I’m not sure where to begin with A Ghost Story? It is by far the most unique film anyone will see all year and yet, this is not the type of film you can just recommend to audiences. In fact, you should see this movie without knowing anything about it. And if you read this first and then go see it, I’m not even exactly sure if I would do it justice in my description for you. It’s about love, loss, life, the past, the present, and the future. I think that sums it up? It is also a movie where a ghost in a white bed sheet wanders around in the afterlife. Director/writer David Lowery, most known for his heartwarming family re-make of Pete’s Dragon, has made something entirely different from that Disney fluff. A Ghost Story may not be loved by all, but it’s the one movie of 2017 that will be talked about endlessly.
Wish Upon is loaded with stupid characters and frequently induced me to put my palm to my face. It’s fascinating that all of the actors, writers, editor, and director looked at this thing and said, “yeah, this is going to be a good movie”. The effort comes pretty close to something that is so bad that it’s good, but I say that while shaking my head. Trust me, you won’t be bored watching director John R. Leonetti tell this careful what you wish for story. Instead, you will be surprised at every turn of it’s wild audacity. Wish Upon attempts to be a mixture of past horror films, a high school teen drama, and everything in between. What it results to is a low budget mess, with such oblivious characters that it’s laughable. Wish Upon is a lot of things, but it’s not good.
The kindness that exist in The Big Sick gives me hope in humanity. This is the story of star, co-writers, and real-life married couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, which is a labor of love, but it is also a journey to finding oneself. This romantic comedy from director Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris; The Baxter) tells the true story of the couples relationship, which starts as a fling, but grows serious when Emily is struck with a cold that turns for the worse. This leaves Kumail eagerly sitting at her bedside, along with her parents, who he’s never met, while struggling with his own efforts to escape from family traditions and follow his heart. At the core, The Big Sick is a beautiful film, full of laughs, gentle moments, and you will leave the theater with a big smile.
In the last few years, the landscape of comic book cinema has swayed back and forth, with the low point of superhero fatigue and the high moments revealing how good the genre can be. In 2017, the portrayal of heroic characters has come roaring back, with multiple films- Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Wonder Woman, all earning “fresh” status from Rotten Tomatoes and bundles of cash at the box office. Yet, no other super hero (okay maybe Superman still needs one) has needed a more positive reboot than Spider-Man. Sony hands over the keys for the newest installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it feels like a B-12 shot of energy, arriving in the form of bright new star Tom Holland as the web slinger, in this grounded and fun filled adventure.
In Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, every character is in their own personal kind of purgatory. In the distant, there is the constant sound of canons striking, as the civil war rages on in the background, keeping a house full of seven ladies fearful of venturing away from their southern plantation. When an injured man arrives on their doorstep, he’s as foreign to them as an alien to a new planet or an infection to a host, in what I believe is Coppola’s fascinating and multilayered masterpiece. The Beguiled is chalk full of gorgeous scenery, a phenomenal ensemble with textured performances, and moments that will strike various conversations after you leave the theater. It’s not just one of the best movies of the year, The Beguiled is worthy of academic studies for years to come.
Yeah, this baby fucking rocks. I’m talking about Edgar Wright’s new electric heist film- Baby Driver. This smooth moving, fast paced affair, is sure to impress the pants off anyone who goes for the ride. In a medium that has seen it’s share of stories about bank robbers combined with car chases, I can honestly say I have not seen it done like this. Wright has made a film that not only has high action pursuits, but every wheel screech, gear shift, and lane change is set to the beat of the soundtrack. Baby Driver is the invention of a car chase musical, where our hero- who goes by the name of Baby (Ansel Elgort)- is the fastest getaway driver around and always moves to the beat of his special collection of tunes. It must be said, over and over again, Baby Driver is the most fun you will have at the movies all year.