Hey everyone! Welcome to my Top 15 Movies of The Year List! Instead of writing a ridiculously long article listing my favorite films of 2017, I decided to do something new. Below is a video that I made, listing my favorite films of 2017. I hope you enjoy it, and If you don’t like it…..leave a comment and I will never do this again! Thanks for watching and reading my reviews!
This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2017. You may know from an earlier post of mine, I am a huge fan of the cult classic ‘The Room’. It is one of my favorite film experiences I’ve ever had. A movie so incredibly awful that you cannot take your eyes off it. ‘The Disaster Artist’ is about the making of ‘The Room’ and stars James Franco as the “human” behind this movie, the one the only Tommy Wiseau. James also directed this film. Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero the actor who plays “Mark” in the room and is the writer of the book that this movie is based on. The cast is crazy. There is a long list of stars who appear in this movie. While I was really excited to see this, I was really worried as well. I really hoped James Franco was going to respect Tommy and ‘The Room’. I was hoping that it wasn’t going to be a movie where it seemed like Franco is making fun of Tommy and ‘The Room’. And I am so happy to say that Franco did not do that. This is a really funny, heartwarming, and actually really inspiring film. While the scenes of Tommy making ‘The Room’ are quite hilarious if you’ve seen ‘The Room’, the rest of the film is about a friendship. A really sweet friendship between Greg and Tommy. James Franco as Tommy is unbelievable in this film. He is going to get nominated for an Oscar without a doubt. He NAILS the “New Orleans” accent of Tommy and the overall weirdness of the man, but what makes his performance so great is the humanity that Franco brings to the role. While it would be easy for Franco and co, to “poke fun” at Tommy, instead they celebrate the man. They celebrate two people, Greg and Tommy, who chased their dreams and got this movie made. There is something so inspiring about that. And it’s also heartbreaking when they show Tommy’s reaction to the first time people were laughing at his movie. But it also shows the actual genius of Tommy. He saw this and embraced the laughter and capitalized on it. ‘The Room’ is played in every major city in the country, as well as in international markets like London. and has a huge cult following with almost every screening sold out. When you see Tommy react to the reaction that his film which he put his heart and soul into, it’s truly heartbreaking. And for me as someone who wants to create for a living or any artist, it will speak to you. For something to be perceived in a totally different way in which you’ve intended that you put your blood, sweat, and tears into it’s really hard to deal with. But this movie teaches the lesson to push through that. Dave Franco as Greg is excellent, Seth Rogen steals the film for me in some scenes, and Zac Efron….is probably my favorite cameo or role in this film it’s hilarious what he does. I loved ‘The Disaster Artist’. It was everything that I wanted to see about this story and more. Don’t be surprised if this film gets a lot of nominations this year.
‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ is directed by indie darling Noah Baumbach and stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson. This film is streaming on Netflix only. I was looking forward to this because I really enjoy most of Noah Baumbach’s movies like Francis Ha and While We’re Young, And I call myself an Adam Sandler apologist. Growing up, I loved his comedies like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison and I just really like watching him on-screen. So I’m not a Sandler hater. He has a place in my heart. So I am always really excited to see him in something that’s not his brand of crappy comedy that he does nowadays. ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ is another great movie in Baumbach’s career. This film is about an estranged family (the Meyerowitz family), who all gather in New York City to celebrate their father’s artistic work. That is just the set up of the film. There are a lot of layers and things that happen between the characters that I don’ t want to discuss because I think they are really compelling and I want you to experience them on your own. The strongest part of the film to me by far is the screenplay. Baumbach wrote a really riveting and engaging script. This film is filled with witty dialogue and great humor. The characters that Baumbach wrote here also are great. Each one of the characters in this film is fleshed out and compelling. And the relationships between that each family member in the family, particularly the two brothers Danny and Matthew (Sandler and Stiller) and their father played by Dustin Hoffman have is really compelling. The performances here are just as strong as the screenplay. Adam Sandler gives a great performance in this film. I know that’s shocking but hear me out. When he does drama he can be REALLY good. I first noticed this in a film called ‘Reign Over Me’. And I always thought he was really strong in the dramatic parts in the Judd Apatow film about stand up comedy ‘Funny People’. He is great because you can really tell that he is the son of Dustin Hoffman, who is also great as always. Sandler mimics a lot of Dustin’s mannerisms and it’s extremely believable that he is the son of Dustin’s character. Ben Stiller, also, is great in this movie. He is starting to dive more into dramatic roles and he’s always been good at them in my opinion. This isn’t a straight-up drama there is plenty of dry humor and signature Baumbach humor that I really liked. Baumbach’s direction is great as well. As a director, he reminds me a lot of a young Wes Anderson with the certain quirks that Baumbach includes in his films. The only issue that I found in this film is that there are a couple of scenes that I felt went to long and a couple scenes/moments that were odd and pulled me out of the film. I originally wasn’t going to review this film but I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this film and I thought I should direct you to it. It’s streaming on Netflix right now and I definitely recommend it. And it’s finally an Adam Sandler movie that doesn’t completely suck!!
