2022 Recap Part 3

Since I have a Letterboxd account now I’m probably retiring the recap posts.


Three Thousand Years of Longing: Too weird for my taste. C

Pinocchio (remake): A terrible Disney remake has none of the heart of the original. D-

Wendell and Wild and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio: Wonderfully animated stop motion movies. A-

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story: The funniest movie of the year. A

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Not as good as the first one but it had a great tribute to Chadwick Boseman. B+

My Father’s Dragon and Strange World: Good animation but kind of the weakest work of their studios in a while. C+

Glass Onion A Knives Out Mystery: A perfect sequel to a perfect film. A+

The Fabelmans: As a fan of Spielberg, I was kind of underwhelmed by this film. B-

Spirited and A Christmas Carol (Netflix): Pretty good adaptions of A Christmas Carol. B-

A Christmas Story Christmas: The true Christmas Story sequel. B-

Violent Night: A fun Die Hard style Christmas action film. B

Avatar the Way of Water: Same story beats from the first one. but with better visuals. B

Puss in Boots the Last Wish: Best Dreamworks movie since Kung Fu Panda 2. A


Rick and Morty season 6: This might be my favorite season.

Oddballs: Huge fan of TheOdd1sOut so I really had fun with this.

Inside Job and Dead-End season 2: Really good cartoons with great animation and great characters. Such a shame that they were cancelled.

The Owl House season 3: Such a great season premiere, will share more of my thoughts once season 3 is over.

Ranking Rick and Morty Season 6

Season 6 of Rick and Morty ended a month ago and I my opinion I think this might be one of my favorite seasons of the show so far. So now that the season is over it’s time to rank the episodes of season 6. This list does have spoilers and is based on my personal opinion.

10. Rick: A Mort Well Lived: Just because this is last place doesn’t mean it’s not good. The Die-Hard parody a-plot is good. The b-plot which focues on a Morty cult taking place in the Roy arcade game is what really stood out to me.

9. A Rick in King Mortur’s Mort: It was nice to Rick being nice to his grandson (at least until the next episode). Hearing Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Black was fun. The punchline at the end is a great callback to another great episode from season 4 that I won’t give away.

8. Juricksic Mort: The idea of dinosaurs fixing the world is hilarious and the twist of the hate filled meteor is hilarious. It’s always great when Rick has to face off with someone with the same intelligence as him and he has to ruin them out of pettiness.

7. Ricktional Mortpoon’s Rickmas Mortcation: This finale felt smaller compared to the last two finales and most of the humor was just making fun of Star Wars but it’s still a good finale. The twist that Rick being nice in the previous episode was just a robot was clever and the President is always enjoyable.

6. Night Family: Finally, an episode 4 that didn’t suck. This episode has the feel of a Jordan Peele film being both funny but surprisingly very creepy. I also really liked the 80s music in this episode. I could listen to the end credits theme all day.

5. Analyze Piss: I can’t believe this show managed to make a tragic piss themed villain work. It was nice to see both Rick trying to improve and Jerry actually getting some respect. It really is a great episode with full of great character development.

4. Final DeSmithation: The dynamic between Rick and Jerry is one of the more interesting dynamics in the show and the episodes focused on them like this one are usually really fun. This episode just pure insanity. I love the conspiracy involving the fortune cookies and the different fortunes are creative and funny. 

3. Full Meta Jackrick: The most meta episode of the show and as a fan of meta humor I really enjoyed this. I really liked the stabs at story tropes, and Dan Harmon’s story circle. Having Story Lord return and planning to steal all the motivation in the world is a very unique evil plan.

2. Bethic Twinstinct: This is Sarah Chalke’s best performance. Beth and Space Beth have some really good chemistry that’s both sweet and hilarious. Jerry’s reaction to finding out this affair will shock you and the realistic video games Morty and Summer play to cope were also hilarious.

1. Solaricks: Rick and Morty really knows how to make a great season premiere. The idea of sending Rick, Morty, and Jerry back to their original universes and showing the consequences to their actions is brilliant. The twist that our Morty is the grandson of Rick Prime is interesting and promising.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2022

2022 was honestly a really great year for movies. Now that the year is over it’s time for me to share my top 10 favorite movies of the year. Pretty much every film on this list are movies I would watch over and over again. As usual this list is based on my personal opinions.

Honorable Mention: Top Gun: Maverick

10. Elvis:

Like Baz Luhrmann’s other films, this one is pure eye candy thanks to Baz’s terrific directing and Matt Villa’s amazing editing. Austin Butler is perfect as Elvis and his downward spiel is very tragic to watch. Tom Hanks as the Colonel is enjoyably despicable and it’s very refreshing to see Hanks as villain.

