The Best and Worst Movies of 2017

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  1. Taras Coolidge

    Best list:

    1. Thank You for Your Service may have suffered at the box office because the title made it sound like a documentary, or one of those “crocodile tear” movies which present American soldiers as gullible imbeciles for choosing to serve their country. I thought it was pretty good.
    2.  I remember I liked The Glass Castle, but I can’t remember anything about it. It was, perhaps, a little too similar to last year‘s Captain Fantastic.
    3.  I enjoyed Get Out, at least until the horror movie silliness of the ending. I should point out, if the races were reversed, it would have been universally condemned as racist.
    4. Baby Driver: A bit overrated; reminded me of the Ryan Gosling movie, Drive.
    5.  I didn’t see I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
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    • December 10, 2017, at 8:43 PM PDT
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  2. Taras Coolidge

    Dishonorable mention: mother! This is a biblical allegory for biblical illiterates (read: most film reviewers), who think there’s a mother goddess in the Bible. The most fun you can have with this is to read the audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The negative reviews are amusingly abusive and obviously authentic; the positive reviews – nearly all five stars, nearly all with two or three sentences of boilerplate – were probably produced by publicists.

    Worst list:

    1. Transformers: The Last Knight – saw it; can’t remember anything about it.
    2.  The Mummy was a serviceable popcorn movie; though I was sorry the great Sofia Boutella was wasted on this instead of reprising her “black-and-white girl” on Star Trek.
    3.  Sounds like the trailer for Downsizing conceals its political preaching. I will still go see it, but I’ll buy a ticket for a different movie in the multiplex.
    4.  Happily, I didn’t see Okja. Nor did anyone else: it grossed only $2 million worldwide.
    5. Suburbicon was exquisitely bad. Director Clooney cast a little boy with ears that stick out; and, for extra laughs, he has the sun shine through the ears – at the funeral of the boy’s mother! The trailer made this look like a movie about a father who fights back against gangsters threatening his family, when it is the exact opposite of that.
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    • December 10, 2017, at 9:27 PM PDT
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  3. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    I think the sex allegations will be reason enough for Call Me By Your Name to not get as much Oscar buzz as it normally would (one of the protagonists is 17)

    The Post, on the otherhand, touting the heroism of journalists….we’re going to be inundated with how “important” a movie this is, I’ll be interested to see if flyover country rejects it

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    • December 11, 2017, at 6:56 AM PDT
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  4. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    I think the industrial movies are on cusp of a radical change. Either they become entirely extinct or they become so irrelevant that “Movie Star” becomes a historical term. Like Music Video Jockey.

    The gap between professional and amateur/home equipment has never been smaller. Right now anyone can walk into an electronics store and for probably under $3000, can buy everything they need to produce a film that is at least technically close to what a movie studio can produce. (at least far closer than 20 years ago) The 2015 movie “Tangerine” was entirely filmed on an IPhone 5s.

    Movies no longer need studio financing to be produced. “Veronica Mars” is perhaps the most famous example of this. Mel Gibson survived being black-balled by Hollywood by making his own films – and has done quite well outside of the Hollywood plantation.

    I think when these 2 factors come to a head, and theatrical distributors start looking outside the studio system for product to display in there theaters. The movie studios will all be gone – the $20 million per picture movie stars will be gone – the powerful directors, producers and all the assistants and associates will be gone.

    If I owned a studio, like Sony does, I would be pounding the eject button and trying to get out now while there is still some value in the organization.

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    • December 11, 2017, at 7:34 AM PDT
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