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The Best of Matt 2022

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Objectively, this probably isn’t the “best” film of 2022, but sometimes the conditions and timing are perfect enough that an unexpected entry shoots into your top spot without a second thought! There was considerable online buzz when the film debuted at Sundance Film Festival (where it won an Audience Award), then Letterboxd soon told me it was a “Highly Rated Film You’re Yet To See”. Beautifully designed and printed, some of the photos are laugh out loud, others will make you cry like a baby. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom appeared on my radar after becoming Bhutan’s first-ever nominee for Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Academy Awards, and if it weren’t for mixed messages about the official UK cinema release date (if it ever gets one – Google is now telling me March 2023) it might have featured in my Top 10 too.

The stage upon which the story unfolds is literally that – a sparse, minimalist space with very little set or props. As an ex-theatre student, Lars Von Trier’s Dogville was right up my street, and I genuinely believe that despite its unconventional format and aesthetic, there’s nothing remotely inaccessible about the film at all. Though not necessarily my highest-rated, 2022 was the 30 th anniversary of a childhood favourite which got a cinema re-release so I couldn’t refuse the opportunity to see it on the big screen!

Matt’s eye for capturing those special shots is like no other, he sees photo opportunities all the time and nothing was to much trouble. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Also worthy of a shoutout is the production design, which put me in mind of similar 00s films like Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004) and Clint Eastwood’s Changeling (2008).

We absolutely loved working with both of you, and we have had a lot of compliments from our guests about the pair of you. Problem is that by publishing it so early (October) a lot of what happened in 2022 (and a LOT did happen) does not appear.Perhaps it’s due to the increase in volume more than anything, but I sensed a genuine resurgence in quality following the pandemic lockdowns.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. A book that I profess to have been involved with, the work is classic street photography made in Budapest 1985. There’s simply so much to love about this film: a premise that is so bonkers it is genius, a hilarious cast (Kathy Najimy’s Sister Mary Patrick is also a standout), great music, and an endlessly quotable script. These may include creased cover, inscriptions or small amounts of writing, fanned edge, ripped or tatty dustjacket, and other signs of being read.

Raiff’s versatility both behind and in front of the camera infuses the film with joy, warmth, sadness, and heartbreak in equal measure. Last year I opted for an “alternative” End of Year review to celebrate a variety of new and older films discovered throughout the year, and this seemed a fitting format for 2022 as well. Saying that, I’m not a huge watcher of summer blockbusters (particularly the Marvel and DC universes) so maybe that’s where others have felt the pain this year? Krissy and Alex wanted a simple yet elegant wedding with a touch of class and a little bit of sparkle. Fun fact: all the equipment was powered by solar panels and batteries, so it is also carbon negative film!

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