22 films that deserved an Academy Award

Best of the Year Awards

There has never been more movies that people can watch from the comfort of their homes. It should only be a positive thing. But sometimes — in fact, often — it can cause a huge problem. With so much to see, choosing has never been harder.

Now that we’re at the end of 2022, film critic Gregory Wakeman — who has written for the BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Vulture, and Rolling Stone — has decided to help those who feel as if they’ve been overdue for the last 12 months by putting together A list of films that definitely passed you by, but definitely deserve your attention.

We’ve even arranged them into useful categories. That way, the next time you need inspiration to binge watch, you can choose from OZY’s alternative Oscar winners.

Best genre movies

It always makes things a lot easier when you know exactly what kind of movie you want to see. Whether you want to be elated, fearless, enlightened, or just giggle, there are plenty of options to satisfy your cravings. So, what’s your mood?

Fiction:Backslash / back
Set in far northern Canada, Slash/Back tells the story of a group of friends who discover that an alien invasion threatens their small town. Using their knowledge of horror movies and self-made weapons, they deal with visitors on their own. The result is a sweet, brutal, and entertaining 90 minutes.

horror: ‘death stream

Horror fans should already know the wonders of Shudder, the streaming service dedicated to the genre. In 2022, Shudder has delivered an impressive lineup of great movies. “Deadstream,” the story of a disgraced internet personality trying to win back his followers, is just about the left points: it’s cleverly constructed, totally unpredictable and totally intriguing.

comedy: ‘Brian and Charles
There is a slim selection of good American comedies, the kind Hollywood studios have left behind. It’s not the same across the pond, however, and the wonderfully odd “Brian and Charles” is English humor at its sweet and silly best. The comic follows Brian, a lonely inventor, who builds Charles (a robot) to be his best friend.

rom-com: ‘Dinner in America
It’s impossible not to be charmed by this boisterous coming-of-age romantic comedy. Kyle Gallner’s rebellious musician is unexpectedly joined on tour by die-hard fan Emily Skeggs, as they make their way across the American Midwest. Sure, it’s insanely intense, but it’s also undercut by a sweetness that keeps you hooked.

Documentary: ‘Navalny
On August 20, 2020, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was poisoned to the brink of death. Always – and informative – Daniel Rohr’s documentary tells Navalny’s story, while highlighting how far people have to go in Russia to fight authoritarianism.

Best performances in average movies

Movie stardom is in an odd place right now. Only Tom Cruise can get viewers into movie theaters without the help of a major superhero or franchise. There is still a lot of amazing acting talent out there.

Over the past 12 months, many actors have blossomed into roles unworthy of their talents, giving performances you can’t take your eyes off of – in movies you’ll instantly forget.

Who wouldn’t want to see Adrien Brody get his John Wick revenge? “Cleaning“He delivers that, just without the style. Meanwhile, Tim Roth delivers a career-best performance in a character-driven boilerplate”sunset“about a family vacation cut short due to an emergency back home.

NationIt repeats the clichés of the supernatural horror genre, but Sandra Oh is just as convincing as ever, as she plays a farmer haunted by the ghost of her estranged mother.No“Keke Palmer appears to be arguably America’s funniest actress, and her performance is uneven”AliceIt may be the ultimate guide. Palmer is absolutely captivating as a time-traveling enslaved woman to 1973, though the movie itself fails to make the most of its intriguing premise.

Best guilty pleasure

Being formulaic doesn’t always spoil the movie. Some stories thrive because you know exactly what’s coming.

This is certainly the case withThe perfect pairing,” a Netflix rom-com that does exactly what you’d expect. It has a pretty ridiculous premise: a Los Angeles wine director must work with an Australian sheep farmer to prove her expertise to a client. But Victoria Justice and Adam Demos are just watchable and it doesn’t matter.

on the other end of the scale”bull, which starred Neil Maskell as a former contract killer out for revenge following his separation from his son. You can’t help but be drawn in as Maskell delivers the predictable violence, plus you’ll be surprisingly moved by the film’s finale.

Then there’sCommunity safety,” Paramount’s coming-of-age high school comedy, starring Angourie Rice and Gaten Matarazzo. While you might think you know exactly where the movie is headed after 10 minutes, his performances are a lot of fun — especially from Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka “McLovin.” – You won’t see his twists and turns coming.

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The best short TV shows and movie-like movies

Of course, sometimes you just want to watch a TV show instead. Especially when its episodes are less than 30 minutes long and you can decide whether to watch one, two, or all in one sitting.

One female drunkis the kind of show that catches your eye right away. Sophia Black Delia is sexy as Samantha, a 20-year-old alcoholic who is forced to move into the house with her mother. She is similar in tone to “Bear,” which was obviously very popular in the series. This list.

The second season ofstarstroke“So charming that you could easily spend an afternoon watching all six episodes of Rose Matafeo as she struggles to deal with the fact that her new boyfriend is a world-famous actor. Fake bunch in the world of esports,”playerstells his truly modern story in a hilarious and evocative way, which only gets better as the 10-episode first season continues.

The best movies you may not have seen

Romantic musical science fiction by Saul WilliamNeptune FrostIt is about a bisexual African pirate, a Coltan miner, and the virtual marvel they create. Words cannot do justice to the idiosyncrasies of the film. This truly unique experience just needs to be seen to be believed.

StadiumIt would make even the diehardest movie-goer cry. After 7-year-old Nora sees her older brother Abel being bullied, she tries to tell her dad, but her brother forces her to keep quiet. in your childhood.

black comedyon the count of three,” about two friends who attempt and fail to commit suicide, is the directorial debut of comedian Jerrod Carmichael. Unsurprisingly, there is a delicious dark side to the humor. Carmichael’s outstanding direction and performance, along with the brilliant Christopher Abbott, leave you constantly surprised.

Comedy drama by Carrie Williams “emergency,” about three POC college students who return to find an unconscious white woman in their apartment, is so smart, funny, and sexy that it is truly disappointing not to find a larger audience. Especially since the story is so timely and so skillfully handled.

French director Céline Sciamma follows up the smash hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire with Portrait of a Lady on Fire.My little mom, her most personal film to date. It tells the fictional story of an 8-year-old girl who has just lost her grandmother and meets her mother of the same age in the woods. Expertly crafted, Petite Maman is an exhilarating reminder of the power and wonder of cinema, and its simple yet brilliant story will stay with you for days.

Messy Iranian Road TripTake to the roadIt will make you feel mentally and emotionally tired, in the best possible way. The comedy-drama follows a family of four as they drive across the country. During their journey, they bond over their past adventures, try to take care of their sick dog, and deal with conflicts that developed years ago. Film mixes Totally charming as well as human and good-looking, “Hit the Road” blends joy and despair with self-confidence, while slowly revealing hidden depths that you can’t help but be moved by.

Which is better!? They are all amazing. But if I had to choose, “Emergency” and “Hit the Road” would be close, with the latter coming out on top.

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