Believe it or not, finding movies that are just so bad that they are either hilarious or just plain entertaining, is a passion of mine. There is something so entertaining about laughing at a disaster. So here I’m going to list a few movies that I feel fall under this category. My advice to you is to get a group of your friends together and watch one of these. I guarantee you won’t regret it.
- Gods of Egypt
This is going to be the most recent movie on this list. This movie came out in 2016 and I saw this movie on cable one day and I was in tears with laughter. This movie was so bad that director Alex Proyas was literally offended by the awful reviews of this movie that he went on a rant about how critics don’t “understand” this movie. The rant is highly entertaining in comparison to this movie. The CGI is SO BAD in this movie. What makes me crack up watching this movie is that the movie’s plot is ridiculous and insane. The problem is that the actors are taking this insane plot SUPER SERIOUS. That compared with hilarious dialogue that sounds like a six-year-old wrote it with a crayon and the fact that these actors are acting in an entire CGI environments that looks like a cartoon makes this the best comedy I saw in 2016.
- The Happening
“Guys, take an interest in science!”- Mark Wahlberg (The Happening). M. Night Shamalamadingdong’s career is an interesting one. His first two films are great, one being an Oscar nominated film (The Sixth Sense), one being one of my favorite movies (Unbreakable), his next two (Signs and The Village) are divisive. His 5th film “Lady in the Water” is a horrible disaster. “The Happening” was his next movie and this was his worst movie at the time. He later topped himself in awfulness with “The Last Airbender” in 2010. While “The Happening” is one of M. Night’s worst movies, its friggin’ hilarious. When Mark Wahlberg is playing a middle school science teacher in your movie you know it’s going to be great. The plot is literally about the plants are mad at humans so they release a toxin that makes people kill themselves. Scary, right? I’ll admit this could be disturbing if done right. M. Night Shamalamadingdong does not do it right. The way he films the suicides is just hilarious. I hate saying that but it’s true. When people jump off the roof in this movie it’s so obvious that they are dummies. It’s insane. There are so many great quotes from this movie from the hilariously awful script. Most notably one about hot dogs. You won’t miss it. And Mark Wahlberg in this movie doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. You can just tell.
- Batman & Robin
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the movie that killed the Batman franchise for a little while. This movie was so bad that Warner Bros. put the brakes on making any more Batman films in the future. George Clooney constantly apologizes to Batman fans for this movie. And with good reason. This movie is…..good lord. This is one of those movies that as you watch it you literally think to yourself “What the hell were they thinking?” For example, who thought it was a good idea to include nipples and a cod piece on the Batman and Robin suits? And who told director Joel Schumacher that having a literal shot of Batman’s ass, front side, and his new nipples was a good opening shot? Who thought the line “Hey Batman can I drive the car? Chicks dig the car!”, was a good line? And lastly casting Arnold as Mr. Freeze was a horrible idea. He delivers such zingers as “What killed the dinosaurs? The ice age!!” and “Ice to meet you!” This movie is just hilarious based on the fact alone that it was made. Trust me there is a lot more that I can talk about. I just don’t want to spoil the hilarity.
