Watch List Weekly Recap 12/16/22

Movies awards and Top 20 lists -- it's that time of year.

Watch List Weekly Recap 12/16/22

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Post #1: In which I sat down with a group of critical colleagues and we voted on the top movies of the year. There was arguing. (That’s best-picture winner “Return to Seoul” above.)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
The Boston Society of Film Critics, a reasonably august 30-member body to which I’ve belonged for almost 20 years now, held their annual awards meeting on Sunday, a hybrid in-person/Zoom affair that took up most of the day and saw some contentious discussions and felicitous votes. The BSFC was formed in 1981 – first Best Picture winner, 1980’s “Raging Bull” – and in its four decades of existence has served as a bellwether for whichever way the awards-season wind ends up blowing. We’re not the first of the critics’ groups to meet (the

Post #2: In which I tried once again to come up with a Top 10 Movies of the Year list and ended up, again, with a Top 20. (That’s “EO” above, featuring one of 2022’s two great performances by a donkey.)

The 20 Best Movies of 2022
In the 30-plus Decembers that I’ve been making Top 10 lists for one publication or another, I’ve never encountered a movie year like 2022 – one so hesitant, off-kilter, and out of whack. It seemed like nothing of lasting value came out at all during the first six months – other than the one about the laundromat lady who can jump parallel universes –…

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