Ed's Top 10 Movies For 2022

By Little Eddie O'Hare


Greetings Wicked Theory readers! My Buddy Bill has been gracious enough to let me post my top ten movies list here this year. I saw 112 new films over the past 12 months. Below are my top ten (16 if you count the honorable mentions).

Quick note up front: THESE ARE MY OPINIONS! There were many other movies that I enjoyed this year. The ones on this list hit me in the feels.


So here it is. First, Honorable Mentions:

RRR (Raftar Creations) dir. S.S. Rajamouli, runtime 3h 7m – Available on Netflix

Tár (Focus Features) dir. Todd Field, runtime 3h 7m – Available on Theaters and on Video On-Demand

All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) dir. Edward Berger, runtime 2h 28m – Available on Netflix

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios) dir. Ryan Coogler, runtime 2h 41m – Available in Theaters

Nope (Universal Pictures) dir. Jordan Peele, runtime 2h 10m – Available on Peacock

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix) dir. Rian Johnson, runtime 2h 19m – Available on Netflix


And now the Top Ten:

#10 - Troll (Netflix)

Dir. Roar Uthaug, runtime 1h 41m – Available on Netflix

This is Denmark’s stab at a Kaiju movie and boy, does it deliver. Most Godzilla movies leave me bored with the pesky humans and anxious for the big guy to show up again. Troll, on the other hand, has much more engaging human characters with real personalities and motivations for an audience to invest in. Finally, the creature effects were top notch and the reveal of the Troll was truly awe-inspiring.


#9 - The Northman (Focus Features)

Dir. Robert Eggers, runtime 2h 17m – Available on Peacock

Alexander Skarsgård stars in this fever dream of a movie about a Viking bent on revenge. While this story feels like it could have been adapted from ancient poetry, it offers different viewpoints of the narrative that make it feel modern and realistic. Plus, the music and visual ambience are moving enough to inspire one to tear off their shirt and run into the night wielding an axe!


#8 - Bullet Train (Columbia Pictures)

Dir. David Leitch, runtime 2h 7m – Available on Netflix

I would swear Guy Ritchie made this movie. It has all the visual flair, quirky characters and fast-paced dialogue of Snatch but with a more international cast and David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) takes it to the next level with top-notch fighting and stunt work.  


#7 - Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios)

Dir. James Cameron, runtime 3h 12m – Available in Theaters

Never underestimate Big Jim. Many fanboys (myself included) have written off Avatar over the years but I’m willing to admit when I’m wrong. The Way of Water, like its predecessor, offers an immersive experience that should be viewed in 3-D on the largest screen available. Also, the family aspect of the film brings in great new characters and makes the story even more engaging than the first film.

#6 - Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel)

Dir. Eric Appel, runtime 1h 48m – Available on The Roku Channel

Yes, I know it is shocking. “Ed, how in Hell could a fake biopic about a parody musician rank higher on your list than Avatar 2?” Weird is a rare breed of movie… Rarer than the White Stagg. It is a truly silly farce that harkens back to the great Zucker brothers’ comedies of the 1980s that does not bother with sentimentality and focuses solely on delivering as many jokes per square inch as possible. It is, pound-for-pound, the funniest movie I have seen in a decade. I hope to see more like it in the not-too-distant future.


#5 Prey (20th Century Studios)

Dir. Dan Trachtenberg, runtime 1h 40m – Available on Hulu

Predator, much like its cousins Alien and Terminator, is a seminal action franchise of the 1980s that has suffered a slow death as each new installment became bloated and convoluted. Prey is a refreshing turn in the other direction. Trachtenberg gets back to basics and takes us back in time to the 18th century American frontier, where a young Comanche girl discovers something dangerous hunting in the forest. It is a simple story told with killer suspense and effects.


#4 - Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

Dir. Joseph Kosinski, runtime 2h 10m – Available on Paramount+

Tom Cruise saved movie theaters this past summer. I can’t think of this movie without smiling. Pure Adventure.


#3 - The Fabelmans (Universal Pictures)

Dir. Steven Spielberg, runtime 2h 31m – Available in Theaters and on Video On-Demand

Over the past few years, it seems like every big-name director has decided to make a semi-autobiographical film about a young version of themselves falling in love with movies. It should be no surprise that Steven Spielberg has directed the best example of these films. The coming-of-age story is paired with a heartbreaking narrative of a loving family that slowly grows apart.


