It is FINALLY time to turn the page on the movies of 2017. No more debates. No more awards shows. It’s time for my Top 10.
10. Baby Driver
Summer movies are usually about sequels and superhero movies, but once in awhile, there’s an original movie that finds an audience and becomes a breakthrough hit. This year, it was Baby Driver. A nonstop, action packed heist movie with fantastic car chases and an even better soundtrack. Ansel Elgort proved he can be a leading man in Hollywood. Also, HOW did Jon Hamm not die right away? It reminded me of Will Farrell from the Austin Powers movies. You shot me!
9. The Florida Project
One of the sadder movies of the year was filmed near the happiest place in the world. The Florida Project dove into the land just outside of Disney World, where low-income housing and poverty is prevalent. The ending might leave you in tears, but the acting of 7-year-old Brooklynn Prince will bring you to your feet. I cannot wait for Brooklynn and Jacob Tremblay to dominate the acting world in 10-15 years.
8. Lady Bird
Saoirse, Saoirse, Saoirse. Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film about a daughter’s turbulent relationship with her mother was one of the most accurate portrayals of teenage life on screen. From trying to be popular to listening to Dave Matthews, Lady Bird hit the nail on the head when it came to teenage angst. As a kid who went to Catholic school for most of his life, the school musicals hit home for your boy. If only I had gotten the lead in our 6th grade production of Oliver Twist. Where would I be now? Anyways, the movie starts and ends with Saoirse and I wouldn’t mind some more Gerwig-Ronan pairings in the future.
If you were to tell me that a superhero movie would be in my Top 10 and it wasn’t The Dark Knight, I would’ve called you crazy. The best compliment I can give Logan is that it was a well-written and acted action / drama movie that happened to feature a superhero. You can watch the movie and not have to grade it on the superhero scale because it stands out from the rest. You treat it like any other movie. Those are my favorite types of films in the crowded superhero drama. This was the perfect sendoff for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character. In fact, I wish it wasn’t goodbye for Wolverine because if Jackman were to make more films like Logan, sign me up.
6. The Big Sick
I saw The Big Sick on a Friday afternoon as a way to kill some time before my friend got out of work. Boy am I glad I made that decision because I witnessed one of the better rom coms of the last few years. I will be honest. I don’t watch a lot of Silicon Valley so this was one of my first introductions to Kumail Nanjiani. He did not disappoint. I was laughing from start to finish. Also, I need more Ray Romano in my life. Reruns of Everbody Loves Raymond only get me so far. I hope this movie is the start of more roles in the future.
5. The Disaster Artist
And the winner for the best surprise of the year goes to The Disaster Artist. I keep using the same line to describe this wonderful film. “One of the weirdest movies turned out to be one of my favorite movies of the year. In some strange way, The Disaster Artist had this charm and likability that made it oddly inspiring.” You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!
4. Get Out
GET OUT! This movie could potentially go down as the one most people will remember in 20 years. Unique, entertaining, and scary, Oscar Winner (so deserved) Jordan Peele could not have created a better debut as a writer / director. I have zero idea as to how Peele can follow this up, but I’m sure he has more tricks up his sleeve. Shoutout to the Sunken Place and the nightmares it gave me.
3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Last night, I watched Three Billboards in its entirety for the first time since October. The movie does not only hold up, but it was even better upon second viewing. The acting was incredible that Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell deserved those Oscars. A lot of people had their problems with the film in terms of the social issues and there are some fair arguments to be made, but as a film, it’s one of the best from 2017.
2. Wind River
Do not get me started on why the lack of awards season love for Wind River was the crime of the year. Gripping, compelling, and hard to watch at points, Wind River had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The chilling mystery of “who did it” takes twists and turns that I did not see coming and provides a bittersweet ending. Find me a hotter writer right now than Taylor Sheridan.
My top movie of 2017 is Dunkirk. Talk about edge of your seat, I felt like I was trying to survive the whole time. Things kept going from bad to worse as you thought “This has to get better for the soldiers, right?” Christopher Nolan continues to put out superb thought-provoking dramas. Dunkirk was a masterclass in editing and sound while the nonlinear narrative provided a new take on a war drama. It will be awhile before we ever see a war film that is as different and creative as Dunkirk.
Now, I can officially turn the page on 2017. 2018, let’s do this.