Rankings

Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

2017 has come to an end, and it’s time to highlight some of the best movies of the past year. This has actually been a great year for movies, there were a lot of great ones throughout the year. I love every movie on this list, and just because it’s lower down doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Also, I haven’t seen every single movie this year for various reasons, so there are a few movies that might have ended up on this list but couldn’t. Lastly, this is my personal list, your’s might be different and that’s okay.

Honorable Mentions: (Alphabetical Order)

  1. Coco
  2. John Wick: Chapter 2
  3. The Lego Batman Movie
  4. Logan Lucky
  5. Mudbound
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  7. Split
  8. Thor: Ragnarok
  9. Wonder
  10. Wonder Woman

#10: Wind River

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This movie flew completely under my radar until I rented it about a week ago in preparation for this list. Taylor Sheridan proves he can direct a film just as well as he can write one. Wind River is an incredibly suspenseful film that pulls you into its setting through a captivating story, well-written characters, and amazing dialogue. Elizabeth Olsen is fantastic, and Jeremy Renner gives the best performance of his career. The two of them have great chemistry, making an interesting dynamic for the movie. Taylor Sheridan balanced story and mystery with characters to make a directorial debut that makes me excited to see what he makes next.

#9: It

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Read my review here! I didn’t think I would love this movie as much as I did. I’m usually not a fan of horror movies, but It had gravitating characters that made it special. All of the kids’ performances are great, they have bright futures ahead of them. Their relationships are what set the movie apart from other horror movies. Bill Skarsgård plays one of the best movie villains of the year in Pennywise. The character could be seen as over the top, but Skarsgård went all the way and created a haunting character. It is one of the most unique horror movies in a long time because of its surprising amount of heart and its terrifying villain.

#8: Get Out

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Get Out was one of the most surprising movies of the year. No one expected Jordan Peele’s directorial debut to be this creative and socially relevant. It works as an enjoyable horror movie, but when you peel back the layers the entire story is a metaphor for racism in today’s world. Daniel Kaluuya gives one of the best performances of the year, and Allison Williams pulls off a tough job because of what she has to do near the end of the movie.

When you find out what is really going on, the reveal is crazy and creepy, and I loved it. Also, if you sit back and think about the movie and look at interviews with the director, you’ll see how genius Jordan Peele is with his parallels between racism and the story, and also callbacks throughout the movie. I can’t wait to see what Peele directs next because this movie is terrifying while giving social commentary.

#7: Dunkirk

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Read my review here! Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors working today, and Dunkirk proves that. Unlike most war movies, Dunkirk is solely based on the experience. Many war films have character-based scenes during the quieter moments, but this movie doesn’t give the characters time to get to know each other because in reality there wouldn’t be time for that.

From the first scene, you are locked into the story and you feel like you’re trapped with them on that beach. Nolan’s directing is masterful, and if you saw it in IMAX you know how well he used the IMAX cameras. The story is told in a very interesting way that enhances the movie and adds another element to it. Dunkirk is a great war movie because it accurately represented the intensity and hopelessness of this one event.

#6: War for the Planet of the Apes

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Every trilogy needs a good finale, and War for the Planet of the Apes delivers on that and does more. Despite the title, this is actually a very character based movie. Caesar is fighting to protect his kind while trying to find peace with the humans, and you see some flaws in his leadership that make him a more compelling character. Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar nomination for his work even with the motion capture because every facial movement on Caesar is Serkis, and he gives a powerful performance.

There are also many themes about the inevitability of humans to destroy themselves through war, they don’t focus on it much, but it was handled very well. This movie is a satisfying conclusion to the Apes franchise and proves that it’s one of the best trilogies of all time.

#5: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Read my review here! Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the best Star Wars movies yet. Rian Johnson took a lot of risks in the story and the vast majority of them land. He took some of the criticisms from The Force Awakens and improved on those in The Last Jedi. They give the characters more development, and they expand on certain elements of the universe as a whole, specifically the Force. Mark Hamill plays a very different version of Luke Skywalker than we’re used to, and it ended up being his best performance of the character. The Last Jedi is the Star Wars movie I didn’t know I wanted and is a great addition to the franchise.

#4. The Big Sick

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The Big Sick is Kumail Nanjiani’s story about how he met his wife, Emily Gordon, while dealing with his parents wanting him to have an arranged marriage. Kumail Nanjiani is hilarious in this movie, he is a real talent to watch out for. He and Zoe Kazan, who plays Emily, have great chemistry. They didn’t seem like they were acting, I felt like I was watching two real people falling in love. There were some great themes in this movie that people of all religions can relate to about pleasing your family while doing what makes you happy. The Big Sick is the most charming movie of the year with a beautiful relationship that feels real and believable.

