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Top 10 Movies Of 2017

10.  Wonder Woman

One of the biggest movies of the year finally showed that it’s possible for DC to match Marvel in the movie industry. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins make a foremost female team and it could not have come at a better time. Women are primed to take control of many things in 2018 and the Amazon warrior is their ultimate symbol, especially in the industry that women have really blown the doors off of. Full review here

9.  The Glass Castle

This is the movie based on Jeanette Walls autobiography in which she is played beautifully by Oscar winner Brie Larson, chronicles her childhood with parents who lived a rather gypsy like existence always on the run from debts and the government leaving them in poverty. As she gets older, Jeanette begins to resent her parents for the life they have given her and her siblings. Woody Harrelson plays her alcoholic father who struggles with his addiction and life. Her always optimistic mother is played by Naomi Watts.

8.  Wind River

One of my favorite movies last year was Hell Or High Water which was written by Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan is a writer AND director for the first time with Wind River. With two great leads by Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen it tells the story of a murder on an Indian reservation and the FBI agent (Olsen) and the local official from Fish and Game (Renner) who discovered the body. The wild search lands them in an unlikely situation that may get them killed as well.

7.  Blade Runner 2049

Set 30 years after the original sci-fi classic, Ryan Gosling plays K a blade runner tracking down replicants who need to be put out of commission. After one such event he begins discovering things that lead him on a stranger path and meet him up with Rick Deckard once again played by Harrison Ford. What made this sequel so great was that the tone and vision of Ridley Scott’s original are kept perfectly intact by the visionary Denis Villeneuve. It is without question one of the best sequels in years.

6.  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand gives yet another powerful performance alongside Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. The story of a woman tired of there being no progress in her daughters murder case she takes an unusual course of action by renting 3 billboards on the edge of town calling out the local police department and its chief played by Harrelson. With great performances all around it has been a big player on the awards scene. Full review here

5.  The Disaster Artist

If there is one movie I was very surprised by it was The Disaster Artist. There are many reasons for this surprise one being that I’m not at all a big James Franco fan, I feel he tends to over act a lot of the time. Another reason is all the praise it was getting considering its subject. I just had a hard time believing that a movie about the making of possibly the worst movie of all time would have a hard time being good. I’m happy to say I was dead wrong on all fronts. I laughed and laughed hard and thought it was an all around very good movie.

4.  All The Money In The World

One of the most talked about movies of the year not only because of how fine of a film it is but because of the re-casting and reshoot all within a month of its release. After sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey emerged, director Ridley Scott decided to save his movie instead of scraping it and he cast Christopher Plummer in Spacey’s place. Everything worked out and for what seems like for the better. Plummer has earned himself a Golden Globe nomination and along with Michelle Williams, steals the movie. Full review here

3.  I, Tonya

Prepare for a trip back to the mid 90’s when big hair and figure skating were all the craze. Even before “the incident” figure skating was at one of its all time highs in popularity. Throw in America’s sweetheart and her rival America’s redneck and you have the ultimate drama. Lucky for us the rednecks story is fascinating from beginning to end. With stand out performances by Margot Robbie who plays the infamous Tonya Harding and Allison Janney as her mother it truly is one of the, can’t miss movies of the year. Full review here

2.  Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan proved that a modern day war picture doesn’t have to be violently graphic to be a great film or to convey the terror and impact of war for those involved. It is truly one of, if not, best picture of the year and perhaps of Nolan’s career (the dark knight is tough to top though). This has most definitely been one of the best war pictures in the last 20 years or so. Look for many accolades to come there way this awards season. Full review here

  1.  Lady Bird

I can’t say enough great things about Greta Gerwig’s movie about a teen girl and her struggle to navigate a difficult time in her life along with an overbearing mother who doesn’t know how to connect with or give her daughter what she needs. Saorsie Ronan is emerging as one of the great actresses out there right now and is charging headfirst into her third Oscar nomination and quite possibly her first win. Full review here

Wonder Woman Shows Women Can Dominate The Superhero World Just As Well As Any Man

With another summer comes another barrage of superhero movies to fill the summer blockbuster lineups. I have often been openly critical of superhero movies and the saturation to the market. For example, we are on the cusp of the second reboot of Spiderman in the last 15 years. Marvel comics have been largely the comic book company pouring out movie after movie with a small smattering of DC movies trying to get their foothold in the market. 2013’s Man Of Steel was the beginning of DC’s charge at Marvel and the beginning of the eventual Justice League movie. Last year we got a bit of a deeper taste with Bateman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Both movies seemed to just miss with fans and critics, unlike their Marvel counterparts which are adored by fans and have been reviewed in a relatively positive light by critics. Putting all that aside, DC has not been swayed and has continued ahead with their lavish plans and massive schedule of films.

This leads us to their latest effort throwing us into the Amazon world of Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot made her debut of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the aforementioned, Batman Vs. Superman. There has been quite a bit of buzz since then considering everyone knew this was to be the next DC film leading up to Justice League. For many of us, just the mention of Wonder Woman conjures up images of Lynda Carter spinning into her suit and bouncing bullets off her wrist cuffs. These images may soon be replaced with the new ultimate imaging of the character.

