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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.



Indiana Jones 5 Will Start Production In 2019

Even though Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, isn’t set to hit theatres until next week, people have already started talking about the Oscar winning director’s upcoming films; including the fifth film of the long running Indiana Jones franchise.

While making an appearance at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London this weekend, Spielberg not only praised the Time’s Up movement, but he also started discussing the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film during his acceptance speech for the Legend of Our Lifetime award. “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he said. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”

Originally the fifth movie was due out in 2019, but that was switched to July 10, 2020 last April by Disney. What we know is that Harrison Ford will once again star in the film, but Shia LaBeouf, who was one of the stars of the fourth installment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, won’t be in it at all. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will once again produce the film, and David Koepp is currently writing the script. Other than that the film, including the plot and co-stars, is a complete mystery.

Before getting to the unnamed Indiana Jones sequel however, Spielberg is filming West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara first. 

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Fifth Harmony Set To Go On Hiatus

We’ve been hearing for month now that the remaining four members of Fifth Harmony were going to take some time apart so they could launch their solo careers, and now it appears as if it is happening.

The pop group announced this morning through Twitter that the remaining members, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane , were going to go on hiatus as a group. The note begins with “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”

Before going on to thank their fans, and stating that they would fulfill their scheduled obligations throughout the year, the group said that “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors. We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”

It was just a little over a year ago when Camila Cabello departed the group for a solo career. Cabello had what could be considered the hit of the summer with her single “Havana” off her self titled album. Whether the other four members of the group will have the same sort of success is yet to be seen.

Photo:  Natanya Hansen on Wikipedia

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Tomb Raider, And Other Top Movie Remakes

This weekend Tomb Raider opens, which is a remake of the 2001 and 2003 films starring Angelina Jolie. Of course those films themselves were based on a popular video game series that has seen its story line change and evolve ever since it first appeared in 1996. As you are more than likely aware, remakes are a common thing in Hollywood, and they don’t always work. They are always being compared to the original, and in a lot of cases the original is better. Here are some of the top remakes though that stand out for being better than the original. 

Ocean’s Eleven: Sure the 1960 original had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., but the 2001 version had George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Plus, the remake was more stylish. The basic story of robbing casinos is still the same, and of course the character name of Danny Ocean, but other than that the two films are pretty different from one another. 

Scarface: Admit it, you didn’t know Scarface was a remake. When you hear the movie title you automatically think of the quote”Say hello to my little friend,” and think of Al Pacino playing a greedy Cuban who takes over a drug cartel. The original though was released in 1932, and while it is critically acclaimed, it doesn’t have the punch of the remake.

Casino Royale: This one should almost not count, since the original Casino Royale was played as a spoof of the James Bond series. While the movie was sort of based on the novel by Ian Fleming, which happened to be the first James Bond novel, it really goes off the rails quickly. The 2006 remake however is considered to be one of the best James Bond movies of all times. 

True Grit: John Wayne may have won an Oscar for the 1969 original film, but it looks dated and lacks, well grit. In 2010 a lot of people wondered why they would remake a film that a lot of people loved, but after receiving 10 Oscar nominations those doubts disappeared. 

The Maltese Falcon: As long as their have been movies, Hollywood has been remaking them. Even this 1941 classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor was a remake. The original came out ten years earlier, and although it was still a good film, it was missing Humphrey Bogart who quite simply was born to play the role of private detective Sam Spade. 

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