AND HERE WE GO GUYS.

Milo here.

Ohh this is always a fun article to write. As we come to the end of Stuff And That’s Best Thangs of the Year, it’s time to celebrate what has been a great year in film. From superhero smashes to B-movie brilliance, we’ve had some fantastic flicks to watch. Of course, me being the stupid clutz I am, I’ve missed a few films this year:

Blade Runner 2049
The Death Of Stalin
Mother!
Detroit
Dunkirk
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
It Comes At Night
The Big Sick

Yo, this be Reuben. Ayyy, we’ve come to the big boi of our Best Thangs of the Year series and boi, it’s been an awesome year for movies: honestly, one of the best, if not the best I’ve ever experienced. We’ve had a multitude of fantastic films and I’m sure it’ll be a year to remember. I, also, did miss a few though:

Thor: Ragnarok
The Death of Stalin
John Wick: Volume 2
Get Out
IT
Kingsman: the Golden Circle
Dunkirk
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

 


Best Old Film We Saw This Year.

Ugh, there are only so many ways you can say “Here are the best old movies we saw this year.”, in’t there?

Milo.

My nominees:

Se7en (1995) – Twisted and utterly disturbing but absolutely gripping.

Reservoir Dogs (1992) – My favourite Tarantino flick, that should be enough explanation.

One Hour Photo (2002) – A complete curveball and — what? A revieeeeewwwwwwwwww??

In Bruges (2008) – One of the sharpest films out there.

Pulp Fiction (1994) – UNNNHHHHHH it’s just so cool.

Memento (2000) – Ha, and you thought Inception was a mind-twister?

Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (2003/2004) – A close second to my favourite Tarantino film, bloody bloody bloody.

Bowling For Columbine (2002) – Regardless of people’s opinions on Moore himself, there’s no doubt that this is an incendiary doc and essential viewing.

Frank (2014) – Offbeat and quirky but with a certain sanitary charm. And don’t touch my f*cking theremin.

Fight Club (1999)

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Yes, yes, I’ve already broken that first rule, which is, of course, EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP REFERRING TO FIGHT CLUB AND RUINING IT. ‘CUS IT’S LAME. MATE. Regardless of how it’s the go-to ‘bro’ film, and the go-to ‘I’m in my mid-20s-to-late-30s and this is my favourite film” film, Fight Club is just such an entertaining film from top to bottom, complete with less-than-agreeable morals and Meat Loaf. However, it’s a mixture of David Fincher’s direction, which manages to create such a sordid atmosphere and solidifies an iconic visual style, and Brad Pitt’s lead performance, where he is such an incredibly charismatic presence, that make this film as legendary as it is. Bonus points for Edward Norton’s equally excellent co-lead turn, to which I related a little too much, and the soundtrack, with that Pixies song.

Reuben.

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

This is a film I had been wanting to watch for a long, long time, and finally this summer I got the chance to watch it. I can safely say that it lives up to absolutely all of the hype that it gets. Well, I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s the greatest film ever made, but it’s certainly propelled itself into being one of my favourite films, at least. It’s just so brilliantly, for lack of a better word, watchable. It’s chilled, it’s got a moderate pace, and, importantly, it’s subtle. Nothing too ridiculous flies into your face, there’s no huge explosions and no-one saves the world. It’s just a dude (THE dude) and some other dudes doing some stuff. And it is so entertaining and easy to watch. The Big Lebowski is made what it is by its character and individuality. In all its clever subtlety and chilled atmosphere the characters, including El Duderino himself, a bunch of nihilists including Flea who may or may not intend to cut off your Johnson, and the second best to The Dude, ol’ Walter. Each character into their own shine with the smart performances of actors such as John Goodman and Jeff Bridges, and through the Coen brothers’ fantastically smart comedy script.

Runner-ups:

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (1986) – Also easy-watching and an incredibly entertaining and funny flick.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – So unique it’s ridiculous, and so funny it’s ridiculous.

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) – Not quite what everyone hyped it up to be for me, but still a very enjoyable watch.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – It’s bogus, man.

Kingsman: the Secret Service (2014) – Filled to the brim with memorable quips and gruesome action.

The Shining (1980) – A masterful horror film and probably my favourite in the genre.

Coraline (2009) – Aesthetically incredible and an overall great, creepy watch.

Dumb and Dumber (1994) – I laughed too much at this. Wait, too much? I guess it depends on who you tell.

