The year is about to come to an end with ‘Avatar: The Sense of Water’ very close to dethroning ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ as the highest grossing movie of the year. However, there are many worthwhile titles that did not enjoy support and this weekly round of recommendations is going to be a little different from the rest, as here I bring you 11 movies from 2022 that unfairly failed in theaters and are worth streaming again.
Alternatively, you may be interested in taking a look at this list with some of the best thrillers of recent years on platforms, this one with the best recent horror movies available on streaming or the one with the best science fiction movies of recent years that you will find online. Without more to add, let’s go with today’s chosen ones:
‘The alley of lost souls’ (‘Nightmare Alley’)
Direction: Guillermo Del Toro. Distribution: Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Richard Jenkins, Mark Povinelli, Ron Perlman, Holt McCallany, Jim Beaver, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Blake Nelson
Fascinating for its first hour, this new adaptation of the novel by William Lindsay Gresham It showed that interest in films aimed at adult audiences is falling in theaters – it cost 60 million dollars and raised less than 40 million despite being one of the Oscar nominees. Then it is true that he goes around the same thing a little unnecessarily, but at all times it is a most valuable proposal.
Criticism of ‘The alley of lost souls’ (by Jorge Loser)
Direction: Paul Thomas Anderson. Distribution: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits, Ben Safdie, Joseph Cross, Skyler Gisondo, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ryan Heffington
Another of the films that aspired to win the precious Oscar at the last Hollywood Academy Awards gala that failed to bring people to theaters, since its budget is 40 million dollars and its worldwide income is barely They reached 33 million. Interestingly, it also does a lot better during its first hour – if I only counted that, it would easily be one of my favorite 5-10 movies of the year – in which the charm of its two protagonists shine brighter. Later, it becomes almost an episodic movie, becoming more irregular.
Review of ‘Licorice Pizza’ (by Mikel Zorrilla)
‘Death on the Nile’ (‘Death on the Nile’)
Direction: Kenneth Branagh. Distribution: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Jennifer Saunders
The many delays suffered by this new case for the Poirot of Kenneth Branagh They did not exactly help it to sweep the box office -137 million dollars, just over a third of what was achieved by ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, raised against 90 of the budget-, nor did the tremendous scandal starring Armie Hammer. Of course, focusing on the purely cinematographic, we are facing a luxurious suspense pastime in which that revealing prologue stands out.
Criticism of ‘Death on the Nile’ (by Mikel Zorrilla)
Direction: Javier Ruiz Caldera, Alberto de Toro. Cast: Miki Esparbé, Aura Garrido, Luis Callejo, Álvaro Cervantes, Jesús Carroza, María Botto, Manel Llunell
A strong bet (it cost 6.5 million euros) that had the great advertising support of Mediaset, but even that was not enough. It is true that there are not so many Spanish films that exceed one million euros collected, but this one required much more to be profitable. And that’s a shame, as it’s a pretty satisfying horror comedy that plays mixing Luis García Berlanga with George A. Romero and also leaves you wanting a sequel that we will never see.
Criticism of ‘Malnazidos’ (by Víctor López G.)
‘Camera Cafe: The Movie’
Direction: Ernesto Seville. Distribution: Arturo Valls, Carlos Chamarro, Ana Milán, Carolina Cerezuela, Joaquín Reyes, Marta Belenguer, Álex O’Dogherty, Esperanza Pedreño, Ingrid García Jonsson, Luis Varela
It promised to be the triumphant return of a much-loved television series years ago, but at the moment of truth it played at the box office -it did not reach 700,000 euros entered when it cost more than 3 million-. A real pity, since we are facing one of the best comedies of the year, in which they knew how to maintain the essence of the original work but take it further, opting for a brilliant commitment to absurd humor in its final stretch.
Criticism of ‘Camera Café: The Movie’ (by Mikel Zorrilla)
‘Ambulance: Escape Plan’
Direction: Michael Bay. Distribution: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza Gonzalez, Garret Dillahunt
It’s hard to believe that this cannonball action Michael Bay won’t win over audiences, especially considering what a miracle it was to shoot this vibrant movie for just $40 million that also looks especially good on the big screen. The point is that it only raised 52, so it was of little use that it was the best work by its director since the great ‘The Rock’.
Criticism of ‘Ambulance: Escape Plan’ (by Mikel Zorrilla)
‘The Northman’ (‘The Northman’)
Direction:Robert Eggers. Distribution: Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke
Epic fantasy passed through the filter of Robert Eggers and with a truly luxurious cast. I confess that it is surely the film that interests me the least from its director, but it is still a title that exudes visual power and that does not cut a hair in its treatment of violence.
Criticism of ‘El hombre del norte’ (by Víctor López G.)
‘Killer Game’ (‘Copshop’)
Direction: Joe Carnahan. Distribution: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Toby Huss, Ryan O’Nan, Keith Jardine, Vanita Kalra
the cinema of joe carnahan It has never been a success at the box office, but it’s not even with a contained budget -6 million dollars- that it achieved success here -barely another 6 million in revenue-. Because many complain about the drift of action cinema, but when they propose something more old-fashioned and with a joyous sense of humor, this ends up happening.
Criticism of ‘Assassin’s Game’ (by Víctor López G.)
Direction: Angus McLane. Cast (vocals): Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, James Brolin, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Disney It had been launching Pixar movies directly on streaming for some time, so the notorious fiasco – it cost 200 million dollars and raised 226 – of this spin-off of ‘Toy Story’ could lead to a repeat in the future. Perhaps the marked change in tone was key to it or perhaps not knowing very well how to sell this very effective work of science fiction that also has one of the most endearing characters of the year.
Review of ‘Lightyear’ (by Mikel Zorrilla)
‘Three thousand years waiting for you’ (‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’)
Direction: George Miller. Distribution: Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton, David Collins, Alyla Browne, Hayley Gia Hughes.
Too many years waiting for the new movie of George Miller after the fundamental ‘Mad Max: Fury of the Road’ so that at the moment of truth I almost went through the box office to see it -it entered a ridiculous 19 million dollars when it had cost 60-. Those who did were able to discover a curious fantasy story that perhaps falters a bit in its last minutes, but before that it offers a stimulating rereading of the stories in an adult key.
Criticism of ‘Three thousand years waiting for you’ (by Jorge Loser)
‘Look how they run’ (‘See How They Run’)
Direction: Tom George. Distribution: Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson, David Oyelow
Perhaps many spectators had decided that the only mystery comedy indebted to the work of Christie Agatha What interested them this year was the sensational ‘Daggers in the Back: The Glass Onion Mystery’, which led to the puncture of the title that concerns us now -40 million dollars budget and only 22 admitted-. If you have it pending, I would recommend giving it a try, since it has a very particular charm, it starts off very well and its leading duo exudes chemistry.
Criticism of ‘Look how they run’ (by Mikel Zorrilla)
The best of the best of 2022 in Espinof
In addition, we have a good number of lists with the best movies and the best series that we have been able to see this 2022: