By: Justyn Gomez
According to the other guys (and, honestly, rightfully so) I don’t watch a lot of movies. But I sure as shit have seen a few this year- and these 5 rank the highest, in my opinion.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I’ll probably catch some flak for this one, but I don’t care. The film kept the swagger, heart and soul of the first movie and added an even deeper element that was absent from the its predecessor: the impact of life with/without a father. It was a ton of fun and stands as a solid sequel in the quirky series.
I wasn’t a massive fan of the Tim Curry version, but I’ve heard nothing but the best about the novel and the mythology surrounding Pennywise and the town of Darry- and this film truly realized that. Anything involving Georgie had me in tears, The Losers Club had me rolling and Pennywise had me sweating. Bill Skarsgard’s deadpan stare was seared into the back of my eyelids for a few days afterward.
3. Get Out
Jordan Peele is a horror/comedy genius. The film had me clawing the edge of my seat at times (like anytime Caleb Landry Jones’ character was on screen- that guy is horrible) and did a fantastic job of painting a clear-cut depiction between the protagonist and antagonists by its turning point. Up until then, the feeling of an enemy in the unknown hung heavy on me. The “Sunken Place” scenes were masterfully done and rightfully terrifying, and Daniel Kaluuya is the epitome of perfect casting, portraying the everyman with an extremely sensible right to fear the frightening power of those in control from the shadows.
2. Wind River
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Gil Birmingham anchored the raw and visceral emotion of being helpless when a loved one is murdered. The sad reality that an inexcusable percentage of cases like this go completely unsolved and, sometimes even, unreported is a necessary aftertaste. This is an amazing tale of an unfortunate set of circumstances and an incredible ride. Extremely close contestant for number one on my list.
I’ve done an entire article over how effective Logan was at wrapping up the rocky, yet comfortably nostalgic and sometimes marvelous, sagas of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier. Anything less than this “Hard R” epic would’ve been a massive disservice and would’ve neutered the experience. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Now.
Runners up include: Gerald’s Game, Mother!, Baby Driver, Spiderman: Homecoming, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Split.