 


Best Action.

WE LIKE MOVIES THAT ARE EXPLOSIVE N’ SHIT, YEAH?

Milo.

My nominees:

Thor: Ragnarok – Hulk vs. Thor. That’s it. That’s all I’mma say about that.

Baby Driver – That opening sequence has pretty much ranked as one of everyone’s favourites, yeah?

Logan – Not many films can make me instinctively yell “AWSHITGODTDAMNNN” like this one.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Yeah, yeah, it was a lot of familiar set-pieces, but it was very entertaining nonetheless.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – This slightly underwhelming sequel sure did have some excellent action in it.

Atomic Blonde

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As well as having the most action (SEX.) this year, Atomic Blonde also boasted some of the most kick-ass fight scenes I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. The stylised cinematography embellished every excellently choreographed punch-n-kick, varnishing the brutality to create something that is both chic and shit-hot. Influences from the Bourne franchise were apparent in the stark realism in the setting, along with that of The Raid and Oldboy with a tight-ass continous-shot stairway punch-up; I like.

Reuben.

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Star Wars: the Last Jedi

I’m sorry, but it just had to be. If you don’t know by now how much I love Star Wars already and you visit this site, then I have not done my love of it justice. It is my favourite thing in movies. And the action is a huge part of that — particularly, in this particular new entry. Sure, it’s pretty familiar stuff, we’ve seen lightsabre fights and blaster exchanges before. But here’s the thing. I don’t care if I’ve seen it before. I want to see it again. And this time, the action and the set-pieces have that much more grandeur, that much more brutal bite, emotional potency, and visual awesomosity that they are just that much better than I’ve seen in Star Wars before. Rian Johnson and his team brought the action to a level above what we have seen before. In particular, in the scenes towards the end, what I witnessed is some of the greatest cinema spectacle I have ever laid my eyes upon. And when I walk into a cinema screen, I want to be entertained. I really was by this one.

Runner-ups:

War for the Planet of the Apes – Although not quite Star Wars the grandeur of the set-pieces in this one reach similar levels of awesomeness.

Logan – Brutal and oh-so entertaining.

Free Fire – GUNS GUNS GUNS

Baby Driver – Yes. Just yes. Please.

Blade Runner 2049 – Whenever anything comes up it’s awesome.

Alien: Covenant – BIG. EXPLOSIONS. GORE.

 


Best Comedy.

WE ALSO LIKE FILMS THAT MAKE US GIGGLE IN OUR LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL DRESSES. WHAT. IS. WRONG. WITH. THAT?

Milo.

My nominees:

Thor: Ragnarok – Taika!! Mate!! You did it, man!! Yes. Mate.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – I still laugh at the “Mary Poppins” bit. Shut up.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – What the hell was this doing being so funny. Like dude. Like seriously.

IT – WHAT THE F*CK WAS THIS DOING BEING SO FUNNY. LIKE. DUDE. SERIOUSLY. MATE.

Baby Driver – itsajohnnynonoseno-no.

The Disaster Artist

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For those who aren’t aware, although I expect y’all are, The Room, the movie this is based on, is credited as the worst movie of all time, but goddamn, if it ain’t the most intriguingly batshit movie of all time too. As you’d expect, the story behind it is as mental as the masterpiece itself and, through painstaking re-creation and director/star James Franco’s obvious passion for the project, it’s transferred excellently here. The lead performance from Franco is absolutely hilarious and is as quotable as the movie it’s based on. What makes it all the more funny is that it all really happened.

Reuben.

My real choice is the same as Milo’s. The Disaster Artist is the funniest film of the year, so, for all intention purposes, that is my winner of this category. Still, instead of just saying “Reuben also thinks The Disaster Artist deserves this award”, I thought I would instead give Mindhorn a mention.

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Not as hilarious as The Disaster Artist, certainly, but it’s still very funny. It’s essentially Julian Barratt’s take on Johnny English, and although not the same kind of master stroke, it does have a very nicely British sense of humour and uses the themes of the Isle of Man and the trope of a has-been actor well.

Runner-ups:

Free Fire – Only slightly less funny than Mindhorn.

The LEGO Batman Movie – I laughed quite a lot at this one.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Although I think Basic Lad Milo laughed more at this than I did, I still let out a few good ol’ chuckles.

 


Best Music.

MUSIC. IS. EVERYWHERE.

Milo.

