I love movies. I love writing about them. Hope you like reading what I write.
Was your 2017 good? Mine was a mixed bag. I didn’t watch as many new movies as I have in previous years. Not even 50!
Since it’s the end of a year, here are my Top 10s for Best & Worst of 2017! This year I’ve been lazy and put it all into tables.
|Top 10 Best Films of 2017|
|1||mother!||Darren Aronofsky’s latest proves that he is still the most daring quasi-mainstream filmmaker of the modern age. I have not left a film with my mouth so agape.|
|2||Moonlight||A delicately handled and supremely moving tale of growing up with your destiny seemingly decided for you. This won Best Picture at the Oscars for a reason|
|3||T2: Trainspotting||This is one of the most satisfying sequels ever made. We find a film that grows a classic about your 20s into a classic about your whole life. What a great Scottish film!|
|4||Silence||A film showing the truth about being a hero of faith. Before we can be compared to gods we must compare ourselves to man.|
|5||Get Out||A modern marvel. The greatest satirical film of the decade and a film that opened my eyes to the “northern fox” as Malcolm X put it.|
|6||Baby Driver||No film has a better rhythm in everything from its soundtrack to its writing to its editing. Edgar Wright is one of Britain’s best contemporary directors.|
|7||Dunkirk||A truly marvellous war film. This is the first film I’ve seen in a while from Christopher Nolan where he allows the distance he provides us and his characters to deliver something counter-intuitively even more personal and powerful.|
|8||Blade Runner 2049||How do you follow up a legendary classic of a genre? You hire Denis Villeneuve and allow the story to be both simple and awe-inspiring. If Roger Deakins’ cinematography doesn’t win him his Oscar I will scream.|
|9||A Monster Calls||This film even made my Dad cry. That’s how powerful it is.|
|10||David Lynch: The Art Life||This is a really personal pick, but what can I say, it’s my list. David Lynch is a mind we need in the late 2010s and this peep into his painting routes is just the taster I require.|
|Top 10 Worst Films of 2017|
|1||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||I’m grossly offended by this film on a personal level. It takes advantage of an act of faux social progress to create publicity for a film that has no creative reason to exist other than as a reason to close cinemas down.|
|2||The Mummy (2017)||What the heck is this movie? Seriously what happened?!|
|3||Justice League||A film so utterly destroyed by external factors, it feels like you’re being forced to watch the 5 minutes of stoppage time for a game your team is losing 10-0 in.|
|4||Alien: Covenant||Stop making Alien movies. Give Michael Fassbender some material he can use.|
|5||All Eyez on Me||I felt nothing at the end of this biopic about a great artist whose life was cut short. That is a failure right there. At least the central performance was great.|
|6||Whisky Galore (2017)||Pointless film, watch the original.|
|7||Ghost in the Shell (2016)||Again, pointless. I’m not that much of a fan of the original, but it at least offered something we hadn’t seen before.|
|8||Split||It’s a genuine shame that the best work a director makes in nearly two decades is still on my bottom top 10 list. This avant-garde horror film is almost there. It’s so close to being really good and if you like it, I can’t fault you for it. Sadly, can’t help but see the last remaining Shyamalanisms.|
|9||Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets||I admire and respect the creativity in the world of this whole film so much and the balls for all these resources to go onto something we’ve not seen in a film before. I just wish that the writing and plot could match it’s majesty.|
|10||Kong: Skull Island||I actually almost like this film as junk food entertainment. Unfortunately, some tonal problems land it on this list.|
I hope that you have a marvellous 2018. Thank you for being with me for these past few strange years. Here’s to more.
P.S In actuality the best thing I’ve seen this year was Bojack Horseman. I binged all of it this year and I wish I could come up with something so emotionally rich.