's 93 at the mid-point, but...I really did think I was on a better pace. I hit 200 on the dot in 2019, but the past two years have been around around 180. But the high point is still 249 from 2018. I didn't really think I was on that kind of pace, but I thought maybe closer. 100 is good for halfway, it's way more into that range.

However, I'm at 72 new films, which is waaay better than I've ever been. Pretty pumped about that.

My total streaming percentage is also 81%, which is gnarly. Again, the most I've ever been is 74% last year.

Amazon Prime4
Netflix Streaming19
Netflix DVD12
Other Streaming7

HBOMax continues its assault, followed by Netflix. I'm struck that everything else just kind of exists in this spot behind, with four or five films each. Other services I've jumped on include Apple+, Tubi, XUMO, Pluto, it's getting all kind of wacky. Five in theater so far, which is pretty good, and let's face it, cable TV just isn't really a thing. I wonder if I'll ever go a year without it at all? I dunno, hotel stays are really what does it for me.


I really thought I was pushing the decades, but I guess not. Compared to last year's midpoint, I'm actually up on 80s, 90s, and 00s, with the same amount of 70s.

Best films so far:

Okay, let's do this in two ways, first, the ones in 2022 that I genuinely saw in 2022. I've only seen 14 films, and two of those are Jackass Forever, so let's whittle that down to ten. Nah, I actually can't do that, let's go with the Top Five for halfway, with two consolation winners:

#3Jackass Forever
Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Bob's Burgers Movie
#7The Batman

Check out this list, dude. Damn I need some more female stories in my life. This is really rough. There's...a slight multiculturalism there at least? But RRR and The Northman will surely battle it out by year's end, I'd be hard pressed to think of a film that could surpass either in my head.

Best non-2022 films seen for the first time in 2022:

#1Zola (2021)
#2Red Rocket (2021)
#3The Last Duel (2021)
#4Tangerine (2015)
#5Nightmare Alley (2021)
#6The Square (2017)
#7The Mighty Quinn (1989)
#8The Elephant Man (1980)
#9Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
#10The Sugarland Express (1974)

Yeah, let 2022 be the year that I discovered Sean Baker. Anyway, as always I'm really curious to see how my tastes and memory might shift as we reach the next six months. And jeez, as I'm looking at it, during my 52 for '22 escapade, is The Square and The Mighty Quinn the best I'm getting out of it? I mean, those movies rule, but dang. What a stupid exercise. But that's what it's about, right - just watching films even if they end up terrible just so we KNOW they're terrible.

Stay tuned, folks, much more to come - and I'm sure at some point I'll watch a 2022 film with a female protagonist.

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