I had a little lapse on my end of year lists but I can’t wrap the year without a list of movies. There are always more movies than one can see and although even a not great Movie is enjoyable the top ten list is sometimes a challenge. With a little last minute binging and a few undone here’s where I’m netting out.
- Call Me By Your Name – This wasn’t an epic film but it captured the mood of the location and the moment and the emotions in a way that sweeps you away.
- The Shape of Water – More on the epic side this fantastical tale of a mute woman falling for a creature held captive at an institute she works at, though for fave films check out his previous Pan’s Labyrinth.
- Dunkirk – Multiple point of views and timelines may add to the confusion but also add to both the intensity of the individual stories and as well as the overarching battle, you know for a historical flick.
- The Big Sick – This shows that romantic comedies don’t need to follow the specific formula and glad that Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon were talented enough to turn their story into one that can entertain all.
- Ingrid Goes West – Aubrey Plaza can maybe do no wrong and her turn as an unhinged social media stalker really works that balance of comical, sympathetic, and topical making it my indie pick of the year.
- Get Out – I’ve never been one to think that a good genre movie can’t be a good movie and this break out shows that you can be suspenseful and topical and fun.
- Logan – This one reminded me of what a good comic can be, stands on its own with a good story and lots of action (pretty brutal action), and while it sits within the X-Men series it’s sufficiently standalone which is a rare treat for comic capers these days.
- Baby Driver – Not without its flaws but I love a good heist film and the chase scenes and musical accompaniment was a fun romantic escape.
- Atomic Blonde – Good classic spy fun and seeing Charlize Theron as the smart, tough, and sexy lead as she hits Berlin in the Cold War trying to lock down a list of agents.
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – This offbeat little vignette of a movie has some odd turns but the performances of McDormand and Harrelson keep you engaged as this mother fights to find her daughter’s murderer.
What were your faves from last year?