#2 - The Batman (DC Entertainment)

Dir. Matt Reeves, runtime 2h 56m – Available on HBO Max

How do you make a Batman movie feel fresh and unique again? Well Matt Reeves decided to get back to basics and really focus on the caped crusader’s detective skills. This film has the big, giant effects extravaganza finale we have come to expect from superhero fair, but everything that comes before that feels like a ‘40s noir. The rain, the street lights… I also loved how Reeves built the world out and included many classic villains as supporting characters. The sequence where the Batmobile chases down the Penguin has to be my favorite cinematic moment of the year.


#1 Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Dir. Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, runtime 2h 19m – Available on Showtime

The title says it all, really. This movie has the whole package. It uses high concept genre conventions to tell a deeply emotional story about family, love and the choices we make in life. Michelle Yeoh delivers a knockout performance and shows us that bravery comes in all shapes and sizes.



DC TV Report for week ending 12/25/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday December 25th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were no new episodes this week but I do have a retro pick.

Retro Pick - Aired 9/13/1997

The New Batman Adventures - Series Premiere "Holiday Knights" 1) Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy hypnotized Bruce Wayne, kidnapped him, and made him pay for a holiday shopping spree. 2) Batgirl spotted Detective Bullock and Montoya undercover as a mall Santa and an elf staking out kid shoplifters that turned out to be Clayface. 3) Batman and Robin headed to Gotham Square to stop the Joker from committing a mass murder on New Year's Eve. Last Minute Reveal: Jim Gordon enjoyed his annual New Year's cup of coffee with Batman!

This was the premiere episode of the retooled Batman: The Animated Series that Kids WB paired with their animated Superman. Almost all of the original voice cast returned and the characters were given simpler, more streamlined designs. While reactions to this series as a whole are mixed, this episode is definitely a high point. The anthology approach allows us to get a broad view of the new Gotham and establish that everything you loved about the previous series is intact.

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Santa Bullock - As if the idea of Harvey Bullock in an ill-fitting Santa suit wasn't enough, seeing him get honest with a kid after realizing he put their father in the slammer made me bust a gut laughing.


Superman & Lois Season 2 Premiere Synopsis Released


Naomi develops a Superman-like power and finds alien technology in new teaser trailer


Batwoman Star Javicia Leslie Thanks Team, May Have Confirmed Season 4


The Flash Season 8 Episode 6 Trailer Teases Future Timeline Problems


Peacemaker: James Gunn Confirms & Impressed by Early Easter Egg Find


DMZ: HBO Max Shares Preview for Ava DuVernay, Rosario Dawson Series


Final Farewell

After almost a year of maintaining this blog after the podcast ended, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to continue after this entry. Reporting on the various DC TV universes has been one of the most fun and rewarding efforts of my creative life. While I will never stop watching these shows, I believe it is best to step back and focus on other endeavors. I would like to send a special thanks to Sara Netzley, the best co-host anyone could ask for and Bill Sweeney, for providing us with this platform. Thanks to all of the listeners and readers. I hope to reconnect with all of you again soon!


DC TV Report for week ending 12/18/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday December 18th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There was 1 new episode this week and it was a finale.

Tuesday - 12/14/2021

The Flash - Midseason 8 Finale "Armageddon, Part 5" 1) After Barry succeeded in reversing the Reverse Flashpoint, Thawne asked Team Flash to save him from fading into oblivion. 2) Green Arrow Mia Queen traveled to Central City from the future, looking for her missing brother. Last Minute Reveal: At CCPD, Bart and Nora appeared in a precinct Christmas photo from 2014!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Those Boots - The only hard news to come out of the last DC Fandome was that Barry would finally get to wear his signature golden boots. It was nice to finally see them in action and funny to see Chester try to justify them as event-shaking tech.


‘Gotham Knights’ Drama In Works At the CW From ‘Batwoman’ Team


Superman & Lois Season 2 Episode 1 Images: Someone Needs a Super-Shave


Naomi reveals DC superhero's geeky passion and winged mentor in new photos


Legends of Tomorrow Season 7 Teaser: New Year Brings New Legends


Legends of Tomorrow: Caity Lotz Wraps; Series Close to Season 7 Wrap


Batwoman Wraps Season 3 Filming; Cast Sets New Celebration Standard



DC TV Report for week ending 12/11/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday December 11th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There was 1 new episode this week.