#3: Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner is one of the most influential sci-fi movies of all time, and also one of the best. Denis Villeneuve had a tough act to follow, and Blade Runner 2049 ended up being even better than the original. Roger Deakins’s cinematography is gorgeous in every shot, this is the best looking movie I’ve seen in a long time. The story is slow-moving, but in a great way that makes it completely enthralling. They build on the original film to create a realistic future for that world and with that, there are more concepts that have evolved to explore, which is what makes it better than the original.

#2: Baby Driver

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Baby Driver is fun and fast-paced, it never slows down and there are no dull moments. Edgar Wright made a musical without words with the music playing a significant role in the movie. Whether the beats are matching up with gunshots, or the lyrics are graffiti on the walls, he always tries to find something new to do with the songs. Ansel Elgort is awesome as Baby and so is the rest of the cast.

The movie has a great ensemble cast, even though Doc uses a different team for each job. Many people have problems with the romance between Baby and Debora, but I liked it a lot, it was really sweet and fit the style of the rest of the movie. Baby Driver is the most stylish and creative movie of the year, it’s it’s a lot of fun and hit all the right buttons for me.

#1: Logan

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Logan is a comic book movie that feels like a true film. It’s the first R-Rated X-Men movie, (excluding Deadpool) and while the action is bloody and brutal, the rating really comes from the mature themes in the movie. It’s really about Logan getting much older and what comes with that like his diminishing healing factor, having to care for his father figure, Charles Xavier, and him being a father to Laura. The action in this movie is what Wolverine fans have been waiting for, it’s very R-rated and they don’t hold anything back.

While the action is great, this movie is mainly character based, Hugh Jackman gives his best performance as Logan yet, and Patrick Stewart is Oscar-worthy good. Dafne Keen is a great new talent as Laura, she played a fierce character and was one of the best parts of the movie. Logan is an emotional end to Wolverine’s story about one of our favorite heroes becoming old and having to risk everything to protect a young girl. It’s one of the best comic book movies of all time, and the ending still makes me emotional after multiple viewings.

That’s my list! I didn’t get to see many of the Oscar contenders this year because they either weren’t playing near me, or I just missed them because of other obligations. 2017 was a truly great year for movies and I can’t wait for 2018.

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Movie Reviews

‘Dunkirk’ Movie Review

Dunkirk is a film set in World War II about the Dunkirk evacuation when the Germans had Allied soldiers trapped on a beach in France. They are surrounded and desperate to get home and be done with this terrible situation. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan, which automatically makes anyone excited to see it. Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) is a solider on land and along side him is a French soldier (Damien Bonnard). Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) and his son, Peter (Tom Glynn- Carney) help out the navy with the evacuation along with Peter’s friend, George (Barry Keoghan).  There are also two pilots, Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden), providing air support and taking out German planes.

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This movie is purely about the experience of watching it. It starts right in the middle of what’s going on and doesn’t take a break at all throughout the film. The way Nolan shoots the movie makes you feel like you are on that beach and have no hope of survival. This might just be the best looking movie of the year, visually. the way Nolan uses IMAX cameras is genius. I can’t remember a shot that took me out of the movie, it was just all great. If you get a chance, see this movie in IMAX because it is the best way to see it. He also shoots on real locations, uses real ships, and as many practical effects as possible. This just adds to that tense feeling you feel in the movie. The sound design is also spectacular, some of the beast I’ve ever heard. It’s completely immersive, especially in IMAX. If the characters are in a ship, every sound is perfect, the gunshots, he waves, the German planes descending on the Allies, were all just pristine quality.

The movie also has an interesting element using time. I won’t spoil it, but at the beginning of the movie they give you some information. It is a little bit confusing at first, but as the movie goes on you start to piece things together and the whole film becomes more coherent. It reminded me of some of his previous films like Memento and The Prestige. However, this element does make the movie much more tiring to watch, because the way they use this does become slightly convoluted. It does give you a basic enough idea of the story, but it’s difficult to put the whole puzzle together.

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The film has been getting criticism for poor characters, saying that they aren’t fleshed out at all. While that critique is valid, that aspect worked beautifully for me. If you are in this situation, you won’t have time to ask anybody how the kids are doing, or who they have at home. It is so frantic and intense that you don’t have time to make friends. If they spent time with character, I feel like the purpose of the film would be undermined. Almost every war movie is about characters, and most of them work very well like Saving Private Ryan. So, if Nolan had done a conventional war movie, then it would have been like all the rest. Instead of that, he pushed against the stereotype and made a war film purely about spectacle and experience. The one negative about this is that you don’t feel any danger for any one particular character. Like I said, you feel like you’re on the beach surrounded by Germans, and that makes you terrified for the British as a whole. However, the film puts certain characters in the forefront, and you don’t feel very attached to them individually.

