The 51 Best Albums/EPs of 2022

By Andrew Buckner

51. It’s Almost Dry

By Pusha T

50. Sad Girl Blues (EP)

By Lauren Brabson

49. Marvelous

By Yung Gravy

48. Back in Black

By Cypress Hill

47. Dawn FM

By The Weeknd

46. Laurel Hell

By Mitski

45. Lucifer on the Sofa

By Spoon

44. Spirit Exit

By Caterina Barbieri

43. Theory of Becoming

By Evgueni Galperine

42. Ramona Park Broke My Heart

By Vince Staples

41. Driplomatic Immunity

By 183rd, Nym Lo, Smoke DZA

40. Get Well Soon

By King ISO

39. The Brave

By Tom MacDonald, Adam Calhoun

38. The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni (feat. Nikki Giovanni)

By Javon Jackson

37. Mood Swings (EP)

By Real Bad Man, Smoke DZA

36. The Three Fantastic Supermen Epics (EP)

By Killah Priest

35. SICK!

By Earl Sweatshirt

34. Cocodrillo Turbo

By Action Bronson

33. Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

By Kendrick Lamar

32. The Elephant Man’s Bones

By Roc Marciano, The Alchemist

31. Drillmatic – Heart vs. Mind

By The Game

30. First of da Month

By The Snowgoons

29. What Has Been Blessed Cannot Be Cursed

By Big Ghost Ltd., Conway the Machine

28. Onyx Versus Everybody

By Onyx

27. Peter

By Bizarre

26. Firestarter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

By John Carpenter, Daniel Davies, Cody Carpenter

25. Unanimous Goldmine (The Original Soundtrack of “Neptune Frost”)

By Saul Williams

24. Super Beast

By Madchild

23. Skylar Grey

By Skylar Grey

22. Continuance

By Curren$y, The Alchemist

21. He Got a Gun

By Bizarre

20. Sometimes Y

By Yelawolf, Shooter Jennings

19. Tana Talk 4

By Benny the Butcher

18. God Don’t Make Mistakes 

By Conway the Machine

17. Saturday Afternoon Kung-Fu Theater (EP)

By RZA,  DJ Scratch

16. No Fear of Time

By Black Star

15. Medicine at Midnight

By Foo Fighters

14. Forever

By Phife Dawg

13. 1993 

By Onyx

12. Sentimental Ballad

By Teagan Johnston

11. Renaissance Kings 

By The Snowgoons

10. Detroit Life 2

By Swifty McVay

9. Zhigeist

By Elzhi, Georgia Anne Muldrow

8. Czarmageddon!

By Czarface

7. Aethiopes

By Billy Woods

6. Harbor City Season One

By Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, 

5. Cost of Living

By Apollo Brown, Philmore Greene 

4. Last of a Dying Breed

By Kool G Rap

3. Cheat Codes

By Black Thought, Danger Mouse 

2. Horrah Scope 

By Killah Priest

1. King’s Disease III

By Nas

The 105 Best Feature Films of 2022

By Andrew Buckner

*Please note: The inclusion of the films on this list is based on the criteria of an official 2022 release date in the U.S.

105. Is That Black Enough for You?!?

Director: Elvis Mitchell

104. Utama

Director: Alejandro Loayza Grisi

103. Women Talking

Director: Sarah Polley

102. Causeway

Director: Lila Neugebauer

101. Fire of Love

Director: Sara Dosa

100. Argentina, 1985

Director: Santiago Mitre

99. White Noise

Director: Noah Bambauch

98. The Fallout

Director: Megan Park

97. Empire of Light

Director: Sam Mendes

96. Jurassic Punk

Director: Scott Leberecht

95. The VHS Strangler – The Giallo Tapes

Directors: Rob Ceus, Jim Stramel, Inge Vanleene, David Strojan, Tony Newton, Joe Cash, Fabrizio Spurio, Gore Filth, Wilhelm Muller, Derek Braasch, Glen Cook, Bo Sels, Kaylan Jordan-Sen, John Migliori