My nominees:

Thor: Ragnarok – aaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AAAAAH!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams – It’s safe to say that if John Williams is the guy behind your already iconic score, you’re pretty assured some fine soundtrackin’.

Baby Driver – OOOOh this was so close to my pick, mainly thanks to the excellent Chase Me and the rest of it’s brilliant soundtrack.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – Awesome Mix Vol. 2 definitely delivered on the retro choonage, with appearances from ELO, Parliament, Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, among others.

La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

La La Land was released reaaaalllllll early in 2017 here in the UK, so it counts for one. For two, Damien Chazelle’s third directorial outing (yeah, look it uuupp), as well as making him 3/3 jazz movies, was one of the best musicals I’ve seen in a long time.
Oh shit, I just realised that, when I reviewed this back in January, I actually criticised the songs, harshly. Oh. Well, how opinions do change.
Taking from the golden age musicals of old, the idyllic, jazz-like, sometimes rousing, instrumentals, as well as Stone and Gosling’s perfectly complimentary vocals, made for some really toe-tappy, magical songs for the screen.

Reuben.
Baby Driver

For a movie with its main purpose being music, Baby Driver does not disappoint. Its soundtrack spans just about every genre between soft rock and hip-hop and with songs like Chase Me and Easy making appearances it’s got some great highlights. I didn’t find any of the songs annoying or out of place, and, most importantly, the editing of the movie made every single song slot into place perfectly.

Runner-ups:

Star Wars: the Last Jedi – Another fantastic melding of classic Star Wars music and new stuff, carrying on in the footsteps of The Force Awakens.

Mindhorn – Great comedy soundtrack.

Blade Runner 2049 – Perfectly fitting and amazingly atmospheric score for this film.

War for the Planet of the Apes – Same for this, if not quite as impressive.

 


Best Visuals.

The pretty things *strokes a Blu-Ray of Fury Road*…

Milo.

My nominees:

Baby Driver (D.P. Bill Pope) – Really cool retro feel to it, excellent camerawork too. The music synchronization stuff was to die for.

Thor: Ragnarok (D.P. Javier Aguirresarobe) – From the “blah” visuals of Thor 1 & 2, we now have these completely psychedelic acid-trip sci-fi goodness, hells to the yess.

Atomic Blonde (D.P. Jonathan Sela) – While the cinematographic style was sleek, it’s the character design here that really gave this film it’s style.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (D.P. Steve Yedlin) – Very, very close to my pick, the salt flats scene is one of the most visually stunning in a long while.

La La Land (D.P. Linus Sandgren)

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I’m gonna break it down for ya, k? This is the second time I’ve put La La Land as the winner of a category that I originally had a different winner for (Baby Driver for best music, Star Wars for this). I don’t know why, but, on reflection, this film just really had the A-game. The use of colour, particularly, here is just absolutely stunning, with a production value unlike anything we’ve seen this century, and much more akin to that of the films from the 40s/50s/60s. It’s such a wonderful spectacle of a movie and I’m so glad I caught it on the silver screen where it belongs.

Reuben.

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Blade Runner 2049 (D.P. Roger Deakins)

The best word I can think of to describe the visuals of this film is huge. Everything is so grand, everything so massive, and on the cinema screen, it is just awe-inspiring. It takes you into a different world in which all of the huge skyscrapers, lights and deserts are as impressive as they are terrifying, and as spacious as they are claustrophobic and suffocating. The main thing that I love about it is that awesome grandeur, but it also uses sets and CGI in accordance to each other very well, with a great use of practical effects alongside the computerised stuff, and, on top of all this, a striking and hugely varied use of colour.

Runner-ups:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (D.P. Steve Yedlin) – It’s not only the salt flats scene that’s impressive. This is the best looking Star Wars film and its a credit to the quality of Blade Runner that it managed to beat it.

War for the Planet of the Apes (D.P. Michael Seresin) – Also huge, and the CGI is immense.

Alien: Covenant (D.P. Dariusz Wolski) – Four letters. H-U-G-E. Not as impressive as Blade Runner though, soz.

Silence (D.P. Rodrigo Prieto) – Incredibly realistic.

 


Worst Film.

Let us shit on someone’s hard work because it wasn’t very good. Oh well, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER.

Milo.
Gerald’s Game
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I’m pretty confident that I picked the most visually unappealing picture for this one.

