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Our Top Picks: The 7 Best Netflix Feature Films from 2022 to Watch

The 7 Best Netflix Films from 2022 to Watch

It's that time of year again: where families get together for massive feasts, the sun goes down way too early, snow sprinkles the land with its softness, and we all cuddle under blankets watching the best movies and TV series. But what to watch? It happens to everyone, over and over – you spend more time browsing Netflix deciding what to watch then you do actually watching whatever it is you eventually settle on. So here's a list of our Top 7 Picks from Netflix to add to your queue now, so you won't have to waste more time deciding what to watch. These seven films are verified as some of the best films released by Netflix this year. Other 2022 favorites aren't out just yet – Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (on Netflix starting December 9th) and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (on Netflix starting December 23rd). Until then, we highly recommend watching any (or all!!) of the films below and choosing wisely when you browse Netflix this holiday season.

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 Posted on November 24 in Feat, Lists, Streaming, To Watch | 1 Comment

The Sitges Film Festival is Still One of the Best Fests for Genre Flicks

Sitges Film Festival

If you know, you know: this is a great festival. Watching movies at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain is one of the most exciting cinema experiences anyone can have. The Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, as it is known officially, is one of the world's premiere genre festivals - meaning they show horror, thrillers, sci-fi, action, and everything else related to these cinema genres. This year Sitges celebrated it 55th edition, bring over 100 films from all over the world to this cozy beach town. I've been attending Sitges since 2017, but after 2019 I had to take a break - due to the pandemic it was impossible to make it down to Spain. After a two year hiatus, I was back!! I love Sitges for so many reasons - it's a very laid back, enjoyable festival; the food in town is amazing; the views are stunning and it's warm even in October; the crowds are like no other; and I have the chance to catch a bunch of rad genre films that I can't usually see at any other festival. I'm glad I came back again this year, catching up with 14 new films at Sitges 2022.

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 Posted on October 21 in Feat, Horror, Indies, Sitges | Comments

Alex's 8 Favorite Films at the Invigorating 2022 Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival - Top 10

Each year, I am honored to have a chance to return to the beautiful city of Venice in Northern Italy to attend the Venice Film Festival and catch the latest films premiering there. This year's festival is now finished, so it's time to present my picks of my favorite films from Venice 2022. This was my sixth year in a row back to Venice, I even stopped by back in 2020 during the pandemic as I didn't want to miss it. In total, I watched around 26 films at Venice this year, and while it wasn't the most memorable line-up despite some all-timers, I'm always glad to have the chance to watch all these films anyway. The fest kicked off with Noah Baumbach's latest, White Noise (watch the trailer) adapted from Don DeLillo's novel, which bites off more than it can chew though it's still an entertaining film. The festival runs for a full 10 days and I'm watching as much as I can while I'm there, though I can't see everything and I'm trying to avoid the worst films anyway.

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 Posted on September 22 in Feat, Lists, Venice 22 | 1 Comment

Watch: Brad Pitt Peruses a Paris Video Store in 'Vidéo Club' Promo

Brad Pitt -Vidéo Club

Who wouldn't want to stroll around a movie shop with Brad Pitt?! What an amazing get! During his press tour in Europe for the release of Bullet Train, the French YouTube channel "Konbini" was able to get actor Brad Pitt to stop by a video store to film one of their "Vidéo Club" videos. And it turned out great! This is so much fun. Pitt is joined by Bullet Train director David Leitch as they peruse JM Video. He seems a bit stoned, as he gets excited by almost everything they have on display. Pitt chats about how awesome Jackie Chan is, riffs on Klaus Kinski in Fitzcarraldo, praises Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor. He also mentions the inimitable Charlton Heston talking the original Planet of the Apes, which he says is "one of his all-time favorites as a kid." He ends with a little story about how Se7en changed his entire career. I'm also amused by how he refers to the many streaming services as "streamers". Watch the full video below.