Tuesday - 12/7/2021

The Flash - S08E04 "Armageddon, Part 4" 1) In 2031, everyone was excitedly preparing for the wedding of Iris West and the Flash Eobard Thawne. 2) Barry learned Thawne had switched places with him in the timeline and went to Damien Darkh for help reversing it. 3) Alex Danvers learned Chester and Allegra had a one night stand ten years ago and demanded they get back together. Last Minute Reveal: The thwarted Thawne ran to the time room and demanded Gideon help him change things!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Love - It was what the whole world needed this week on The Flash. Barry Allen, the Paragon of Love, used his title to inspire the world again. Not only did Iris's love for Barry push him to Mach 20, but Damien Darkh fought for Barry out of love for his daughter, Batwoman was inspired by Iris to adopt a kid and Allegra was bullied by Alex and Ryan Choi into admitting she loved Chester. However, there is still one chapter left in this five-part event. So, let's see if all that Love can really hold up.


‘The Flash’ TV Show Casts Mika Abdalla as Phantom Girl


“Superman & Lois” Boosts B.C. Economy


Superman & Lois season 2 trailer reveals an adversarial Teen Wolf reunion and Clark's glitchy powers


Stephanie March Joins Ava DuVernay’s ‘Naomi’ DC Series (EXCLUSIVE)


Colin Farrell to Reprise Penguin Role in ‘The Batman’ Spinoff Series for HBO Max (EXCLUSIVE)




DC TV Report for week ending 12/4/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday December 4th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There was 1 new episode this week and a Christmas special.

Tuesday - 11/30/2021

The Flash - S08E03 "Armageddon, Part 3" 1) Barry tried to invoke the Injustice protocol and force Black Lightning Jefferson Pierce to premanently remove his Speed Force powers. 2) Cecille had Chester and Caitlin work on tech and called in a favor from the Top in an effort to find Barry before Despero. 3) Iris and Allegra went against Cecille's wishes and looked into whether or not Joe's death was faked. Last Minute Reveal: In 2031, Eobard Thawne gave a toast to the love of his life, Iris West, and then the entire party which included all of Team Flash plus Alex Danvers, Ryan Choi and Ryan Wilder were shocked to find the time-travelling Barry in attendance!

Wednesday - 12/1/2021

Beebo Saves Christmas - 1) Beebo became worried about Santa after receiving a form letter from the North Pole and rounded up his friends Turbo, Tweebo and Fleabo to check on the big fella. 2) Santa was making cocoa with chesnut milk at Snowbucks after a penny-pinching elf named Sprinkles fired everyone and turned the workshop into a machine-operated factory. Last Minute Reveal: Everyone sang about how they loved the holidays as Santa and the reindeer made their yearly flight!


           I was half-expecting this to be a clever satirical take on classic animated Christmas specials of the 1960s, and maybe even feature a special guest appearance from one of the Legends of Tomorrow. I was wrong. This is a straight up cartoon adventure in the vein of Frosty Returns from the 1990s. There are zero superhero references or inside baseball shenanigans. This is exactly the type of Beebo special our Arrowverse heroes would have watched growing up. There are some cute messages about traditions and commercialization but overall, I found it a bit too sweet for my taste and all of the high-pitched voices became grating after a while. I will give a shout out to Ernie Hudson, who voiced Santa, and I bet little kids would eat this up.

Ed’s Winner for the Week: Iris West (Candice Patton) - Iris seemed to be the only character on The Flash to keep her head on her shoulders. Barry wanted to run away and hide. Cecille blindly accepted Despero's presence and marched on. Iris took a step back and used common sense. Her Dad would be proud.


The Flash’s Candice Patton Reveals What Iris Isn’t Allowed To Wear Anymore


Robbie Amell returning to The Flash in season 8


Beebo Saves Christmas Director Breaks Down Her 'Fuzzy Blue Sugar Bomb' Adventure


Legends of Tomorrow: Producer Marc Guggenheim Reveals First Beebo Concept Art


Why Legends Of Tomorrow’s Beebo Voice Actor Originally Thought The Christmas Special Was A Joke


Superman & Lois Director Amy Jo Johnson Confirms Episode 206 Wrap


Batwoman: Camrus Johnson Wraps Directing Gig, Shares S03E11 Details


James Gunn’s ‘Peacemaker’ Spinoff Bows Official Trailer And Key Art For HBO Max


Pennyworth Comic Writer Admits He Hasn't Really Seen the TV Show




DC TV Report for week ending 11/27/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday November 27th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 3 new episodes this week including 2 finales.

