Another year, another holiday party. This one flew by, didn't it?
In 2017 we should all realize we're not perfect. We are a nation that elected Donald Trump as our President. We are a human race that still allows the horrific regime of North Korea to exist. We have laughed at Louis C.K.'s jokes and watched Charlie Rose ask the tough questions while all along there were Big Little Lies being swept under the rug. We are all flawed. Even Jay-Z, the penultimate cocky billionaire looked into the mirror and saw the pitfalls of the id and egomania.
Leonardo da Vinci was gay. The polio vaccine was developed from cells taken from Henrietta Lacks without her consent. There is so much of history to come to light - we don't have all the facts and we never will. We don't know enough about each other. We don't know jack. I guess Kendrick Lamar said it best: "Bitch, be humble."
There was plenty of great music released over the last year and some change. I have not …
2017 is poised to be one of this decade's best years in film and perhaps one of the best years ever, with dozens of good movies and a bundle of great ones likely to be regarded as classics as time marches on. Even some comic book flicks (Logan, Wonder Woman) and the new Star Wars were truly fantastic. New directors (Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Sean Baker) emerged showcasing immense talent and vision. A burgeoning, transparent class of actors (Lucas Hedges, Timothee Calamet, Caleb Landry Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Daniel Kaluuya, Michael Stuhlbarg, etc) are proliferated among some of the best films in the past few years.
While streaming, the "me too" movement and television's "second golden age" have all been posited as Hollywood's reckoning, the magic of the movies lives on -- be it on screens big or small. Looking to this coming weekend's Academy Awards, I've compiled my list of 2017's best films.
The 90th Academy Awards are this Sunday and there can't possibly be a bigger screw-up at this year's show than last year's Best Picture envelope opening fiasco. There are some really good films being nominated this year so let's get right into this...
Call Me by your Name - it would be awesome if two gay themed movies won the big Oscar award two years in a row, CMBYN is deserving and a great film, but I just don't see it winning against some of the other big dogs... but stranger things have happened.
Darkest Hour - omfg no! This was just a really boring Masterpiece theater reject.
Dunkirk - Christopher Nolan is obviously a visionary -- but Dunkirk lacked vigor and passion, character development and a plot worth buying into.
Get Out - Reader of this blog know I loved Get Out, it would be absolutely amazing if this won and it's not out of the realm of possibility.
Lady Bird - I much would've preferred to see The Florida Project nominated in place of …