As 2017 has come to an end I felt that it was time I made a list of my favorite films of the year. Now I will admit I have not had the chance to watch some great films this year – Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, The Florida Project and a few others make the list of unwatched films in 2017 unfortunately. These aren’t the films I consider to be THE BEST of 2017 by any means, but these are the films I enjoyed watching most and will find myself going back to watch these films in the future.
Before I begin my list some of the films that just missed the cut were films such as Wonder Women, The Shape of Water, The Diaster Artist, War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and Thor: Ragnarok. So with that being said let the list begin!
10) Shot Caller (Ric Roman Waugh)
A film that fell under many people’s radar – Shot Caller tells the story of a man who’s white collar life completely changes after a night of drinking. Showing the dark side of prison and gangs – Shot Caller shows the lengths someone will go to protect their family. Although it is a gruesome film I believe it was a interesting and entertaining movie that was overlooked by many people mainly due to its lack of advertisement and low budget. If you get a chance to watch this film go for it but be prepared for one bloody and violent film.
9) The Big Sick (Michael Showalter)
Written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon – The Big Sick tells the story of how the two met one another. On a budget of only $5M the film was able to gross $55M making it the second highest grossing independent film of 2017. With a heartwarming story The Big Sick showed us that romantic-comedies can still be good and fun to watch. Showing how cultural differences and backgrounds cannot contain love (yea I know it’s cheesy) – The Big Sick is a great film that everyone should watch.
8) Split (M. Night Shyamalan)
M. Night Shyamalan is back! Giving us the unexpected sequel to Unbreakable – Shyamalan is back and gave us a great thriller/superhero hybrid in Split. The performance’s of James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy were amazing and I cannot wait for the third film in the franchise Glass. This film is a dark twist on the superhero genre although it may not seem like that to some but I’m onboard with it and looking forward to what’s next in Shyamalan’s arsenal of ideas.
7) Logan (James Mangold)
Like Deadpool – Logan showed that you can make an R-rated superhero film and still be successful. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart did a stellar job of portraying a much darker side of their characters. Logan was the best superhero film of the year and was a wonderful farewell to Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine. After 17 years of playing the character it is going to be hard watching another adaption in the future, especially now with Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox it will be interesting to see who will be the next Wolverine.
6) It (Andrés Muschietti)
An adaption of Stephen King’s novel – It was more than just a horror film. A coming of age story of a group of kids and we see that what truly scares the kids isn’t a scary clown, it’s the adults they are surrounded by that are much worse. A great adaptation compared to the what now is extremely cheesy mini series that came before this – It was a great film that I found myself coming back to. Hopefully the sequel is just as great and I am looking forward to it!
5) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson)
The most divisive Star Wars film ever Star Wars: The Last Jedi is everything that I wanted for the franchise. Although, I was a fan of Episode VII I always found myself going back to the film wanting more and that is exactly what Ryan Johnson gave us. Destroying every fan theory and possible expectations that we had for the film Johnson has steered the franchise into a new and bold direction that it was needing. Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be my second favorite Star Wars film behind Episode V.
4) Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve)
The sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi master piece – Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the events of its predecessor. The film continues to bounce off the themes of “what does it mean to be human” along with giving the audience beautiful cinematography by Roger Deakins. A slow burning film that will not be a huge crowd pleaser – Blade Runner 2049 may just be another masterpiece to go along with Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner. It’s a disappointment that a film like this was such a box office disaster. Hopefully the film gets the recognition it deserves for cinematography this awards season.
3) Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)
Based on the memoir of Molly Bloom – Molly’s Game tells the true story of the “Poker Princess” who ran underground high stakes poker games in Los Angeles and New York for the extremely rich, athletes, and A-list celebrities. Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut did not disappoint one bit and Molly’s Game was a constantly entertaining and well made film that I thoroughly enjoyed and will come back to this for years to come. With what I feel is likely to be a strong year for film – Molly’s Game is definently one of the better films the year had to offer.
2) Baby Driver (Edgar Wright)
Edgar Wright is a treasure and we must protect him at all costs. Baby Driver is a beautifully edited film with a killer soundtrack. From the first trailer that dropped I knew I was going to fall in love with this film. Watching it several times this year, I cannot help but find myself humming the songs or being in awe just thinking about the sequences in this film. Edgar Wright has created a damn good film in Baby Driver and I am extremely happy it was a box office success. Hollywood definitely needs to produce more movies like Baby Driver.
1) Get Out (Jordan Peele)
One of the most talked about films of the year – Get Out is Jordan Peele’s horror/suspense film that got a lot of people talking. While subtly placing themes and hidden messages throughout the film Peele created an amazing picture with Get Out. While tackling racial issues we have in modern society Get Out made people think and showed us that great original movie ideas can be box office success’. If Peele’s modern masterpiece doesn’t get the credit it deserves at the Oscar’s it will be a great disappointment. Peele has established himself as one of the most exciting new directors in Hollywood with Get Out.