SENSES OF CINEMA: 2022 World Cinema Poll

Every year, the Australian-based online quarterly, Senses of Cinema, invites writers from all over the globe to submit their selections for the best movies of the year. The top 10 you are probably familiar with at this point, but the following 10 are equally deserving of your attention.

Top Ten Movies of 2022

Tár (Todd Field, 2022)
Khers Nist (No Bears, Jafar Panahi, 2022) 
The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh, 2022)
Bones and All (Luca Gudagino, 2022)
Aftersun (Charlotte Wells, 2022)
రౌద్రం రణం రుధిరం (RRR, S. S. Rajamouli, 2022)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, 2022)
Neptune Frost (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, 2021)
Un beau matin (One Fine Morning, Mia Hansen-Løve, 2022)
Women Talking (Sarah Polley, 2022)

No movie in ’22 felt as emblematic of the moment we’re passing through as Tár. Would we feel the same way about the main character’s behaviour were she not female and queer? Would she be easier to dismiss if the art she produced was not heartfelt, powerful, and meaningful for so many people? And what of the movie’s coda, where Lydia, unmoored in Southeast Asia, might be undergoing a rehabilitation? And would Tár be easier to dismiss if not for the stellar performance from Cate Blanchett? She is to Lydia Tár what Robert de Niro is to Travis Bickle: A crack in the door, a peek through the window, a chance to understand the monsters haunting our world.

Ten More I’m Thankful For

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood (Richard Linklater, 2022)
Heojil kyolshim (Decision to Leave, Park Chan-wook, 2022)
The Eternal Daughter (Joanna Hogg, 2022)
Is That Black Enough for You?!? (Elvis Mitchell, 2022)
Kimi (Steven Soderbergh, 2022)
Pearl (Ti West, 2022)
Moonage Daydream (Brett Morgen, 2022)
Riotsville, USA (Sierra Pettengill, 2022)
Song of Salt (Emma Baiada and Nicolas Snyder, 2022)
Three Thousand Years of Longing (George Miller, 2022)