Halfway through 2017 and I have seen 114 movies. Yes, 114. I wanted to take a moment to salute the movies that have wowed me and those that have made me wish for the time back.
Before we get to the Best and Worst how about some awards?
Best Kids Movie: Captain Underpants
The movie that will make you rethink going on Tinder: Jackie Boy
Best Movie for people of a certain age: The Last Word
Best Movie that has Jessica Chastain in it, which gives me the chance to mention my crush on Jessica Chastain: The Zookeepers Wife
Best movie that came out last year, but I saw it this year and I loved it: Nelly
Best Canadian Movie: Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2
Coolest line said by Liam Neeson ‘Whoa indeed’ in A Monster Calls
Coolest line said by Morgan Freeman ‘She’s a walking venereal disease’ in Going in Style
Movie that’s not as bad as critics will make you think it is: Live by Night
Movie that is as bad as critics will make you think it is: Fifty Shades Darker
Movie that is very dark but very good: Logan
And now the Worst Movies of 2017….so far (Alphabetical order)
The Circle: What do you know, Emma Watson can be in a bad movie. This circle needs to stop!
A Dog’s Purpose: Your purpose should be to avoid this piece of doggy doo!
The Space Between Us: Why? Seriously, why?
Snatched: The worst movie I have seen in a long time. On my deathbed, I’ll want every one of those 90 minutes back!
The 5 Best Movies of 2017…so far
5. Wonder Woman. DC has finally made a movie that gives me hope since Christopher Nolan stopped directing Batman films. An amazing lead actress, an amazing director. The fact that this movie is setting records isn’t a fluke. At this point it isn’t ‘Have you seen it?’ but ‘How many times?’
4. John Wick: Chapter 2. Keanu Reeves may not be the worlds greatest actor but this role is perfect for him. This sequel may be better than the original. A word to the wise, respect the rules of The Continental!
3. Life. A sci-fi movie with fantastic acting and an ending that will blow you away. I wasn’t familiar with the director Daniel Espinosa before, I won’t forget his name now!
2. Get Out. The genius of Jordan Peele is on full display in this film. The foreshadowing, the easter eggs, the incredible acting and the most unique movie about interracial relationships since ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
1, Hounds of Love. Variety Magazine stated ‘Brave audiences will be rewarded’ and I couldn’t agree more. This film, set in the 80’s, will haunt you. I’m mesmerized by the fact that this was made by a first-time filmmaker with a relatively unknown cast. You’ll hug your loved ones a little tighter after seeing this abduction thriller.