Wednesday, 27 December 2017

FILMS OF 2017

Welcome to my annual list of the best and worst films of the year. It's been a pretty good year for film and I've been to the cinema over 100 times and seen 83 new release films, three re-issues and 15 repeats.

I've been moved three times to tears, I've been stunned silent by two and I've walked out of one. I've  seen the end of several long running franchises including Transformers (good riddance), and The Planet of the Apes. I've also seen the birth of some new franchises, Kong, Spider-man and of course Dunkirk (can't wait for the sequel) and the inexplicable continuing of the Fast and Furious franchise that does feel a little like it's now coasting.

The summer produced its usually crop of dross and yet there were still some utter gems, those films that arrived and surprised in equal measure and overall I still managed to see three films that I gave a 10/10 score too. One of those was a subtitled Japanese anime that was both moving, profound and uplifting. I've seen films that have arrived on the crest of overwhelming critical praise that have left me rather 'meh' and I've also seen films that critics dismissed that i thoroughly enjoyed, which is an important thing to remember. These following lists are mine and mine alone, their mine opinion and I fully expect many of you to disagree, which I look forward to because I adore the way that film engenders discussion and opinion.

Anyway, here, in case you're interested, is my various lists of the year. Oh, I've still got one film to go this year - PERFECT PITCH 3, but I'm not expecting it to change the running order of either of the lists.

So, without further ado...

TOP TEN (in ascending order):

FILM OF THE YEAR 2017:
MANCHESTER BY SEA

"I don't often say this, but I urge you to see this, it deserves to be seen. A modern masterpiece. 10/10"

02. YOUR NAME 10/10
03. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING 10/10
04. DUNKIRK 9/10
05. BABY DRIVER 9/10
06. KONG: SKULL ISLAND 9/10
07. LOGAN 9/10
08. STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI 9/10
09. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES 9/10
10. BLADE RUNNER 2049 9/10


HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
11. COLOSSAL 8/10
12. TONI ERDMANN 8/10
13. DISASTER ARTIST 8/10
14. IT 8/10
15. THE DEATH OF STALIN 8/10
16. GET OUT 8/10
17. HAPPY DEATH DAY 8/10
18. WIND RIVER 8/10
19. TRAINSPOTTING 2 8/10
20. PADDINGTON 2 8/10

ALL THE REST:
MISS SLOANE 8/10
BATTLE OF THE SEXES 8/10
SPLIT 8/10
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS 8/10
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 8/10
THOR: RAGNAROK 8/10
AMERICAN MADE 8/10
HIDDEN FIGURES 8/10
THE FOUNDER 8/10
THE LIME HOUSE GOLEM 8/10
A MONSTER CALLS 8/10
GIFTED 8/10
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL 8/10
THE BIG SICK 8/10
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT 8/10
FREE FIRE 8/10
HACKSAW RIDGE 8/10
VALERIAN 7/10
THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD 7/10
LOGAN LUCKY 7/10
GOING IN STYLE 7/10
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 7/10
JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 7/10
ATOMIC BLONDE 7/10
ALIEN: COVENANT 7/10
AMERICAN ASSASSIN 7/10
THEIR FINEST 7/10 
PATRIOTS DAY 7/10
THE GREAT WALL 7/10
A CURE FOR WELLNESS 7/10
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE 7/10
DESPICABLE ME 3 7/10
LA LA LAND 7/10
UNLOCKED 7/10
THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE 7/10
WONDER 6/10
JUSTICE LEAGUE 6/10
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS 6/10
KINGSMEN: GOLDEN CIRCLE 6/10
FAST AND FURIOUS 8 6/10
GOLD 6/10
LIVE BY NIGHT 5/10

DISHONOURABLE MENTIONS:
20. FIST FIGHT 5/10
19. COLLATERAL BEAUTY 5/10
18. GEOSTORM 4/10
17. STRATTON 4/10
16. GHOST IN THE SHELL 4/10 
15. XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE 4/10 
14. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD 4/10
13. THE MUMMY 4/10
12. LIFE 3/10 
11. POWER RANGERS 3/10
BOTTOM TEN (in ascending order):

10. MOTHER! 3/10
09. ASSASSIN'S CREED 3/10
08. JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 3/10
07. THE SNOWMAN 2/10
06. SLEEPLESS 2/10 
05. THE DARK TOWER 2/10
04. PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 5: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES 2/10
03. UNDERWORLD 5: BLOOD BORE 2/10
02. TRANSFORMERS 5: THE LAST KNIGHT 1/10

