Top Best Films of 2017

Back again with another list and like last year I will be covering my favourite films that I saw this year no matter what year that they came out.

Beyond the Mat: Starting off the list with something that I am surprised that I had just gotten around to watching, the wrestling documentary: Beyond the Mat in which Barry Blaustein documented events of three professional wrestlers, Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts, Terry Funk and Mick Foley as well as things that happened in WWF at the time as well as ECW. But some of the best things that happened in the film was learning more and more about the real life of them. Dealing with some of the harder things in life, especially since that across the three there were a lot of interesting stories being told. With Foley story he was in the height of his career being in the main event stage for WWF, winning the championship as well as the infamous I Quit match in which was so brutal Foley’s family, who were in the crowd had to leave. With Funk’s story he was dealing with wanting to retire since he was at the time 53 and needing a new knee, but with Funk, he is a grizzly old vet and he still is wresting to this day. But the most saddening was Roberts, he was a coke addict and also had a lot of other problems, but the focus of his segment was that he wanted to reconnect with his estranged daughter which was achieved in the end. Overall it was a good documentary and I wish that there were more like this out, that weren’t just made by the company.

John Wick Chapter 2: Keanu Reeves is a badass in this film and I am looking forward to when they bring out Chapter 3, for the main fact that it will be John Wick vs the World and its something that is going to be very well handled.

Logan: So, I am very curious now on what they are going to be with Disney now bought Fox and what they are going to with the X-Men franchise. But this was one of my favourite X-Men films that I have seen since it pretty much was a good send off for the franchise and a great way to send off both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Steward’s characters with the death of Xavier being one of the parts that I found to be one of the saddest things about the film as well as a theory on what happened to the mutants. I guess that between the events of either Days of Future Past or more likely The Wolverine in which Onslaught had happened and had wiped a large proportion of the mutant population. But the end of the film was the other rather sad scene with Logan using all of the ‘BESERKER’ drugs and having a last stand off against Weapon XIII in which he managed to defeat him, but at the cost of his own life, and we see Laura mourning over Logan corpse along with the rest of the runaways heading over the border to Canada. The good news that I have heard from this is that there are plans to make a X-23 so that is something to look forward to.

Wonder Woman: Who’d thought that DC were able to make a good film because I had little hope going into it, but I have got to say it was a lot better than what I thought it was. The good thing about it is that the film took the same approach that Captain America took, that being set during the War and Diana wanting to be a part of it, but in her mind so that she can take down Ares, who she thinks is leading the Germans, but when the reveal happened it did have me thinking, really that’s who it is, but then started thinking more and more it made more sense, having a person that seemed to be an ally for the Allied Powers to then turn out to actually be Ares was a good move, misdirection. I also liked the scenes with Diana going through war torn France helping soldiers in the trenches and helping them win a few battles showing off her skills and becoming a beacon of hope for the soldiers that are fighting.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: For a sequel movie to be better than what came before it is usually a hard thing to come around, but this is something that I was surprised about. It was a rather good film and the story made a lot more sense than what the first film was. The story told the tale of what had happened to the previous occupants of the house from the first film and what happened to them to lead to the events that happened in the first film. I liked this since that there was more story to it and it made sense. The mother bought a Ouija board to help her with her charlatan act of communing with the dead, but her youngest daughter becomes more entranced by it when she starts calling after her father, but it turns out that there are darker forces at work when a spirit of an evil Nazi doctor uses his influence and then starts to go after her mother and elder sister. In the end the elder sister is forced to kill her sister and when the cops arrive, she is arrested for killing her family and then the film ends leading into halfway through the first film.

Shin Godzilla: I was so looking forward to seeing this film since that I am a huge fan of both the Japanese and America versions of Godzilla (with the Roland Emmerich version being an exception) and when I heard that this was going to be getting a limited release in the UK, I told my friend that we were seeing it and by god we weren’t disappointed. Godzilla was a massive destructive force in the film and it is something that I haven’t seen in a long time since that for the past few years before the film it was usually Godzilla vs Monster of the film, but this one was also a bit different. The film starts off with this weird looking monster coming out of the sea and it looks like a weird looking chicken and we were thinking on who the hell it was, then we get further in the film and see that it is actually the first form of Godzilla and we saw an evolution chain for him, which is rather cool to see. But the thing that I really did like about the film, beside the giant monster destroying most of Tokyo was the political side that we got, focusing on all of the destruction that is happening, trying to find where the monster had come from and most importantly how they were going to try and destroy Godzilla. It is a rather fun film and I have to try and pick it up since its now released for Home Entertainment.

