The Best Films of 2022

2022 was a pretty good year for movies overall. Hollywood turned out a few blockbusters that were good for a change, and while the typical slate of Oscar-bait movies didn’t make a dent at the box office, there were some true gems to be found if one were willing to seek them.

This year Jim and Teal duked it out over their top tens during this 90-minute podcast. While each had some similar picks, there were differences, and that means disagreements. What were your favorite films of 2022? Do you agree with Jim and Teal’s picks?

Also, to begin the episode Jim and Teal weigh in on the Andrea Riseborough Oscar nomination category. Is it cheating when a scrappy independent with no budget to mount an awards campaign squeaks in, over performances backed by expensive studio-sponsored campaigns? Let the debate begin.

Jim’s Top Ten Films of 2022

  1. Tar
  2. The Fabelmans
  3. Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
  4. The Banshees of Inisherin
  5. Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio
  6. Top Gun: Maverick
  7. Pearl/X
  8. Triangle of Sadness
  9. Decision to Leave
  10. Prey

Teal’s Top Ten Films of 2022

  1. Tar
  2. The Banshees of Inisherin
  3. Crimes of the Future
  4. Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio
  5. Pearl
  6. Decision to Leave
  7. Triangle of Sadness
  8. The Northman
  9. The Eternal Daughter
  10. Neptune Frost


  1. Just curious, did either of you see Babylon? I know it was very decisive but was my second favorite movie of the year after Top Gun.

    I think I felt the same way about Banshees that Teal felt about Everything: I recognized that it was technically well put together, written, and acted but just not for me – I personally found the movie unpleasant and felt the characters acted in a way that stretched credulity.

    1. We did. I saw it in the theater, and Teal saw it streaming. I thought of it is a noble failure. The story kind of lost its grip in the third act. Still, it did have a lot of visual flourishes and I was never bored. Teal did not like Babylon.

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