Tuesday - 11/23/2021

The Flash - S08E02 "Armageddon, Part 2" 1) After Despero claimed Barry would go mad within 24 hours, the city shut down STAR Labs and a villain with psychic powers began committing robberies around Central City. 2) Frost persuaded Chester to put aside his vow of pacifism and begin building a weapon powerful enough to kill Despero. 3) Everyone started acting weird every time Barry mentioned Joe. Last Minute Reveal: Barry ran to the Hall of Justice and asked Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning for help!

Wednesday - 11/24/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - Midseason 7 Finale "A Woman's Place Is in the War Effort!" 1) The Legends crash-landed in 1943, the ladies got work at an airplane factory to gather parts to repair the time machine and Astra became frustrated because... racism. 2) Beyrad and Zari tried helping Nate prep for totem life by being a gracious host to the ungrateful Bishop. Last Minute Reveal: Bishop sacrificed himself and the Legends escaped but the evil attack force turned out to be brainwashed versions of the Legends!

Batwoman - MIdseason 3 Finale "Pick Your Poison" 1) Mary and Alice were on the run from Ryan and Team Batwoman, looking for a way to get the tracking nanobytes out of Alice's blood. 2) Ryan helped Jada capture Marquis so Jada could try to freeze him and figure out how to make him not a sociopath. 3) Sophie immediately regretted her one night stand with Montoya. Last Minute Reveal: Mary was looking for fun, sporting her new green getup and eyed Wayne Enterprises new CEO Marquis Jet!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Altered States - Each of this week's episodes featured characters turning on our heroes while out of their minds. The Flash broke out into wild violence several times without realizing it. We learned the Legends are being hunted by mirror versions of themselves who believe they are hunting time fugitives. Finally, Batwoman had to contend with her Joker-mad half-brother and poor Mary, who was persuaded to let Poison Ivy take over her consciousness.


The Flash Showrunner Offered Shocking Update About Jesse L. Martin's Joe West Even Before That Twist


The Flash "Armageddon" Star Neal McDonough Really Enjoys Damien Darhk


Batwoman Confirms Swamp Thing Exists in the Arrowverse


Power Rangers Amy Jo Johnson Directing Season 2 Episode of Superman & Lois


‘Dead Boy Detectives’ HBO Max Pilot Sets Main Cast



DC TV Report for week ending 11/20/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday November 20th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 3 new episodes this week including 1 premiere.

Tuesday - 11/16/2021

The Flash - Season 8 Premiere "Armageddon, Part 1" 1) Barry and Team Flash worked to stop the Royal Flush Gang, who were stealing high-end tech in robberies that seemed different from their usual M.O. 2) Ray Palmer was in town for a tech conference and Chester was a little too eager to please. 3) Allegra was given a promotion by Iris but found her co-workers resistant to her ideas. 4) A mind-controlling Alien named Despero arrived from 2031 blaming Barry for Armageddon. Last Minute Reveal: Despero gave Barry one week to prove his virtue or face death!

Wednesday - 11/17/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - S07E06 "Deus Ex Latrina" 1) Bishop built a duplicate Waverider and brought Ava Prime and the augmented evil Gideon on a mission to enact revenge on the Legends. 2) After the proto-time machine stranded the Legends in a non-descript forest, Beyrad and Totem Zari struggled to convince Dr. Davies that life was still worth living. 3) Nate contemplated moving in with Totem Zari while trying to ignore nosy Gary and human Gideon. 4) Astra and Spooner split up with Ava and Sara to let the couple vent their frustrations. Last Minute Reveal: Bishop used the ejector toilet to exit the Waverider and landed on Dr. Davies' time machine just as it took the Legends away!

Batwoman - S03E06 "How Does Your Garden Grow?" 1) Montoya tasked Ryan and the Batcave with finding an attacker infected by Poison Ivy's vines and the culprit turned out to be Mary. 2) Sophie was on the warpath trying to learn more about the Black Glove Society and believed Ryan was holding back info on Jada Jet. Last Minute Reveal: Alice and the Ivy-corrupted Mary joined forces and drove off in a fancy car!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Doctors Getting Personal Revelations - All 3 shows featured characters with Doctorates of some kind learning about themselves. The Flash convinced Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) that he could live a balanced life and still make time to help young inventors. Dr. Gwyn Davies (Matt Ryan) was taught the basics of therapy by the Legends. Finally, Mary (Nicole Kang) had to get infected by a rash and become a rageful plant monster to come to terms with the fact that she felt slighted by team Batwoman.