It: I didn’t know what to think about this film when I saw trailers for it, but when I got around to seeing it, I found it to be a rather good film and for a remake as well it did a lot of things better than what the TV movie did. The thing that I did like most about this was that the entire film was focused around the Losers Club and that’s all the focus that we got, unlike the original version in which we had it set in modern days and then flashbacking to the past. Another thing that I liked about the film was that there were a lot more creative scares for the film for each member of the Losers Club since that it focused on weird and creative fears, but for more of that you can search back on my site for my Good/Bad Review that I did back in October. Hopefully when Part 2 comes out, it will be as entertaining as what the first part was.

Thor Ragnarok: Out of all the Marvel films that have came out this year, Thor Ragnarok was my most favourite of the year since that it did something that I found to be rather lacking from both Guardians and Spider-Man, that being the comedy was a lot better. One of my favourite jokes that was in the film was the centripetal force joke that was at the beginning of the film, it was a little bit nerdy, but it is one that I liked. The film on whole was entertaining, Chris Hemsworth was on point with his timing, a lot better than what he was in Ghostbusters and the rest of the cast was amazing. I am really hoping that Taika Waititi will be returning to the MCU since that he was an amazing director for the film as well as having a very amazing roll in the film.

Murder on the Orient Express: Another film that I wasn’t sure how to feel about, but I was blown away by the film. The film is one of the most beautifully shot films and the story telling engine was wonderful to be retold on the silver screen. Kenneth Branagh doing duo roles as director as well as playing Hercule Poirot in which I was a little apprehensive about, but he did do a good job playing the Belgium detective. The ensembled cast for the film was really great as well since you had people like Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe, Daisy Ridley and even for the short amount of time that he was in the film Johnny Depp was good in it. But the ending is something that I found to be the best thing about the entire film, as it turns out everybody was behind the murder in all of an act of justice and Poirot decides to live a lie and lets all of the suspects escape.

The Princess Bride: This film is one of my favourites because it is a feelgood film that still holds up today. A film that mixes love and romance with action and adventure is something that I really enjoy. Plus, the story has a rather good narrative as the story is told as a story by Peter Falk to his grandson since that he is feeling under the weather and it was something that his father and grandfather did. The film is enjoyable, and my favourite scenes are pretty much any scene with Indgo Montoya in it since that he pretty much steals the film and my favourites are the duel that he and the Dread Pirate Roberts have near the beginning of the film since that it is entertaining and the duel that he has with Count Rugen so that he can finally get his revenge after Rugen killed his father.

It’s a Wonderful Life: I just watched this film for the first time ever just a few days ago and I wish that I had watched it earlier in life since that it does tell a very good story which is that even giving up your dreams means that you can have a wonderful life, but it did end up resolving our main character to try and commit suicide for him to realise what he had and that his life was better. I think the only problem that I had with the film was that a getting to the ‘wonderful life part’ since that part of the film has been done multiple times in different shows and mediums. For instance The Muppets did a version of this and it did focus a lot more on the Wonderful Life part. But nevertheless it was an enjoyable film and I plan on watching it again next Christmas.

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Did Xavier Create Onslaught Pre-Logan?

When I saw Logan, there was something that made me rather curious about the film and that was the backstory on why Logan had taken Xavier away and had him hidden. All we knew from the film that there was an incident that happened on the east coast and that in Xavier’s confession recalling something that happened at Westchester before he killed by X-24.

onslaughtMy thoughts later about this got me thinking, could Xavier have accidently created Onslaught. There could be some truths to it since that we don’t know what before this film besides Mutants been born less and less. I think that there could have been some sort of fight that may have happened at the X-Mansion where Magneto (possibly brainwashed) lead an attack and he may have killed or injured somebody close to Xavier and then flipped out on him causing him to then start creating the Onslaught entity.

Then after this event happens strange things may have started happening to Xavier, maybe mood swings, losing his temper so forth and nobody picking up on what had happened until it was too late. Onslaught makes his play and starts taking out the X-Men and only being taken down by having Jean Grey or another strong psychic mutant to shut down Xavier’s mind and that a way to help supress this from happening again was Xavier was to medicate him.

This then leads to me where I think that is why Logan thought it was important to make sure that he was taking his medication as well as when his psychic powers got out of hand that he was medicated so that Onslaught wouldn’t manifest and cause more casualties like what happened in Westchester.

It’s just a crazy thought that I had and I don’t know if anyone else has the same thoughts about this.  

Films I’m Looking Forward to See in 2017

Sometime last year in a group chat I put in a list of films that I was looking forward to see for the following year and for some reason looking back in the chat I couldn’t seem to find where it was and I decided to re-write my list and I think that there is going to be more that I am going to see than what is on this list. Note this list isn’t in that much of an order since that depending on a lot of factors it could be released one month in America and be shown in the UK five months later.

