We hope that everyone had a great year, I know we had some fun watching movie after movie in 2017! For our end of year post, we decided to pick our top 5 movies from 2017 as well as list our top 5 movies we are excited to see in the next year. 2018 will bring many movies to remember I'm sure!
Shannon: I started out by going through and writing down all the movies that I gave a “Loved It” rating this year. That left me with 28 films. It was pretty easy to cut that in half, but after I got it down to 14, man did it take some serious thought as to which I would take as my top 5. BUT here they are!! In the order that we watched and reviewed them!
David: I’ve taken a different tactic then Shannon for this. I’m only allowing movies to be put on this list if they came out in 2017. Otherwise, it would have been pretty much impossible because I watched so many movies. Without further ado, here are a few of my top movies of 2017 (in no particular order), and some honorable mentions. Disclaimer - keep in mind there are quite a few movies I haven’t seen from 2017, including a lot of the Oscar hopefuls. I’m sure that would influence my decision otherwise.
Shannon: Nocturnal Animals
This film was a last minute addition to our Oscar Movie Nominee watching fiesta. Too many movies in such a short time, but it was a lot of fun regardless of the stress it came with. I remember taking an entire day off work to see 3 movies in theaters because they didn’t have ANY times at evening. I also spent an entire Saturday in the movie theater too for this. Might as well kill three birds with one stone huh? Nocturnal Animals left me with something, a feeling of I didn’t know what, and complete awe of the acting and the overall story in this film. I do still suggest that you skip the first 10 minutes, but everything else is just great about this film.
Being back in a world where M. Night Shymalan is a good director is kind of fun. I had enjoyed his films pretty much up until The Happening, and then it really fell off. So I went into Split with a lot of trepidation. But I was blown away by how simple the story was, and the acting performances by McAvoy and Taylor-Joy. It was a phenomenal ride that led to a great pay-off in the credits. I now cannot wait to see Glass.
Shannon: Wonder Woman
I hope you didn’t think that Wonder Woman wasn’t going to make on the list. I mean, c’mon, it’s by far my favorite superhero movie. Justice League was good… because of the parts with Wonder Woman and Flash, but it just couldn’t surpass the epicness of Wonder Woman. I left the theater in this one feeling blown away and wanting to see it again and again and again. I didn’t, because I’m broke, but I would have done it. Gal Gadot stole the show and was perfect next to Chris Pine. I’m excited to see more of her in future DC films.
If you read my review of this film, you had to know it would show up on this list. I ended up watching Logan a total of four times in 2017, which is probably more than any other movie I saw. I watched it twice in theaters, once on a plane, and once on the noir version in black and white. And every single time, I enjoyed it. Hugh Jackman will forever be Wolverine to me, and this swan song could not have been done any better.
Shannon: Baby Driver
I remember getting advanced screening passes to this one. David was so excited for this film to come out, and unfortunately I don’t think he ended up seeing this? After the film was over, I literally felt like I was speeding in my car on the way home. The fastness of the cars and the musical aspects of this film just made it that much more exciting and amazing and fun to watch altogether. I’ll definitely be adding this to my movie collection when I get the chance.
David: Wonder Woman
As soon as I say the words, I immediately hear the theme song in my head and see Gal Gadot. That’s a testament to how powerful this movie is. Between absolutely blowing the box office out of the water and setting up future movies for women superheroes, the movie also managed to consistently hold a solid critics score throughout the internet. I still can’t get over the fact that the storytelling was so solid in a movie about a race of Amazonian women. What could have been terrible was instead great, and therefore ends up on my list.
Emma Roberts and Dave Franco star in this film, one that is based of a young adult novel, and has both adventure and young romance. My type of movie, and I don’t care what anyone else says. I rented this one to watch at home since we had it on the calendar way after it was in theaters. I’m not going to lie guys (it may say this in my actual review of it as well), I watched it twice before returning it to the movie store and went out and bought it for my collection the next day… and watched it again because my boyfriend (now fiance) needed to see it.
David: The Big Sick
A beautiful love story. A real love story. And a really funny comedy. All these could be used to describe the excellent The Big Sick, which finds itself on my top 5 films of the year. Kumail Nanjiani takes the real story of how he met and married his wife and spins it into a love story that is not just believable, but relatable in so many ways. If you want to feel the love, do yourself a favor and find a copy of this and watch it.
Shannon: Moonrise Kingdom
This one was on David’s watch list, and since it was on Netflix I said yes please let’s watch it! And you know what, this film was just glorious. A fun adventure that teaches both the parental characters and the young love birds different things. The adventure was fun, the dialogue between characters was humorous, and it was just overall a blast to watch!
I was so scared of this movie. Not because it was terrifically scary, but because it could have been so bad. After coming off my Dark Tower experience, I was extremely nervous to have another huge Stephen King book coming to the screen. However, what happened next was amazing. IT was terrific, featuring wonderful portrayals of the Loser’s Club, and a very creepy Pennywise. It toppled expectations for a horror film, and I look forward to seeing Chapter 2 in the coming years
Honorable Mentions go to:
Shannon: I just wanted to add quickly my least favorite movies we watched and reviewed this year. It was hard narrowing this list down too, but I figured it would be best to list the ones that I just felt so completely upset that I spent my time to watch it. That would probably be the ones I hated the most.
What's next in 2018?
Shannon: Now for the movies that I'm excited for in 2018. David and I wanted to try and pick different movies, so I purposely did not pick superhero movies even though I'm excited for any and all of them.
David: So I’ll be honest, when I first made a list of movies I looked forward to seeing in 2018…. It was… expansive to say the least. So the first thing I did was cut out (almost) all superhero films. I know, I know - they are arguably the biggest movies of the year, and I’m terribly excited to see them. However, I figured that just about everyone is excited to see them, so I figured I would try and enlighten people on a few movies that people may not have heard about. A few films like:
Shannon: Thank you to all that have been with us from the beginning, and all the new viewers for sharing with us your love for movies. We look forward to continue bringing movie reviews in 2018!
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