Check This Out: A Beautifully Illustrated List of the Best Films of 2022

A Beautifully Illustrated List of the Best Films of 2022

"The moment you said you loved me, your love had to end. The moment your love ended, my love began." Another year has come to an end, which means it's time to look back at the best films released over the last 12 months. Artist James Chapman, based in Manchester, UK, has just published his Top 20 Films of 2022 list on Twitter - by drawing a cute little illustration for each & every favorite film. I've been an avid follower of Chapman for a few years already (this isn't the first time he's done this) and I am a big fan of his artistic style. He draws and colors images in a little notepad and includes the pens & markers in the shot every time. I just think it's adorable to see all these unique illustration for all of these films - many of them are my faves, too (Decision to Leave and Everything Everywhere All at Once are in my Top 10). He created 23 images in total, and I've included the Top 12 films below to peruse. Click back over to his Twitter to see his entire list.


 Posted on December 30 in Feat, Lists, Looking Back | Comments

'Something in the Design' - Our 10 Favorite Movie Posters from 2022

Our 10 Favorite Movie Poster Designs of 2022

With the year almost over, it's time to look back and highlight some favorites from the world of movies. Our writer Ethan Anderton used to publish his list of the Best Official Movie Posters, but I'm taking over and will return to highlighting some of my favorite designs. Below is my personal selection of 10 Favorite Movie Posters from 2022. These aren't necessarily the "best" rather they're my own favorites that stuck with me. I'm not as much a fan of minimalism (like many of my designer colleagues) as I am a fan of striking imagery - using visuals to convey a feeling, a vibe, a message. It's not only about aesthetic, as it is how you position and place the images to tell a story. This is easier said than done, because you can't just slap a character on the poster and call it today (this happens way too often). These 10 posters stuck with me as compelling, eye-catching, creative designs that really make me want to watch every one of the films. Check them out below.


 Posted on December 21 in Feat, Lists, Looking Back, Posters | 1 Comment

Another Fun Tom Cruise Video Drops In - 'We'll See You at the Movies'

Tom Cruise - Skydiving

"We'll see you at the movies!" Once again, Tom Cruise has dropped by with a crazy fun video unlike any other Hollywood movie promotion before it. (Remember that other one during the pandemic when he went to the movies?) Cruise released this video via the official channels as part of a promotion for both Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, opening next summer exclusively in theaters worldwide, and his 2022 hit Top Gun: Maverick, which will be available for streaming on Paramount+ this week after opening in theaters May 2022. This was shot while Cruise was up in the air about to take a skydive jump for a shot for the next Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning. It looks like it's near the same place in South Africa where they filmed this bi-plane stunt for a M:I promo as well. There is nothing unsafe about this, it's just a simple skydiving stunt video and he probably packed his own 'chute anyway. Though it is the ultimate way to say "Happy Holidays" & "Thank You", that is for damn sure. Cruise is still as wild as he's always been.


 Posted on December 18 in Feat, Hype, To Watch | 1 Comment

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.


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

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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


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



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