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Popgap Diary: 2022 Movies, in Review

Popgap Diary: 2022 Movies, in Review

Written by dorrk
09 March 2023

I watched over 130 movies with a 2022(-ish) release date, in order to find the great movies and brilliant performances that the big awards organizations have never heard of, and I found a few. Not a lot, but enough hidden gems to make it worthwhile.

Performances of the year:
(In no particular order, except for the first one, which was better than all of the others)

  • Mia Goth — Pearl; X
  • Cate Blanchett — Tár
  • Rebecca Hall — Resurrection
  • Jenna Ortega — The Fallout
  • Taylor Russell — Bones and All
  • Tang Wei — Decision to Leave
  • Colin Farrell — The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Tim Roth — Resurrection; Sundown
  • Ralph Fiennes — The Forgiven
  • Rory Kinnear — Men
  • Sidsel Siem Koch — Speak No Evil
  • Morten Burian — Speak No Evil
  • Adele Exarchopolous — The Five Devils; Zero Fucks Given; Mandibles
  • Aubrey Plaza — Emily the Criminal; Spin Me Round
  • Eden Dambrine — CLOSE
  • Judd Hirsch — The Fabelmans
  • Kerry Condon — The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Brendan Gleason — The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Rayan Sarlak — Hit the Road
  • Tracy Letts — Deep Water
Popgap Diary: 2022 Movies, in Review

Here are my top 20 movies of 2022:

97.54%: Pearl (2022) / Dir.: Ti West / Moved: 3.71%

Pearl (2022)

Dir.: Ti West
97.54% on my Flickchart.
96.60%: The Northman (2022) / Dir.: Robert Eggers / Moved: -1.05%

The Northman (2022)

Dir.: Robert Eggers
96.60% on my Flickchart.
Tár (2022) Dir.: Todd Field

Tár (2022)

Dir.: Todd Field
87.51% on my Flickchart.
86.70%: Speak No Evil (2022) / Dir.: Christian Tafdrup / Moved: 9.91%

Speak No Evil (2022)

Dir.: Christian Tafdrup
86.70% on my Flickchart.
85.05%: Men (2022) / Dir.: Alex Garland

Men (2022)

Dir.: Alex Garland
85.05% on my Flickchart.
84.62%: X (2022) / Dir.: Ti West / Moved: 12.12%

X (2022)

Dir.: Ti West
84.62% on my Flickchart.
84.39%: The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) / Dir.: Martin McDonagh

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

Dir.: Martin McDonagh
84.39% on my Flickchart.
83.09%: Bones and All (2022) / Dir.: Luca Guadagnino

Bones and All (2022)

Dir.: Luca Guadagnino
83.09% on my Flickchart.
81.97%: Decision to Leave (2022) / Dir.: Chan-wook Park

Decision to Leave (2022)

Dir.: Chan-wook Park
81.97% on my Flickchart.
80.81%: You Won't Be Alone (2022) / Dir.: Goran Stolevski

You Won't Be Alone (2022)

Dir.: Goran Stolevski
80.81% on my Flickchart.
79.71%: Sick of Myself (2022) / Dir.: Kristoffer Borgli

Sick of Myself (2022)

Dir.: Kristoffer Borgli
79.71% on my Flickchart.
78.44%: The Silent Twins (2022) / Dir.: Agnieszka Smoczynska

The Silent Twins (2022)

Dir.: Agnieszka Smoczynska
78.44% on my Flickchart.
78.21%: Incredible But True (2022) / Dir.: Quentin Dupieux

Incredible But True (2022)

Dir.: Quentin Dupieux
78.21% on my Flickchart.
78.12%: The Fallout (2021) / Dir.: Megan Park

The Fallout (2021)

Dir.: Megan Park
78.12% on my Flickchart.
77.41%: The Five Devils (2022) / Dir.: Léa Mysius

The Five Devils (2022)

Dir.: Léa Mysius
77.41% on my Flickchart.
77.29%: Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022) / Dir.: Cooper Raiff

Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022)