I’m gonna level with you, I haven’t seen a truly awful film this year. I tried to force myself to watch Bright but I just couldn’t do that to myself. However, another Netflix offering we got this year was so unashamedly average that we couldn’t not have it here, eh? When the supposed shock value dies down on this flick, we’re left with a combination of uninspired visuals, two good actors with frozen chemistry and ending that weasels off into something completely unrelated really. The subplots forced upon this film really ruin the pacing of what could have been a solid erotic thriller.

Reuben.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

What you see above is CGI little Johnny Depp. This film just disappointed me. I wasn’t expecting to see something great, but I was expecting to be entertained more than I was. Because, despite all the criticisms the rest of the franchise gets I’ve found a lot of enjoyment in each film in it until this one. Salazar’s Revenge, at Pirates of the Caribbean film number five, shows to me that the series needs to die, or at least something needs to be done to make the next one better. For one, Johnny Depp is absolutely awful. He does nothing new, and everything he does do he has done before, but better. The rest of the cast includes wannabe Keira Knightley, Kaya Scodelario, who does all the same things as her seeming hero but worse, and a crappy version of Orlando Bloom as Orlando Bloom dude’s son. The plot was so crappy I can barely remember it, and BOI Javier Bardem has done much better villains than Salazar, who is boring, hard to understand and just looks so artificial. This is a film which represents a series that is stagnating, wilting, growing tired. The comedy writing isn’t even particularly funny anymore. It’s also somehow EVEN MORE ridiculous than At World’s End.

Runner-ups:

Power Rangers – Badly made and very artificial but kinda enjoyable at times.

Gerald’s Game – Far from awful but I mostly agree with Milo there.

 


Best Director.

While this does, in a way, honour the entirety of the crew, it do take a great director to produce a great film.

Milo.

My nominees:

James Franco – The Disaster Artist – Franco’s passion for this project was evident, as was his meticulous attention to ridiculous detail.

Damien Chazelle – La La Land – Channeling the glamourous times of old, Chazelle delivered on the biggest cinematic spectacle of the year.

James Mangold – Logan – As well as giving us the best X-Men movie (and the first good Wolverine standalone), Mangold produced a rarity; a superhero flick that truly transcends its genre.

Jordan Peele – Get Out – A completely unexpected offering from the funnyman, Get Out proved to be a chilling study of current events — in no small part due to Peele’s stellar leadership.

Taika Waititi – Thor: Ragnarok – Honestly, I’m 80/90% impressed with Thor, 10% just so happy that Taika has made it big time. Good on ya, mate.

Baby Driver – Edgar Wright

There you have it, folks, this undisputed best scene of the year. Indeed, while I was less than impressed with his writing efforts, Edgar Wright still pulled it right outta the bag from behind the camera. As my favourite director, I was always anticipating this movie to have some keen directorial bizniz, and I wasn’t disappointed. Using the soundtrack to great advantage, synchronizing scenes to music, in the spirit of Wright’s earlier work (notably Shaun Of The Dead), the director truly didn’t waste a moment in Baby Driver, with every scene having a stylistic purpose. A director at the top of his game, indeed.

Reuben.

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Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049

If you’re an avid Stuff and That super-fan, which, obviously, you are, you’ll remember that I gave this exact same award last year to this director for his work on Arrival. He clearly wasn’t satisfied with just one sci-fi masterclass so he decided he’d also direct Blade Runner 2049, which, impressively, is even better than 2016’s Arrival. Villeneuve managed to make a monstrous run-time of 2 hours 44 minutes seem not quite long enough. Like a long progressive rock song, this flick is all about the atmosphere, suspense and long progression and build up, which through some of the best visuals I have ever seen in a film, with a perfect score, cast and the action to match. Villeneuve has not failed expectations with this, and for me he delivered one of the greatest and well-realised sci-fis I have ever seen.

Runner-ups:

Edgar Wright – Baby Driver – What Milo said.

Martin Scorsese – Silence – Almost as masterful as Villeneuve’s work.

James Franco – The Disaster Artist – Put about as much passion as Tommy Wiseau for The Room in the first place.

Matt Reeves – War for the Planet of the Apes – Made this grand finale very, very well.

James Mangold – Logan – Milo got it spot on.

Ben Wheatley – Free Fire – To make such a good film out of such a simple and limited concept is a grand achievement.

Rian Johnson – Star Wars: the Last Jedi – Although he did make one or two mistakes overall his direction did oversee one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen in a long time and a brilliant new entry in the Star Wars series.

