Month: December 2017

Top 10 Biopics of 2017

One of the most critically appreciated genres in film is the biopic. Always the source of some of the most amazing stories of humanity and award season favorites biopics help capture the best of some of the most daring, inspiring, and courageous people to ever walk the planet. Whether the film incorporates some creative liberties or works to depict events and characters as close to reality as possible these movies always shine as some of the year’s best. For my final list of 2017 before posting my favorite movie of the year on New Year’s Day I decided to look at the best biographical films that I had the chance to see this year. These are the Top 10 Biopics of 2017.

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REVIEW: “Darkest Hour”

 

It’s amazing how even the final film I saw of 2017 can leave an impact. That honor goes to “Darkest Hour”, a film toping numerous best picture and best actor lists of 2017 and to be absolutely blunt I have to agree with that sentiment. As one of the most well balanced movies of the year, “Darkest Hour” is funny, moving, gripping and amazingly acted. But I don’t want to jump the gun. Here is my take on one of the best biographical films of this or any year, “Darkest Hour”.

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Top 10 Comedy Films of 2017

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Honestly comedy has been the most lackluster genre of 2017, at least in my personal opinion, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few gems to explore! From more subtle artistic comedy films to outright loony comedic adventures this genre had more than its fair share of both fan fodder and significant artistic pieces to sift through and I picked my favorite ten of the genre films I saw in 2017. From dark comedy to outright satire, these were the films that made us laugh, either hilariously or cynically, throughout the year. Time to count down my picks for the Top 10 Comedy Films of 2017.

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Top 10 Fantasy Films of 2017

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Fantasy is a wide spread genre in film and has actually become so diluted that its hardly a specific genre at all anymore. The modern definition of fantasy encompasses movies from all different genres that include a mystical, otherworldly, supernatural, or fairy tail-like quality and those are the films I’m focusing on with this Top 10. Today I take a look back at the year in fantasy films and count down my picks for the best of the best that I had the pleasure of viewing in 2017. These are the films that captured our imaginations perfectly and presented us with stories of love, loss, and escapism that brought a smile to our faces or a tear to our eyes. These are my picks for the Top 10 Fantasy Films of 2017.

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REVIEW: “The Shape of Water”

Since I first saw the trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s latest fantasy offering “The Shape of Water” I knew instantly this would be a must see. Sporting the director’s signature style “The Shape of Water” is not a film for everyone, but it is heavily deserving of the buzz that has surrounded it since it won the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. I finally had the chance to see the film myself over the Christmas weekend and now I’m ready to offer my take. Here is my review of one of my personal most anticipated films of the year “The Shape of Water”.

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Top 10 Drama Films of 2017

They made us cry, think, and maybe even laugh a little along the way. They are stories of hope, of the evils of man, and of the tragedy, happiness and sadness within us all. I’m of course talking about the drama films of 2017, a genre that always stands out as the source of some of the best films of the year time and time again. Continuing my Best of 2017 series I took a look at the best in drama that Hollywood had to offer and picked my ten favorites of the year. These are my picks for the Top 10 Drama Films of 2017.

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REVIEW: “All the Money in the World”

 

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After all the celebrations of Christmas Day I decided to cross something off my bucket list and view a movie in the theater during the most popular holiday in America, and to my surprise it’s apparently a pretty common tradition. The film I saw…one of the most talked about movies of the fall and winter for all the wrong reasons “All the Money in the World”. Based on real life events, this film became known for its sudden recasting after Kevin Spacey’s scandals came to light less than a month before the movie’s release. Still, the film has managed to garner critical success. So I’m here to do what I do and discuss my opinions on this Frankenstein of a film. Here’s my review of “All the Money in the World”.

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of 2017

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First off a very Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all enjoy(ed) the holiday!

To continue my year end series it certainly wasn’t the most dominant genre of 2017, but science fiction still had its highlights. From space adventures to warring apes and shrinking people this genre captured our wildest imaginations all the same. Continuing my “Best of 2017” series I looked at films that fit within the science fiction genre and picked out the ones I thought were the best of this calendar year. These are my picks for the Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of 2017.

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REVIEW: “Downsizing”

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Ever since the 74th Venice Film Festival I’ve waited to see for myself what “Downsizing” was all about. A science fiction comedy that serves as a dramatic parody of sorts of dystopian concepts, “Downsizing” is ironically a much smaller movie than I expected, but that doesn’t make it unwatchable. Containing charm and focusing on a few pretty heavy themes “Downsizing” has a lot to say, but how well does it really say it? Here is my review.

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REVIEW: “The Greatest Showman”

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You know over the years I’ve found a new respect for cinematic musicals, specifically ones that are original properties. While it’s impressive to take an already established stage musical and turn it into a good film it’s even more impressive, and frankly more difficult in my opinion, to create something original that comes to life on screen. While it’s not perfect, “The Greatest Showman” is an example of how the musical elements of these films can make or break the project, even if the movie as a whole lacks that special something to make it truly amazing. So is “The Greatest Showman” a show worth watching? Here’s my review!

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REVIEW: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

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I can’t believe it! It’s actually good. The new “Jumanji” movie is actually pretty good! Sorry I just had to get that off my chest. Following up the legendary 90s nostalgia film “Jumanji” from 1995 this standalone sequel had a lot of buzz, both positive and negative, around it for nearly two years leading up to its premier. To my delight and shock this adventurous fantasy film packs a punch and works as both an kid friendly tribute to video game culture and an adult friendly comedy. Let’s take a closer look at what I consider probably the biggest surprise quality film of 2017. Here is my review of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”.

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Top 10 Animated Films of 2017

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We saw plenty of animated offerings in 2017 with every major animation studio rolling out different features for the young and young at heart to appreciate in full. From animated takes on classic children’s books to franchise builders, sequels and original stories it was a good year for the genre. Not a great year, but a good one. Continuing my series of best films of 2017 I took a look at ten of the best animated features of the year. These are my picks for the “Top 10 Animated Films of 2017”.

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