From President Donald Trump’s predicted inauguration of The Simpsons, to the discovery of Russian tampering in the US general election and Britain’s vote on Brexit, to the unprecedented wildfires wreaking havoc on the West Coast of the US and Canada, it’s an honest assessment judging the year 2017 as a particularity, an anomaly perhaps harboring the calamitous and decidedly bizarre. However, 2017 was also a year that the film industry flourished. The sheer quality of the theatrical releases would thrill any film buff, so let’s see why 2017 was a banner year for movies…
10/10 Blade Runner 2049
In Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner 2049 jumps 30 years into the future as Ryan Gosling takes on the role of Agent K attempting to recapture Blade Runner Rick’s past. for three decades. Between the stunning graphics and smart script, this is truly one of the best sequels in recent memory.
9/10 The Square
From the unique mind of Ruben Östlund comes The Square. After 2015’s Force Majeure, a ridiculously constructed piece of cinema that embraced its absurdity in a brilliantly funny way, the Swedish filmmaker followed up his critical acclaim with The Square, a Euro-satire targeting the art world with its relentless comedy, and subtle teasing. Set in Östlund’s native Sweden, The Square documents the problems faced by an art curator, who struggles to organize a particularly controversial new art exhibition.
8/10 The stories of Meyerowitz
From eccentric director Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories is another director’s take on faulty family dynamics. The Meyerowitz stories detail the estrangement of the Meyerowitz brothers: Matthew, Danny and Jean, and their reunion at their father Harold’s art show. In typical Baumbach fashion, this is an original and whimsical film, peppered with humorous undertones and poignant, poignant moments.
7/10 Nice time
In this dizzying, atmospheric haze, Robert Pattinson stars opposite Benny Safdie as two brothers, Connie (Pattinson) and Nick (Safdie). Connie turns to her brother Nick, who has an intellectual disability, for help as they plot to rob a New York bank. Following his brother’s catastrophic robbery, Nick finds himself locked up with no one, and his brother tries to free him. Directed by the Safdie brothers, Good Time is an overworked and frantically unhinged film, and their signature style often depicting intense brutality gives their films that authentic feel of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
6/10 The Florida project
Set in the shadow of Disneyland Florida, The Florida Project is a kaleidoscopic depiction of the two contrasting lives of a mother and daughter who live in a motel. Naughty six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) is having the time of her life, innocently playing with friends and ignoring the dangers of the world she inhabits, her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite) while superficially keeping it together for her daughter is grappling with financial difficulties and a severe lack of prospects. It’s a film that mixes the purity of youth with the sordidness of adulthood. Willem Dafoe plays the humane and compassionate hotel manager and is nothing short of stunning.
In Christopher Nolan’s summer blockbuster, he takes us to the picturesque sandy beaches of northern France. It looks idyllic. However, the city of Dunkirk, for all its mesmerizing natural beauty, was host to a rescue mission which saw nearly half a million British and allied troops evacuated by sea. Nolan’s description of the true story captures the scale of the largest land, sea and air rescue operation in military history. It’s a fabulously shot script on the incredibly rare IMAX 9802.
Saoirse Ronan won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of Christine McPherson in Greta Gerwig’s lovable Lady Bird. She chronicles the high school escapades of Christine, a charismatic teenager who faces personal and school problems. Dealing with her hot-tempered relationship with her mother, her frosty friendship with her former best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein), and her budding love life, as she deals with the demands of her studies and the pressure to get a place in a new university. Very popular Yorker.
This is quintessentially Gerwig, the beauty of the storytelling lies in the precise detail of her characters and the witty wit of Christine “Lady Bird” herself.
3/10 Call me by your name
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The celebration of the LGBTQ+ community goes beyond the many Pride festivals around the world, with one such celebration also taking place in the world of cinema. From God’s Own Country and A Fantastic Woman to Moonlight, LGBTQ+ film production has been prolific. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name was one of those films that received considerable critical acclaim and is a story of forbidden love between a teenager, Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), in the context of sunny northern Italy in the summer of 1983.
2/10 The shape of water
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We’ve grown accustomed to particular mythical creatures that feature heavily in Guillermo Del Toro’s films, from Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth to Vampires in Blade II, and it’s no surprise that The Shape of Water is no different, with the mystical “Amphibious Man “. The Best Picture winner tells the story of Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaner who works at a strictly confidential government testing facility in Baltimore. While at the facility, Elisa discovers an amphibious man and befriends him. US Secret Service plans to deploy the otherworldly humanoid during the Cold War, but Elisa hatches a plan to save her new mate. The Mexican director’s film was an Academy triumph, nominated for 13 awards and winning four.
Get Out is to Jordan Peele what IT is to author Stephen King: his flagship title. Though ostensibly just a horror thriller, Get Out was quite a political statement that managed to meld together several disparate genres to form this wacky hybrid hybrid of a movie, if you will, even though its many parts work harmoniously together instead of the internal dysfunction that gives most Labradoodles borderline personality disorder.
It is a 21st century love story between a black man, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), and a white woman, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), who take a road trip to meet Rose’s family at their suburban estate. . Trailing the conventional horror line, the initial tranquility is soon disturbed by a horrific reality. Get Out unpacks racism (particularly liberal racism) in a really clever but simple way. The film features all the classic racist tropes a person of color faces in a majority white society.