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 Movies I’ll Watch in 2021: Retrospective

Tom and Jerry

The famous cat and mouse are given another origin story, wherein Tom is hired by a famous New York hotel to catch Jerry. It’s a harmless story that has all the energy and spirit of a classic Tom and Jerry cartoon but lacks in story. The cel animation is a nice touch but with a very 2021 soundtrack and some half-hearted performances, this is a mid-tier production.


Didn’t get a chance to see this but I heard good things.

The King’s Man

Won’t be able to see this until next year

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

The Justice League assemble to battle the galactic conqueror Darksieds henchman Steppenwolf in this 4-hour epic. The scale is grand and the performances grounded, with a scale that elevates the entire piece. The most important aspect, of course, is that it ever saw the light of day to begin with but this superhero flick is primarily for the fans.

Mortal Kombat

MMA fighter Cole Young assembles a group of powered individuals in the fight to save our reality in this flawed adaptation of the classic video game. It lacked stakes, character, and good CGI but the action scenes were a lot of fun. It’s got the gore that fans wanted they deserved a good story to go along with it.


The beloved Disney villain gets her own origin story set in 1970’s London in this delightful mess. The dialogue may be poor and the feminism may be overpowering but this is a film that doesn’t care what you think, and I respect it for that. One of the most enjoyable disasters of 2021.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Lebron James gathers the Looney Tunes for a game of Online basketball in this acceptable sequel to the 1990’s classic. It’s definitely a movie made to please a company and promote their subscription service but it still contains plenty to smile about and decent animation.

The Suicide Squad

A gang of villains participate in a suicide mission for a chance at freedom in director James Gunn’s superhero reboot. It’s everything a Suicide Squad fan could hope for, with all the blood, violence, and swearing intact. Even better, it’s absolutely absurd and features a stellar soundtrack.

The Beatles: Get Back

Never before seen footage from the making of The Beatles’ album Let it Be is edited together for this 3-part-mini-series from the legendary Sir Peter Jackson for the documentary of the year. This was due to be a single feature film, which Part 3 can be, but cutting any of this would have been a tragedy. A perfect glimpse into how one of the world’s greatest bands concocted their melodies and maintained their strained relationships.

The Matrix: Resurrections

Won’t be able to see this until next year.

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