I personally think that Dunkirk is one of the best movies of the year so far. It is exhilarating and sensational. You’ll hold your breath throughout the entire film. If you haven’t seen Dunkirk yet, I highly recommend seeing it in IMAX. It is meant to be seen with the biggest screens and the best sound systems. While it isn’t one of Nolan’s best movies it is still really fun watch. Also take into consideration, he hasn’t really ever made a bad movie yet. Some are better than others, but they are all good movies.

Rating: A

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Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan, Tom Hardy, and Jack Lowden. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Box Office Report

August 4-6 Weekend Box Office Report

This weekend was relatively slow for movies. There weren’t many new releases, but there is still some interesting things to report on.

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The Dark Tower topped out the box office making $19.5 million in its opening weekend. The film has been getting some criticism for its disservice to the books, and this shows in the numbers this weekend. The film was on a budget of only $60 million, so it should make its money back in international box office if not domestic. Dunkirk stands strong in second place earning $17.6 million in its third weekend putting it at $133,555,738 for total gross. It took a 33% drop from last weekend. The film is making more than Nolan’s earlier works, but has yet to surpass the Dark Knight movies, Inception, and Interstellar when adjusted for inflation. The only one it has a chance of catching up to is most likely Interstellar being $70 million away.

The Emoji Movie came in third place with $12.35 million taking a 49.7% drop. The movie didn’t really have a strong start last weekend, and that continues this weekend. The movie has a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, so parents might have kept kids away from the movie. Hopefully studios learn a lesson from this and put more effort into their ideas. Girls Trip got the fourth place slot with $11.4 million. Its total box office is now $85,443,720 being very successful by the standards of a pure comedy. It’s not my type of movie, but people seem to be loving it.

Finally, the critically panned Kidnap came in fifth place earning $10.2 million in its opening weekend. The budget was only around $21 million, so it has a good chance of making its money back. Although it’s not in the top five, it should be mentioned that Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, Detroit, earned $7.25 million this weekends. The movie is probably focusing more on awards than box office, so this shouldn’t hurt them too much.

  1. The Dark Tower – $19,500,000
  2. Dunkirk – $17,600,000
  3. The Emoji Movie – $12,350,000
  4. Girls Trip – $11,418,700
  5. Kidnap – $10,210,000
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Box Office Report

July 28-30 Weekend Box Office Report

This weekend’s box office is very interesting. The Emoji Movie opened, but with critical hate following behind it. Many critics are saying it is the worst movie of the year, and it has a terrible 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. I was hoping that it would not do well so studios would see that movies with dumb concepts and are clearly product placement aren’t just guaranteed to do well. My wish was granted because it was barely beat by Dunkirk for the number one spot.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II film made $28 million at the box office this weekend taking a 44% drop from last weekend’s $50 million opening. Its total gross is now $102.8 million. This proves how a director definitely can sell a movie, especially Nolan, who is one of the greatest director working today.

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In the number two spot we have The Emoji Movie earning $25.6 million. This is probably very disappointing for Sony as they most likely expected a higher opening for a movie about something as recognizable as emojis. This shows that it takes more than a familiar concept to make a successful film. You have to put in effort and have a great script so the whole family can enjoy it. A good example of this is The Lego Movie. It was a great movie and it opened with $69 million. It’s extremely unlikely for a World War II movie in its second weekend to beat out an animated movie in its opening weekend.

The surprise hit, Girl’s Trip, made the number three spot with $20 million in its second weekend. That means its that domestic gross so far is $65.5 million. It only dropped 35% from its opening weekend. The film has also done great critically as well with 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some people are even calling the movie the best comedy in recent years. Charlize Theron’s new action film, Atomic Blonde, opened at number four with $18.5 million. The movie is directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick and will be directing Deadpool 2.

In the number five spot is Spider-Man: Homecoming earning $13.4 million in its fourth weekend. It’s great to see it hanging on in the top five still. he movie was a great collaborative effort between Sony and Marvel that produced a fun, exciting Spider-Man movie.

 

  1. Dunkirk                                       $28,130,000
  2. The Emoji Movie                       $25,650,000
  3. Girl’s Trip                                    $20,085,540
  4. Atomic Blonde                           $18,554,000
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming      $13,450,000

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