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Hello, fellow movie lovers! I saw a lot of new movies in 2022. AS USUAL! Anyway, I figured I might go ahead and rank my favorites. And I’ll also provide a quick summary of the falling-in-love journey I went through with each one of them.

10. Minions: The Rise of Gru: I love the Minions! Always have, surely always will. When I saw the “Sabotage”-soundtracked trailer, I knew those yellow guys were cooking up something special. And indeed they were! I instantly declared it my favorite in the Despicable Me-averse, and I still feel that way today.

9. She Said: I came out of She Said satisfied, but not blown away. But then it really stuck with me. Within a week or two, I had to make sure I announced to the world that I initially underrated it. She Said is great!

8. Moonage Daydream: What an experience. Moonage Daydream imprinted on my soul and has held steady.

7. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: I got some Marcel stickers at the screening. I still need to find somewhere to stick most of them! Anyway, Marcel’s movie is gentle, and approximately a few days after seeing it, I realized, “Wow, that was really good.”

6. Barbarian: I saw this on a Friday at the Regal Essex Crossing, which is the perfect setting for new, ambitious horror movies. I’m pretty sure it would have ended up in a dark crevasse of my subconscious no matter where I saw it, but this particular venue certainly helped.

5. Turning Red: I’m so angry this didn’t get a theatrical release! It has me – dare I say it? – turning red. Anyway, when I watched it home via Disney+, it fully held my attention, so obviously that was an accomplishment.

4. Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe: I was so excited for new Beavis and Butt-Head that I immediately pressed play on Paramount+ as soon as I could. That was a good idea, because I was laughing pretty much the whole way through. And now I’ve been spreading the good news about Revived B&B ever since.

3. Pearl: What a rush. I wasn’t ready for Pearl. X certainly couldn’t prepare me. Nothing could. The past few months have unmistakably been a new Post-Pearl reality.

2. Petite Maman: This is a small, but big-hearted charmer that I loved instantly. I sometimes almost forget that it’s on my Best Of list because of how small it is. But when it pokes its head out, I’m like, “Oh yeah.”

1. Everything Everywhere All at Once: I was super excited when I settled in to see this at Alamo Drafthouse, and I couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve yet to see it a second time, but I’ve wanted to every day.