2022 Overlooked Film/TV Spotlight Part Four

With a light week at the box office this weekend, we wanted to give our critics here on the Banana Meter a chance to highlight some of the films and shows that haven’t hit the Meter. We have a wide range of projects selected by our team here to highlight the Overlooked Film Spotlight.

What is the Banana Meter scale, you ask? 

When a film or series hits above 85% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Bonafide Bananas status.
When a film or series hits between 55-84% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Ripe status.
When the film or series hits under 55%, it means it hit Sour Status.

2022 Overlooked Film Spotlight

Here is what our Ripe Banana Critics are saying about the films:

Victor Aragon

The Sea Beast

Banana Meter Rating: 95%

An epic sea adventure that knows how to keep you at the edge of your seat and tug your heartstrings at the same time.

Tina Kakadelis

Am I Ok?

Banana Meter Rating: 90%

Charming in all the right places, angry in others, and pit-of-your-stomach sad at times, Lauren Pomerantz has written a delightful slice-of-life comedy. Am I Ok? is an ode to the effort that love deserves.

Scott Davis

The Gray Man

Banana Meter Rating: 70%

A bombastic, no-holds-barred, pithy, breathless action thriller that deserves proper theatrical release. Gosling/Evans is fantastic, Ana de Armas continues to surprise, and The Russo Brothers’ kinetic, dynamic style blows up the screen in the best way.

Saxon Whitehead

The Bear S1

Banana Meter Rating: 95%

For anyone who has ever worked in the food industry, The Bear will undoubtedly ring true in a major way, as it is so raw and unflinching in how it depicts it. It truly feels like we are watching real people working in a restaurant at times, and it is so deeply human in how it unfolds its narrative. This is easily one of the best new shows of the year, and one of the most impressive first seasons of a show I’ve seen in a long time.

Shaurya Chawla

Ms. Marvel S1

Banana Meter Rating: 95%

Led by an outstanding Iman Vellani, Ms. Marvel not only succeeds at being a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe–which ranks among its best projects to date–but also a wonderfully realized coming-of-age story and beacon for South Asian representation, while setting up a future for Phase 4 of this now multiverse that’s more promising than anything we’ve seen so far.

Ryan Terry

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

A peerless delight! A throwback motion picture as exquisite as the House of Dior itself! Refreshing uplifts the human spirit. A film to inspire dreamers and doers. Easily one of the best pictures of the year. Slip into Director Anthony Fabian’s meticulously crafted film that is sure to make a beautiful statement in any cinema!

Louisa Moore

Paws of Fury

Banana Meter Rating: 55%

An animated film that’s unusual in style and tone, but the characters and voice actors are good enough for a mild recommendation.

Ruth Maramis

The Sea Beast

Banana Meter Rating: 90%

Dazzling, meticulously-detailed animation featuring dynamic camera work from above and below the sea. But what’s even more satisfying than the glorious spectacle is the well-rounded, diverse characters & a thought-provoking story.

Morgan Roberts

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Banana Meter Rating: 100%

Equal parts whimsical and deeply felt, silly and emotionally honest, Marcel the Shell might be the biggest new star of the year despite his 1-inch stature. A wonderful story about love, loss, and finding community, this is one of the best movies of the entire year.

Karen Woodham

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are superb on-screen together, you can feel the chemistry build as the movie progresses and I have to say that although at first, I wasn’t sure how Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, would play out, it was a pure joy to watch. It’s not very often that a two-hander movie comes along that can keep your attention from start to finish, but this is certainly a movie that grabs your attention and never lets go of it.

Jonathan Widdup

Ms. Marvel S1

Banana Meter Rating: 84%

Ms. Marvel overall ended up being pretty good. It did kinda follow the MCU show formula in the last 2 episodes. But the show’s characters are the best part, I loved almost every character. The show has a big villain problem though. And of course, once again, the finale was rushed

Matthew Simpson

The Outfit

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

A well-drawn single-location mystery story with an excellent Mark Rylance performance. Next time someone complains they don’t make movies for adults anymore, just point them to The Outfit.

