It has been over 8 months since my last post due to my mastery of the art of procrastination. However, I am going talk about my favorite movies of last year just so I don’t feel too shitty about my laziness. Plus, I listed all the movies I saw in 2017 at the bottom. Read on if you want…
(These are in no specific order)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
In probably the most divisive Star Wars movie of the whole series, Writer/Director Rian Johnson delivers the best one since Disney purchased Lucasfilm. I loved this movie from top to bottom, but it is not without its flaws. The whole Finn/Rose storyline is almost entirely useless and doesn’t make much sense. Rose is an idea of an interesting character but she is written very poorly. The editing is all over the place. And all Holdo had to do was tell Poe, “Hey, I don’t like you. But, we’re going to a former rebel base and we’re gonna sneak off this ship so don’t send anyone on a stupid mission that might fuck up the whole thing when they fail. K thnx byyyyeee.” Problem solved. Despite all of those issues I have, I still loved this movie. Anything that had to do with the Rey/Kylo storyline is some of the best things I’ve seen a Star Wars movie. Killing Snoke without any explanation of who he is was a stroke of genius. The cinematography throughout is killer. And we take John Williams for granted. That man has consistently proved for over 40 years that he is the greatest composer of our time.
Blade Runner 2049
I appreciated the original Blade Runner. I understood the significance of the movie and how it basically spawned a whole new type of sci-fi. Other than that I just thought it was good. But, when Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Prisoners) signed on as the Director I was in. And boy did this movie deliver. It is a film noir that is unapologetically sci-fi. It’s beautifully shot, the performances are fantastic and the story is stellar. An instant classic of the genre. Also, I want Officer K’s gun. That thing was dope.
The first two Thor movies were a bit of a bore, but Director Taika Waititi brought his strange comedic sensibilities to the table on this one and made the most fun Marvel movie in the MCU. The whole cast is great, but Chris Hemsworth is hilarious as Thor this time around and completely reinvented the character for the best. All they had to do was cut his hair, destroy his hammer, kill his dad, remove his love interest from the past, blow up his home and add Hulk. Simple. This will be a Marvel movie that I will watch over and over.
Groundbreaking. Powerful. Emotional. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine being all beautiful on the same screen. It’s the best DC movie. Too bad Justice League sucked and diminished her character. Win some, lose some. You can read my full review on it here.
This is Edgar Wright at his best. The whole movie is edited around the soundtrack which makes it a very unique action movie. It’s so damn cool and it knows it. And Jamie Foxx is so damn good as the unpredictable Bats. I love it. And that shootout edited to Tequila is fucking dope. You can read my full review on it here.
Anyone down to watch your childhood heroes die slowly and painfully? If you answered yes than feel free to watch Logan! The Dark Knight of Marvel movies. Powerfully acted and beautifully told. Also, the movie was free to let the Wolverine loose with its R-rating thanks to the success of Deadpool the year before. A fitting and powerful final bow for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. You can read my full review on it here.
Or as it is also known “Oceans 7/11”. A hilarious and slightly off kilter heist movie told by the guy that made the Oceans movies and Magic Mike. It is so much fun watching this movie go through its twists and turns bolstered by a stellar cast from top to bottom. The standout is Daniel Craig who plays a nutcase of a bank robber and he steals every scene he is in. This is just such a fun and entertaining movie in every way. Plus, it is free to watch if you have Amazon Prime right now!
The Big Sick
Just your typical rom-com/drama/part-biopic movie. A whirlwind of a story with two great leads surrounded by an even better supporting cast. This movie unflinchingly takes you on the ups and downs of real shit that can happen in life, but it never forgets to also be very funny and full of heart. This movie deserved far more awards attention at the end of 2017 than it received. You can read my full review on it here.
Call Me By Your Name
This was my pick for Best Picture at the Oscars last year. A beautiful story of self discovery and love. Timothée Chalamet is the breakout star of this movie and deservedly so. He totally should’ve won Best Actor, but I think the Academy just thought he was too young and new to win over a vet like Gary Oldman. But, I digress. The whole movie is a clinic on film making at every level. The cast, directing, cinematography, writing, music, etc. I could go on and on. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking film that should be a launching pad for the career of Chalamet who is about to break out in a big way.
ALL THE MOVIES I SAW IN 2017
Star Wars The Last Jedi, Icarus, Justice League, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, IT, Coco, Thor Ragnarok, Spiderman Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, Kingsman The Golden Circle, Lady Bird, The Disaster Artist, Get Out, Beauty and the Beast, Baby Driver, Logan Lucky, Atomic Blonde, Wind River, Logan, American Assassin, The Big Sick, John Wick 2, Detroit, Phantom Thread, The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name, I Tonya, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Post, The Lost City of Z, War for the Planet of the Apes, Stronger, Baywatch, Kong Skull Island, Florida Project, The LEGO Batman Movie, Fate of the Furious, Mudbound, The Mummy, Power Rangers, Okja, The Meyerwitz Stories, Split