Dir.: Cooper Raiff
77.29% on my Flickchart.
76.89%: Ennio: The Maestro (2021) / Dir.: Giuseppe Tornatore

Ennio: The Maestro (2021)

Dir.: Giuseppe Tornatore
76.89% on my Flickchart.
76.58%: Navalny (2022) / Dir.: Daniel Roher

Navalny (2022)

Dir.: Daniel Roher
76.58% on my Flickchart.
75.81%: Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022) / Dir.: Joe Begos

Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022)

Dir.: Joe Begos
75.81% on my Flickchart.
75.34%: Resurrection (2022) / Dir.: Andrew Semans

Resurrection (2022)

Dir.: Andrew Semans
75.34% on my Flickchart.

MY entire ranking of 138 movies from 2022:

  1. 97.54%: Pearl (2022) / Dir.: Ti West
  2. 96.60%: The Northman (2022) / Dir.: Robert Eggers
  3. 87.51%: Tár (2022) / Dir.: Todd Field
  4. 86.70%: Speak No Evil (2022) / Dir.: Christian Tafdrup
  5. 85.05%: Men (2022) / Dir.: Alex Garland
  6. 84.62%: X (2022) / Dir.: Ti West
  7. 84.39%: The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) / Dir.: Martin McDonagh
  8. 83.09%: Bones and All (2022) / Dir.: Luca Guadagnino
  9. 81.97%: Decision to Leave (2022) / Dir.: Chan-wook Park
  10. 80.81%: You Won't Be Alone (2022) / Dir.: Goran Stolevski
  11. 79.71%: Sick of Myself (2022) / Dir.: Kristoffer Borgli
  12. 78.44%: The Silent Twins (2022) / Dir.: Agnieszka Smoczynska
  13. 78.21%: Incredible But True (2022) / Dir.: Quentin Dupieux
  14. 78.12%: The Fallout (2021) / Dir.: Megan Park
  15. 77.41%: The Five Devils (2022) / Dir.: Léa Mysius
  16. 77.29%: Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022) / Dir.: Cooper Raiff
  17. 76.89%: Ennio: The Maestro (2021) / Dir.: Giuseppe Tornatore
  18. 76.58%: Navalny (2022) / Dir.: Daniel Roher
  19. 75.81%: Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022) / Dir.: Joe Begos
  20. 75.34%: Resurrection (2022) / Dir.: Andrew Semans
  21. 75.06%: Hit the Road (2021) / Dir.: Panah Panahi
  22. 71.83%: Barbarian (2022) / Dir.: Zach Cregger
  23. 70.93%: Close (2022) / Dir.: Lukas Dhont
  24. 70.83%: Adult Swim Yule Log (2022) / Dir.: Chris 'Casper' Kelly
  25. 69.89%: Fresh (2022) / Dir.: Mimi Cave
  26. 69.85%: Top Gun: Maverick (2022) / Dir.: Joseph Kosinski
  27. 69.62%: Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle (2021) / Dir.: Arthur Harari
  28. 69.13%: Petrov's Flu (2021) / Dir.: Kirill Serebrennikov
  29. 69.11%: Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe (2022) / Dir.: John Rice, Albert Calleros
  30. 68.96%: The Menu (2022) / Dir.: Mark Mylod
  31. 68.80%: Dual (2022) / Dir.: Riley Stearns
  32. 68.68%: Kimi (2022) / Dir.: Steven Soderbergh
  33. 66.33%: Triangle of Sadness (2022) / Dir.: Rüben Ostlund
  34. 65.83%: Deadstream (2022) / Dir.: Joseph Winter, Vanessa Winter
  35. 65.13%: After Yang (2021) / Dir.: Kogonada
  36. 64.76%: White Noise (2022) / Dir.: Noah Baumbach
  37. 64.66%: Orphan: First Kill (2022) / Dir.: William Brent Bell
  38. 64.47%: The Beasts (2022) / Dir.: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  39. 64.16%: Causeway (2022) / Dir.: Lila Neugebauer
  40. 64.14%: Holy Spider (2022) / Dir.: Ali Abbasi
