SAM JULIANO- Writer Wonders in the Dark
AUSTIN BELZER of Austin B Media
PATRICK MEANEY - film director, comics writer
KENNETH R FRANK-Writer, director, producer
KURT BROKAW Senior Film Critic, The Independent (Independent-magazine.org)
EDWARD DOUGLAS The Weekend Warrior
SRIPAL SAMA- Director of HOW IS THAT FOR A MONDAY
I didn't get a chance to watch that many films this year. Of all the films I watched, "Nna Thaan Case Kodu" (Malayalam Film) is a bit less talked about film that I thought was brilliant. A very funny movie with strong characters, that talks about the life of a small-time thief who is arrested for a robbery he didn't commit and how he defends himself in the court over a period of 3 years. It's available for streaming on Hulu.
MR C- Editor Planet Chocko, Unseen Films writer
BC WALLIN-Writer, journalist
WENDY FEINBERG- Co-Director of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series
SHAUN CLARK- Animator
JUSTIN MCCONNELL- Director, Producer
The Harbinger - the scariest film I’ve seen over the last few years. Andy Mitton took our early COVID anxiety and isolation, and made a truly unsettling low key version of Nightmare on Elm Street out of it, with heartbreaking payoffs.
Freaks Out - this hasn’t been released in North America yet, but played several festivals, and it needs to be on your radar. Feels very much like Alex de la Iglesia and Guillermo Del Toro had a twisted war baby. Weird, heartfelt, magical, brutal.
Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday - 2022 was filled with amazing action films (especially stuff like RRR), but this one scratched the right tonal and good times itch the most for me. A joyful throwback to a bygone action era that the DTV world has been increasingly clawing back from extinction over the past decade. I’m here for it
STAN M – Steve's co-worker and horror movie fan
TROLL is a blast. This maybe a near perfect giant monster movie that could only be better with the addition of Godzilla
MORBIUS-I liked this. I really don’t get all the hater for this film. Its not the greatest film in the world, but I like it.
The last one is all the Indian films I’ve been seeing locally. I have been having a blast going to my local theater and seeing films I know nothing about going in and can’t stop coming out of. Why aren’t these films not getting more press in the US?
DEREK PITCHER- Unseen Films reader
GOOD LUCK LEO GRANDE
SPEAK NO EVIL
The ROUND UP
And an ADDENDUM:
And Steve chimes in:
Okay I’ll throw in a JERRY AND MARGE GO LARGE. Catching this again on cable TV a couple times recently I found myself enjoying it all over again. Why did this get dumped?
I watch a lot of movies, apparently. I don’t really feel like I do and compared to some people I know, I don’t feel like I watch that many. But fine, I do watch 3-4 a week whereas most people may watch one, if that.
When asked to share the movies I loved this year that not enough people talked about, I thought it was going to be easy. Then I sat down and made the list. I was expecting to come up with 10 at most. I ended up with a list of 22. If you’re reading this site, you’ve probably heard of some of them but I also feel like they fit into the category of “why aren’t more people talking about these movies?”
I have listed the movies in alphabetical order. The links will take you to my Letterboxd reviews, which were my informal, immediate reactions to each of these.