It's been a year where we're still trying to figure our way around COVID. I'm still not quite comfortable around crowds. Hearing someone sneeze or cough anywhere I'm out puts me on edge.

I figure that's what it's going to be for a while. But it's not going to stop me from doing things I want to do. I'll be as cautious as I can be.

Regardless, it's starting to feel more normal than the past few years have been.

Best things for 2022

The best thing has to be resuming more of a normal life. Work travel resumed. My wife and mother-in-law were able to go on the Utah Mighty 5 roadtrip we'd wanted to do for a few years.

On our Utah Mighty 5 roadtrip

I was able to attend BoardGameGeekCon 2022.

Maybe the biggest thing to happen though was moving to Sedona, AZ. Something my wife and I have talked about for many years.

Just one of the awesome views in Sedona, AZ

My Top 5 Favorite Films of 2022

Every weeknotes post I make contains a list of the films I've seen. Both old and new. This list is for films that came out this year and it's been a decent year for movies.

The Northman
  1. The Northman is my favorite film of the year. This film was epic to me. A fable that could sit side-by-side with Beowolf. Just thinking about it now makes me want to watch it again. Amazing film that I hope isn't overshadowed by others when award time comes.
  2. The Batman was a surprise. I was expecting to like it, but not be blown away the way I was.
  3. Top Gun: Maverick. Speaking of surprises. I doubt many were expecting how incredibly entertaining this film would be. Was a blast to see on the big screen.
  4. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent was a film I just had a lot of fun with. It all depends on how much of a Nicolas Cage fan you are. I doubt this one will be on many best-of lists, but it's on mine.
  5. Prey was another surprise. The past few of Predator-based films have been underwhelming. This one may actually be the best one of the entire franchise.

Honorable mentions: Violent Night, Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (technically a 2021 film but I saw it theatrically this past year), and Everything Everywhere All At Once mostly for being completely unpredictable.

And I have to call out Cat Daddies because it's directed by my friend, Mye Hoang, and I'm in it for all of one or two seconds.

My Top 5 TV Series of 2022

I don't talk a lot about TV shows on my site mostly because it takes enough time posting about the movies I see. Maybe I'll highlight some, but here are a few I think are worth your time that I've watched.

  1. Andor on Disney+ is hand-down the best series I've seen in a very long time. They dropped anything related to The Force, Jedi, and Sith Lords and just focused on the people. Riveting.
  2. Stranger Things Season 4 on Netfix. Yes this series gets a lot of hype, but there's a reason.
  3. Gangs of London on AMC+. Created by the director of the film, The Raid, this series brings that film's level of brutal action. The only TV show I recall outside of some of the more famous episodes of Game of Thrones that makes me squirm in my seat while watching. Here's just one of the incredible sequences in this show. Season 2 is just finishing up.
Pub fight from Season 1 of Gangs of London

4.  Reacher on Amazon Prime. Another great series with some nice action to it. Probably the fastest I've watched a season of something in its entirety.

5.  Ted Lasso has gotten a lot of awards and there's a reason. It's such a great show. Season 2 came out this year and Season 3 should be dropping in the next few months.

Final Movies of 2022

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is the sequel to the awesome Knives Out. While entertaining, it wasn't at quite the same level.
  • The Sea Beast was in my queue on Netflix for a while and finally go around to it over the holidays. Much better than I was expecting and the animation was really impressive.
  • Surf's Up (2007) is a pretty fun animated film about surfing penguins.
  • Avatar: The Way of Water. I saw this in 3D HFR which I feel is the way to see it. A completely unique film experience. While I loved the spectacle, this film felt like a bit of a rehash of the original. And it unfortunately leaves some loose ends I assume they plan to pick up in the sequels.

Reelhouse Foundation Films

  • The Hebrew Hammer (2003) was pretty awful. Jason Wiseman, the curator of films for the Reelhouse Foundation, really wants to find a film I hate more than Hardware. This one may have come the closest, but I'd probably still rather watch this again than Hardware.
The Hebrew Hammer brings the hammer down
  • The Outfit (1973) is a film based on Donald Westlake's Parker series. A simple story of revenge and a stellar cast of characters.