Scott Unwraps His Top 10 Movies of 2017.

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THE TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2017

BY SCOTT PETERSON

 

This was a tough list for me to compile.  The more I think about it, the more and more I realize 2017 has some really great movies. You can take any one of my movies from 6 down to 2 and interchange them and I wouldn’t argue one bit. As I say every year, all lists are subjective except for mine. The films below should be etched in stone and in your brains for the foreseeable future. I decided not to do a worst of the year list because I want to start 2018 by looking into one of those nebulizers that Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith hit you with in Men In Black. That being said, I will give you my two worst movies ( it was a tie), my most overrated movies, and my honorable mentions that were close to making the final cut. Here. We. Go.

 

THE TWO WORST MOVIES OF THE YEAR

THE SNOWMAN

THE MUMMY

 

These two films were BY FAR the WORST times I had in a movie theater in 2017. The Mummy is an overlong Tom Cruise Botox informercial and The Snowman is the most incomprehnsible garbage I have had to sit through in ages. It was so bad that I think Michael Fassbender should fire his agent or start reading his scripts. Hmm..maybe he should do both.

 

THE MOST OVERRATED MOVIES OF THE YEAR

DUNKIRK

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

DETROIT

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

BABY DRIVER

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION

LADY BIRD

IT COMES AT NIGHT

A GHOST STORY

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

THE DISASTER ARTIST

GOOD TIME

 

 

MY TOP TEN OF 2017

 

 

10. WONDER WOMAN

2017 was the year we needed Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins’s film single handedly saved the DC universe and had the single best action sequence I have seen on film in years. While not the best comic book film I saw this year, it might just be the most entertaining.

 

9. MOTHER

Much like The Neon Demon last year, a movie that started off on my worst of the year list,ended up being one of my favorites of the year. After letting my feelings on the film simmer for a few days, I quickly came to the conclusion that director  Darren Aronofsky accomplished exactly what he set out to do…get people talking about the film. While Mother is definitely not for everyone, it elicits a wide range of emotions that had me reeling for days. This is a film destined for cult classic status.

 

8. LOGAN

Now that is what I call an exit. I can’t say enough about Hugh Jackman and his run as Wolverine. Not all of the X:Men/Wolverine films were great or for that matter even good, but Logan is a sheer shot of adreniline that hits you straight in the heart. Logan is an absolutely  brutal and beautiful film that has newcomer Dafne Keen stealing practically every scene she’s in. What a way for a franchise to go out.

 

7. THE BIG SICK

The funniest film I saw this year was also one of its best. I absolutely adored The Big Sick and like many movies on this list, it gets better after multiple viewings. This one is streaming on Amazon Prime, seek it out IMMEDIATELY.

 

6. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Wow. What an uncomfortable film to watch. I have now seen Three Billboards three times and what always stands out to me is the film’s blistering screenplay and the surefire Academy Award nominated performance by Frances McDormand. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri isn’t an easy watch, but it’s filled with brilliantly timed moments of dark humor that help ease the tension.

 

5. GET OUT

For much of the year, Get Out was my solid choice for number one. Director Jordan Peele has crafted a feature length version of The Twilight Zone that bursts at the seems with originality. One of the very best times I had in a movie theater this year.

 

4. BLADE RUNNER 2049

Another movie that I could have placed anywhere from #6 to #2. Director Denis Villeneuve makes up for the vastly overrated Arrival with a science fiction that hits you over the head with brains and breathtaking visuals. Blade Runner 2049 is BY FAR the most overlooked film of 2017 and that’s just a shame. We often cry out for original material and ignore that same material when it hits cinemas. This is a film that just can’t be ignored.

 

3. THE SHAPE OF WATER

 

Director Guillermo del Toro has once again created a classic. Time will tell if it’s on the same level as Pan’s Labyrinth, but this unique and sumptuous film has as much heart as it does brains. Sally Hawkins is a revelation and The Shape of Water ended up being the second most romantic film I saw in 2017. I didn’t see that coming.

 

2. WIND RIVER

I have now seen Wind River five times and it just gets better and better with each viewing. While I can make an argument for films 2 through 6 landing in this spot, I just kept coming back to Wind River. The performances are excellent and Tyler Sheridan’s film had me guessing until the final frame. Absolutely fantastic.

 

1. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Call Me By Your Name was my number one film of the year and it just wasn’t even close. Director Luca Guadagino has crafted a masterpiece that will break your heart and fill you with joy at the exact same time. When was the last time we can say a movie has achieved that feat? Cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom fills the screen with a wonderous vision of shirtless and lazy poolside summers that had me yearning for just one more day of my innocently oblivious childhood. Timothee Chalamet is going to be a star. Armie Hammer is just tremendous in this film and the amazingly versatile Michael Stuhlberg delivers the single best scene in a film that I’ve seen this year. If you haven’t seen Call Me By Your Name, you are missing out on an absolute treasure.