Joe Movie Man

Where The Crawdads Sing

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

A considerately consolidated big screen adaptation, Where the Crawdads Sing is a solid example of how moving from page to screen can work exceedingly well when the right group of people gets together. Moves Daisy Edgar-Jones into the A list.

Jerome Muscarella

Vortex

Banana Meter Rating: 100%

Gasper Noé once again delivers a fantastic film, that is both emotional and very raw. A truly beautiful but sad picture of the harsh reality of dementia and heart issues.

Hector Gonzalez

She Will

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

Through a revenge film and folk horror medium, as well as a dream-like visual feast, She Will entrancingly showcases how the past lingers in the ether and earth, both as a curse and gift.

James Y. Yee

Decision to Leave

Banana Meter Rating: 97%

After six years off the radar (or four, if one includes The Little Drummer Girl), Park Chan-wook finally returns with his least extreme feature film in years, but also perhaps his most romantic — a noirish romance-thriller and police procedural spearheaded by an enigmatic Tang Wei and a charismatically dimensional Park Hae-il. It’s one of the most rivetingly inventive pieces of filmmaking the South Korean veteran has pulled off in quite some time, and it’s absolutely exceptional to witness in full.

Freda Cooper

Where The Crawdads Sing

Banana Meter Rating: 50%

The first two-thirds play out like an attractively packaged coming-of-age story, getting in the way of something gritty and more challenging. Despite a great performance from Daisy Edgar-Jones, the story has been so sanitized it positively squeaks with cleanliness.

Edward Douglas

Murina

Banana Meter Rating: 85%

A fantastic debut by Kusijanović beautifully shot with just terrific performances from all four main actors.

Don Shanahan

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Banana Meter Rating: 95%

“Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” is emphatically wholesome to no end. Revealing so much wonderment in plain domesticity, this movie decorates the micro-ordinary in wildly unique ways worth celebrating. It may not be your children’s shiny new favorite movie for endless replay, but, when absorbed with receptiveness and appreciated for its singularity, the film will become a charming and formative right of passage experience held dear for a long time.

Dallas King

Watcher

Banana Meter Rating: 85%

Shades of The Tenant & Gaslight as director Chloe Okuno draws out a terrific performance from Maika Monroe in this taut, tense, and immensely watchable thriller.

Cassie Hager

She Will

Banana Meter Rating: 55%

The film is beautifully shot, but confusing to follow – and the likes of big screen legends such as Malcolm McDowell and Rupert Everett are sadly wasted with an underdeveloped backstory.

Brian Skutle

Apples

Banana Meter Rating: 89%

“Apples” explores a fascinating “what if?” scenario that is reflective of a society that cares for the well-being of people struggling with health issues, and offers them a chance to reconnect with life. Aspirational, to be sure, but wonderfully observed.

Brian Eggert

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Banana Meter Rating: 90%

Lesley Manville is a delight in Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, a Cinderella story that gives surprising dimensionality to its characters. The cast is superb, the haute couture is sublime, and if you’re like me, you’ll be all tears and smiles in the end.

Anthony Papetti

Where The Crawdads Sing

Banana Meter Rating: 75%

Daisy Edgar-Jones is terrific, elevating this adaptation that soars as much as it stumbles. The film is made with great love but struggles to overcome its controversial and outdated source material.

Beta_Critic

The Boys S3

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

The best season of Boys and the ride promises to be crazier and insane as we go into further seasons. Season 3 is superhero entertainment at its finest.

Alex Madden

Paws of Fury

Banana Meter Rating: 50%

There’s definitely entertainment to be had, but I couldn’t help but feel like this was just created as a vehicle for intellectual property for Nickelodeon.

Michael Thomas

The Boys S3

Banana Meter Rating: 95%

This season of The Boys continues the insane quest to take down Vought and the false hero. Homelander. Season three takes everything we love about The Boys and turns it up to 11, creating one of the best seasons of television of the year.

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