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 Posted on August 15 in Comedy, Feat, To Watch | 1 Comment

Introducing - Our Latest Membership Banner Art by Edgar Ascensão

Edgar Ascensão Banner Art

"I want my audience to experience cinema in its full glory… It's emotional, and I want you to be engaged with not just the scene but with the characters." –James Wan. In 2021, FirstShowing launched a program for membership to support the site and help keep it running for years to come. Thank you to all those who have joined as a member so far. The truth is we don't have much to offer in return, because all of our effort and all of our work goes into what you see on this site already. We want to offer everything for free, nothing will be hidden behind paywalls or membership rewards. It's all right there. We need your help to continue to cover the costs of running a server and managing the day-to-day work that keeps this place going. Last year we revealed banner art for the member page, and now we have a fresh new design to reveal. This latest 2022 banner artwork is created by Portuguese designer Edgar Ascensão (we've been fans of his for a while) and it's another superb design featuring many beloved movie characters. Get a closer look at the new art below.

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 Posted on July 29 in Feat, First Look, General | Comments

Interview: Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow Talks Dinosaurs & Hollywood

Colin Trevorrow Interview

"We saw the dinosaurs as our heroes. Even the ones that were scary and wanted to eat you — they were icons…" Now playing in theaters is Jurassic World Dominion, the sixth (and supposedly final) movie in the epic Jurassic Park franchise that began all the way back in 1993. Jurassic World Dominion is the second of these dinosaur movies directed by Colin Trevorrow, a filmmaker originally born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, who worked his way into Hollywood with his indie sci-fi film Safety Not Guaranteed that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He went from that indie film, which starred Mark Duplass & Aubrey Plaza, to spearheading the reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise by introducing us to Jurassic World in 2015. I am lucky to get a chance to chat with Colin Trevorrow this year, talking about Jurassic World Dominion and his place as a franchise director / producer working in Hollywood. Everyone knows he almost directed Star Wars: Episode 9, before J.J. Abrams returned - but we didn't have the time to talk about that.

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 Posted on June 13 in Feat, Interview, Sci-Fi | Comments

Cannes 2022 Recap: 10 Best Films of the Fest - Mountains & Murder

Cannes 2022 - Best Films of the Fest

What are the best films out of this year's Cannes Film Festival? Which ones should you be taking an interest in? What films should be a priority for you to see? After 12 days at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, after 35 screenings, it's time to present my 2022 list of my Top 10 Favorite Films. This was my 12th year back to this festival, and I still enjoy being there right in the middle of all the craziness and all the crowds and all the hype about new cinema. It's a rush! Every time. And yet there's always more to see, always more to take our breath away. These ten listed below are the ones that connected with me emotionally or intellectually, and I hope you'll consider watching a few when they arrive in your neighborhood. They are worth the wait. It might not have been the best year at Cannes, most of the films were rather mediocre, but I am still glad I could discover a number of gems. This is my final recap of Cannes 2022 - don't miss any of the films below.

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 Posted on June 3 in Cannes 22, Feat, Lists, Review | 1 Comment

Watch: Terry Gilliam in a Video Store Talks About His Favorite Films

Terry Gilliam in a Video Store

"Films are dangerous. You have to be careful what you say when you make a film." Let's take a trip down the cinema rabbit hole with Terry Gilliam (who last made The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 2018). This fascinating, geeky video comes from France, put together by a YouTube channel called "Konbini" for their "Video Club" series. They were able to convince Terry Gilliam to let them film him while he strolls around an awesome video store located in Paris, picking out random films and talking about them. He discusses his favorite filmmakers, movies that he loves and a few that he does not like, stories about making movies, and so much more… He also talks about a few of the actors he knows, including Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Robin Williams (RIP), and Robert De Niro. It's so much fun to hear Gilliam just ramble on about any & everything cinema, good and bad, saying some totally crazy stuff, and dropping some smart thoughts, too. View below.

