So, you’ve come out of your festive eating coma and are ready to jump in with your head down in 2022. But what can you expect from the world of popular culture over the next 12 months? I have collected a few notable releases from the world of cinema, television and music that fascinate me personally, or at the very least intrigue me. I’ve largely avoided sequels, prequels, and comeback series in favor of new things (although I’ve included some long-awaited returns in the music world).
This is by no means an exhaustive list. If there’s nothing here that floats your boat, luckily the Guardian’s culture office has a much more comprehensive look at the highlights of 2022 through film, music, TV, stage, l art and more next week. Keep an eye on theguardian.com for more.
1. Licorice Pizza
Any Paul Thomas Anderson movie is a must see, but a Paul Thomas Anderson movie set in his spiritual and real home, the San Fernando Valley in California, is a must see. His latest tale, an ancient, twisting, coming-of-age tale of the 70s starring Alana Haim and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son, Cooper, is an utter delight and possibly the funniest movie PTA has made. Beware of the dynamite cameos of Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper and Tom Waits.
United Kingdom – outside January 1st; United States and Australia – now available
2. Everything everywhere at the same time
The great Michelle Yeoh stars in a wacky sci-fi about a middle-aged woman who is embroiled in a multidimensional quest while trying to pay her taxes, just like you do. It’s from the director duo Daniels (AKA Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), which you may remember from their movie Swiss Army Man, in which another Daniel – Daniel Radcliffe – played a flatulent corpse. Everything Everywhere…, which premiered at the SXSW festival in March, seems to exceed this film in terms of the weirdness, judging by its truly breathtaking trailer.
UK, US, Australia – all to be confirmed
3. The man of the North
Another dizzying trailer, this one for Robert Eggers’ follow-up to his crazy 19th-century horror, The Lighthouse. The Northman delves deeper into the past, as we head to medieval Iceland for an epic viking revenge. The cast is as stacked as it gets, with Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, and Björk climbing aboard the longship. UK and US – outside April 22; Aus – to be confirmed
Little is known about Jordan Peele’s upcoming film, other than that it stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun, and features a thunderstorm cloud trailing buntings. on his poster. Is that enough to get us to put Nope on a list of the most anticipated movies of the year? Considering the terrifying doubling of his previous hits, Get Out and Us, I would say it does.
United States – released July 22; UK and Australia – to be confirmed
5. The Killers of the Flowering Moon
The elegant and extremely long Irishman sounded like a prolonged goodbye from Martin Scorsese, but here it is with another feature, his 26th. Killers of the Flower Moon sees him reunite with two of his regulars – Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro – in an adaptation of David Grann’s relentlessly readable book about the actual murders of wealthy Osage nation residents in the 1920s in Oklahoma.
UK, US, Australia – to be confirmed
1. Mitski – Laurier Hell
Four years after the brilliant Be the Cowboy, the Japanese-American singer-songwriter returns with an album which, she says, explores the gray area she occupies, not a “role model” but also “not a bad person “. There has always been an irresistible Gothic tinge in her independent torch songs, and Laurel Hell seems poised to take that element further than ever before: her title refers to dense thickets of laurel bushes that produce beautiful flowers and from which he is impossible to escape. “I liked the idea of being stuck in this explosion of flowers and maybe even dying in one of them,” she says.
Released on February 4
2. 100 Gecs – 10,000 Gecs
Truly revolutionary music or infantile noise causing nosebleeds? Wherever you land on the hyperpop duo 100 Gecs (think Sum 41, Aphex Twin, and a 1998 Ministry of Sound compilation trapped together in a tumble dryer), it’s hard to dispute their originality. Their second album, 10000 Gecs – so named because it is “10 times better” than their first 1000 Gecs – promises a bigger sound, suitable for stadiums, but the same “extremely in line”, a humor embracing the culture. meme and a mix of EDM, pop-punk and experimental noise.
3. Rosalía – Motomami
How to improve El Mal Querer, the slice of flamenco-pop futurism of 2018 which demolishes the charts and seduces the critics, which has already lodged in the 500 greatest albums of all time of Rolling Stone? Well, if you’re Spanish superstar Rosalía, the answer seems to be to recruit The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and the Neptunes and promise your most ‘denominational’ album yet. Nina Simone, Bach, reggaeton and Andrei Tarkovsky have all been cited as influences for what is sure to be one of the biggest releases of the year.
4. Kendrick Lamar – To be confirmed
Unlike film and television, with their fixed production schedules and concrete releases, music releases tend to be much more difficult to predict, governed by the whims and circumstances of groups and artists. So we don’t to know that Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited follow-up to Damn will arrive in 2022 but, given indications that something is on the horizon, we have every reason to be optimistic. With its track record, this is really very exciting news.
Release date to be confirmed
5. My bloody Valentine’s Day – to be confirmed
OK, now I’m getting a little greedy. Kevin Shields’ shoegaze pioneers never exactly stuck to a schedule (their latest album, 2013’s mbv, was released 22 years after their previous one, the revolutionary Loveless). But, rumors started the band signed to Domino last year, and Shields promised the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis that a new album – a double album, in fact – was “imminent.” What exactly imminent means in MBV parlance is unclear, but here’s some hope!
Release date to be confirmed
1. Station eleven
A drama about the aftermath of a deadly pandemic, released in the midst of a deadly pandemic, you say? Station Eleven has an awful lot going against it, but – as anyone who has read the Emily St John Mandel novel this series is adapted from – you are unlikely to see a more slyly optimistic portrayal of the post-apocalypse. wherever it is.
UK – January 30, Starzplay; United States – now available, HBO Max; Aus – out now, Stan
2. The after party
Kings of smart, mainstream and big-screen comedy Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the Jump Street movies, The Lego Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) enter the streaming world with a series of murders and mysteries for Apple TV +. Fittingly, they brought in a row of comedic talent from a murderer, including Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Ilana Glazer, and, moving from rental agencies in North London to Hollywood, Jamie Demetriou.
January 28, Apple TV +
3. House of the Dragon / Lord of the Rings
It is difficult to choose one of these two gigantic fantastic franchises over the other. House of the Dragon is the Targaryen-focused prequel to a little show called Game of Thrones and, judging by its trailer, promises the same mix of ultraviolence and dramatic blonde wigs. We still haven’t seen a second of footage from Amazon’s Tolkien TV adaptation – which is so secretive that the entrance to the Writers’ Room was fitted with a fingerprint scanner – but like House of the Dragon is a prequel, set thousands of years before The Hobbit.
The Lord of the Rings launches September 2, Amazon Prime Video; House of the Dragon to be confirmed, Sky Atlantic / Now / HBO Max
4. The curse
Comic book bringing together the creators of two of the funniest British series of recent years, The Curse pairs Murder in Successville’s Tom Davis with Steve Stamp, Allan Mustafa and Hugo Chegwin of People Just Do Nothing. Unlike those supremely silly series, it at least has a veneer of something akin to social commentary: It takes place during the free market boom of the ’80s, as a group of hapless scammers attempt their own impromptu form. of redistribution of wealth.
United Kingdom – to be confirmed, channel 4; international distribution to be confirmed
5. Inside the man
Not the Spike Lee heist film from the mid-2000s, but rather a new drama from Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. Its premise has some of the narrative sleight of hand of Moffat’s old show, following three very different people – a vicar (David Tennant), an American death row inmate (Stanley Tucci), and a trapped math professor. in a cellar – the paths of which cross unexpectedly. Also showing is Lydia West, who starred as Jill in It’s a Sin.
United Kingdom – to be confirmed, BBC One; rest of the world – to be confirmed, Netflix
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