2018 is here, and it becomes time to look back over the last year and film and highlight the best of what was, overall, a pretty anemic year for movies in 2017. It was a great year for comic book fans in terms of quantity of quality, with nearly every film released connecting. There were some surprising gems that emerged (Get Out, Wind River), and blockbusters that actually did deliver (Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes), but more films that didn’t live up to the hype and disappointed versus their potential. Animation, particularly, had an anemic year with Coco being the only film that even drew me to a theater. Overall, I have seen 75 2017 releases, and with awards season still continuing to expand a number of the top contenders, there are a number of films that could significantly impact this list, but here are Killing Time’s Top 10 Films of 2017 with links to my review of each film.
(Films Still to See Include: Lady Bird, The Florida Project, The Post, The Shape of Water, All the Money in the World, I Tonya, and Mudbound)
Woody Harrelson is incredibly underrated as one of the most versatile and talented dramatic and comedic actors of his generation, both on the big and small screens. In 1985, Cheers faced a casting crisis when beloved actor Nicholas Colasanto died. To replace him behind the bar, they cast an unknown young Woody Harrelson who only went on to be Emmy nominated six times for playing Woody Boyd: Cheers‘ clueless and lovable little brother. But in the 25 years since Cheers‘ end, Harrelson has put together one of the most impressive resumes of any actor working. His range is astounding: from goofball to serial killer to an impressive series of military and law enforcement characters (both good and evil) and back again to goofball. There are some performers for whom it’s a struggle to put together 10 pieces of work and an honorable mention. Woody could have had a whole second list, and he’s only continuing to get better. Continue reading Woody Harrelson’s 10 Best Movies
Andy Serkis has to be given enormous credit. It isn’t many (if any other) actors who can say they invented an entirely new way to act. Serkis is the pioneer of motion capture acting, used before in film, but never to deliver the kind of performance the Serkis astounded audiences with when he brought Gollum to the big screen in The Lord of the Rings. Continuing to develop, pioneer, and teach others in the use of the technique, Serkis went on to embody King Kong, Star Wars enigma Supreme Leader Snoke, and create in Caesar for the new Planet of the Apes trilogy a character that surpassed even Gollum in emotional depth and nuance. This type of acting is becoming so common that it needs an Oscar category all its own, and Serkis long should have received a special recognition Academy Award for taking technology and using it to enhance acting not mask or diminish it. He’s one of the most exciting actors that no one gives full credit to, but nearly everyone knows the characters he brings to life, and they’ll live on as long as movies do.
Sadly, with July as packed as it was, War for the Planet of the Apes seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, doing much worse than Dawn for the Planet of the Apes or its July blockbuster brethren: Dunkirk and Spider-Man. This was an exceptional film (read my review here), and if you missed it in the theaters, it looks like the blu ray has been packed with goodies. Check out one of the best films of 2017, and the cap one one of the best science fiction trilogies of all-time. For full details on specs, read Fox’s press release below.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and Blu-ray director Matt Reeves’ blockbuster War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, and Karin Konoval. The three releases will be available for purchase on October 24.
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 21st brings three VERY different films into theaters, all currently getting mixed-to-rave reviews. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/21/2017): Dunkirk, Valerian, Girls Trip