 


Best Performance.

Here are the best professional liars of the year.

Milo.

My nominees:

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Another excellent performance by one of my favourite actresses, builds on the character we saw in VII and continues to impress.

Bill Skarsgård – It – AHHHNIGHTMARENIGHTMARENIGHTMARENIGHTMARENIGHTMARE

Patrick Stewart – Logan – Showing Professor X in his twilight years, Stewart managed to be heartwarming and funny and a complete bastard all in the same time, acting circles around everyone else on screen (soz huge ackman).

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out – Another up-and-comer to seriously check out, Kaluuya’s work here continues to put me on edge even upon reflection.

James McAvoy – Split – Confusing? Yes. Captivating? Definitely.

James Franco – The Disaster Artist

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If you thought Franco’s love for The Disaster Artist stopped behind the camera, you’d be damn wrong, fool. The character of Tommy Wiseau is tough one to play, impossible without extensive research, as the man is complete mystery. From age to country of origin, it’d take a skilled and persistent sonuvabitch to crack open Tomdora’s Box and thankfully, Franco was just the fella. Everything about Tommy is captured here, from the eerie hair and make-up, to, more importantly, his offbeat speech pattern and mannerisms. Besides all of that, Franco was a true scene-stealer, injecting the high-dosage of batshit craziness for a movie like Disaster Artist to work.

Reuben.

You’ve done it again eh Milo???? BITCH. This is the second time I’ve wanted to choose The Disaster Artist (or a component for it) on this thang and Milo did it first. My real winner is also James Franco, but, I’ll use this as a chance to give someone else a very honourable mention.

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Yep, my second pick is ol’ Hugh Jackman. Surprised? If you saw Logan, I don’t think you should be. For me, I think he put out his most mature performance to date as the old Wolverine, showing a lot of emotion, passion and always being a huge presence in the movie.

Runner-ups:

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – What Milo said, boiiiii

Andrew Garfield – Silence – I think he actually put in a better performance than Hugh Jackman, but his presence just isn’t the same. Still, an amazing performance from him which should get at least an Oscar nomination.

Sylvia Hoeks – Blade Runner 2049 – A very intimidating performance.

Andy Serkis – War for the Planet of the Apes – A chunky performance for a chunky ape.

 


In Memoriam.

Another year, another multitude of tragic losses in the industry.

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Best Film.

Finally, we get to the biggest award of the year!

Milo.

My nominees:

It (2 Nominations) – A film I thought would be awful actually ended up being action-packed, surprisingly funny and SHIT-SCARY-SUPREME. Goddamn.

Thor: Ragnarok (5 Nominations) – I’m a little disappointed that this movie didn’t win a single award, especially because it was probably the most fun I’ve had in the cinema all year.

La La Land (3 Nominations – Winner of Best Music and Visuals) – A magical experience for those who appreciate the golden age of movies, and a magical experience for literally anyone else as well.

Logan (3 Nominations) – Yet another with no wins. Still, this is the closest to my pick, just a heavily excellent watch.

Baby Driver (5 Nominations – Winner of Best Director) – Even though sexual predator Kevin Spacey (ew) puts a damper on this a little, Edgar Wright’s latest is still another piece of blockbusting brilliance.

Get Out (2 Nominations) – A bitterly relevant, rigidly intense and starkly unique movie, and one that I’d recommend to everyone.

The Disaster Artist (3 Nominations – Winner of Best Comedy and Performance)

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As a longtime fan of The Room, to see the story of Tommy Wiseau, the enigmatic monolith of sub-culture weirdness responsible for the worst movie ever made, makes me ecstatic from the mere concept of it. Then, I began to hear stories of James Franco’s dedication to the project which, as we’ve seen from movies like Deadpool, does a movie good. As I swang round the cinema with Reubs and Cam for a last minute viewing, I was pleasantly surprised by a movie with enough heart, humour and excellency to warrant this most prestigious of honours. With a brilliantly talented supporting cast around him, Franco’s lead performance is also my favourite of the year as he encapsulated Wiseau’s essence perfectly. The movie is also gut-bustingly funny, but tell the ultimately inspiring story of not giving up, which is something we can all relate to, yeah? I just really can’t flaw this on any aspect because everything it tries to do, it does extremely well. It’s just amazing from top to bottom and thus my favourite movie of the year.