- Steel (1997)
Wouldn’t be great if an NBA superstar starred in a DC comic book movie? No, it wouldn’t. Case in point “Steel”. “Steel” stars the one and only Shaquille O’Neal as a friggin guy who makes a suit made from steel and fights crime. What more would you want? If you looking for a movie with seemingly endless amount of basketball puns look no further than “Steel”. These basketball puns don’t even make sense. Shaq isn’t playing himself. He’s playing a character who happens to be 7’1 and 325 pounds. In the movie, kids keep coming up and asking him to shoot a shot. And we all know about Shaq’s free throw shooting so it’s always a joke that he can’t make the shot. It’s so weird. There are so many unintentionally hilarious moments in this movie. There’s a scene where a cop screams “Where did that son of a butt go?!” Son of a butt? Who says that? My favorite moment in this movie is when Shaq falls off a roof and the shot of him falling you can see the wire that’s holding him in the shot. Just awful stuff be endlessly entertaining.
6. Nine Lives (2016)
All I have to do is explain the plot of this movie and you’ll get why this is just hilarious. Academy award-winning actor, Kevin Spacey’s character, is a bad father. He’s a big business man and he doesn’t have time for his kids. So to make up for his horribleness, he decides to get his kids a cat from Chirtopher Walken’s character. Lighting strikes the pet store, (which just looks so sketchy), and Kevin Spacey’s soul possess the cat. Not like a CGI looking cat…..no a real cat. So he has to find out how to get out of his new cat body by trying to convince his family that he is the cat! Mr. Spacey why did you take this role? Oh yeah–money. This movie is hilarious because it does things that are just SO bad that you seriously could not believe that they are doing. I don’t want to spoil the incredible things that happen in this “kids” movie. It will for sure have you rolling on the floor with laughter.
5. Jaws: The Revenge
“Jaws” is quite possibly my favorite movie. It’s one of the movies that I saw when I was a kid that made me fall in love with movies. Jaws’ sequels on the other hand are a very different story for me. “Jaws 2″ isn’t terrible. It’s actually pretty enjoyable. Roy Scheider returned as Chief Brody which helped the films likability a lot.”Jaws 3-D” is awful. It takes place in Sea World. That’s really all I have to say. But “Jaws: The Revenge” is hilarious. It’s like the studio forgot literally everything what made the original Jaws great. Great characters, fantastic dialogue, and incredible suspense. Instead they chose to make a movie with, quite possibly the dumbest plot ever, include original characters from the first one but this time around make them as bland as a cracker, and HAVE THE DUMBEST PLOT EVER. I mean seriously, who wrote this? If you don’t know, the plot of Jaws 4 is that the original shark, who got blown up in the first one, has family members apparently. So this shark HUNTS DOWN THE BRODY FAMILY. Not only is this dumb, it makes no sense. a shark will have no way of knowing where and who these people are. The shark not only does that. When the Brody family gets scared of the sharks they move to the Bahamas. The shark follows them from Amity Island to THE FREAKIN’ BAHAMAS. HOW?!?!? And lastly, how they kill the shark at the end is incredible. It makes no sense and is just hilarious. If you don’t feel like watching this movie just look up the clip on youtube and you won’t be disappointed.
4. Battlefield Earth (2000)
This film is based on the book by L. Ron Hubbard, the creator of the most insane religion ever, scientology. This is the origin story of scientology. It stars John Travolta as a 9 foot tall alien with dreadlocks. I think that’s all I have to say.
3. The Wicker Man
Nicolas Cage is the king of making these kinds of movies. Vampire’s Kiss, Bad Lieutenant, Left Behind etc,. The best film in this company is by far is ‘The Wicker Man’ in my opinion. When your movie is marketed as a disturbing horror film and you end up not scaring your audience, you end up putting your audience into stitches–you’ve failed. This movie is an interesting one though. The first three-quarters of this movie is bad but not AWFUL. The plot of this movie is as follows: Nicolas Cage is a sheriff who goes to an island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, only to find out that the island has a DARK SECRET. They sacrifice men to get the bees to come back and give them their honey! Scary! The last quarter of this movie is when it gets absolutely hilarious. If you ever wanted to see Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage punch two women in the face (one being in a bear suit), this is the movie! But what really makes me lough about this movie the most is the fact that none of it makes sense after the movie ends. After thinking about this movie after it was over I realized that things that were introduced into the plot earlier in the film don’t make any sense. NO QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED.