9. The Batman:

Never thought a DC movie would top all the Marvel movies this year. Robert Patterson is a great Batman and the Riddler was a great villain. This film also has one of the best Gotham Cities I’ve seen since 1989 thanks to the great cinematography and directing from Matt Reeves.

8. The Bad Guys:

Sly Cooper is one of my favorite game series so this film spoke to me. The cell shaded animation and cartoonish character designs make this one of the most amazing DreamWorks films to look at. Every character has a great design and great voice that gives them so much life.

7. Nope:

Like Jordan Peele’s other films, Nope manages to balance being both scary and funny. I love the sibling’s dynamic and the unique take on the spaceship. Tying the alien ship to the central theme on the spectacular and trying to tame the untamable is handle very well.

6. The Bob’s Burgers Movie:

Before I start, I just want to say that the Christmas episode this year, The Plight Before Christmas is a fantastic episode and one of my personal favorites. It has all the charm of the show along with flued 2d animation. Anyone who watches and loves the show will love this.

5. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story:

FYI, my review of this film was a parody review. This is probably the funniest movie of the year. The idea of doing a parody biography of a song parody singer is genius. Every actor gives a hilarious performance but of course the real stand out was Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al.

4. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish:

I think this was DreamWorks’s best year for animation in a long time. I loved all the new characters and I love that this film managed to do multiple villains perfectly. The animation is some of the best the studio has ever done and I love that DreamWorks took inspiration from Spider-Verse for their films this year.

3. Everything Everywhere all at Once:

Everything about this movie is like a drug trip. Every actor from Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis and James Hong is at their A game here, especially Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Ann Hsu. The action is both badass and hilarious and the different universes were all unique and visually amazing.

2. Glass Onion A Knives Out Mystery:

Technically this is my favorite movie of 2022 since number one was released in Japan last year. Benoit Blanc is one of the greatest characters ever thanks to Daniel Craig nailing it again. Much like the first film both Rian Johnson’s directing and writing are pitch perfect and the cast pull off great performances.

1. Belle/Pompo the Cinephile:

They say the best movie is one that touches you personally and emotionally and each of these films has accomplished that along with having both great animation and great relatable protagonists. Pompo the Cinephile touched me personally because I am also a cinephile and I took editing classes in college. This film also gave me great advice about editing and directing. Belle touched me emotionally, there were scenes that made me choke up especially the “A Million Miles Away” scene. I watched this around the time I just started my Letterboxd account. It’s a great commentary on the escapism and deceptiveness of social media. These animes aren’t just my favorite movies of the year, there also both my favorite anime films of all time and two of my favorite movies of all time.

You can also check out my ranking of all the movies I’ve seen here. What were your favorite movies of 2022?

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish review

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the long-awaited sequel to the 2011 spinoff of Shrek, Puss in Boots. After dying from a fight with a giant Puss finds out that he is down to only one more life and is forced to retire. After an encounter with Goldilocks, he learns about a wishing star that he could use to get his lives back. This film is surprisingly dark in both the comedy and themes of the movie. This along with Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio deal with the themes of death wonderfully. There’s literally a scene where a baker gets eaten by a giant flower and spits out his skeleton.

The animation in the first one was fine but nothing spectacular just your typical DreamWorks animation. The animation in the sequel however is incredibly different and a huge improvement. The cell shaded animation gives this film a much more unique look and you can tell the studio took inspiration from Spider Man into the Spider Verse especially the action scenes. It’s brighter and more colorful. I’m really glad DreamWorks did something new with their animation this year, along with the Bad Guys. I really hope DreamWorks uses this Spider Verse tactic for future films or even try new experimental animation styles.

I love all the new characters this film introduced. They all have great designs and great performances that fit their personalities perfectly. Perrito is very likable and a great foil for Puss. I love the dynamic between Goldilocks played by Florence Pugh and the Three Bears. I also like that they gave Goldi an understandable and sympathetic motive and story arc. I would honestly love a spinoff with this group. Wagner Moura is really cool and legit intimidating as the Wolf/Death and John Mulaney is enjoyably despicable as Big Jack Horner. This film honestly handles the multiple villains very well.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is one of if not the the best animated movies of 2022. Not only is it also the best Shrek movie since Shrek 2, it’s also the best film DreamWorks has done since Kung fu Panda 2. Anyone who has wished upon a wishing star for a sequel to Puss in Boots has had their wishes come true.


+Darker tone

+The animation

+The new characters

Score: A