This year I'm keeping things short for this list as I plan on doing a podcast episode of Chapters with my friend Ben Malcomson in which I'll go into much more detail about this list. If you follow my page on Facebook (and if you don't, please do, I mean, why not? What's liking a page going to hurt? I swear I only post updates a handful of times a month), I'll share the link to the show when it happens (we haven't set a date just yet). I'm going to keep this list to a single sentence for each movie. And here's my yearly reminder that I consider these to be my favorite movies of the year, not the objectively best movies of the year.
Note: I still haven't seen Spider Man: No Way Home or Licorice Pizza. I point these two out because everyone seems to love Spider Man, so maybe I will, too (but I'm still in the midst of some severe Marvel fatigue), and Paul Thomas Anderson is my favorite working director (they just haven't released Licorice Pizza anywhere near me yet). When I see these films, if they blow me away or something, I may come back and amend the list.
Zack Snyder's Justice League - Look, I dig Zack Snyder's DC shit, especially his director's cuts, so this one hit a sweet spot for me.
Nightmare Alley - I just enjoy the world del Toro created with this film.
Disfluency - A realistic and touching portrayal of a horrible situation and all the feelings associated with it.
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time - Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite writers, and this film made me feel like I knew him.
The Suicide Squad - I dig James Gunn's shit, especially when it's a comic book movie that doesn't require homework to understand.
The Matrix Resurrections - I thought I hated this the first time I watched it (and maybe I still do), but upon a rewatch I can't think of any other way to make this; it really is a kind of miracle that Lana Wachowski and the other writers came up with a premise that made any kind of sense (the straight-up boring action kept this off the main list).