  41. 64.10%: Sundown (2021) / Dir.: Michel Franco
  42. 63.99%: The Sadness (2021) / Dir.: Rob Jabbaz
  43. 63.55%: Sr. (2022) / Dir.: Chris Smith
  44. 63.40%: Emily the Criminal (2022) / Dir.: John Patton Ford
  45. 63.37%: The Assassination & Mrs. Paine (2022) / Dir.: Max Good
  46. 63.26%: The Innocents (2021) / Dir.: Eskil Vogt
  47. 62.67%: Babylon (2022) / Dir.: Damien Chazelle
  48. 62.54%: The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft (2022) / Dir.: Werner Herzog
  49. 62.37%: The Story of My Wife (2021) / Dir.: Ildikó Enyedi
  50. 61.30%: The Forgiven (2021) / Dir.: John Michael McDonough
  51. 60.75%: Amsterdam (2022) / Dir.: David O. Russell
  52. 60.18%: The Whale (2022) / Dir.: Darren Aronofsky
  53. 59.64%: Blonde (2022) / Dir.: Andrew Dominik
  54. 59.61%: Argentina, 1985 (2022) / Dir.: Santiago Mitre
  55. 59.46%: The Quiet Girl (2022) / Dir.: Colm Bairéad
  56. 57.11%: Mamá, mamá, mamá (2020) / Dir.: Sol Berruezo Pichon-Riviére
  57. 56.15%: Spin Me Round (2022) / Dir.: Jeff Baena
  58. 55.17%: Brian and Charles (2022) / Dir.: Jim Archer
  59. 54.12%: Who Invited Them (2022) / Dir.: Duncan Birmingham
  60. 53.98%: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022) / Dir.: Eric Appel
  61. 53.61%: Aftersun (2022) / Dir.: Charlotte Wells
  62. 53.49%: All My Friends Hate Me (2021) / Dir.: Andrew Gaynord
  63. 52.17%: Do Revenge (2022) / Dir.: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
  64. 52.02%: Mandibles (2020) / Dir.: Quentin Dupieux
  65. 51.87%: Athena (2022) / Dir.: Romain Gavras
  66. 51.86%: Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) / Dir.: Halina Reijn
  67. 51.85%: Watcher (2022) / Dir.: Chloe Okuno
  68. 51.72%: Terrifier 2 (2022) / Dir.: Damien Leone
  69. 51.29%: Bull (2021) / Dir.: Paul Andrew Williams
  70. 51.29%: Fire of Love (2022) / Dir.: Sara Dosa
  71. 51.26%: Meet Me in the Bathroom (2022) / Dir.: Will Lovelace
  72. 51.09%: Vesper (2022) / Dir.: Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper
  73. 50.68%: The Fabelmans (2022) / Dir.: Steven Spielberg
  74. 50.17%: Il buco (2021) / Dir.: Michelangelo Frammartino
  75. 50.10%: Nocebo (2022) / Dir.: Lorcan Finnegan
  76. 50.09%: The Natural History of Destruction (2022) / Dir.: Sergey Loznitsa
  77. 50.07%: Girl Picture (2022) / Dir.: Alli Haapasalo
  78. 50.02%: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) / Dir.: Tom Gormican
  79. 49.97%: Bad Roads (2020) / Dir.: Natalya Vorozhbit
  80. 49.92%: Nope (2022) / Dir.: Jordan Peele
  81. 49.51%: Hustle (2022) / Dir.: Jeremiah Zagar
  82. 48.92%: Vengeance (2022) / Dir.: B.J. Novak
  83. 47.03%: Glorious (2022) / Dir.: Rebekah McKendry
  84. 47.01%: Lady Chatterley's Lover (2022) / Dir.: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
  85. 46.04%: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022) / Dir.: Laura Poitras
  86. 43.81%: The Day The Music Died (2022) / Dir.: Mark Moormann
  87. 42.66%: Hatching (2022) / Dir.: Hanna Bergholm
  88. 42.46%: Mickey: The Story of a Mouse (2022) / Dir.: Jeff Malmberg
  89. 41.92%: Don't Worry Darling (2022) / Dir.: Olivia Wilde
