If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably read enough opening paragraphs for “Best Movies of 2017” lists explaining how great a year it was for cinema, and yes, all those articles/lists/whatever are correct. In a year filled with tribulation around the globe, going to the cinema not only felt like the perfect escape, but 2017 was also just a great year in general for movies. From blockbusters to indie standouts, we laughed, we cried, we cheered, and we were wowed from January to December. Creating this list was difficult because, honestly, there was something I saw each month that would have made my top 10 list for any other year; that itself speaks to just how good a year it was for going to the cinema. But another year has come and gone, and it’s time to look back and remember the best of the best that Hollywood gave us in 2017.
A movie not knowing its identity is very frustrating. Get Out is a perfect example of being funny when it shouldn’t be. Having some light comedy or even a moderate amount in a horror/thriller film is perfectly fine. But when a movie is doesn’t balance it well, it makes it very difficult to be scared when you’re supposed to be and fear for the safety of the main characters. I was really wanting to like Get Out. Unfortunately, it had a lot of issues. Read more
Jordan Peele, of the power house comedy duo Key and Peele, is definitely onto something with his craft. The best material has a kernel of truth rooted somewhere in it. With comedy, truth can illicit genuine laughter from audiences who are able to relate. Drama becomes more grounded when it provides some sort of commentary on our reality. Key and Peele has been such a success because of it’s comedic take on race issues and black stereotypes. With Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, he tackles similar issues using the psychological thriller genre as his conduit. Read more