Top 5 Movies of the First Quarter of 2022

We have made it through the first quarter of 2022. It’s crazy to think how fast the year is flying by. So today, I will share my top five movies for the first quarter of 2022.

We have seen some incredible films be released by some outstanding filmmakers early in the year. Several films have surprised me, like Jennifer Lopez’s Marry Me, Channing Tatum’s Dog and The Lost City and an early favorite for the year’s best documentary, Amy Poehler’s Lucy and Desi.

I have seen a little over 100+ 2022 releases this year. Some of these movies include ones that have not been released to the masses that I saw at the Sundance Film Festival. Therefore, I have not included any of those films on this list.

5. Ambulance

From my review for Hidden Remote:

The stakes in the film were high within this story that it made sense why they could stay in this ambulance as long as they did. Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II were having the time of their lives as brothers and that translated on the screen. There is one scene where the two are singing Christopher Cross’s “Sailing,” and it is perfect. Another standout from the film was Eiza Gonzalez, who was brilliant in the role of the medic. Again, we don’t always have these types of emotional attachment to these films, but Gonzalez added an extra layer of depth that made the film work.

The movie demands to be seen on the biggest of screens. You can’t get the same experience on your couch, I promise. Ambulance is hands down one of the best action movies I’ve seen in years.

4. Windfall (Netflix)

I did not write a full review for this film (check out Katherine’s excellent review). We all yearn for original movies to be made and that’s precisely what Windfall is. I loved the script and the crazy attention to detail that writers Andrew Kevin Walker and Justin Lader had. They wrote a beautiful script that I think we should be talking more about this script than we are. The performances from the trio of Lily Collins, Jason Segel and Jesse Plemons elevate this film to another level. I highly recommend checking this one out.

3. The Batman (HBO Max)

From my review for Hidden Remote:

It is a technical masterpiece when it boils down to the score from composer Michael Giacchino, the cinematography from Greig Fraser (some of the most beautiful shots you will see this year) and VFX, which all blew me away. Gotham is a dark, gritty type of place and they all enhance it by bringing their A-game to the table.

Overall, Reeves’s writing humanized Batman to show that he is human, can make mistakes, and doesn’t always have the answers. As a result, we have an introduction to a world full of riddles that tie together so beautifully that when you walk away, you are sucked into the world of the bat.

2. Fresh

From my review for Ready Steady Cut:

Lauryn Kahn’s script is a haunting look at the dating world that we all live within right now. Of course, not everyone will turn into Steve but how she highlights the fears that men and women have to find someone and how things can be flipped upside down so fast was brilliant. It’s downright scary to watch each moment unfold in front of us. Kahn’s script is brought to life by the directorial debut by Mimi Cave in a way that you would think that this was a director working on their 100th project. She knows how to entice us with every single frame that engulfs us in this world and makes us want to know everything about to come.

1. Everything Everywhere All At Once

From my review for Hidden Remote:

Next, the ensemble cast, led by Michelle Yeoh, is downright brilliant. Yeoh has no easy task in this film. She wears multiple hats that have to show different emotions, different restraints and she handles each with such perfection that you are blown away by her work. Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis are equally brilliant, but the other massive standout to me was Stephanie Hsu. She played Joy Wang, the daughter of Evelyn and Waymond. Her arc in this film might have been my favorite and all the layers I mentioned that Yeoh had to present, Hsu did as well and did it without missing a beat.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I loved this movie. The type of film might be a little intimidating to the casual movie-goer as the Daniels style isn’t one size fits all, but I encourage you to check out this movie with an open mind and watch a different take on a story that we have seen many times.

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