Film Fight 2023: January

A good start to the year with seven films in the fight.

The Pale Blue Eye

Empire of Light




The Fabelmans


The January Winner

Despite some very good films, this is an easy win for Tár: incredible performances, good drama, gorgeous film.

Film Fight 2021: Finale

Another year of film watching done. Back to the cinema for a lot of this, but also a bunch that were first/early release at home. Seems like a lot of low to mid budget films are skipping cinemas entirely these days.

As per the caveat every year, Film Fight is done in a (non particularly serious) knock-out style: it can pick my favourite film of the year, but nothing else. (Also the very idea of a single favourite film is a bit silly.)

First up is the honorable mentions: films that weren’t good enough to win their own month, but still worth seeing.

  • Licorice Pizza
  • Swan Song
  • The Eyes Of Tammy Faye
  • Petite Maman
  • Belfast
  • Lamb
  • The Tragedy Of Macbeth
  • After Yang
  • Titane
  • The Northman
  • All The Old Knives
  • Emergency
  • Pleasure
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Nope
  • Rogue Agent
  • Three Thousand Years of Longing
  • I Came By
  • The Woman King
  • The Banshees Of Inisherin
  • Emily The Criminal
  • Clerks III
  • The Menu
  • The Wonder
  • Bones And All
  • The Stranger
  • She Said
  • Glass Onion
  • Corsage

And now the monthly winners:

  • January: The Lost Daughter
  • February: CODA
  • March: Kimi
  • April: Mass
  • May: Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • June: Men
  • July: Thor: Love And Thunder (no, I wasn’t happy about it either)
  • August: Prey
  • September: The Forgiven
  • October: Barbarian
  • November: Pearl
  • December: Decision To Leave

We have a decent enough list of winners with only July really letting the side down.

CODA and Mass were excellent character and performance driven films, with important but very different messages.

There’s more horror on the list than in previous years, with Barbarian being the best of three, but Pearl being pretty close, especially for that monologue at the end. Men was fine, but I don’t see myself going back to it much.

The Forgiven and Decision To Leave have you sitting in a feeling considering what you might do in this situation, which makes for great, lingering cinema.

I’m quite torn. I saw Decision To Leave a few days ago so it’s still quite fresh, but I also remember the fairly emotional experiences of watching CODA and Mass.

I think I’m going with Mass as my film of 2022. It’s a simple setup, mostly four people in one room talking about a tragedy, but you feel every bit of it.

Film Fight 2022: December

For December, we have 9 films in the fight!

Violent Night

The Stranger

She Said

The Infernal Machine

Glass Onion


It’s A Wonderful Binge

White Noise

Decision to Leave

The December Winner

The December winner is the excellent Decision To Leave, largely for the reason stated: you’re not going to forget this soon.

Film Fight 2022: November

A busy month with 10 films in the fight.


Clerks III


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


The Menu

Confess, Fletch

The Wonder

Bones And All


The November Winner

Some very good films in November, but I think the winner is Pearl for so many moments, but mostly for that monologue.

Film Fight 2022: October

A busy month with 10 new films…

Don’t Worry Darling


The Woman King

Luckiest Girl Alive

No Exit


The Banshees of Inisherin

Emily The Criminal

The Innocents


The October Winner

Some very good options but I’m going with Barbarian as the kind of horror I love: it’s inventive, and constantly shifting.