The Film Authority Clocks Off for 2022….

It’s nearly time to close the book on 2022, and whatever else was happening in the world, it’s been a blast to connect with so many keen and enquiring minds on this blog. Last month topped 30,000 readers, and with this kind of blossoming readership, the half million milestone is in our sights for the start of 2023. The first month I was posting reviews on WordPress, I had exactly four views, so it’s been nice to be able to platform some great films to a big audience as well as put the boot into some real schlock.

In no particular order, and not a complete or official list, but here’s twenty mainsteam and accessible films I dug in 2022, so lets call them ‘ award winners’. Many of them were not popular with my fellow critics, but my fellow critics can GIRFUT, and take their horrid little bear with them. The following films were all solid-gold winners in 2022….

Glass Onion, Matilda, The Menu, Cha Cha Real Smooth, The Harbinger, Living, 5-25-77, Double Down South, The Banshees of Inisherin, Amsterdam, Top Gun: Maverick, See How They Run, Prey, Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Black Phone, Chip and Dale; Rescue Rangers, Father Stu, Ambulance, Licorice Pizza, The Batman.

The other key stats themselves reflect the blog’s intent to find and promote the best in new material; the most popular reviews for new films tended not to be blockbusters, but a mix of indies and films that deserved critical attention. Some of these were seen at festivals and are not yet viewable, so not eligable for the best film list. The winners of the ‘most popular’ category for films reviewed on this site in 2022 were…

Pressure Point,

Wrath of Man,

The Latin From Manhattan,

Mending the Line,


There were also two hugely popular docs about aliensA Tear in the Sky and Ariel Phenomenon, the latter of which has just dropped (Dec 25th) on itunes, Apple tv, googleplay and others in the US. And regular readers know that there’s always plenty of retro reviews of great films from the past; here’s the five most popular classic films reviewed released prior to this year.

Mullholland Drive

An Officer and a Gentleman

Notting Hill,

Caligula (an April Fool review that went viral, so we won’t count it)

Johnny Mnemonoic

Rambo: First Blood Part Two

And of course, there’s the booby prize; yes, you can **** right off if you’ve got a visionary version of Pinocchio, or if you’re Will Smith, Tilda Swinton, The Bubble, the Justice Society, The Playbirds, The Noel Diaries, or The Wonder. We’re trying to revive cinema here, so if you wouldn’t mind taking yourself somewhere out of the way until we can get this back up on its feet, that would be great. 2022 was inevitably going to be a rough year, with cinema requiring CPR as the streaming services gnawed at its bones, but we’ve made it through the rain, and hopefully there some sunshine ahead. A Good New Year to the WP4 and all those wonderful commenters who leave me smiling as I look at my phone, and that extends to everyone who reads and comments on this website. Here’s to you all from Bonnie Scotland this Hogmanay, here’s some refreshing folk music from around these parts (BBC Scotland’s single of the week last week!) to see you into the New Year, and I’ll aim to see you on the flipside for a rocket-fuelled 2023…


Leave a Reply
  1. Happy Hogmanay! I trust you are celebrating in style.

    I went to see Avatar 2 with my daughter last Friday. It was the final showing of the 3D version in our small town’s cinema. I have to admit that James Cameron has still got it. I enjoyed it very much, especially the focus on family.

    Thank you for your reviews and all the very BEST for 2023!

    • Thank you for your constant erudite comments and for this one in particular. Maybe I’ve been snubbing about CGI, but over three hours I was able to get get with it and enjoy the action, with an excess of Cameron detail and some easy to digest action storytelling. Great to hear the two of you had a good time! Let’s enjoy 2023!

    • NFT’s, $100 each for an email giving you 0.000001 share of the digital rights to images of me posing as Black Adam, Morbius or the Justice Society. I’ll put you down for the full set.

      You can prove anything with statistics, but in ye olden days, I’d write for three million readers and not hear a peep. Getting over four figures for last week’s review of Wizard of Oz seems to create an instant artistic riot online, and leaves me busy for days, so long may it continue!

      • Put me down for the NFT of you posing Paddington. It certainly does give you a buzz when you get a big hit out of the blue. I just cracked 50,000 views this year by the skin of my teeth so way way behind you. I’m sure there’s a chart where you must feature in the Top Ten or maybe Top Five. Incredibly well done. A brilliant site with superb writing.

        • But it’s apples and oranges to compare humblebrag stats. There’s a crossover between what we write about, but I’m much more focused on new releases. You pick great movies that are totally neglected, but your fresh reviews are just as good. Getting responses makes it fun. And your name will always be associated with Orgy of the Dead.

  2. Have a Happy Hogmanay, Public Holiday on the 2nd and that Day inbetween. Thanks for your words of wisdom here and there and for The Chosen… (still the benchmark that all movies must aspire to). Finally did it and watched A Castle for Christmas, Dun Dunbar and no actual Scots noted.. and WTF moments galore.

  3. Happy New Years!
    Just in case Alex doesn’t beat me to it, your first list of solid gold winners aren’t in the same list format as the rest of them.

    Glad that your courage is still strong for ’23. And don’t worry, I’m still fully convinced I can save you from the Video Side. Darth Alex might think otherwise, but I know deep in my heart that you’re really just a little lost book reviewer who has gone astray. So expect lots and lots of “encouragement” in your movie reviews….

    • Sigh. Didn’t feel that a list of 20 should be in the same format as a list of five. Doesn’t look right.

      What are these books you speak of?

      • Ahhh, so it was purposeful.

        Back in ye olden dayes, when diet coke still tasted like a diet soda, mankind invented these funny chicken scratchings on trees. Then we realized it would be easier to chop down the trees and make the marks on pocket sized versions. And thus were born the miracle of books!

Leave a Reply