 

Reuben.
1. Star Wars: the Last Jedi (5 Nominations – Winner of Best Action)

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Of course this was going to win it. I’m Reuben. This is Star Wars. It was awesome. Nothing compares to the excitement of seeing a new Star Wars movie for me, and this latest addition to my favourite movie franchise did not disappoint and is one of the best Lucasarts has ever put out, besting The Force Awakens and The Return of the Jedi. For me, when it is at its best, this film is the epitome of cinema entertainment and an incredible spectacle. While it only won one of my categories and I do think Rian Johnson made a couple of mistakes, particularly with the portrayal of Luke Skywalker’s character, I cannot avoid the fact that I enjoyed this film more than any other this year, which is a huge statement considering how good a year it was for films.

When I walk into a cinema screen, I want to be entertained. I want goosebumps. I want to smile because I love what I’m seeing so much. Star Wars: the Last Jedi did all of these things more than any other movie I’ve seen in the cinema for a long time. The awe-inspiring action, the intense emotion running through the whole thing, the grandeur of it all, it is just amazing. So much happens in the story, and so much develops that it seems like every minute something awesome happens, and when it was ending I was practically pleading with it to carry on going for longer.

2. Blade Runner 2049 (5 Nominations – Winner of Best Visuals and Director)

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I was going to give this film the award alongside The Last Jedi, but I don’t think I can because I just enjoyed the winner that bit more — and the main purpose of the cinema, at least for me, is to entertain. But at least this one gets the number two spot, which is also very good considering the year we had. When I sat down to watch this film in the cinema, I was taken into a different and frankly dazzling world for about 3 hours and I didn’t want to come out of it by the time it had finished. Denis Villeneuve has put out a master stroke I preferred to even Arrival. Watching this, with its visuals being quite possibly the best I have ever seen in a movie, I was in awe for practically the whole time, and totally immersed in its concept. There is something that is just so immensely impressive about this film and it left a big impression on me after walking out and for ages since.

3. The Disaster Artist (3 Nominations – Winner of Best Comedy and Performance)

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There are very few movies that can make me laugh as much as this did. And there are very few movies that I could truly call hilarious, and that make me laugh out loud and squirm in my seat. The Disaster Artist is one of those. To explain how close the competition is for the winner of this award, this could have very easily won Best Film. As with Blade Runner 2049, though in different ways, this film is an absolute master stroke; it’s James Franco’s magnum opus. Of course, Franco had fantastic source material to work from: The Room is heralded as one of the most entertaining films of all time because it’s so awful. But to make a film about it that is just as entertaining, that is no mean feet. The Disaster Artist is almost just as much a passion project as its source material, and it shows. It’s bursting at its seams with heart and personality, and you can just feel through the fantastic performances all across the board how much the crew enjoyed making it. And, it’s impossible, surely, to not enjoy it just as much as them while watching it.

PS. I have to come clean that I have not watched The Room (although I have seen many clips and whatnot). But I think it’s even more impressive that I could enjoy it so much without having seen the original.

Runner-ups:

Baby Driver (3 Nominations – Winner of Best Music) – Brilliantly slick and very entertaining flick.

War for the Planet of the Apes (5 Nominations) – An awesome and fitting finale for a great series.

Silence (3 Nominations) – Another masterful flick. What a year.

Logan (3 Nominations) – A brutal and brilliant finale for the whole Wolverine saga.

Free Fire (3 Nominations) – Just goes to show how good a film can be even if it’s pretty much all just on one set.

Alien: Covenant (2 Nominations) – Grand, gory sci-fi horror excellence.

 


And we’re done! I’d just like to say a great big thank you to all y’all for making this another great year for Stuff And That and a pre-emptive apology for the rest of the crap we’ll be posting in 2018!

Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations

Milo.

Bringing redundant opinions for scrollers everywhere,

Reuben.

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8 thoughts on “Stuff And That’s Best Thangs Of The Year 2017: Volume III – Film.

  1. An impressive and well written round-up guys, I like a lot of the things you say. Blade Runner 2049 is probably my pick for best film of the year. As for old films, I also saw Kill Bill 1+2 and Pulp Fiction recently and I agree they are Brillo pads.

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  2. A gigantic (and gigantically awesome) list. And I agree with most of your choices! Not such a big fan of TLJ, but I didn’t hate it at all. Still need to see The Disaster Artist and War for the Planet of the Apes. 🙂

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