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Top Films Of 2017

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and with it, some new films to add to our favourites list. Sure there were some duds (did Transformers really need another film?), but there were plenty of good ones as well.  In no particular order, here are our favourite films of 2017.

Call Me By Your Name – This love story will be front and centre come awards season. It’s all ready appeared on several best-of lists for 2017, and even won a few awards. It takes place in 1983, and stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer as two men who unexpectedly fall in love in Italy.

Baby Driver – Director Edgar Wright knows a thing or two about making a sleeper hit, and this film about a heist gone wrong definitely fits the bill of a cult classic. It’s funny, has action and has an incredible cast. If you missed it earlier this year, you should go back and check it out.

Blade Runner 2049 – This sequel to the 1982 film may not have done so well at the box office, but it’s a visual feast that you don’t want to miss. If you remember Blade Runner didn’t do so well in 1982 either, but grew into a classic over time. If you haven’t seen it, give it a chance, and if you have, watch it again, it’s worth the time.

Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan may very well earn his first Oscar for this WW2 epic. It’s avoids the pratfall so many WW2 films fall into, in that it’s not too long. It’s a visual stunning film, with great acting and amazing storytelling. Everything the Academy looks for in a film.

Get Out – And the best horror film of the year isn’t It, even though It was the box office champ in the genre. Get Out shocked audiences early this year, and easily was the most terrifying film on the screen. The most shocking thing?  It came from the mind of Jordan Peele who is well known for his comedy skills, not horror.

The Post – Haven’t seen it yet? Well join the crowd, as the film won’t make its wide release until the new year. Still, thanks to a limited run it is eligible for next year’s awards. Steven Spielberg’s latest tells the true story of Kay Graham, who exposed a cover-up running through four presidential terms.

I, Tonya – Think you know disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding’s story? Think again. Margot Robbie shows off her range in this biopic that might very well earn her an Oscar.

The Disaster Artist – Whoever decided to make a movie about the making of the worst movie in history is a genius. The Franco brothers (James and Dave) steal the show in this film that will have people rushing out to see the film The Room that they are talking about. And then wishing they had just stuck to watching this one. 

The Shape of Water – Director Guillermo del Toro has been making amazing movies for awhile now, and it’s about time he starts getting more recognition for it. The Shape of Water, a movie about a mute janitor who forms a unique bond with an aquatic creature, may be just the film to make him a household name.

Lady Bird – Saoirse Ronan may be great in this film, but it is Laurie Metcalf who is getting all the attention. It’s a coming of age story that looks at a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, with high ambitions. Actress Greta Gerwig takes her first swing at directing, and does an amazing job of it.

 

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Kristen Bell Confirms, Veronica Mars Is Back Again

Ever since Kristen Bell’s series Veronica Mars premiered in 2004 it’s had a cult following. Even horror master Stephen King expressed his love for the show, which only helped its audience grow. Unfortunately a cult following didn’t help it get extraordinary ratings, and the series was cancelled after just three seasons. Bell though never gave up on the show. She always claimed it would come back. In 2014 she was proven right, when the series got a theatrical release thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Even though it was popular among fans, the film didn’t make back its budget and once again the show looked like it was over. Bell however never thought so, and constantly said it would be back, and yesterday she once again proved that her determination had paid off.

Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning to make an announcement. “Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hulu to stream and re-watch, which is great because you’ll need to brush up since we’re making another one.” She went on to say that “Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think she’s exactly what the world needs right now.”

Hulu released their own statement as well, stating that the show would be an eight-episode limited series, and would focus on the murder of spring breakers in Neptune. Mars Investigations is then hired by one of the victim’s parents to find the killer.

While waiting for the series to return in 2019, Bell’s fans can continue to watch her in NBC’s comedy The Good Place. 

Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!! A new #veronicamars series is coming back, on @hulu !!!! Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think shes exactly what the world needs right now. Thank you to all my fellow marshmallows who stayed excited. Thank you to @hulu for the opportunity. I hope we’re still friends after I taser I you. 😍😍😍

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel And Game Of Thrones Top The Emmy Awards

Amazon has done what no streaming service has done before, win an Emmy award for Best Comedy for their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On the drama side of things it was a returning Game of Thrones that took the trophy once again, beating out last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. All in all it was a night ruled by the two shows.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a sitcom about a 1950s homemaker who decides to give stand-up comedy a try after her home life starts to make her unhappy. The series won eight trophies altogether, including the aforementioned Best Comedy trophy, best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan, best supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing trophies for the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Game of Thrones on the other hand won the most trophies of the night. Of their nine statues, they won Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The series wasn’t nominated last year because with the summer premiere it didn’t qualify, allowing The Handmaid’s Tale to take its place.

The bigger surprises of the evening including The Crown’s Claire Foy beating out The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh. Matthew Rhys finally took home an acting trophy for The Americans, a series that has largely been passed over by the Emmy’s throughout its six, critically acclaimed seasons.  And after four decades of being on television, Henry Winkler finally took home an acting trophy for his role in Barry. 

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Green Books Wins TIFF’s Top Award

The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close once more, and on Sunday the awards were handed out for the top films of the festival. While there were several films in the race for the People’s Choice Award, it was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book that came out on top.

Green Book is the true story of a white bouncer (played by Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver/bodyguard of an African-American classical pianist (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) who is on tour through the 1960s American South. They must rely on the “Green Book” in order to survive the dangers of the time, which was a book created to guide people to establishments that were safe for African-Americans during that time period. Part drama, and part comedy, this film drew rave reviews from crowds at the festival, which puts it in a good position come awards’ season. In the past, five audience awards winners won the Oscar’s Best Picture Trophy, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and The King’s Speech. In the last two years La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the prize, and both were nominated for Best Picture. 

Perhaps the most shocking things about Green Book is that it was directed by Peter Farrelly, who is best known for his work alongside his brother Bobby. Together they directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.  

By Roderick Thedorff

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