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Mid-Year Movie Freak Out 2022

Happy Saturday everyone!  Today, I'm sharing my Mid-Year Movie Freak Out 2022!  Last year I figured that I've been doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out since 2015, I ought to showcase the movies I've watched for the first time in the first half of the year as well.  You can check out my 2021 list here, if you feel so inclined.  If anyone would like to link up with me and share their Mid-Year Movie Freak Out, I'd love to see your answers to the questions.  Without further ado, here we go:

1. Best movie you've watched so far in 2022.

The Heiress (1949) - I had no idea what to expect from this movie, but this was excellent.  I was cheering by the end!  If you like Gaslight, The Heiress is a must watch.

2. Best sequel you've watched so far in 2022.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) - Stephen Strange and Wanda are quickly becoming a couple of my favorites - and it was cool to get to see Raimi get to do his thing with these characters.

3. New release you haven't seen yet, but want to.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) - This looks like it's going to be amazing and I've heard only great things about it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) - Taika Waititi is one of my favorite directors and I'm so happy that he's back again.  Fingers crossed that I'll get to see this next week!

5. Biggest disappointment.

Hypnotic (2021) - Kate Siegel definitely deserved a better movie.

6. Biggest surprise.

Foreign Correspondent (1940) - Somehow I completely missed this Alfred Hitchcock movie, but it's right up there with all of his best.  The twists and turns are brilliant and the special effects are pretty cool considering this movie is an 82 year old movie.  Definitely wouldn't have expected Joel McCrea and George Sanders to make such a good team!

7. Favorite new actors or director.

Jesse Plemons - I've started seeing him all over the place and he's very talented.

8. Newest favorite character.

Johnny the Paperboy from Better Off Dead... (1986) - This kid is tough as nails and I wouldn't want to be on his bad side!

9. Movie that made you cry.

Atonement (2007) - I'm still mad at Briony to be honest!

10. Movie that made you happy.

Rango (2011) - This was so much fun and possibly even a new favorite western.  Even Hunter S. Thompson and Clint Eastwood have little cameos!

11. Best book to film adaptation?

Ran (1985) - Akira Kurosawa's adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear is so epic and the use of color is gorgeous.  All of his Shakespeare adaptations have been amazing.  

12. Best book to tv adaptation?

Heartstopper (2022) - The graphic novels by Alice Oseman are marvelous and the Netflix adaptation absolutely does them justice.  
Runner Up: Dead End: Paranormal Park (2022) - This Netflix adaptation of the Deadendia graphic novels by Hamish Steele is so much fun.  If you haven't checked it out yet, I can't recommend it enough.

13. Movie the made you laugh.

Better Off Dead... (1986) - I'd never heard of this before I watched it, but I loved how it felt like Napoleon Dynamite meets Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  

14Movie that scared you.

Kwaidan (1964) - All four stories in this anthology movie are fantastic and extremely atmospheric.  I wish some of them were full length feature films.  My favorite of the four is The Woman in the Snow.

15. Best 2022 release so far?

Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022) - I haven't seen many 2022 releases yet, but it was delightful getting to see everyone again.  I really liked the Singin' in the Rain style movie making sequence, but mainly I was hoping that Thomas and Mr. Molesley would be okay.

16. Best Hidden Gem 

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) - I just happened to find this movie on dvd at Goodwill and I'm so glad I picked it up.  The poster is very misleading.  It's actually more along the lines of Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life in an Undercover Boss type of situation where he goes undercover at a department store that he owns to troublemaking punish the employees and actually starts to have a change of heart as he actually gets to know some of the people who work there.  Plus, he actually starts to learn what labor unions are all about and why they aren't necessarily a bad thing.  If it sounds kind of radical, it definitely feels like it.  I can't think of another old movie from this time period like it.

And that's it for my Mid-Year Movie Freak Out 2022!  If you'd like to play along too, share your link with me so I can see your responses!  Have you seen any of these?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. I really want to see the new Downton Abbey movie. I've heard it's very good. And I want to watch the Heartstopper series on Netflix. Wonderful post!

    1. It's definitely better than the first movie. :) I hope you enjoy them!

  2. This is so much fun! Atonement is so sad, and Heartstopper is the complete opposite😁

  3. I'm looking forward to thor. :)


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