Joss Whedon is a full-on deranged man and the sad part is that he’s dragging other people into his never-ending lake of sadness. Don’t believe me, read the comments on his original Trump death tweet. It’s time for Joss to take another long break from Social Media and hopefully he gets the help he needs because right now, the future doesn’t look pretty for the Nerd Jesus.
The Superhero genre is at last call. Hell, if Jessica Jones Season 2 turns out to be another dud for Netflix Marvel (Like the last three), I’ll be calling it quits on that universe as well. Maybe it’s Disney, maybe it’s fatigue, maybe it’s because I’m not as excited about this idea in my 30s that I was in my 20s but after the Avengers beat Thanos (Spoiler Alert), I can’t find a good reason to be excited about this universe past 2019…well except…
As someone who has been a harsh critic of Rotten Tomatoes for quite some time, this week feels like a good week to point out the site has been dropping the ball lately. It’s obvious that Rotten Tomatoes has become a place seen as the be-all and end-all of film opinion. You see it in movie adverting “This movie has a high score on Rotten Tomatoes, Certified Fresh!!!”. Then you go watch the film and wonder if these critics even watched the same movie you did.
A new online movement pushed by the Comicsgate community known as #MoveTheNeedle has gained traction. After feeling that the Blacklist of Yellow Flash wasn’t the direction that the supporters of Comicsgate should take, Diversity & Comics started the #MoveTheNeedle campaign, an attempt show the comic book industry that his 58,000+ subscribers and other supporters can have a positive effect on the industry. The hashtag is full of fans recommending books of artists and writers that they like and showing off that they actually will support the industry with their hard-earned money (Hooray For Capitalism).
Remember the days where you could just watch a movie and decide whether you liked it or hated it? Well, those days could be over because political battles over certain films now threaten the idea of free speech if your opinion is chosen not to be accepted. Films or more especially film reviews have now become weaponized and politicized to such an absurd degree; it’s becoming clearer why theater attendance is at a two-decade low, It is turning off the general public. But a new fight over the film Black Panther, a film that is still two weeks away from release and only a few critics have seen is raising an issue that should concern critics and audiences alike.
It seems like less than 6 weeks ago, the sky was the limit for Disney’s Star Wars. The hype train was off the charts and everyone wanted to see the future of the franchise. Well, a few weeks later it seems like the wheels are falling of Disney’s cash cow. The box office performance of the film has a lot of people looking deeper into the franchise and wondering “Is the party already over for Star Wars?”
To say that Hollywood has burned its bridge with Middle America is a damn understatement. Hollywood celebrities do not shy away from virtuing their contempt for people who don’t share their political views. Some have made it a secondary career to show how much they detest conservative values. So when you have a film like 12 Strong, a film that normally would grab the eye of right-wing audiences, they are just as quickly turned off by the stars of the film, like Michael Shannon.
The only identity that Disney has established with their Star Wars universe is one thing…Diversity. Disney loves waving the big, bright flag of diversity when talking about their movies. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was sold as a new direction featuring strong female characters and an array of minority characters within their cast. This is fine and dandy, but in the process of celebrating films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for its big, diverse cast and strong female lead, they completely forgot the most important part of making a film…Story.
Now that I have dug through all the trash, it’s time for the best films of 2017. I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel like I ‘loved’ as many films in 2017 as compared to 2016 but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t good to great films in the year. I’m pretty positive that there will be films on my list that won’t make it on other people’s list, but that’s why it’s mine, so here are the Top 10 Best films of 2017 with a few honorable mentions.