2. Samurai Cop
You probably don’t know anything about this movie. And that’s understandable. This was a film that recently in the past few years resurfaced. This was a straight to VCR film from 1991. This movie is probably the worst movie you will ever see. I’m pretty serious about that. Literally everything that the director tries to do he fails. Literally everything. The shots are even off. In the same scene one shot will be shot in an entirely different part of the day. It’s that obvious.The acting is HORRENDOUS. There are so many incredible lines and scenes that are just so freaking funny. I mean just to give you a glimpse, it’s said that the main character is a Samurai and can speak fluent Japanese. He can not. Nor is he a samurai. The “attempts” at filming action scenes are so freaking funny. The director thought it would be a good idea to during the fist fights, to speed the film up, to mask the fact that the actors can’t fake fight. You can imagine how horrible that looks. This movie is also a blatant ‘Lethal Weapon’ rip-off.
1. The Room
Without this classic, I probably wouldn’t have made this list. This movie opened my eyes to so bad it’s good movies. If you haven’t heard of ‘The Room’, I beg of you watch it with a group of people. I can’t even put in words how incredible this movie is. Like ‘Samurai Cop’, everything infamous writer/director/actor Tommy Wiseau tries to pull off–he fails. Incredible lines like “Your tearing me apart Lisa!” and “This is bullshit I did not hit her I did not! Oh hi Mark.” have become infamous. This movie has been such a cultural phenomenon that Academy Award nominee James Franco directed a movie set to come out later this year entitled “The Disaster Artist” which is based on the making of this film. I’ve seen this movie about 5 times and I honestly can tell you I have no idea why it’s called ‘The Room’.
Director Steven Soderbergh is back from his “retirement” from film after 2013’s “Side Affects”, with a new heist comedy staring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough and Katie Holmes. It’s a story about 2 brothers (Tatum and Driver) who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was excited to see this for a few reasons. I’m a big fan of most of Mr. Soderbergh’s work. Most notably Ocean’s 11, Traffic, and Magic Mike. I love the cast and the trailer was really funny and intriguing. Everything that I was expecting to get in this movie (and even a little more) I got. This is a really funny, smart, wonderfully acted, and brilliantly directed movie in my opinion. Channing Tatum basically disappears into the role as one of the Logan brother and is truly exceptional. I honestly sometimes forgot Channing Tatum was in the movie. Adam Driver, who I am also a big fan of, is also great ion this movie. Everyone was great with a couple of exceptions. There’s an actor in this movie towards the end that. I did not know was in the movie and was a little surprising. And I thought this actress was really off. I think she thought she was in a different movie. I don’t want to spoil the famous actress who’s in it for you because I really didn’t know she was in this. But, really, the standout in this film is Daniel Craig as Joe Bang. He was on fire in this movie and you can tell that Craig was having a blast playing this character. It was great to see the current James Bond just do something that is quite literally the totally opposite of Bond. He was so funny and kind of charming in a very strange way. Soderbergh doesn’t stray away from his “art-film” roots as he directs this movie in kind of a unconventional way. The way he structures the heist is very entertaining and different. That’s what makes these seemingly simple movies more complex. When you have a director who can tell a story in a unique way, that’s special and that’s why ‘Logan Lucky’ is so enjoyable. The cast is great, the dialogue is hilarious, the direction is superb, and I honestly don’t have a lot of negatives for this movie. This is just a really well told and super entertaining heist film that I almost guarantee your average person will love.
