Midnighters isn’t always consistent, but it’s undeniably fun
When approaching a self-proclaimed Hitchcockian thriller, I proceed with caution. When you make me expect a Hitchcock-level thriller, you better deliver and many times they often disappoint. It’s a bold move to take for your directorial debut, and while Julius Ramsay’s Midnighters is far from the Hitchcockian masterpiece I was hoping for, it’s still a fun and easily accessible little thriller filled with surprises.
With plenty of questions on its mind, Annihilation offers a mind-bending trip into The Shimmer
After catching my attention with Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s follow up was much anticipated. His stylistic and philosophically eerie sci-fi film was one of the year’s best. However, 2016’s Arrival had eclipse Garland’s status as one of the best sci-fi directors working today. With Annihilation, everything that was great with Ex Machina is back, and Garland has created another sci-fi masterpiece.
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.
Jessica Chastain shines in an otherwise drawn-out biopic
Aaron Sorkin has written many great films such as The Social Network and Steve Jobs. In his directorial debut, he tells a story we tend not to see on the big screen: a flawed independent woman running her own business. However, Sorkin’s obsession with dialogue and writing leads Molly’s Game caught in its own game.
It’s no secret, even to longtime fans, that the Star Wars movies are formulaic films. They follow a certain path that leads to a certain victory. And not to say that the formula doesn’t work, because it indeed does and trying something new wasn’t always Star Wars‘ biggest success (yes, I mean the prequels). However, as Star Wars is being directed by auteur filmmakers, that comforting formula will be challenged. Star Wars: The Last Jedi manages to subvert expectations while delivering a worthy sequel that takes its place among the best of the franchise.
Just as it arrives at its destination, Murder On The Orient Express derails
No one can write a twisty murder story quite like the queen of mystery herself. Agatha Christie’s novels have been a particular pass time of mine since the day I’ve read the brilliant And Then There Were None, a story that inspired and continues to inspire many famous modern mystery films. Yet, I’ll be the first to admit that Mrs Agatha doesn’t get enough credit for her influence on TV and cinema. However, even in an attempt to give her the credit she deserves, this remake of Murder On The Orient Express just can’t quite capture the greatness of the novel.
A Bad Moms Christmas can’t help but feel like a rushed sequel wrapped in a cheap Christmas movie
I’m all for feminist female-centric comedy films. Heck, I even enjoyed Rough Nights despite the hate that film got. However, it’s hard to stand by A Bad Moms Christmas. What starts out as a movie about gender roles quickly becomes another cheesy and tacky Christmas movie. Even as an attempt to cozy us up to the inevitable Holiday season, A Bad Moms Christmas is here to remind me why I hate Christmas movies so much.