2017 has drawn to a close and so has another year of DeaconsDen. I’ve had the opportunity to see many films. Some great, some not so great. This was a great year for film and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see quite a few of them. So here is a rundown of some of the films I’ve seen and reviewed this year.

First I’ll start with my biggest disappointments of the year:

Atomic BlondeBrutal and brilliant performance by Charlize Theron. However, when she wasn’t mopping the floor the people, I was quite bored with the film’s story which interested me being an 80s era Cold War thriller, but never became interesting.

DunkirkI was greatly disappointed with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. It’s a masterpiece of filmmaking prowess. The technical nature of the film is fantastic and proves Nolan is a master of his craft. Yet the film’s decision to weave multiple stories left me cold, without an easily identifiable main character and story to follow. I respect Nolan’s decision, it just never vibes with me.

Favorite Surprises of the Year:

Happy Death DayA horror thriller with a sci-fi twist that’s funny and entertaining. Also a nice introduction to actress Jessica Rothe

Power Rangers

Didn’t get to see Power Rangers in theaters, but I wished I had. I had no major interest in seeing this, but the really surprised me. I really liked this movie’s cast and story. I liked the way it played with the Power Ranger mythos. It was just a really fun superhero action film that I hope gets a sequel one day.

And now, my ten favorite films of 2017!

10) John Wick Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves is back for more super stylized action that expands the mythology of the John Wick universe.

9) Kong: Skull Island

Probably the best pure blockbuster this year, Kong: Skull Island boasts impressive visuals and some great, pulpy monster action.

8) Split

James McAvoy gives one of the year’s best performances in this great thriller that also marks a return to form for M. Night Shayamalan. I can’t wait for what comes next.

7) Spider-Man Homecoming

Spidey now has his own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it’s a great almost slice of life picture that’s as much a Peter Parker story as it is about Spider-Man.

6) Get Out

Missed this in theaters, but Get Out is one of the most creative thrillers I’ve seen. One that uses the genre to tell a very real and socially conscious story.

5) Baby Driver

I did not review Baby Driver, but this was certainly one stylish action flick with the best soundtrack of 2017.

4) Your Name

A gem of a film. A story of love that uses one of my favorite ways to tell a story. Yet to say anything else would spoil it.

3) Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A New Hope? No a new beginning. Star Wars takes a huge leap forward in an amazing way that will have tremendous impact on the franchise in the future.

2) Logan

High Jackman ends his tenure as Wolverine with a visceral, brutal and emotional grinder of a film. It’s the examination of a man and his legacy.

1) Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman explodes onto our screens with some dynamic action by director Patty Jenkins and a star making turn by Gal Gadot.

So there you have it folks! The DeaconsDen 2017 film recap. I hope you all had great cinema experiences this year and I hope that continues into 2018!

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