  90. 41.08%: Zero Fucks Given (2021) / Dir.: Emmanuel Marre, Julie Lecoustre
  91. 40.86%: The Stranger (2022) / Dir.: Thomas M. Wright
  92. 39.97%: The Black Phone (2021) / Dir.: Scott Derrickson
  93. 38.38%: Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) / Dir.: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  94. 38.04%: Prey (2022) / Dir.: Dan Trachtenberg
  95. 38.01%: Confess, Fletch (2022) / Dir.: Greg Mottola
  96. 37.96%: House of Darkness (2022) / Dir.: Neil LaBute
  97. 37.22%: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) / Dir.: David Blue Garcia
  98. 36.23%: MK Ultra (2022) / Dir.: Joseph Sorrentino
  99. 35.88%: Halloween Ends (2022) / Dir.: David Gordon Green
  100. 34.84%: Smile (2022) / Dir.: Parker Finn
  101. 34.26%: #dogpoopgirl (2021) / Dir.: Andrei Hutuleac
  102. 32.52%: Missing (2021) / Dir.: Shinzô Katayama
  103. 32.45%: Old Man (2022) / Dir.: Lucky McKee
  104. 32.38%: A Christmas Story Christmas (2022) / Dir.: Clay Kaytis
  105. 32.25%: Spirited (2022) / Dir.: Sean Anders
  106. 32.12%: Armageddon Time (2022) / Dir.: James Gray
  107. 31.65%: Nanny (2022) / Dir.: Nikyatu Jusu
  108. 31.43%: All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) / Dir.: Edward Berger
  109. 31.37%: Violent Night (2022) / Dir.: Tommy Wirkola
  110. 30.42%: 5-25-77 (2022) / Dir.: Patrick Read Johnson
  111. 29.97%: Scream (2022) / Dir.: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
  112. 29.59%: Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (2021) / Dir.: Ana Lily Amirpour
  113. 29.36%: The Batman (2022) / Dir.: Matt Reeves
  114. 28.36%: Soft & Quiet (2022) / Dir.: Beth de Araújo
  115. 28.16%: Windfall (2022) / Dir.: Charlie McDowell
  116. 28.13%: We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) / Dir.: Jane Schoenbrun
  117. 27.71%: Deep Water (2022) / Dir.: Adrian Lyne
  118. 27.52%: To Leslie (2022) / Dir.: Michael Morris
  119. 27.32%: A Wounded Fawn (2022) / Dir.: Travis Stevens
  120. 26.73%: Sharp Stick (2022) / Dir.: Lena Dunham
  121. 26.70%: Aloners (2021) / Dir.: Hong Seong-eun
  122. 25.27%: God's Creatures (2022) / Dir.: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer
  123. 25.26%: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) / Dir.: Rian Johnson
  124. 25.18%: Offseason (2021) / Dir.: Mickey Keating
  125. 24.14%: Morbius (2022) / Dir.: Daniel Espinosa
  126. 23.93%: Aline (2020) / Dir.: Valérie Lemercier
  127. 22.68%: Flux Gourmet (2022) / Dir.: Peter Strickland
  128. 19.36%: Elvis (2022) / Dir.: Baz Luhrmann
  129. 18.91%: The Leech (2022) / Dir.: Eric Pennycoff
  130. 18.78%: Crimes of the Future (2022) / Dir.: David Cronenberg
  131. 17.72%: The Eternal Daughter (2022) / Dir.: Joanna Hogg
  132. 17.58%: Saint Omer (2022) / Dir.: Alice Diop
  133. 16.07%: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) / Dir.: Dean Fleischer-Camp
  134. 15.07%: Women Talking (2022) / Dir.: Sarah Polley
  135. 14.05%: Stars at Noon (2022) / Dir.: Claire Denis
  136. 9.98%: 2000 Mules (2022) / Dir.: Dinesh D'Souza
  137. 9.57%: Funny Pages (2022) / Dir.: Owen Kline
  138. 0.46%: RRR (2022) / Dir.: S.S. Rajamouli