Photo illustration: by The Cut; Pictures: Britbox, Peacock/Universal International Studios Limited, Netflix, Universal Pictures, Bravo
This year has not been good for the movie business. Box office numbers have been low, and many cinemas are expected to close. Television has also seen its fair share of setbacks; There have been cancellations and renewals of beloved series that turned into abrupt cancellations. However, there were still plenty of good things out there—movies and shows that surprised and delighted us only to our group chats that responded to us with crickets after we asked, “Have you seen this yet?”
If you’re among the silent members of your group chat, we’ve got you covered with a mix of our favorites from 2022. You may have heard of them, but if our chats with friends are to be believed, you probably haven’t seen it. Below, The Cut recommends eight underrated, underrated shows and movies you might have missed this year.
This Netflix thriller series is incredibly engaging and scary (but not too scary for non-horror fans). The mystery is well paced, and the cast led by Mamodo Athie and Dina El Shihabi is excellent. Unfortunately, it was cancelled, but the one eight-episode season stands pretty well on its own. – Olivia Truffaut Wong, blogger
This movie received generally positive reviews over the summer, but I can count on one hand how many people I know have actually seen it. Is she a pioneer? No. Is the plot predictable? especially. Did Leslie Manville make out with Isabelle Huppert (who plays the cold bitch at Dior)? Absolutely – and that’s all I need to be convinced to watch this wonderfully charming film about an English cleaning lady who travels to Paris in search of the perfect haute couture dress. I can’t think of anything more fun to watch during the holidays. – Brooke Marin, Deputy Culture Editor
No one has seen or cared about this show, but I’m smitten with Agatha Christie’s sweet little adaptation, and this one checked all the boxes for a classic, comforting British mystery. Will Poulter and his Usher play a blue-collar mechanic in the middle of a murder mystery in the English countryside; He solves it with the help of Lucy Boynton, as a wealthy heiress, who is better in a British period piece than anything else. Hugh Laurie plays an evil doctor. It’s a perfect winter watch! – Sangeeta Singh Kurtz, Senior Writer
I’m one of probably 100 people on the planet who watched what we now know to be the final season of westworld. Many fans quit the show after the second and third seasons, which were both a difficult follow-up and an enjoyable experience. But all of my favorite characters are brought together in explosive and satisfying ways in Season 4. Aaron Paul’s Jesse faces off against Tessa Thompson’s Charlotte Hill. Thandiwe Newton’s Maeve battles Ed Harris’s Man in Black; And even James Marsden’s Teddy is back! But the real sell here is Thompson’s performance. In Costume Bangin after Costume Panjin, Charlotte lords over a dystopian New York City where robot hosts control the population who are enacting narrative loops unwittingly written by Dolores. it’s a shame westworld I finally got to have fun again only for HBO to pull the plug. – Kathryn Thompson, Senior Editor of Power
Cleaning lady The Fox show is about an illegal immigrant from the Philippines who works as a cleaning lady – Surprise! She ends up working for a crime boss while trying to save her sick child and is pursued by an FBI agent. This show has it all: static life-or-death situations, the FBI agent played by Paris Gilmore Girls, crimes, and my favorite part, the uncanny chemistry between the two leads, Elodie Young and Adan Cantu. It’s the perfect show to distract you from the hell we live in. – OTW
I’m afraid this show from Andy Cohen’s holy kingdom will go down in Bravo history as Girls Gallery: a cult favorite doomed to be re-watched years later by fans who would complain that it never got a second season (perhaps, respectfully, too). But this show deserves better! It is actually a realistic escapist fantasy about a group of young women who, in their early twenties, move to Paris and make a life together. in French. They work hard (well, some harder than others) to make this life last longer than a semester abroad while doing all the things 20 days do: drinking espresso martinis, having super interesting conversations with each other, and shopping off the clearance rack. Why the hell didn’t I move to Paris on the 23rd?! FIFA no RGIP! – Jane Ortiz, deputy editor
If you’ve seen one movie about a high school shooting, watch it Ramifications. Written and directed by Megan Park, this movie is hard to watch at times, yes, but it doesn’t focus on death or violence; It’s a nuanced look at the trauma and friendship between two teenage girls who survive – Vida (Jenna Ortega) and Mia (Maddie Ziegler). It’s thoughtful, funny, and sad, and gets its point without being preachy or exploitative.
When Dolly Alderton was interviewed by The Cut about the BBC television adaptation of her early 1920s memoir, I was sad I didn’t speak to anyone this fall. The show, which aired US-side on Peacock in September, follows two best friends and roommates through the growing pains of their freshman year after college. Maggie (Emma Appleton), a messy, sensitive red-flag party girl wearing douchey fedoras, is loosely based on Alderton herself, while Birdy (Bel Powley) is a refreshing twist on the “smug friend” trope as the shyest member of a group of friends who feel She is growing up after starting her first serious relationship. Their roommates, Neil (Marley Sioux) and Amara (Alia Odovin), have equally compelling plots. Not only did I spend my early twenties partying my way across Camden (this show made me wish I could), but I felt deep pangs of familiarity throughout its portrayal of friendship, love, and the strange second adolescence that is early adulthood. Can a TV show feel like a seven-episode binge and a tearjerker at the same time? Apparently yes.
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