Wednesday, February 28, 2018


The time has come for us to reveal our list of the TOP 20 BEST MOVIES OF 2017! It was a long and arduous process, and we thank you for being so patient with us as we waited to see the last few stragglers in order to be as inclusive as possible. Our one honorable mention is "Their Finest," which we encourage everyone to see because it is a wonderful drama (and a wonderful accompaniment to both "Dunkirk" and "Darkest Hour" from 2017). Keep in mind, these are our favorite films of 2017, and we would love to know if you agree or disagree with this list. Let us know what your favorites were from last year!
20. "Raw" - Bloody, creepy, brutal, and awesome. We had no idea what to expect from this foreign horror, but boy did we love it!
19. "Thor: Ragnarok" - Brilliantly directed by one of our favs Taika Waititi, "Thor: Ragnarok" is hilariously funny, and super colorful. It puts a different spin on the character and makes him so much better than he has been in the past. A really fun movie!
18. "Baby Driver" - A music lover's dream! "Baby Driver" has excellent visuals, stellar performances, and incredible stunts. Edgar Wright nailed it with this film!
17. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" - Look, it's cool if you watched "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and promptly forgot about it. We will love it for you. In our opinion, this is a worthy follow-up to the original and is surprisingly emotional to boot. The new characters are awesome, the old characters get more to do, and we get some twists and turns along the way.
16. "Brigsby Bear" - An unexpected and uber creative gem about friendship, growing up, family, compassion, and understanding. It is eccentric and hilarious. Do yourself a favor and watch this quirky indie movie!
15. "Darkest Hour" - Most people will completely disagree with us, but we found "Darkest Hour" to be supremely compelling. It is rousing, dramatic, and has some of the best makeup work we have seen put to film in recent years. Gary Oldman absolutely kills it as Winston Churchill and gives the best male performance of 2017.
14. "Molly's Game" - Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut boasts a tremendous cast, expert dialogue, and tons of intrigue and drama. Jessica Chastain gives an incredible lead performance and Idris Elba is wonderful as well. This is a crazy-but-true film worth seeing!
13. "War for the Planet of the Apes" - The "Planet of the Apes" franchise has always had some of the best CGI we have ever seen, and this final installment in the trilogy continues its pristine trend of gorgeousness. It is a deeply involving, somber film with a brilliant lead performance by Andy Serkis.
12. "Good Time" - Calamitous, raw, realistic, and frenetic. Another fabulous hidden gem from 2017. The Safdie Brothers did a number on us with "Good Time." Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie are glorious here.
11. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" - Another Spider-Man movie, you say? Luckily, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is loads of fun. It forgoes the tired old Peter Parker origin story and makes it a relatable, tech-savvy coming-of-age tale as Peter tries to mature as both an individual and as a superhero. It will definitely make you smile. Plus, Michael Keaton is one of the best villains in the MCU.
10. "The Big Sick" - One of the best comedies AND romances of the year. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's "The Big Sick" is heartwarming, tearjerking, and so, so lovely. Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan have terrific chemistry, and supporting actors Aidy Bryant, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano shine and delight.
9. "Stronger" - Overlooked and underseen, "Stronger" is one of the best true-life stories from 2017. Powerfully dramatic without being hammy or phony, it has wonderful performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany in a story about a reluctant hero. What a excellent movie!
8. "mother!" - Where to begin... "mother!" wowed us from day one. Jennifer Lawrence gives one of the year's best performances in this controversial, visually striking, and divisive allegorical film. Director Darren Aronofsky sure knows how to make a movie that gets people talking. PS: FUCK YOU, RAZZIES!!!
7. "Logan" - Violent, heartbreaking, and well made, "Logan" is said to be Hugh Jackman's last performance as Wolverine. He is a marvel in James Mangold's latest film where he is a grizzled older man beaten down by life mentally, emotionally, and physically after his decades of hard-fought battles with the X-Men. This is a stupendous send-off for Jackman in a bloodier, sadder comic book movie that exceeded our expectations.
6. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - This movie gets better with each viewing. "The Last Jedi" brings unexpected endings, fabulous new beginnings, and an uncertainty we're excited to see moving forward in the "Star Wars" series. This is a supremely emotional second installment in the new trilogy of films and boasts some marvelous character development. We will truly miss seeing Carrie Fisher going forward.
5. "Wind River" - "Wind River" has been unfairly overlooked this year at all major awards ceremonies. It is absolutely deserving of praise, accolades, and attention. What Taylor Sheridan accomplishes here is telling a tragic but important story with sharp-tongued dialogue and stellar acting. It is an exquisitely made movie about loss and juxtaposes the horrific nature of humans and what awful atrocities can happen with a place that is so serene looking. It is inspired by true events and pulls back the curtain on important issues related to life and crime on Native American reservations, especially against women. A MUST-SEE FILM!
4. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" - Not everyone will agree with this choice, but we loved "Three Billboards." It is provocative, difficult to watch, and steeped in dark humor and irony with characters that hover in a moral gray area. Frances McDormand gives a powerhouse, layered performance, and Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are excellent as her on-screen counterparts. We believe it is sufficiently tragic, enthralling, brutal, and powerful.
3. "The Disaster Artist" - The best comedy of 2017. We love "The Room," but even if we didn't, we would still agree with that statement. "The Disaster Artist" is painfully funny, ironic yet hopeful, a love letter to those with talent and to those with a lack thereof.
2. "Get Out" -  We knew"Get Out" would instantly be in our top 5 films after we watched it. We couldn't get it out of our heads all year. It's poignant, scary, and effective as both a horror and as a satire. Jordan Peele has created something intelligent and magnificent. It will make the audience uneasy and keep them engaged the entire time. It's surprisingly funny, extremely nuanced, and painfully socially relevant.
1. "The Shape of Water" - "The Shape of Water" is the kind of movie that reminds us why we love cinema. Watching it was a magical, haunting, tremendous experience. It is visually interesting, ethereal, romantic, horrific, and thought-provoking. Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece with this film. This is a fairytale come to life! Sally Hawkins is a marvel, Octavia Spencer is perfect, Richard Jenkins is wonderful, and Doug Jones as the creature is a breath of fresh air. We are absolutely enamored with this film, from Alexandre Desplat's unique mood-setting score to Dan Laustsen's stunning cinematography. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

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