Half Yearly Report – Top 5 Films So Far 2022

2022 has so far been an exciting time for cinema. The screens are being dominated by remakes, reimaginings and sequels. But, we’re also really lucky to have some stand-out original content. Together the Novastream team have voted for the Top 5 Films of 2022 so far.

1 – Everything Everywhere All at Once 

Rotten Tomato 95%

This is easily at the top of the list. Everything Everywhere All at Once is an original film with everything from sci-fi, drama, martial arts, butt plugs and hands with sausages as fingers. You’ll love every moment and want more once it’s over.

Led by the ever-talented Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn, we follow her life as a laundromat owner with her husband. But things go pear-shaped when a version of her husband Waymond from a parallel universe takes over his mind. He explains parallel universes exist and technology has been created to be able to jump between universes to use the skills of yourself from different universes. 

The multiverse is threatened when Joy, Evelyn’s daughter’s mind is split and becomes Jobu Tupaki. Jobu is on a quest along with her followers to convince Evelyn to join her going through the black-hole, the “everything bagel” because after seeing all the universes comes to realise, nothing matters.

2 – The Batman 

Rotten Tomato 85%

It’s a character you know well, along with the story that has been told and retold since Batman’s inception back in 1939. But this time it’s different. With Robert Pattinson behind the mask, throw all preconceived ideas of who Batman is away. This is a dark, loner version of Batman that will make you realise what Batman is really all about.

The Riddler is killing key government figures in Gotham and leaving messages for Batman. Working alongside the police, Bruce finds mobster Falcone, is behind it all and was once hired by his father to handle a reporter who had some dirt on the Wayne family. 

Causing more harm, the Riddler blasts several seawalls flooding a large part of Gotham. Batman uses this as a chance to be seen as a beacon of hope and rebuild a better city.

3 – Top Gun Maverick 

Rotten Tomato 97%

If you liked the original, you’ll like this. If you don’t like Tom Cruise, you’ll forget those feelings. If you want drama, action, suspense and a sexualised game of beach volleyball, you will love Top Gun Maverick. It’s everything you remember and love about the original and then some.

Iceman is running the show now, some 36 years later and is confronted with a mission that needs the best. In comes his nemesis Maverick. But not to complete the mission, to train the best of the best.

With a small time frame Maverick does what he does best and pushes himself and his class to the point of breaking. And what would you know, he has a team ready to save the world.

4 – The Northman 

Rotten Tomato 89%

Written and Directed from the creative mind of Robert Eggers, The Northman is an epic tale built for the big screen. It’s weird, it’s beautiful, it has all the drama and a whole lot of death.  

When King Aurvandill returns from his conquest, he starts to prepare his son Amleth for his ascension. But Aurvandill’s brother, Fjölnir has other plans and kills him. Too young to fight and survive, Amleth flees only to return some years later to avenge his father’s death.

Returning with a tribe of Vikings, Amleth seeks Fjölnir and brings great heartache and anguish to him. This results in an epic battle between the two to survive.

5 – Jackass Forever 

Rotten Tomato 86%

Jackass Forever, like the other entries in the franchise, is the positive embodiment of guys doing dumb stuff to make their friends laugh. This time they’re older, maybe not wiser, but warmer than ever.

Behind all the grossness and crudely funny violence, the film is endearing and wholesome. When they run over to each other and laugh and hug, the love they have for one another lights up the screen.

Like the rest of the series, the film is structured as a series of skits. With some new younger blood bringing new insanity to the table, it features all manner of bodily fluids, slapstick violence and general hilarious nastiness.

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