top ten//BEST FILMS OF 2017

TOP TEN



It's no surprise when saying 2017 has been quite a year of nuisance; a strange balance of hope and fear. As the political world unravels in shambles around us, forcing us to face it at every turn, the idea of entertainment as a whole has quickly adapted to becoming one of sustenance and importance, even when mixed with laughs or frights or genre-bending special effects.

Films like the surprise critical and box office hit Get Out show that we're perhaps on the cusp of cinema's most important shift. The film, directed by Jordan Peele, was strict genre, fancifully dipped in satire but played out with edge-of-your-seat thrills. The tongue-in-cheek script was rich enough to illicit powerful conversations after the credits rolled. As an early release in the year, the film has powered through as a strong awards season contender, picking up numerous critics groups awards and notable nominations, including Best Picture, Comedy at the Golden Globes.

The film's discussion on race is stark and not hidden, but the underlying themes translate beyond just one societal conversation. 2017 was the year people had enough, despite living in the first year of a White House run by a former reality television star and real estate mogul. The Trump era will go down in history for many reasons, many of which relate to how American society used its shock and awe as power and creative motivation.

Female-driven pictures were eaten up by audiences, with films like Wonder Woman topping the box office charts. A late player, Steven Spielberg's The Post gave us Meryl Streep's best work in years, plus a reason to celebrate the shifts in perspective that have led to the current gender wars and the constant fight for journalistic freedom, a battle still prevalent today. Lady Bird, a coming-of-age tale of a high school senior figuring out her life, her relationships, and her identity, could have easily been regarded as a unique voice in the story of women. Instead, Greta Gerwig's indelible screenplay and direction gave a voice to adolescence as a whole, sparking narratives to which any viewer, regardless of gender or race, could relate.

Call Me By Your Name may have been a story of unrequited love between two males, but instead was a burning look at young infatuation and first love that just so happened to be between two males. Luca Guadagnino's intimate portrait of a summer tryst is easily the year's most beautiful tale.

2017 was also the year of newcomers and breakout stars. Timothee Chalamet broke onto the scene with his awards-worthy turn in Call Me By Your Name, as well as small but noticeable roles in Lady Bird and Hostiles. Daniel Kaluuya delivers Get Out's most striking moments with visceral power and quiet honesty. Vicky Kreips steals every scene of Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread. And Gerwig and Peele are Hollywood's newest must-see auteurs.

Comedy was king with hits like The Big Sick breaking ground. True stories also ruled: I, Tonya took tabloid fodder and gave us a compelling new insight. And, we couldn't escape reality as a race to the finish unfolded in the headlines for Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. Upon the revelations of Kevin Spacey's rocky past, Scott replaced him in the twilight hour with Christopher Plummer, opting to reshoot and reedit the picture in time for its scheduled December release.

Each year feels like a mixed bag of surprising hits and surprising misses. 2017 should go down as one of the decade's best years in film. The theme of #TimesUp will undoubtedly carry through 2018, as the shift between what kind of art is made and how it shapes our societal view continues to adapt and change, for the better.

Here are the 10 motion pictures which spoke to me the most in 2017.
What were your favorites? Share in the comments below.

1. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Directed by Luca Guadagnino


2. LADY BIRD
Directed by Greta Gerwig



3. THE POST
Directed by Steven Spielberg



4. LOGAN LUCKY
Directed by Steven Soderbergh



5. PERSONAL SHOPPER
Directed by Olivier Assayas



6. A GHOST STORY
Directed by David Lowery



7. I, TONYA
Directed by Craig Gillespie


8. THE SHAPE OF WATER
Directed by Guillermo del Toro



9. GET OUT
Directed by Jordan Peele




10. MOTHER!

Directed by Darren Aronofsky















Honorable Mentions:

11. HOSTILES
12. PHANTOM THREAD
13. IT
14. DUNKIRK
15. THE BIG SICK
16. MUDBOUND
17. BEACH RATS

predictions//75th GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

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The 75th Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday, January 7, 2018. This awards season has been fickle, with many qualifying films taking turns as the frontrunner for this award ceremony, as well as the other big ones: SAG Awards and the Academy Awards.

