The New York Times Best Movies of 2022 – News

Like every December Manohla Dargis and AO Scott, the two film critics of the New York Times, have compiled the ranking of their favorite films for this year now come to an end. Don’t worry if you have never heard of certain films on the lists: many of these, in fact, have not yet been released in Italian cinemas (and it is not known when they will arrive).

For cinema, 2022 was a year of nostalgia: as Scott recounts in his brief introduction, love for the past and, in particular, for the cinema of the past, has now become a genre in itself. In any case, in the films he has chosen, “originality finds a way to emerge even amidst the conformism of franchises and the jungle of algorithms”.

On the other hand, your colleague Dargis, whom you quote in your speech, is tougher Room 666, a 1982 documentary by Wim Wenders in which the director interviews several filmmakers about the future of cinema, including Antonioni, Spielberg, Fassbinder, Herzog and Godard. The latter (who disappeared this year) denounced the flattening of film production, and how the films were all similar to each other. «He wasn’t entirely wrong», wrote Dargis, thus updating Godard’s words. However, he reassures, this year too he has had the opportunity to see very good films.

The two lists have only three films in common: Nope Of Jordan Peele, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Of Laura Poitras and Bears don’t exist of the Iranian Jafar Panahi.

Below is the ranking Manohla Dargis

  • EO by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, presented at Cannes and due out in Italy in December 2022. It is the story of a little donkey and his thousand adventures

  • Petite Maman by Celine Sciamma
  • NopeJordan Perle’s latest effort reviewed on these pages by Davide Cantire
  • Bears don’t exist

  • Kimi by Steven Soderbergh (with Zoë Kravitz, released on HBO Max in the US)
  • The Eternal Daughter Of Johanna HHoggwith Tilda Swinton.
  • Anne’s choice by Audrey Diwan, Golden Lion in Venice in 2021. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Annie Arnaux
  • The mystery woman (trivial translation of Decision to leave) by the Korean director Park Chanwookwinner of the Cannes Award for Best Director
  • Expedition Contentdocumentary by Ernst Karel and Veronika Kusumaryati
  • All the Beauty and the Bloodsheddocumentary about the famous photographer Nan Goldin

The ranking of AO Scott:

  • Nope
  • Neptune Frostscience fiction musical directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman and presented at Cannes in 2021.
  • Mr. Bachmann and his class by the German director Maria Speth
  • Aftersun by Charlotte Wells, released on MUBI

  • Bears don’t exist
  • Tar by Todd Field, with Cate Blanchett (released in Italy in October)
  • Lost Illusions by Xavier Giannoli
  • Flux Gourmet by English director Peter Strickland
  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
  • A rapper in the country by Diego Ongaro

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