Director Patty Jenkins who is best known for directing Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster, was given the task to helm the story of the most powerful woman in the galaxy. In the world where feminism is at as big of fever pitch as it has been in many many years, this was a challenging and delicate task that needed a woman’s touch. Jenkins stood up and embraced the challenge with every bit of energy she has, and it shows.

The film she set out to make is the origin story of Wonder Woman and through her first foray into the civilized world. Diana Prince is learning to hone her skills when a World War I pilot, played by Chris Pine, crashes near her tribe and the Great War is soon brought to their village. After a battle ensues and the pilot is saved from the Germans with the aid of her people, soon Diana goes with the pilot into the modern world of 1918 and discovers a much larger sinister force at play behind the war and one who knows of Diana and all her skills. Diana is now set to save the world for the first of many times.

Wonder Woman has been praised by fans, critics and women everywhere as the blockbuster movie that finally shows how much ass women can kick. Not only quickly becoming the film for the feminist this year, but also the movie that may have DC finally one up Marvel depending on the success of Spiderman: Homecoming. Regardless of the final numbers ad outcome, Wonder Woman has shown that DC is still very capable of competing in the superhero movie market. The correct formula seems to have driven Wonder Woman in the right direction and has left fans dying for more from the queen of the amazon.

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Is The Biggest Battle Of Superheroes

imageI’m a little bit late to the review party for Batman vs. Superman, but I also took careful measures to not drown myself in all of the immediate reviews and blogs after the film finally was released. While I did happen to see headline and quick lines of people’s thoughts, I did my best to go in with an open mind. I enjoyed 2013’s Man Of Steel and have always been somewhat of a fan of the Superman character. With that said I can’t say I was overly excited for BVS to come out for a few reasons. The first reason was what I think had most skeptics at bay, and that was Ben Affleck playing Batman. Having to follow Christian Bale and the three highly praised Batman films he made almost seemed to big of an undertaking. The second reason my anticipation was not very high was because I don’t know anything about the comic books or anything about The Justice League other than the minimal basics. I’m sorry to say that but I’ve never been a comic book guy, I’ve been a movie guy. The third reason is simply that I thought it was too hyped to succeed. The criticism never stopped from the moment it was announced and then as character posters came out and trailers, it was just relentless. This was probably my biggest reason for putting it off and waiting on my review as well, I wanted to let the dust settle.

The movie begins by showing the battle between Superman and General Zod from an outsiders viewpoint. We see Bruce Wayne frantically trying to get to one of Wayne Enterprises buildings in the midst of the battle. He is there to see the building fall and manages to save an employee who is pinned underneath the rubble.image

The world is now split on their stance of Superman more than before. They had already seen all the good he could do, now they have only scratched the surface of how powerful and destructive he actually could be. One of the most suspicious people is, of course, Batman.

Along with those skeptics is the very wealthy and diabolical, Lex Luthor, whose plan is to pit the caped crusader against the man of steel in an effort to gain inhumanly powers with the remains of the defeated General Zod. Luthor’s plan seems to be working until at the height of their epic battle, they find common ground and refocus their energy. Luthor has since created what he hopes will bring the end to Superman, Doomsday.

imageAnother epic battle ensues which has Batman and Superman fighting side by side along with Diana Prince who has been on the outskirts of their feud, but has been keeping a close eye on everything. When she joins their side, we clearly see the beginning of The Justice League as now Wonder Woman has joined their ranks.

The film is aptly titled, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice because those are the two biggest acts in the movie. I don’t consider it a spoiler to say that there is no winner between the two because it is during their battle that they find the need to work together.

Just barely two years after it was announced that Ben Affleck would don the cape a cowl, we finally got to see if every Batman fans fears were justified. The biggest thing I took away from the movie is that Ben Affleck clearly didn’t drop the ball as Bruce Wayne/Batman. With just the right amount of dialogue to work with, he was given a creation of the character that was just right for his skill set.

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is the one performance in the film I imagealmost still don’t know how to feel about. I just can’t tell if he was so over the top as Luthor that it was great or that it was almost distracting. It felt like a very uneven performance with moments that were as good as Gene Hackman in Richard Donners version and yet there were times it felt uncomfortable to watch. It definitely doesn’t ruin the movie, but it does give pause as to using him in future films.

BVS is as dark as any previous Batman movie that has been made. It has some moments that can be almost chilling in the reality of their violence. Like many other Batman movies there is the creation of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s death. This to me, is the most chilling dramatization of their deaths, specifically Martha Wayne and her shattered pearl necklace.

imageSo the final verdict on BVS is that it was better than I expected which is always a pleasant surprise. It’s going to have its super fans and heavy critics but it is without a doubt entertaining and does exactly what it should do and leads directly into the first Justice League movie due out next year. Don’t go into expecting a movie with Batman to be as good as the Christopher Nolan trilogy, because this is a different Batman but it is one that fits well in this telling of these characters. I’ve come to the realization that there is never any pleasing of the hardcore fans, since I fall under the category of average fan and Look at it from a movie fans perspective, I found it to be engrossing entertaining enough to have me excited for the future films to come.