By Frozen 3 Comments
I did a list for this half way through 2017, and that list has considerably changed. 2017 ended up being one of the best years for films.
Usually I would write an in-depth expansive post about why I made the picks, but this time I will be as brief as I can possibly be, simply because I really think these movies should be given a watch. Seriously check them out. Anyway, here it goes:
Technically masterful and hauntingly visceral, Dunkirk is an immersive and relentless experience. I haven't seen many movies as heart-pounding as this, the film is pure relentless stress. Nolan's usual pitfalls (dialogue/characters) are a non-factor here, because the film is intentionally low on both of those things. It's a case of a filmmaker choosing to play up his strengths, and I think it worked beautifully. I would say this film is on par with The Dark Knight, probably better actually.
2. Blade Runner 2049
Definitely on par with the original. The imagery is beautiful, while the scope and budget for this is clearly bigger than the original Blade Runner, this movie still manages to ask thought-provoking questions regarding its subject matter without beating you on your head with a message. The synth is beautiful too, of course. I wouldn't hesitate to call this film a masterpiece, as is the Final Cut of the 1982 original.
3. Get Out
A horror-comedy which manages to have a likable lead character, thought-provoking and relevant social commentary while also giving a lot of thrills. This movie is one of a kind, I was expecting for this to be preachy about its race message but surprisingly it wasn't. Definitely one of the best horror films of all time, if you'd consider it a horror.
4. Three Billboards Outside Missouri
The less I say about this film, the better. Go in blind. This movie won Best-Picture at the Golden Globes recently, and even though I would disagree with that win, I understand why it won.
A deeply haunting and tragic character study of one our beloved cinematic icons. This movie is an emotional rollercoaster, which ironically feels more higher stakes than your average ''save the world'' MCU movie released every 6 months.
6. The Disaster Artist
A great movie about the making of one of the worst movies ever made, with an Oscar-worthy performance from James Franco.
7. Lady Bird
I don't know why this wasn't nominated for Best-Director....