Logan: The first Marvel film of the year and this looks like that it is going to be a good one and that since that this is apparently going to be Hugh Jackman’s last film it looks like that it could be the best X-Men film to date. You have Logan seemed to be forced to look after a child, x-23, that has a similar mutant power as him, being able to have extended claws and it seems that evil organisation is after her. This does look like that it is going to be a good film and hopefully they will use the R rating in America to good use.

Kong: Skull Island: Ever since that Godzilla got rebooted through Legendary I have been wondering what they were going to do in the future and then they announced that there was going to be a cinematic universe that is going to consist not just of the Godzilla universe but also, they brought in Kong. I have been looking forward to this since they released the teaser of the film and we see the size of what Kong was going to be for the film and he is massive and right size compared to Godzilla for when they have their film later in the series. Also, the good thing about this film is that this seems to be a lot different to previous Kong films since that it doesn’t look like there are any dinosaurs in the film and instead there are theses weird creatures that live underground. I also think that the cast for the film is good, you have Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Sam L Jackson and John C Riley, all are good actors (most of them are also in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Power Rangers: For this whole film, it seems that it is going to be the biggest risk that Saban and Power Rangers could take. The films cast seems to be rather mixed since that most of the cast are rather young and some of them have been in a lot of shows but the two with the most recognition may be Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery have been in quite a few shows with Montgomery being in Stranger Things. The thing that I do like about the film is that it is a different take on the Mighty Morphin era and I do like the fact that this series does seem to be more alien then what the show was and that’s something that I do like about it. I also like that the villain for the film is a opposite of what Rita was in the show and it is something that I like, it seems almost in a way like what Andromeda was like In Space.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: It’s a sequel to one of the best Marvel films of course I am looking forward for this film. From what we got from the trailers for this there wasn’t that much of a story revealed and that is something that I do really like about trailers since that there have been some that pretty much ruin the film by showing most it in the trailer. I think that this has all the good elements to be a fantastic sequel since that in the trailer from what we do see that it looks just as action filled and comedically brilliant and it’s something good to look forward to.

Alien: Covenant: I was rather surprised that I would be seeing a new Alien film since that I never saw one in the cinemas (mainly since that I am 24 and the last film that had Aliens in I wasn’t that well acquainted with the franchise). This is supposed to be set after the events of Prometheus, which with the ending means that it is going to be rather weird to see since the ending seemed that both David and Dr Shaw were trapped on the planet but there both back for the film so it’s going to be interesting to see what they do with that. Plus, I would like to see what they do with the Aliens in this film since that at the very end of Prometheus we see a new Alien being born that looks like an earlier version of the Xenomorph.

Wonder Woman: So, DC haven’t had the best track rate with their current movies but this film looks like that it could possibly break that trend. But right now, I am feeling rather 50/50 about the movie since that with the bad track record they have. I really like the fact that for this film they decided to have it set during World War 1 instead of being set during the modern time line such as what the previous films and this seems that it is something that they may have done right.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: When Marvel had revealed that they have had the rights to Spider-Man from Sony and the debut in Captain America: Civil War, I was rather looking forward to seeing the next first Spider-Man film in the MCU. But for me I do have a few issues with the film, the first is that I think that it could seem that the film could possibly be packing more villains that we need since that already confirmed have been Shocker and Vulture, with Vulture being the main. The second problem that I have could be the cast since that outside Tom Holland, RDJ and Michael Keaton I don’t think that I have seen the rest of the cast in anything else so that it could be difficult to get a read on their acting ability. Third is having RDJ in the film since that he is something that I am hoping is something that is going to be limited in the film since that I think it could easily ruin the film, but I do hope that in the end that Tony could give him a new suit maybe the Iron Spider-Suit.

War of the Planet of the Apes: I really didn’t think that this series would have gotten a third film in the series but it does look like that it was going to be a rather decent. Set after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes it looks like that this film is going to go more into the depths on how the Apes take over the planet and turning it into said Planet of the Apes. So far from the cast and the plot it seems that it is going to be a rather dark film and with Woody Harrelson as the main antagonist is rather good since that he can play menacing and ruthless rather well.

