Much Ado About Cinema’s Top 15 Films of 2017!

It’s been a great year for movies. From the blockbusters that broke box office records (‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’) to the new-found classics with a real social impact (‘Get Out’, ‘Call Me by Your Name’), many films released this year will doubtlessly be well-remembered for decades to come. There’s been controversial releases from much-loved directors (‘mother!’, ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’), some fantastic sequels, remakes and franchise continuations (‘Logan’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) and even a new Rotten Tomatoes record for critical acclaim (‘Lady Bird’). Of course, as per usual, some movies haven’t quite hit the mark, but best not to mention those. Instead, we’ll talk about the movies that we truly loved in 2017, the very best of the best, in a year that’s been very important for film. Without further ado, our top 15 of the year:

15. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Martin McDonagh’s latest is a dark comedy about the ongoing anger in our world and what happens as it explodes into something far worse. But for as much as past mistakes may have driven one’s own soul to where they are headed to in the present, Martin McDonagh’s newest black comedy isn’t so much what would have been expected. What I first entered thinking it would be another vulgar comedy in the veins of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths wasn’t only that, but to my own surprise it was also a rather stunning portrait of grief – in order to balance the satire present with the way the American morale is perceived by many. In this world that Martin McDonagh has created, there are no heroes, there’s only anger and it explodes into more anger, we laugh along but quickly enough it bites back since we know that in this world we know that there is no greater authority that wants to control the anger. It only feels more fitting in this day and age when you come to consider that America’s driving force is anger. In the most unexpected ways, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is actually rather hopeful amidst the darker surface and it’s also Martin McDonagh’s most optimistic film – driven by a powerhouse performance by Frances McDormand. Right next to her own role in the Coen brothers’ Fargo, it seems like the most fitting counterpart because of their antonymous morals, but it’s that anger it drives from one’s own mind that leaves ourselves to reflect upon what we have in store for the future.

– Jaime Rebanal

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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A Contemporary Western with a Great Sense of Humor

There are very few films that I would call perfect. If you asked me on a different day, I would say that there is no such thing as a perfect film, although I’d say that there are a few that come very close. Some of these films would be Drive, Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only are a lot of these films considered masterpieces, but they are also considered modern classics. Drive for it’s amazing style and characterization, Apocalypse Now for its incredible characters and iconic moments, Pulp Fiction for its unique understanding of pop culture and the types of media it was inspired by, and Raiders of the Lost Ark for it’s incredible storytelling and amazing action sequences.1510329582937-image-4cab084e-ac7f-4488-91d5-aeabe09ac52f

But at the core of all of these films is a great story with well fleshed out characters who all have understandable and relatable goals. These films all understand their characters and don’t manipulate the audience with cheap and weightless emotional moments that have no purpose in the story. Every second of screen time of each of these films is incredibly important. I would consider all of these things necessary to make a perfect film. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, without a doubt in my mind, is a perfect film. Continue reading “Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A Contemporary Western with a Great Sense of Humor”