12/29/2017

The 10 Best Movies of 2017

Another year of great movies draws to a close. Making this list took a lot of redoing and re-configuring, cause there were so many awesome and wonderful movies that were released. Most kick ass of all was just how great a year for horror movies this was! I believe this is the year when the most amount of horror movies have made this list. And, while there were some good superhero movies only one made the top 10, while the latest Star Wars did not. In fact, that movie is not even getting an honorable mention (good movie but not great by stretch of the word). Anyway, without any more time being wasted here we go:

Honorable Mentions:
Return to Return of Nuke 'Em High AKA Vol. 2
Happy Death Day
Wonder Woman
War for the Planet of the Apes
The Void
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
John Wick Chapter 2


10. The Devil's Candy- Perhaps the most chilling horror movie of the year, this masterpiece of metal and terror further cements Sean Bryne as one of the new masters of the genre. My full review: http://themastergio.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-devils-candy-review.html







9. Get Out- A smart and timely horror movie that is rightfully being hailed as a future classic. It racked a killing at the box office and earned much deserved critical acclaim. By adding the voice of writer/ director Jordan Peele, the genre earned itself the type of social commentary that hearkens back to the days of George Romero. The smart, contemporary, socially aware, and, at times funny, script is one of the best in the genre this year. The excellent acting from the whole cast manages to bring it all to excellent, cinematic life.





8. Raw- This smart and excellently acted horror flick is one of the year's finest foreign movies. It may not be as graphic as some other French horror movies, but it still manages to shock and, at times, repulse. The intelligent script produces a movie that is dramatically pleasing, eye raising, and, even a little sexy. In all, the finest European horror flick, in the last few years.




7. Better Watch Out- This horror flick turns the home invasion movie on its ears and the results are one of the best Christmas horror movies ever made. It also happens to have one of the best final girls of the year in the form of the lovely Olivia DeJonge playing Ashley. This is one I will be adding to my yearly holiday viewings, for sure!







6. Baby Driver- Fun, exciting, stylish, and, even romantic, this action flick is one of the coolest movies in many a moon. The plot moves along wonderfully and it is filled to the brim with great characters and the priceless interactions between them. Our hero is especially likable and the added babedom of Lily James and Eiza Gonzalez makes this one even nicer to look at. Edgar Wright's finest movie since Shaun of the Dead.






5. Logan- Calling something one of the best superhero movies of the year, at this point sounds like hyperboyle. But, in the case of Logan it is not. Smart, moving, and compelling, this violent and bloody take on the now old in age  Wolverine excites and gets the blood going. It is also prone to make you cry. With wonderful performances by Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, this is the perfect ending to this version of the character.






4. Blade Runner 2049- Making a sequel to one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made is one hell of a task to take on. Thankfully, this movie very satisfyingly delivers on that front, giving us the one of the finest science fiction movies in the last few years. It is also the most beautiful movie released this year. It did not do well at the box office, but then, this movie never really was going to. Regardless, it is the film we Blade Runner fans have wanted for decades. In all, a true modern masterpiece.



3. The Shape of Water- Guillermo del Toro's beautiful, moving, and romantic monster/ love movie is the Creature from the Black Lagoon movie that we have always wanted to be made. Created with love and reverence and featuring flawless fx and acting, this is one his finest movies. A film that will surely get better with age, and that teaches us that the worst and scariest monster is man.





2. Gerald's Game- A masterfully acted and directed adaptation of one of my favorite Stephen King books that might be the greatest Netflix movie, ever. It is certainly one of the greatest King movies. My full review: http://themastergio.blogspot.com/2017/10/gerald-game-review.html








1. It- It is one of the absolute best adaptations of a Stephen King book, ever, and as such, caused a killing at the box office. With plot and characters that hold your attention and grabs your fucking throat throughout, it is easy to see why. It is a near perfect film, one that will surely hold its place in horror classic cinema in the years to come. With some of the finest acting from a cast of kids ever, and an excellent villain in Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise, it has already given itself a piece in modern pop culture. I was blown away after seeing it and that feeling has not changed one fucking bit. With two Stephen King flicks holding the top and second spot, this is the year that King came back, baby!

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