It: This is a rather weird film, a remake of the miniseries and novel of the same name, it’s a story about an eponymous being tormenting a group and kids as well in their adult lives. I was rather worried about this film since that the original version was rather memorable with fans as well as Tim Curry’s portrayal as It. But hopefully it can do rather well since that September is a rather good period to be putting out horror films.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: When I saw Kingsman: The Secret Service when it came out a few years ago, I didn’t think that I would have liked it that much. I was wrong. The film was a whole lot of fun and the fight scenes were rather well done, plus during a scene at the end just with some subtle editing could make it seem like a higher rating. This film is something that looks good and confusing, the first being that Hugh Grant is in the film. For anyone who hasn’t seen the film slight spoilers, he died during the climax of the best fight scene in the film. I am rather curious on how they bring him back into the film. The second reason this has me curious is that Channing Tatum is going to be in the film and from the pictures that we see on set it looks like that he is a Kingsman but I am rather curious since that they were at a low point at the end of the film. The third reason that has me curious is that Julianne Moore is the villain of the film it could be something that could be rather well done or not.

Thor: Ragnarok: The final Marvel film of the year and oh boy am I looking forward to see this. After the events of Doctor Strange (or even during the events) Thor and Hulk are somehow on a gladiatorial planet but Thor is able to get off the planet and he and Loki are out looking for Odin since that at the end of The Dark World it was revealed that Loki had taken over Asgard. Plus, we have a rather interesting new cast of characters being added including Cate Blanchett as Hela, Karl Urban as Skurge and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster it is a well put villain group for the film.

Justice League: Just like with Wonder Woman this could just be a rather big risk that DC could be doing since that Batman v Superman wasn’t that much of a critical success and this seems that it is going to be harder to get the fans over. After the fallout of the last film we see Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting their Justice League team consisting of Aquaman, Cyborg and Flash and them dealing with a general of Darkseid, Steppenwolf and his Parademons.  Overall I don’t know what it is going to be like for a film and I am keeping my hopes low for it.

Star Wars Ep 8 The Last Jedi: So, this has stirred up a lot of hype over the past few months since a lot of things have happened. The first came late last year when Carrie Fisher, who played Leia, passed away which came to a massive shock to her friends, family and cast. The second came this year when the title of the film was released and that it was going to be called the Last Jedi which came into a lot of confusion for what people think from the title. Did this mean that Luke was going to die and that Rey was the titular Last Jedi or is it that there are more Jedi that are to come since that Jedi is also the plural term used. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to see this film, even though there is 10 months left and more trailers and leaks could be outed that could change my stance but I really do hope that in the first few minutes there will be Luke’s cut lines that were in the trailer for The Force Awakens.

Honourable Mentions: Since that there are a lot of films out this year there are some that I do feel rather mixed about or the fact that there are some films, due to distribution or lack there are that can’t be released for even a full week or even weekend.

Shin Godzilla: As stated in my section for Kong: Skull Island I am a fan of the Godzilla film, not just the American version but also the original Japanese films as well. In all honesty, I have tried to watch what I can of them but the biggest disappointment is that usually finding them on YouTube they are usually bad quality and have no subtitles which is hard to understand since I don’t speak Japanese. Plus, since that I don’t live in America I can’t get my hands on the Japanese versions brought out there since I don’t own a Region-1 DVD player and I live in the UK and the only Godzilla film that they brought out was the first film, that and King Kong v Godzilla and both which I enjoy. When I found out that Toho was bringing out a new Godzilla I was over the moon and then I found out that it was going to be brought out in America for a limited release and hoped the same would happen in the UK but I was wrong. I then found out doing this list that it was going to be shown in the UK in two places that I can’t get to since that it was short notice and that it was being shown at the Fright Fest in London and Glasgow. I would have really like to have seen it on the big screen but it looks like that I might be able to see it when it comes out on DVD.

The Howling: When I was going through the list of films coming out this year and I see this film listed and it brought up a lot of questions for me. The first was is this another reboot from their series or is it something that is completely different with the same title like the many different films about the Amityville Horror. So far from what I have found out the film is set in a village somewhere in England and that there is a mad scientist named Frank Stein who had been experimenting with people and fauna and had went missing and that was about thirty years in the past. Cut to the present your usual trope of a horror film, a group of curious teenagers, head out to see of the legend is true and hijinks ensues.

Annabelle 2: I was never that much of a fan of the first Annabelle film and I pretty much saw it as a cash in by New Line Cinema giving the doll a backstory that had been put in during The Conjuring. But this just seems to be more different since that apparently, this is about a doll maker and his wife are mourning over the death of their daughter end up taking in a nun and several girls who then are targeted by the dollmakers possessed creation, Annabelle. This pretty much makes it rather stupid since that it pretty much retcons the way that Annabelle was possessed at the end of the first film with it being a satanic ritual done and the spirit transferred of Annabelle transferred into the doll. The only thing that I can think of that makes sense is that if the person that got the doll at the end of the film wasn’t the same person that gave the doll to her daughter that happened in the beginning of The Conjuring. It just seems rather confusing and hopefully the film will explain it a lot more better.