94. Infinite Storm

Directors: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michael Englert

93. Men

Director: Alex Garland

92. See How They Run

Director: Tom George

91. Emily the Criminal

Director: John Patton Ford

90. Triangle of Sadness

Director: Ruben Ostlund

89. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Director: Rian Johnson

88. Operation Mincemeat

Director: John Madden

87. The Last Thing Mary Saw

Director: Edoardo Vitaletti

86. The Whale

Director: Darren Aronofsky

85. Deep Water

Director: Adrian Lyne

84. You Are Not My Mother

Director: Kate Dolan

83. The Sadness

Director: Rob Jabbaz

82. Straight to VHS

Director: Emilio Silva Torres

81. Studio 666

Director: BJ McDonnell

80. Scream

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillet

79. Hellbender

Directors: John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser

78. Flux Gourmet

Director: Peter Strickland

77. Nezura 1964

Director: Hiroto Yokokawa

76. Belle

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

75. RRR (Rise Roar Revolt)

Director: S.S. Rajamouli

74. We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Director: Jane Shoenburn

73. You Won’t Be Alone

Director: Goran Stovelski

72.  VHS Love: Cult Cinema Obsession

Director: Tony Newton

71. The Found Footage Phenomenon

Directors: Sarah Appleton, Phillip Escott

70. Fall

Director: Scott Mann

69. Bones and All

Director: Luca Guadagnino

68. Armageddon Time

Director: James Gray

67. Pearl

Director: Ti West

66. Shakespeare’s Sh*tstorm

Director: Lloyd Kaufman

65. Clerks III

Director: Kevin Smith

64. Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe

Director: Mike Judge

63. Nope

Director: Jordan Peele

62. Speak No Evil

Director: Christian Tafdrup

61. The Black Phone

Director: Scott Derrickson 

60. Terrifier 2

Director: Damien Leone

59. Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

Director: Richard Linklater

58. Elvis

Director: Baz Luhrman

57. Strawberry Mansion

Directors: Albery Birney, Kentucker Audley

56. X

Director: Ti West

55. Cow

Director: Andrea Arnold

54. All Quiet on the Western Front

Director: Edward Berger

53. Devotion

Director: J.D. Dillard

52. Vesper

Directors: Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper

51. The Menu

Director: Mark Mylod

50. A Wounded Fawn

Director: Travis Stevens

49. Barbarian

Director: Zach Cregger

48. Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

Director: Daniel Raim 

47. Aftersun

Director: Charlotte Wells

46. Prey

Director: Dan Trachtenberg 

45. Piggy

Director: Carlotta Martinez-Pereda

44. Resurrection

Director: Andrew Semans

43. Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

42. Pennywise: The Story of It

Director: Chris Griffiths 

41. Nocturna: Side A – The Great Old Man’s Night

Director: Gonzalo Calzada

40. Luci and Desi

Director: Amy Poehler

39. Downfall: The Case Against Boeing

Director: Rory Kennedy

38. A Hero

Director: Asghar Farhadi

37. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom 

Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji

36. Cyrano

Director: Joe Wright

35. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Director: Eric Appel

34. Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

33. Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

32. Something in the Dirt

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead 

31. Sr.

Director: Chris Smith

30. Decision to Leave

Director: Park Chan-wook

29. Crimes of the Future

Director: David Cronenberg

28. Petite Maman

Director: Celine Sciamma

27. The Woman King

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

26. Uncle Sleazo’s Toxic & Terrifying T.V. Hour

Director: Lucky Cerruti

25. The Man in Room 6

Directors: Trevor Juenger, Carrie Juenger

24. The Northman

Director: Robert Eggers

23. The House

Directors: Paloma Baeza, Emma De Swaef, Niki Londroth von Bahr, Marc James Roels

22. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp

21. Disorienting Dick

Director: Richard Griffin

20. The Outfit

Director: Graham Moore

19. Soft & Quiet

Director: Beth de Araujo

18. Nitram

Director: Justin Kurzel

17. Nocturna: Side B – Where the Elephants Go to Die

Director: Gonzalo Calzada

16. The Worst Person in the World

Director: Erik Vogt

15. Higher Methods

Director: Nathan Suher

14. Jurassic World: Dominion

Director: Colin Trevorrow 

13. Babylon 

Director: Damien Chazelle

12. Tar

Director: Todd Field

11. The Banshees of Inisherin

Director: Martin McDonagh

10. Till

Director: Chinonye Chukwu

9. She Said

Director: Maria Schrader

8. The Innocents 

Director: Eskil Vogt

7. Happening

Director: Audrey Diwana

6. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Director: Guillermo del Toro