Will Christopher Nolan finally field a triumphant awards season? Will Guillermo del Toro's fish-out-of-water romance sweep the Globes? Will newcomer and revelation Timothee Chalamet defeat legend Gary Oldman?

Use these picks to help guide your own ballot before Sunday!
(Need a ballot? Click here for a printable version.)

The 75th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, air live on NBC at 8ET/5PT.

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY/MUSICAL

GET OUT

BEST MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS, DRAMA

Meryl Streep
THE POST

BEST MOTION PICTURE ACTOR, DRAMA

Timothee Chalamet
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

BEST MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS, COMEDY/MUSICAL

Saoirse Ronan
LADY BIRD

BEST MOTION PICTURE ACTOR, COMEDY/MUSICAL

James Franco
THE DISASTER ARTIST

BEST MOTION PICTURE SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laurie Metcalf
LADY BIRD

BEST MOTION PICTURE SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christopher Plummer
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

BEST DIRECTOR

Guillermo del Toro
THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST SCREENPLAY

Aaron Sorkin
MOLLY'S GAME

BEST MOTION PICTURE, ANIMATED

COCO

BEST MOTION PICTURE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE

IN THE FADE

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Hans Zimmer
DUNKIRK

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Remember Me"
COCO

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

"THE CROWN"

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY/MUSICAL

"THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL"

BEST TELEVISION ACTRESS, DRAMA

Elisabeth Moss
"THE HANDMAID'S TALE"

BEST TELEVISION ACTOR, DRAMA

Sterling K. Brown
"THIS IS US"

BEST TELEVISION ACTRESS, COMEDY/MUSICAL

Rachel Brosnahan
"THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL"

BEST TELEVISION ACTOR, COMEDY/MUSICAL

Aziz Ansari
"MASTER OF NONE"

BEST TV LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE

"BIG LITTLE LIES"

BEST TV LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE ACTRESS

Nicole Kidman
"BIG LITTLE LIES"

BEST TV LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE ACTOR

Kyle MacLachlan
"TWIN PEAKS"

BEST TELEVISION SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laura Dern
"BIG LITTLE LIES"

BEST TELEVISION SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alexander Skarsgard
"BIG LITTLE LIES"

nominees//29th PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS

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One of the major precursors to predicting the Best Picture race is the annual Producers Guild of America Awards. Given by the guild of Hollywood producers, the films nominated stand the best chance of being the same crop of nominees vying for the Academy Award.

The PGA Awards celebrate motion pictures, television, and documentaries. This year, seven of the ten films nominated are top-billed by women.

The most noticeable snub is Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread. Presumably in its place is Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES:

THE DARRYL F. ZANUCK AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

THE BIG SICK
Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, producers

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Marco Morabito, producers

DUNKIRK
Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, producers

GET OUT
Sean McKittrick, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Jason Blum, Jordan Peele, producers

I, TONYA
Bryan Unkeless, Steven Rogers, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, producers

LADY BIRD
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Evelyn O'Neill, producers

MOLLY'S GAME
Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal, Matt Jackson, producers

THE POST
Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, producers

THE SHAPE OF WATER
Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale, producers

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh, producers

WONDER WOMAN
Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, producers

THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF ANIMATED THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

THE BOSS BABY
Ramsey Naito, producer

COCO
Darla K. Anderson, producer

DESPICABLE ME 3
Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy, producers

FERDINAND
Lori Forte, Bruce Anderson, producers

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, producers

THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF DOCUMENTARY MOTION PICTURES

CHASING CORAL
Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes, producers

CITY OF GHOSTS
Matthew Heineman, producer

CRIES FROM SYRIA
Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor, Aaron I. Butler, producers

EARTH: ONE AMAZING DAY
Stephen McDonogh, producer

JANE
Producers to be determined

JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER
Producer to be determined

THE NEWSPAPERMAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN BRADLEE
Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt, producers