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 Posted on May 30 in Feat, To Watch | Comments

Universal Launches Dinotracker.com Viral Website for 'Jurassic World'

Dinotracker Viral Website

"Imagine if you lived in a world where dinosaurs were roaming wild? What would you do? And what would want to know to keep yourself safe?" Oh this is cool! Universal has launched a fun viral marketing website for Jurassic World: Dominion (in theaters June) called Dinotracker. By now everyone knows that the plot of Dominion involves dinosaurs fully on the loose worldwide (after the end of Fallen Kingdom) and living with humanity. But they need to be tracked! The site is run by the Department of Prehistoric Wildlife (or DPW) - "a global organization that publishes up-to-date reports on dinosaur encounters, user-submitted sightings, and vital information, to facilitate the co-existence of humans and dinosaurs on our planet." So far the website just features an interactive globe with sightings listed and videos included to show us where all these dinos are being found. The videos are all legit - everything looks believable and real, these feel authentic. And, considering it's been 29 years since Jurassic Park, the dino VFX look damn good.

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 Posted on May 10 in Feat, Hype, Sci-Fi, Viral Marketing | 3 Comments

Watch: Video Essay Examines Use of Color in David Fincher's Movies

Fincher's Colors Video Essay

How does Fincher make his movies look so good? Find out more in this video! StudioBinder has posted an entrancing video essay about David Fincher and the way he utilizes colors in his movies. It's titled simply Fincher's Colors and they break down his color choices into three main chapters: desaturation (removing bold colors), characters (attaching color to a character), and settings (lighting each set / location using one particular color). "One could point to any number of impressive techniques used in David Fincher movies, but perhaps one of the most important is his movie color palette. As he himself once said, 'In film, we sculpt time, we sculpt behavior and we sculpt light.'" I appreciate how well put together this video is, not only with clean clips in high definition, but the explanations & references are insightful. I also always enjoy hearing filmmakers & craftspeople themselves talking about their work. I could watch video essays like this all day.

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 Posted on April 14 in Feat, To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

Watch: Oscar Winner Troy Kotsur Reinterprets Iconic Movie Scenes

Troy Kotsur Oscar Winner

"You want answers?" "I want the truth!" Troy! Kotsur! I loveeee him. Perhaps my favorite Oscar winner from this year is Troy Kotsur, the Deaf actor from the wonderful (Best Picture winner) CODA. In addition to winning Best Supporting Actor at the 2022 Academy Awards, he also won a BAFTA Award & Screen Actors Guild Award this year for his role as the lovable scoundrel, fisherman father. As part of his promotional tour, Kotsur stopped by the Variety offices for an interview. While there they got him to record a fun video "re-interpreting" iconic movie scenes. He takes on Vito Corleone from The Godfather, Benjamin from The Graduate, Brody from Jaws (this is the best one), and Darth Vader from Star Wars. It's fun to watch, though seems a bit awkward because he's just thrown into these scenes and had no time to prepare. Variety also published a very short interview with Kotsur after his big win - both of these videos can be seen below.

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 Posted on April 4 in Comedy, Feat, To Watch | Comments

Everyone's Favorite New Daily Social Media Movie Game - Framed

Framed Social Media Game

Move over Wordle, there's a fun new movie game in town! Inspired by Wordle (which was bought by the NY Times after becoming extraordinarily successful), Heardle and all the other spinoffs - there is a new social media movie game to play called Framed. I've been addicted to playing it over the last few weeks and it seems everyone else I know is enjoying it, too. "A game for cinephiles and casual movie watchers alike!" So how do you play? Visit the website located at framed.wtf and you'll see one frame from a film. You have to guess the film from this ONE frame. If you make the wrong guess (or have no idea) you can unveil up to 5 more frames before it's game over. Just type the title of the film in the box for your guess (correct titles will appear there) and have fun. That's it! The frames have been getting more & more obscure the past few days.

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 Posted on April 1 in Feat, Movie News | 2 Comments

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