1. Wind River — It not only has suspense, a great story, good acting, good characters, and excellent storytelling, it also highlights an issue in our North American world that desperately needs a spotlight.
Honourable mentions: Coco, The Mountain Between Us, The Glass Castle, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty and the Beast, Unacknowledged, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
My top 10 favourite movies I watched in 2017 (that were not released in 2017):
10. Hot Fuzz (2007)
9. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
8. The Basketball Diaries (1985)
7. The King of Comedy (1982)
6. The Crucible (1996)
5. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
4. Punishment Park (1971)
3. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
2. The Red Violin (1998)
1. Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015) — You’ll remember all the news coverage on Ukraine a few years ago, and this movie will bring to light so much more! You will understand the details surrounding those events, why they happened, and why it’s so relevant and important to us today.
Honourable mentions: Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Beasts of No Nation (2015), Fatal Attraction (1987), The Lunch Box (2013)
2016 Movies Watched in 2017
(I watched a pile of 2016 movies in 2017 that I had missed in that preceding year. A lot of them got Oscar attention (like Jackie, Moonlight, Deadpool, et al), but the following are ones that you may not have considered and that I really enjoyed and recommend to you.)
10. Keanu (2016)
9. Free State of Jones (2016)
8. Tower (2016)
7. Maudie (2016)
6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
5. The Girl on the Train (2016)
4. The Nice Guys
3. The Birth of a Nation (2016)
2. Tickled (2016)
1. 13th (2016) — A documentary that, I believe, is not only relevant, but essential viewing to understanding the time we are living in, especially with regards to poverty and race.
Congratulations Back to the Future. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actress: Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars.
Best Actor: Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future.
Best Quote: “You want to talk to God? Let’s go see him together, I’ve got nothing better to do.” — Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
This year I’m hoping to see all of the movies nominated for best picture like I did last year. It ain’t easy, but it’s fun trying!