My biggest undertaking for the year was a rewatch of the entire Lost Series, 121 episodes in total, and although it took me the better part of the entire year to get through, it was worth the effort. Next to the Twin Peaks Reboot, Lost was the next biggest mind fuck of the year for me.
I must say that the bar raises every single year for me because movies and TV are constantly improving in quality and there is a never ending stream of excellent viewing to be had. That makes it a lot harder for me to discern the best, but also a lot more enjoyable in the long run.
However, without further ado, here are my picks for the best and worst of 2017, my full reviews of these movies can be found on their corresponding genre lists.
BEST MOVIES OF 2017:
- IT - Horror 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- A Ghost Story - Art House 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Mother! - Challenging 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Blade Runner 2049 - Science Fiction 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Baby Driver - Action 4 Chilli Peppers
- Dunkirk - War 4 Chilli Peppers
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Fantasy 4 Chilli Peppers
- Logan - Super 4 Chilli Peppers
- Get Out - Horror 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- A Dark Song - Horror 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- T2 - Trainspotting - Drama 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- Logan Lucky - Action/Comedy 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) - Foreign 5 Chilli Peppers (Hall of Fame)
- Manchester by the Sea - Drama 5 Chilli Peppers (Hall of Fame)
- Moonlight - Drama 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Arrival - Science Fiction 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Nocturnal Animals -Drama 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Hidden Figures - Drama 4 Chilli Peppers
- Moana - Kid Friendly 4 Chilli Peppers
- The Edge of Seventeen -Comedy 4 Chilli Peppers
- The Conjuring 2 - Horror 4 Chilli Peppers
- Captain Fantastic - Drama 4 Chilli Peppers
- Samson and Delilah - Gritty 4 Chilli Peppers
- The House of the Devil - Horror 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- The Mermaid - Foreign/ Fantasy 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- Kong: Skull Island - Fantasy 2 Chilli Peppers
- The Great Wall - Action/ Fantasy 1.5 Chilli Peppers
- The Ghost in the Shell - Science Fiction 1.5 Chilli Peppers
- A Cure for Wellness - Horror 1.5 Chilli Peppers
- Loving - Drama 1.5 Chilli Peppers
- Valerian and the City of a 1,000 Planets - Science Fiction 1.5 Chilli Peppers
- Baywatch - Comedy 1.5 Chilli Peppers
- Yoga Hosers -Comedy 1 Chilli Pepper
- The Bye Bye Man - Horror 0 Chilli Peppers
- The Greasy Strangler - Art House 0 Chilli Peppers
- Big Little Lies - Drama 5 Chilli Peppers
- The Handmaid's Tale - Drama/ Fantasy 5 Chilli Peppers
- American Gods - Horror/ Fantasy 5 Chilli Peppers
- Atlanta - Drama 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Godless - Western 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Game of Thrones S7 - Fantasy 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Stranger Things S2 - Science Fiction 4.5 Chilli Peppers
- Twin Peaks Reboot - Art House 4 Chilli Peppers
- Mozart in the Jungle - Drama 4 Chili Peppers
- Alias Grace - Historical Drama 4 Chilli Peppers
- AHS - Cult - Horror 4 Chilli Peppers
- Peaky Blinders S4 - Historical Drama 4 Chilli Peppers
- Better Things - Comedy 4 Chilli Peppers
- A-Typical - Drama 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- Girls - Final Season - Drama 3.5 Chilli Peppers
- The Sinner - Mystery/Drama 3.5 Chilli Peppers
Hopefully you will find something on my lists that you haven't seen yet and will now go and see on my recommendation. Also, you now know what to avoid like the plague if you should have the misfortune of coming across it.
I hope that the holiday period is being kind to you all, happy viewing!
Release Date: 2017
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 135 mins
A supernatural horror directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the highly successful 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King. Clearly audiences are thirsting for excellent retro horror tales because IT swiftly became the highest grossing horror film of all time and the third highest grossing R rated movie of all time.
It's 1988 in a small American town called Derry and something insidious is lurking in the sewers; an ancient evil that feeds on the fears of children and presents itself as a clown called Pennywise. Seemingly invisible to adults, Pennywise starts to abduct the children of Derry, and turns its sights on a tight group of friends called The Losers Club.
With all of the terrific friendship dynamics and comradery of The Goonies, Stranger Things and Stand By Me and all of the creepiness of a James Wan horror, IT has a formula that works on so many levels. Not only is there a creepy as all shit clown torturing the children, but all of the adults in Derry seem to be rather unpleasant as well which adds another layer of turmoil to this already emotionally affecting tale.
IT is most definitely the best horror movie to come out of 2017. The acting is on point, with Bill Skarsgard delivering one of the most memorably disturbing horror characters of all time in Pennywise. He is however exceptionally well supported by a young and fresh faced cast who are all bringing their A game here as well, with notable performances being delivered by Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Nicholas Hamilton and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
The visuals are certainly dark, dreadful and nightmarish; but the coming of age story that is playing in the background is not at all drowned out by the grim effects, which was really pleasing to see. IT is a true horror gem and a must see movie for fans of quality horror.
FINAL SAY: We all float down here.
4.5 Chilli Peppers