Since we are halfway through the year, I thought I’d share my top 5 favorite movies of the year so far. Like I’ve said before this is MY list and if you have a problem with that write an angry comment if that makes you feel better. First, some honorable mentions:
Alien: Covenant- I really enjoyed Alien a lot. i thought this was a great return to form for Ridley Scott and the Alien franchise. I know most of you didn’t see this movie in theaters but definitely check it out when it comes on VOD because I think its worth your time.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year and while it did let me down just a tad in the story department, I still had a blast with this film. Director James Gunn is still one of the most creative directors working today, If you haven’t seen this yet definitely check it out.
Beauty and the Beast: Look I don’t care what you think. I LOVED this movie. It was a magical ride that swept me off my feet and made me feel like I was 6 years old again watching the original at home. I still sing the song “Evermore” to this day. Am I ashamed of that? Hell no! It’s a dope track and I stand by that.
Okja: Y’all probably haven’t heard of this movie. It’s a Netflix original movie and it’s directed by Bong Joon Ho, a korean filmmaker behind a film that I love to this day called Snowpiercer. Okja is a bizarre film. But it has an incredible heart and an incredible cast. If you are looking for a film that is just completely different from any movie you’ll see all year check Okja out.
5. Wonder Woman: Coming out of Wonder Woman, I was so goddamn happy, I was just happy to see a DC film that was…..great. Look I liked Batman V Superman. It had problems but overall I thought the good outweighed the negative. That being said, I hated Suicide Squad. Talk about a film that is the definition of wasted potential. So I was obviously worried going into Wonder Woman. And DC really knocked it out of the park with Wonder Woman in my opinion. The action was bad-ass, Gal Gadot is a great heroine, and the film had a heart to it that I wasn’t expecting. But most importantly this movie makes my list because of just the cultural impact this movie has and will continue to have. To have a female lead superhero movie, directed by a woman, be as great as it is and doing great business, is great for Hollywood. There is a lack of female directors in Hollywood and hopefully this paves the way for more great female talent to emerge in Hollywood.
4. It Comes at Night: This movie haunted me for a couple of days. This is a dark, bleak, and disturbing film that in my opinion includes some of the best horror filmmaking of the year. Joel Edgerton is Oscar worthy in this film. Truly a deeply haunting and affecting horror film. The reason this makes my list is just on the lingering quality that this movie had on me days after I saw it.
3. Get Out: The fact that this is Jordan Peele’s first film that he wrote and directed is astounding. Peele makes a film that manages to be both highly entertaining as well as injecting extremely smart social commentary about race. All the performances are fantastic, especially Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford who are just creepy as hell in this. There are so many cool and disturbing twists and turns that really got under my skin in the best way possible. A film by Jordan Peele (from Key & Peele fame), you’d obviously expect some comedy in this. While there is not a lot of it in this movie, but when it is it hits HARD. The character of Rod played by Lil Rel Howry is so funny. Hadn’t laughed that hard at a character in a while. Peele is also obviously influenced by many classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby, and does some cool visual tributes to other films that horror fans will spot and like. Overall, this is a fantastic horror film that is extremely smart and layered and will definitely raise discussion after the credits roll.
2. Logan: Wow. That was the first word that came to my mind when Logan ended. Wolverine was and still is one of my favorite X-Men characters. I find that he is the most fascinating out of all them. And to see James Mangold take Wolverine in this direction was a sight to behold. This film is brutal and heartbreaking. This is not just the best superhero film of the year, it’s one of the best films of the year. Period.
1. Baby Driver: All I have to say about Baby Driver is I’ve seen this film twice already. It’s been out for about a week and a half. Baby Driver is literally everything I love about movies and more. The soundtrack, the seemingly effortless healming of the action scenes, the choreography, Ansel Elgort, the unpredictability of the story, literally everything is perfect in this movie. I can’t think of one scene or moment that feels out-of-place. And that’s why it’s my favorite movie of the year so far.
Baby Driver Review:
I’m gonna keep this short. This movie is phenomenal. If you like action movies, comedy, music and just plain coolness then go see this movie. Director Edgar Wright has been one of my favorites for a long time. And holy hell he does not disappoint. Please go support this movie because this is one of the most original movies of the year and we need to show studios that we want more original kick ass films like this.