The Flash boss explains how the first Arrowverse crossover inspired season 8's 'Armageddon' event


'The Flash': Brandon Routh on Returning to the Superhero World in Season 8 Premiere (Exclusive)


Santa teaches Beebo a lesson in cute Beebo Saves Christmas sneak peek


Batwoman first look reveals Mary's full Poison Ivy transformation


Peacemaker: Steve Agee Goes "Karate Kid"; James Gunn Lays It Out BTS


How Doom Force Will Be Different To Doom Patrol In Season 4



DC TV Report for week ending 11/13/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday November 13th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 5 new episodes this week including 2 finales.

Tuesday - 11/9/2021

Supergirl - Series Finale Part 1 "The Last Gauntlet" 1) Kara and the Tower had differing opinions on how to respond to Lex Luthor's ransom demands for Esme. 2)  While Nxly tried retrieving the Love Totem from Esme, Lillian Luthor dropped in to warn that Lex was bad news. Last Minute Reveal: After listening to Orlando tell a group of bystanders to keep hope, Kara got an idea about how to prevent Lex and Nxly from leeching all of the city's virtue!

Supergirl - Series Finale Part 2 "Kara" 1) Supergirl gave an inspirational speech to the world and joined forces with super friends from past and present for a final showdown against Lex and Nxly. 2) Lena made peace with the dying Lillian and finally gained full control of her witch powers. 3) After William's funeral, Andrea set up a school in his name, J'onn and the Tower heroes re-established the DEO and Mon-El and Brainy said their goodbyes before heading back to the future. 4) Kelly and Alex had a beautiful wedding. 5) Cat Grant bought back Catco and offered Kara a job as Editor-in-Chief but Kara was torn about continuing her double life. Last Minute Reveal: As everyone enjoyed game night, a news report came on of Cat Grant introducing Kara Danvers to the world as Supergirl!

Wednesday - 11/10/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - S07E05 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist" 1) Sara and the Legends found Dr. Gwyn Davies and left timeline footprints trying to get his prototype time machine up and running. 2) Totem Zari tinkered with the Hoover robot while figuring out if she and Nate could have a long term relationship. 3) Astra cast a luck spell on a rock in hopes that she, Spooner and Gideon could reach the other Legends in New York faster. Last Minute Reveal: The time machine worked but instead of landing in 2021 Tahiti, the Legends found themselves in a forest with no sign of civilization in sight!

Batwoman - S03E05 "A Lesson from Professor Pyg" 1) Ryan brought Sophie along to a dinner party and Jada Jet's mansion where the chef turned out to be Professor Pyg. 2) Alice was pulled into consulting on a Catwoman copycat murder case and discovered Renee Montoya's secret connection to Poison Ivy. 3) The rash Mary picked up in the park made her agitated and aggressively eco-conscious. Last Minute Reveal: Jada admitted to Ryan that her brother Marquis was a homicidal sociopath and asked for her help!

Thursday - 11/11/2021

Doom Patrol - Season 3 Finale "Amends Patrol" 1) Rita was so dead set on getting revenge against Madame Rouge that she did not care that no one on the team had her back. 2) Madame Rouge put Cliff's brain in control of a 30-foot tall robot. 3) Vic tried to help Larry decide to merge with the injured radioactive grubworm. 4) Jane found the Underground caved in and had to convince Dr. Harrison and the others to leave the Fog and return to Kay's subconscious. Last Minute Reveal: The emboldened Doom Patrol piled into Cliff's head and latched onto Rita's time machine as it drilled it's way to a mission to stop a monster shaped like a nutsack in the Suez Canal!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) - Supergirl ended strong this week and the high note by far had to be the surprise appearance of Cat Grant. Her brief moments, which were shot seperate from the rest of production (Flockhart left the series because she did not want to move from LA to Vancouver), were just delightful and reminded me of the hole left by her absence. Even though I was alone watching this, I cheered at the top of my lungs when she showed up.


Beebo Saves Christmas Synopsis Released


Deleted Legends of Tomorrow season 6 scene reveals the rest of Sara's shrooms trip


'The Flash' Season 8 Stages a 'Glee' Reunion With Max Adler Returning as The Hotness


The Flash star Grant Gustin teases Barry and Black Lightning's 'heavy' reunion in 'Armageddon'


Supergirl Star Jon Cryer Would Reprise Lex Luthor Role in Titans