THE WORST FILM OF 2017:
BAYWATCH 0/10
"Crap. A laugh free, exercise in the laziest film making I have ever seen. With not one iota to recommend to anyone. Seriously do not go and see this, it is truly dreadful.0/10"

REISSUES:

1. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
2. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY 3D
3. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

REPEATS (no particular order):
JUSTICE LEAGUE 6/10 (x3)
LOGAN 9/10 (x2)
KONG 9/10 (x2)
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND WORLDS 7/10 (x2)
WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 9/10 (x2)
SPIDER-MAN: HOME COMING 10/10 (x2)
BABY DRIVER 9/10 (x2)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 8/10 (x2)
JOHN WICK 2 7/10 (x2)
ALIEN COVENANT 7/10 (x2)
WONDER WOMAN 8/10 (x2)
BLADE RUNNER 2049 9/10 (x2)
THOR RAGNAROK 8/10 (x2)

ALL THE FILMS OF 2017 RANKED FROM BEST TO WORST:
  1. MANCHESTER BY SEA 10/10 
  2. YOUR NAME 10/10
  3. SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING 10/10
  4. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 10/10 (RE-ISSUE)
  5. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY 3D 10/10 (RE-ISSUE)
  6. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND 10/10 (RE-ISSUE)
  7. DUNKIRK 9/10 
  8. BABY DRIVER 9/10
  9. KONG: SKULL ISLAND 9/10 
  10. LOGAN 9/10 
  11. STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI 9/10
  12. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES 9/10
  13. BLADE RUNNER 2049 9/10
  14. COLOSSAL 8/10 
  15. THE DISASTER ARTIST 8/10
  16. WONDER WOMAN 8/10
  17. IT 8/10
  18. TRAINSPOTTING 2 8/10 
  19. THE DEATH OF STALIN 8/10
  20. GET OUT 8/10
  21. HAPPY DEATH DAY 8/10
  22. WIND RIVER 8/10
  23. MISS SLOANE 8/10
  24. PADDINGTON 2 8/10
  25. BATTLE OF THE SEXES 8/10
  26. SPLIT 8/10 
  27. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS 8/10
  28. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 8/10 
  29. THOR: RAGNAROK 8/10
  30. TONI ERDMANN 8/10
  31. AMERICAN MADE 8/10
  32. HIDDEN FIGURES 8/10
  33. THE FOUNDER 8/10
  34. THE LIME HOUSE GOLEM 8/10
  35. A MONSTER CALLS 8/10
  36. GIFTED 8/10
  37. BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL 8/10
  38. THE BELKO EXPERIMENT 8/10
  39. FREE FIRE 8/10
  40. HACKSAW RIDGE 8/10
  41. THE BIG SICK 8/10
  42. VALERIAN 7/10
  43. THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD 7/10 
  44. LOGAN LUCKY 7/10
  45. GOING IN STYLE 7/10 
  46. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 7/10
  47. JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 7/10
  48. ATOMIC BLONDE 7/10 
  49. ALIEN: COVENANT 7/10 
  50. AMERICAN ASSASSIN 7/10
  51. THEIR FINEST 7/10   
  52. PATRIOTS DAY 7/10
  53. THE GREAT WALL 7/10 
  54. A CURE FOR WELLNESS 7/10 
  55. DESPICABLE ME 3 7/10
  56. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE 7/10 
  57. LA LA LAND 7/10 
  58. UNLOCKED 7/10 
  59. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE 7/10
  60. WONDER 6/10
  61. JUSTICE LEAGUE 6/10
  62. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS 6/10
  63. KINGSMEN: GOLDEN CIRCLE 6/10
  64. FAST AND FURIOUS 8 6/10 
  65. GOLD 6/10
  66. LIVE BY NIGHT 5/10
  67. FIST FIGHT 5/10
  68. PITCH PERFECT 3 5/10
  69. COLLATERAL BEAUTY 5/10
  70. STRATTON 4/10
  71. GHOST IN THE SHELL 4/10 
  72. XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE 4/10 
  73. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD 4/10
  74. THE MUMMY 4/10
  75. POWER RANGERS 3/10
  76. LIFE 3/10 
  77. MOTHER! 3/10
  78. ASSASSIN'S CREED 3/10
  79. JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 3/10
  80. THE SNOWMAN 2/10
  81. SLEEPLESS 2/10 
  82. GEOSTORM 2/10
  83. THE DARK TOWER 2/10
  84. PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 5: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES 2/10
  85. UNDERWORLD 5: BLOOD BORE 2/10
  86. TRANSFORMERS 5: THE LAST KNIGHT 1/10
  87. BAYWATCH 0/10

That's it for 2017, see you next year movie lovers!

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