10 Picks for 2022: Retrospective


Roland Emmerich’s newest blockbuster did not disappoint. The master of destruction once again delivers chaos on a planetary scale, using all the advancements in technology at his disposal and a couple of old tricks. The plot was basic and the characters cookie-cutter but they’re never the real stand out in an Emmerich flick. Although, for the record, the performances are a lot of fun, particularly Jon Bradley as KC Houseman. The plot goes straight up of the rails in a way that’s difficult not to smile at. Full review HERE.

Turning Red

PIXAR’s latest isn’t perfect. The third act, whilst great, does feel a little tonally different from the first two acts but there’s still plenty to love. The music perfectly captures the boybands of the early 2000’s, while the characters are a shining example of how “cringey” young teens can be and there’s a really solid family dynamic at play. The animation is similar to what the company has been doing recently, with the likes of Luca, but with a definite anime inspiration. When it leans into that and allows the animation to be quick, it makes for a unique feel. Full review HERE.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The first Sonic movie very much felt like a product of it’s time and this one is no exception. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s actually fairly enjoyable, but it’s clear from the humour, pacing and effects that this is a 2020’s film. Trying to have an overarching plot like the return of Robotnik (whose scenes are the highlight) with smaller plots like family drama and Sonic making friends with Tails doesn’t always work. The film feels like it could be shorter. However there’s no doubt that the people working on this film love the Sonic franchise because you could spend all day sifting through references. Fun for kids and bearable for adults.

John Wick: Chapter 4

Delayed until next year

Jurassic World Dominion

The Jurassic World characters have nevre been as likable as the Jurassic Park characters and the film studio behind this franchise must know that because they brought back the original characters. However, the focus remains on the World characters and the Park characters never really add much. There’s also a severe lack of dinosaur and an over-reliance on nostalgia-baiting the audience.


Another installment from PIXAR that wasn’t perfect but is still a good time. It’s a solid send-up to the genre of sci-fi and the concept of space as well as having some stunning visuals. It takes full use of it’s setting in the most gorgeous way but never totally hinges on it’s characters. There are also plenty of references to the Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, right down to repeating lines but it never distracts from the moment. It’s not complex but it never needed to be, it simply needed to be.

Black Adam

There are superhero films that are bad in a cheesy way but this is not one of them. It’s built on concepts and moments that have been done better in other superhero films and the main character isn’t likable enough to be endearing. As an anti-hero, there needs to be something to make the audience root for them, even if they disagree with their tactics, but that’s just missing here. Throw in an utterly wasted Justice Society of America (who deserve their own film) and a post-credits cameo teasing a battle we may not see and it’s just not worth all the effort The Rock put into it.

Mission Impossible 7

Delayed until next year

Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse (Part One)

Delayed until next year

Matilda: The Musical

THIS is how you adapt a Broadway musical to film. The choreography, the camerawork, the colours. It all just works. It’s also unique enough to stand out from the original book and other film adaptation, as well as making a few alterations from the Broadway show. Some of the songs were cut because there wasn’t enough time for the Wormwood household, which is a shame because they’re great. Blasted necessarily short runtime.

10 Film’s I’ll Watch In 2022


The latest film from director Roland Emmereich, who is single-handedly keeping disaster movies alive. This one will feature the moon hurtling towards the Earth with every few people capable of stopping it. It seems like standard fare but I’m a sucker for destruction so I’ll be there.

Turning Red

The latest from PIXAR Studios, which sees young Mei-Mei turning into a Giant Red Panda whenever she is nervous. It seems like she will be putting this new power to good use and like there might be a family secret involved. The trailer used Backstreet Boys, and if it keeps that tone, this may be a year highlight.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The first was accidentally hilarious but this one seems like it will be fun on purpose. Newcomer Tails will team up with Sonic to take on the returning Dr. Robotnik and his new friend Knuckles. There will be Chaos Emeralds, a zany Jim Carrey performance, and the voice of Idris Elba which is all I need to stay entertained.

John Wick: Chapter 4

The next installment of the action-packed John Wick franchise has no plot details as of writing but may see the titular character taking on The High Table. These movies have had some of the best action scenes and stories that I’ve seen in a while, with a perfect blend of dialogue, score, and cinematography. Keanu Reeves and his team can make as many of these as they want.

Jurassic World: Dominion

The 6th film in the Jurassic Park franchise looks set to take things in a different direction. With humans and dinosaurs co-existing, this installment will detail the struggles of living such a life and from the already released footage, it seems set to be a blast.


Another offering from PIXAR Studios, this time it’s an origin story for Buzz Lightyear designed as if it were watched by Toy Storys Andy. With the voice of Chris Evans and seemingly plenty of references for fans, this looks like it will appeal to the child in all of us.

Black Adam

The titular supervillain who usually comes up against Shazam finally gets his turn at an origin story, with The Rock in the leading role. No specific details yet but if it’s as good as Shazam!, it’s sure to be a belter.

Mission Impossible 7

The next film in the famous franchise has no plot details yet except for the radical stunts Tom Cruise has been pulling off. This is a film series that knows how to have fun, without sacrificing character or plot.

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (Part 1)

The first installment was one of, if not the best, Spider-Man films of all time with tonnes of heart and spectacular animation. This one seems like it will be upping all the stakes and will include some lesser-known Spider-people. It was already my most anticipated release of the year, but knowing it’s just the first part has me giddy at all the possibilities.


Based on the Broadway musical as opposed to a direct remake of the 1996 classic, this should hopefully be a delight. Hoping that, like all good films based on musicals, it adapts for the screen instead of trying to replicate the stage.

