At Salt Lake Film Society, we absolutely adore cinema. Whether it’s an emotional independent film making the rounds at Cannes or an obscure cult-classic from the ‘80’s; our staff has an enduring and insatiable passion for movies, and the stories and visuals that define it as an art form. And this passion becomes even stronger when we get to watch these films on the big screen at the independent theaters we operate.
For our staff here at SLFS, we try our hardest to translate this passion into all the work we do for you, from the films we choose to exhibit, to the local film and cultural tours we are proud to host. But sometimes, we just love watching movies, and when we watch a movie we like, it’s nearly impossible for us to stay quiet about it.
It could be an unknown film from a first-time director, or a classic movie with a legendary cast that we are rediscovering; the members of our staff have watched plenty of good movies in 2022 so far, for business and for pleasure, and we can’t help but share some of our favorite picks with you, our dedicated supporters and patrons.
Salt Lake Film Society – Our Favorite Films We’ve Seen This Year
THE NORTHMAN – Tori Baker, President/CEO
- “Robert Eggers composes a shot with a visceral punch that demands attention, screen size, and community viewing. It’s jaw-dropping in its pure mastery of editing, color pallet, and magic-imagery.”
FIRE OF LOVE – Marcie Collett, Associate Director of Development
- “At its magmatic core, this is a love and adventure story that makes you believe that every oddball – even a volcanophile – has an oddball soulmate. Extraordinary footage and sound, especially on our Broadway big screen.”
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD – Rachel Getts, Associate Director of Digital Content
- “Great take on the quarter-life crisis we all seem to have. Renate Reinsve is a star.”
BETTER NATE THAN EVER – Brandon Suisse, Associate Director of Development
- “I don’t think a film has been more memorable or impactful for me this year than Everything Everywhere All at Once. But Better Nate than Ever had absolutely no business being as delightful as it was.”
LOST HIGHWAY– Stephen Simmons, Associate Director of Production
- “The 4K restoration was like watching Lost Highway for the first time. Everything from the sound mix to the crisp visuals, this gorgeous transfer allows this dark and underrated masterpiece a breath of new life after 25 years.”
PETITE MAMAN – Ally Lantz, Theater Operations Manager
- “Celine Sciamma is my favorite working director, she has this ability to beautifully depict the emotional complexities of human relationships. This one just feels like a warm hug.”
ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME – Noah Hinton, Front of House Staff
- “It was a thrill watching how fast someone’s life can be seemingly ruined through just words and innocuous actions.”
MAD GOD – Landon Adams, Theater Operations Manager
- “An old testament nightmare willed into existence over thirty years. Horror has never looked so beautiful.”
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, ALL AT ONCE – Jesse Sindelar, Development Manager
- “One of the most incredible human storytelling experiences I’ve seen from a movie. Loved the hotdog fingers. I’ve seen it 2 ½ times and I’ve cried 2 ½ times.”
CRIMES OF THE FUTURE – Susan Tive, Head of Development
- “Cronenberg takes a dark and surprisingly humorous look at how the future might send artists looking inward to find the only blank canvas left.”
X – Patrick Charles, Theater Operations Manager
- “Just a good old fashioned horror flick. Plus, Howard’s got the moves.”
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON – Amy Beth Aste, Head of Theater Operations
- “The perfect little movie, the creativity is amazing. Leave it to a Shell to remind us to examine our community, question social media, and place importance on caring for our elders.”
OFFICIAL COMPETITION – Max Kunz, Theater Operations Manager
- “While fitting the bill of an off-beat independent film, it also has a multi-layered commentary on the people who create those types of works. Cohn and Duprat tackle this story with a great, self-aware sense of the surreal nature of such projects.”
HAPPENING – Guy Wheatley, Head Projectionist
- “A topical, French, period film about a girl struggling with illegalized abortion. It’s a horror as a well as a drama; the best kind of horror films reflect the anxiety of the times, and this one definitely counts as that.”
TOP GUN: MAVERICK – Abby Derrick, Front of House Staff
- “It was just a good time. One of the best theater experiences I’ve had in a really long time.”
Art House Films in Salt Lake City – SLFS
Whether it was released this month or 30 years ago, the world of film is continuously providing an intense diversity of movies. This vast selection is a never-ending supply with the potential to engage the interests and intrigues of all types of individuals, including the wide range of tastes within our staff. And just like with every film we play at our independent theaters, we hope that these selections and suggestions help our patrons discover new films and novel stories that engage their minds and excite their hearts through the power of film.
Feel free to ask a staff member about their pick the next time you visit the Broadway or the Tower, and help us keep the discourse and discussion about film alive and well in Salt Lake City.