From Get Out to Logan, here are my top 10 movies of 2017
I have no idea if it’s the rising political tension in America or the controversies in Hollywood but 2017 has been a fantastic year for film. This year, we’ve seen a nice mixture of indie movies and big-budget extravaganzas. And not one over-shadowed the other. Previous years, there had been an over-emphasis on mainstream blockbusters such as superhero movies and audiences didn’t have a chance to see the smaller films. Not this year. Films like It Comes At Night, or Lady Bird would have never been released in my neck of the woods, and I’m glad they did.
A common theme in my list includes directorial debuts. From Jordan Peele to Greta Gerwig to Taylor Sheridan, these first-time directors are ones to watch for in the future. And as we continue our fight for diversity, movies have been quite diverse this year. The sleeper hit, Get Out, proved that film about race can be mega hits while female directors are starting to push through. With the push from the current American president and movements such as the #MeToo movement, 2017 has created some of the best movies of the century. Here are just 10 of my favorites.
As we reach the halfway point of 2017, here’s a look at the best movies of the year
I’ll be the first to admit: this year hasn’t been great for movies so far. Nothing has completely blown me away yet and that’s no surprise considering releases like Transformers: The Last Knight, The Mummy or Rings. With titles like these together it’s an easy reminder that 2017’s movie season hasn’t been all that great. Still, I will keep my hope that after the summer there will be that Arrival or Moonlight just waiting to blow my mind away.
For now, though, it’s time to celebrate the movies that weren’t a shit show. And while there wasn’t that stand out movie, just yet, I’m going to highlight 7 movies (each in alphabetical order) that caught my attention during the first part of the year.
Daniel Kaluuya’s strong performance shines in this racial horror-comedy
Everyone knows that racism is scary. But only people of color experience it first-hand. When thinking about racism, slavery, and Hitler probably come to mind. Sadly, in this seemingly ‘post-racist’ world, there’s still subtle racism and Get Out forces it viewers to come face to face with it. This isn’t the kind of racism that existed during the time of slavery nor is it the kind of racism that black people face in the 1960s. This is the kind of awkward cringe-worthy everyday racism. They are the “we voted for Obama, just to let you know” kind of racism.
One fantastic movie year is done, and another one will shortly begin
Looking back at 2016, there are plenty of films that deserve attention. I’m currently writing my Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 and let me be the first to tell you that it is a tough one. Now turning our sight to 2017, it’s looking more and more like a great year for movie fans. This list contains mostly blockbusters but don’t worry I still have my sight on smaller movies, which usually tend to be the ones I love more. Speaking of sight, I will be certainly watching closely at both DCEU movies that will be coming out this year. Wonder Woman and Justice League will try to make the DCEU relevant and a worthy Marvel adversary. While the DCEU had a rough year, horror movies had an excellent year. The Conjuring 2, The Witch and Don’t Breathe were standouts from this year. Some much-anticipated sequels are coming out as well as directors returning to what they do best. Nolan’s Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Deadpool 2 are all movies that will need to deliver to the expectations. All and all, 2017 will be a blast and here is my list of the most anticipated movies of next year.