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer

10 Movies I’ll Watch in 2021

Tom and Jerry

The last time there was a Tom and Jerry-centric film, it had mixed reactions. Giving the duo voices was a big turn off for many, but this time they appear to be going back to their silent, slapstick roots. This time, they are making the jump to live-action using cel-style animation and starring Chloe Grace Mortez. Should be fun.


It’s no secret that John Wick was one of the best action films (now one of the best trilogies) of the past decade. The stunning action pieces that are choreographed like ballet really make them stand out. Nobody is a new movie written by Derek Kolstad, who also wrote John Wick. Nobody seems to have a similar vibe, but this time with an average Joe (played by Bob Odenkirk) protecting his family.

The King’s Man

The Kingsmen films have been a couple of my favourite films in recent years and this tale is a prequel set to tell of the organisation’s founding. With Ralph Fiennes in the lead role, Rasputin as the villain and set against the backdrop of a looming war, it’s set to be quite the spectacle.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

It feels like I might be in the minority here when I say I am genuinely excited for this, and I’m okay with that. This is the culmination of Snyder’s vision, and whether or not this is his original vision doesn’t matter. He deserves the chance to make this after the studio execs hired Joss Whedon to modify his original project. Plus, it look’s like it might be 4 hours long and I am all for long-form content.

Mortal Kombat

I’m not a fan of the game series, and I have never seen the initial efforts turning them into films. That said, I very much enjoy some Kung Fu, Karate, acrobatics and lore building. Provided the film can deliver on that front, it might be ok. Plus I’m sick of hearing people talk about how there are no good Video Game movies.


There are few Disney villains as revered as Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations. She is the absolute height of Capitalistic evil and greed, and- for me- Glenn Close in the 1996 Live Action adaptation embodied that perfectly. If there is anybody who could even come close, I believe it would be Emma Stone. Throw in the backdrop of English fashion in the 1970’s and some creative assistance from Glenn Close herself and I see no reason to not be excited.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

The original Space Jam is a classic, beloved by some and despised by others. I am on the adoring end of the spectrum so you can imagine how shocked I was to hear that a sequel was imminent. I so desperately want for this to be good, but the plot points that I’ve only heard rumour of do not fill me with the utmost confidence. However, I remain optimistic that this will be a new instant classic.

The Suicide Squad

I’m one of several people who actually thought that 2016’s Suicide Squad was alright. It was a lot of fun but the script was kind of all over the place. What if we made another one with a script, penned by James Gunn, and that comic book vibe that people seem to like? Yeah, that would most likely work. If the casts interactions are anything to go by, this may end up being the comedy of the year.

The Beatles: Get Back

I’m not really what you might consider a Beatles fan. I don’t own any of their music or merchandise and I’ve never actually seen Yellow Submarine. However I do like their music, and I think that the story of the band is a really interesting one. Sadly, we’ve only seen that story told through a negative lens, focussing on the bands fights and eventual break up but this documentary is set to change that. Created with footage shot for the 1970 documentary Let It Be and directed by the legendary Sir Peter Jackson, this is one to look out for.

The Matrix 4

You’re reading this sentence a lot today but I actually liked the original trilogy, yes all 3. I feel like Keanu Reeves has only continued to grow as an actor and I’m really curious to see how Lana Wachowski will update the story after 20-ish years. I’ve always said that I’d be okay spending more time in this universe, and now I get to do that.

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer

10 Movies I’ll Watch in 2020: Retrospective

1. The Personal History of David Copperfield

Between the limited release this film seemed to have and every other thing that I had going on, I ended up missing this one. From all accounts I’ve heard, it was a really decent telling of the tale. I still intend to watch this some day.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

The first film that I couldn’t see in theatres this year, and on my birthday weekend no less. When I finally got to see it, I decided the wait was worth it. A heap of fun with an unmistakably 2020 feel but in the best way.

3. Scoob!

This one felt like it was destined for greatness and to kickstart a cinematic universe, but it ended up not being that. As entertaining as it could be and as good as the art style was, I think it suffered from an overly complex plot. Sometimes simplicity is better.

4. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge on the Run

When it isn’t trying to set up a prequel television series or going off on a bizarre tangent, this instalment in the Spongebob trilogy is highly entertaining. Despite several flaws, it never loses the heart of the franchise and the animation is superb. Creator Stephen Hillenburg will be missed and adored for a long time to come.

5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The first of several films on this list that got pushed back to 2021, and I’m a little devastated. I was, and continue to be, 100% ready to jump back into this universe.

6. Jungle Cruise

The next of our films to be delayed until 2021. The premise still interests me and I will watch Dwayne Johnson do as many films as he wants.

7. Bill & Ted Face The Music

I was so close to not seeing it this year but my cinema re-opened just in time. A worthy finale to the Bill and Ted trilogy with a wonderful soundtrack. Worth the wait.

8. The Witches (2020)

Well that was odd. I have not been this baffled by a film’s choices since I watched Cats (2019) last year. Octavia Spencer steals the show with every scene she’s in and Anne Hathaway is always a delight, but the story additions and changes really threw me off. Certainly an interesting film.

9. Godzilla Vs. Kong

The third of our 2021 delays, and one where I’m okay with that. The true spectacle of this franchise is in the cinematography, and the big screen is the best place to experience it. A Blockbuster in every sense of the word, and I can hardly wait.

10. Raya and The Last Dragon

The last of our 2021 delays, which is a real shame. Having been able to digest an entire trailer for this film, it might be the most original concept that Disney has devised in quite some time. Looking forward to this welcome breath of fresh air.

Honourable Mention. The New Mutants

As I publish this article, I still will not have seen this film. Despite being available elsewhere, I cannot watch it in the UK until the 28th of December. I am incredibly bitter about this.

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer