All the film, TV and music to get excited about in 2022 | Culture

So, you’ve been roused out of your festive meals coma and are prepared to hurl your self headlong into 2022. However what are you able to anticipate from the world of standard tradition over the subsequent 12 months? I’ve pulled collectively some notable releases from the world of movie, TV and music that I’m personally excited about, or at the very least intrigued by. I’ve largely averted sequels, prequels and returning collection in favour of latest stuff (although I’ve included some long-awaited returns in the world of music).

That is certainly not an exhaustive checklist. If there’s nothing right here that floats your boat, happily the Guardian’s tradition desk has a much more in depth rundown of 2022 highlights throughout movie, music, TV, stage, artwork and extra coming subsequent week. Regulate for extra.


Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a scene from “Everything Everywhere All At Once.
From left, Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a scene from “Every thing In every single place All At As soon as. {Photograph}: Allyson Riggs/AP

1. Licorice Pizza
Any movie by Paul Thomas Anderson is a must-watch, however a movie by Paul Thomas Anderson set in his non secular and precise residence, California’s San Fernando valley, is a must-must-must watch. His newest, an antic, meandering 70s coming-of-age story starring Alana Haim and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son Cooper, is a complete delight and fairly presumably the funniest movie PTA has made. Be careful for some dynamite cameos from Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper and Tom Waits.
UK – out 1 January; US and Aus – out now

2. Every thing In every single place All at As soon as
The nice Michelle Yeoh stars in a goofy sci-fi about a middle-aged lady who will get dragged right into a multidimensional quest whereas making an attempt to full her taxes, as you do. It’s from directorial duo Daniels (AKA Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), whom you may keep in mind from their movie Swiss Military Man, in which one other Daniel – Daniel Radcliffe – performed a flatulent corpse. Every thing In every single place …, which premieres at SXSW competition in March, seems as if it’ll prime that movie in the strangeness stakes, going by its actually mind-frazzling trailer.
UK, US, Aus – all TBC

3. The Northman
One other dizzying trailer, this one for Robert Eggers’s follow-up to his completely bonkers Nineteenth-century horror The Lighthouse. The Northman delves additional into the previous, as we head to medieval Iceland for a Viking revenge epic. The solid is as stacked as they arrive, with Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Pleasure, Ethan Hawke and Björk clambering on board the longship. UK and US – out 22 April; Aus – TBC

4. Nope
Little is understood about Jordan Peele’s subsequent movie, past the indisputable fact that it stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, and that it incorporates a storm cloud trailing some bunting on its poster. Is that sufficient to be happening for us to put Nope on an inventory of the 12 months’s most anticipated movies? Given the terrifying one-two punch of his earlier hits, Get Out and Us, I’d argue that it’s.
US – out 22 July; UK and Aus – TBC

5. Killers of the Flower Moon
The elegiac and extraordinarily lengthy The Irishman felt like one thing of an prolonged goodbye from Martin Scorsese, however right here he’s with one other function movie, his twenty sixth. Killers of the Flower Moon sees him reunite with two of his regulars – Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro – in an adaptation of David Grann’s relentlessly readable guide about the real-life murders of rich Osage nation folks in 20s Oklahoma.
UK, US, Aus – TBC


Kendrick Lamar performs at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California
Kendrick Lamar performs at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Pageant in Indio, California {Photograph}: Valérie Macon/AFP/Getty Pictures

1. Mitski – Laurel Hell
4 years after the sensible Be the Cowboy, the Japanese-American singer-songwriter returns with an album which, she says, explores the gray space she occupies, not a “position mannequin” but in addition “not a foul particular person”. There’s at all times been a compellingly gothic tinge to her indie torch songs, and Laurel Hell seems set to push that component additional than ever earlier than: its title refers to dense thickets of laurel bushes that produce lovely flowers and will be not possible to escape from. “I preferred the notion of being caught inside this explosion of flowers and maybe even dying inside considered one of them,” she says.
Out 4 February

2. 100 Gecs – 10000 Gecs
Genuinely groundbreaking music, or childish, nosebleed-inducing noise? Wherever you land on hyperpop duo 100 Gecs (assume Sum 41, Aphex Twin and a 1998 Ministry of Sound compilation trapped collectively in a tumble dryer), it’s onerous to argue in opposition to their originality. Their second album, 10000 Gecs – so named as a result of it’s “10 occasions nearly as good” as their debut 1000 Gecs – guarantees an even bigger, stadium-friendly sound however the similar “extraordinarily on-line”, meme culture-embracing humour and mix of EDM, pop-punk and experimental noise.

3. Rosalía – Motomami
How to higher El Mal Querer, 2018’s chart-demolishing, critic-seducing slice of flamenco-pop futurism which has already lodged itself into Rolling Stone’s 500 Best Albums of All Time? Effectively, in case you’re Spanish celebrity Rosalía, the reply appears to be to recruit the Weeknd, Frank Ocean and the Neptunes and promise your most “confessional” album to date. Nina Simone, Bach, reggaeton and Andrei Tarkovsky have all been cited as influences for what is going to absolutely be considered one of the 12 months’s greatest releases.

4. Kendrick Lamar – TBC
In contrast to movie and TV, with their fastened manufacturing schedules and concrete releasedates, music releases have a tendency be far tougher to predict, ruled by the whims and circumstances of bands and artists. So we don’t know that Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited follow-up to Rattling will arrive in 2022 however, given the hints that one thing is on the horizon, we’re entitled to be optimistic. Together with his observe file, that’s very thrilling information certainly.
Launch date TBC

5. My Bloody Valentine – TBC
OK, now I’m getting a bit grasping. Kevin Shields’s shoegaze pioneers have by no means precisely caught to a timetable (their final album, 2013’s mbv, was launched 22 years after their earlier one, the gamechanging Loveless). However, rumblings have been afoot: the band signed to Domino final 12 months, and Shields promised the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis {that a} new album – a double album, in truth – was “imminent”. What precisely imminent means in MBV-speak is unclear, however right here’s hoping!
Launch date TBC


Photo issued by Amazon Studios of a still from the still untitled Lord of the Rings series.
Photograph issued by Amazon Studios of a nonetheless from the nonetheless untitled Lord of the Rings collection. {Photograph}: Amazon Studios/PA

1. Station Eleven
A drama about the aftermath of a lethal pandemic, launched in the center little bit of a lethal pandemic, you say? Station Eleven has an terrible lot going in opposition to it however – as anybody who has learn the Emily St John Mandel novel this collection is tailored from will know – you’re unlikely to see a extra sneakily optimistic portrayal of the post-apocalypse anyplace.
UK – 30 January, Starzplay; US – out now, HBO Max; Aus – out now, Stan

2. The Afterparty
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, kings of good, mainstream, big-screen comedy (the Leap Road movies, The Lego Film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), enter the world of streaming with a murder-mystery comedy collection for Apple TV+. Fittingly, they’ve introduced a assassin’s row of comedian expertise alongside for the journey, together with Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Ilana Glazer and, crossing over from north London letting companies to Hollywood, Jamie Demetriou.
28 January, Apple TV+

3. Home of the Dragon/Lord of the Rings
It’s onerous to choose considered one of these two mammoth fantasy franchises over the different. Home of the Dragon is the Targaryen-focused prequel to a bit present referred to as Sport of Thrones and, judging by its teaser trailer, guarantees the similar mixture of ultraviolence and spectacular blond wigs. We’ve nonetheless not seen a second of footage of Amazon’s TV Tolkien adaptation – which is so underneath wraps that the entrance to its writers’ room was fitted with a fingerprint scanner – however like Home of the Dragon it’s a prequel, set hundreds of years earlier than The Hobbit.
Lord of the Rings launches 2 September, Amazon Prime Video; Home of the Dragon TBC, Sky Atlantic/Now/HBO Max

4. The Curse
A comic book coming collectively of the creators of two of the funniest British collection of latest years, The Curse pairs Homicide in Successville’s Tom Davis with Steve Stamp, Allan Mustafa and Hugo Chegwin of Individuals Simply Do Nothing. In contrast to these supremely foolish collection, this at the very least has a veneer of one thing approaching social commentary: it’s set throughout the free-market growth of the 80s, as a bunch of hapless crooks try their very own impromptu type of wealth redistribution.
UK – TBC, Channel 4; worldwide distribution TBC

5. Inside Man
Not the barely daft mid-00s Spike Lee heist film, however as an alternative a brand new drama from Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. Its premise has a few of Moffat’s previous present’s narrative sleight of hand, following three very totally different folks – a vicar (David Tennant), a US demise row inmate (Stanley Tucci) and a maths instructor trapped in a cellar – whose paths cross unexpectedly. Lydia West, who delivered a standout flip as Jill in It’s a Sin, additionally stars.
UK – TBC, BBC One; remainder of the world – TBC, Netflix

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