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10 Best Films of 2017

Honorable Mentions:  November Criminals, Berlin Syndrome, Gifted, Sleight, Get Out, American Made, I, Tonya, The Founder, Logan, Phantom Thread

 

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10. I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore

This is probably the most bizarre film I’ve seen this year.  I had no idea where it was going, and it took me by complete surprise.  At first you think the film is a movie just about a girl who’s home gets robbed as she tries to find the robber.  It comes off like a comedy as she is helped by a stranger Tony (Elijah Wood)….and then we go down the rabbit hole.

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9. The Big Sick

The very strange and hilarious true story of Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani.  Stand-up comedy is hard.  Trying to be famous as a stand up comic is harder, and also just trying to avoid being in an arranged marriage and living in America can be the hardest thing to do.  Hilarious.

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8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I think it’s very hard to make an original action film nowadays without succumbing to most of the tropes that come with them.  I was a huge fan of the first Kingsman film, and part two amps it up with more characters, more action, and more violence.  It’s borderline a Quentin Tarantino film, without being a complete rip off one.

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7. Brawl in Cell Block 99

Talk about hyper violence.  Cell Block is a quick decent in to hell and death and doesn’t pull any punches.  It’s the story of a man (Vince Vaughn) hell bent on saving his family at all costs.  And he will stop at nothing in order to do so.

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6. Lady Macbeth

This is one messed up film that borders on being a straight horror film.  We follow the marriage of a woman to a man twice here age who she finds no love for.  She soon begins having an affair with a local boy Sebastian.  They’re affair turns deadly, super messed up, and the whole film turns in to one big mind – f$#k.

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5. John Wick: Chapter 2

Probably the first great film I saw this year.  I am HUGE fan of this series so far, and also a huge fan of Keanu Reeves at this point.  This seems to be the year for great action films, great revenge action films that is.  Some of the best fighting scenes I’ve ever seen are packed in this sequel.

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4. Stronger

How did this fly under the radar?  I’ve been a fan of director David Gordon Green for years.  Stronger is one man’s true story of recovering from the Boston Marathon bombings, and unlike Patriot’s Day which feels like American propaganda surrounding the bombings, we learn about one man’s true struggle of how to deal with what happened.  The effects on his life vs. what those around him see and do and sensationalize things on their own are quite profound.

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3. Baby Driver

More action!  Who doesn’t love bank robberies, and cars going fast, and people getting killed.  Probably the best bank heist movie since Reservoir Dogs, and also Edgar Wright’s masterpiece along with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World now that I think of it.  Completely original, complete fun.

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2. The Disaster Artist

This is easily one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, yet some James Franco is able to make a truly touching film as well based on the true events of the making of the worst film every, The Room.  Franco is some sort of idiot savant as he directs and stars in one of the best films of the year.  He’s got his finger firmly on the pulse of one of the most bizarre stories ever.

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1. Blade Runner 2049

This film is if anything completely gorgeous, and completely like anything else that has come out this year.  It does the original Blade Runner complete justice, which in my mind is one of the 5 best Sci-Fi films of all time.  I’d put the sequel up there as well.  Man what a year for sequel’s!  Ryan Gosling is amazing as a replicant who hunts down Harrison Ford, and meantime tries to grapple with what it truly means to be human, and understand his place within humanity.

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