5. Mad God

Director: Phil Tippett

4. The Fablemans

Director: Steven Spielberg

3. Neptune Frost

Directors: Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman

2. Moonage Daydream

Director: Brett MOrgen

1. Vortex

Director: Gaspar Noe


All Jacked Up and Full of Worms

Director: Alex Phillips

Ash and Bone

Director: Harley Wallen


Director: Andrew Dominik

Bodies Bodies Bodies

Director: Halinah Reijn

Brian and Charles

Director: Jim Archer


Director: Antoine Fuqua

The Eternal Daughter

Director: Joanna Hogg

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert


Director: Hanna Bergholm

Jackass Forever

Director: Jeff Tremaine

The Leech

Director: Eric Pennycoff

Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge

Directors: Aaron B. Koontz, Anthony Cousins, Rachele Wiggins, Alexandra Barreto, Jed Shepherd

To Leslie

Director: Michael Morris


Director: Roar Uthaug

The Wonder

Director: Sebastian Lelio

The 25 Best Books of 2022

By Andrew Buckner

25. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir

By Bob Odenkirk

24. Quicksilver

By Dean Koontz

23. Diablo Mesa

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

22. Road of Bones

By Christopher Golden

21. Stella Maris

By Cormac McCarthy 

20. Monstervision: The Films of John and Mark Polonia

By Douglas Alan Waltz

19. Fight or Play Basketball: every shot counts

By Mike Messier

18. The House Across the Lake

By Riley Sager

17. The Girl Who Outgrew the World

By Zoje Stage

16. Sundial

By Catriona Ward

15. Gwendy’s Final Task

By Stephen King, Richard Chizmar

14. Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems

By Warsan Shire

13. Sparring Partners

By John Grisham

12. All the Flowers Kneeling

By Paul Tran

11. The Passenger

By Cormac McCarthy

10. Devil House

By John Darnielle

9. Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance

By John Waters 

8. The Kaiju Preservation Society

By John Scalzi 

7. Feel Your Way Through: A Book of Poetry

By Kelsea Ballerini

6. The Pallbearers Club

By Paul Tremblay

5. Hell Spring

By Isaac Thorne

4. Fairy Tale

By Stephen King

3. The Boys from Biloxi

By John Grisham

2. The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, From the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us

By Steve Brusatte

1. Cinema Speculation

By Quentin Tarantino


The Babysitter Lives

By Stephen Graham Jones


By Sandy Robson

Child Zero: A Novel

By Chris Holm

City on Fire

By Don Winslow

Stinetinglers: All New Stories by the Master of Scary Tales

By R.L. Stine

The 25 Best Short Films of 2022

By Andrew Buckner

25. “Two Wrongs”

Director: Damien Nembhard

24. “New Years”

Director: Kris Salvi

23. “Heart Shot”

Director: Marielle Woods

22. “Life’s Good”

Director: Jackson Tsi

21. “Erax” 

Director: Hebru Brantley

20. “When the Daemon Takes Hold”

Director: Jackson Batchelor

19. “The Time Travelers”

Director: Killarney Traynor

18. “Not Waving but Drowning”

Director: Thara Popoola

17. “Briefcase Paranoia 2”

Director: Nicholas Hatch

16. “Wanna Play a Game”

Director: Brad Case

15. “Nightcap”

Director: Sam Mason-Bell

14. “A Christmas Card From a Hit Woman in Leominister”

Director: Kris Salvi

13. “Forgive Us Our Sins”

Director: Ashley Eakin

12. “He Comes to Kill”

Director: August Anthony Aguilar

11. “Lux Aeterna”

Director: Gaspar Noe

10. “Scribbles After Midnight”

Director: Jeremy Arruda

9. “Private”

Director: Steve Blackwood

8. “Step Right Up”

Director: Kris Salvi

7. ”Night Owls”

Director: Gabrielle Rosson

6. “Sighs from the Depths”

Director: Richard Griffin

5. “113 N Indigo Dr (Chapters 1-3)”

Director: Adam Michael

4. “The End is Nigh” 

Director: Jamie Lyn Bagley

3. “Amityville: The People of New York vs Ronald J DeFeo Jr.”

Director: Rob Levinson

2. “The Blood of the Dinosaurs”

Director: Joe Badon

1. “Theater 4”

Director: Adam Michael