Here's My Long List of Favorite Films of 2017

Movieby Joey Paur

I'm happy to finally be able to share my list of favorite movies from 2017. There have been a lot of great movies this year that loved. It's always hard putting together these end of the year lists, but I put together a list of over 20 films that are my favorites of the year. I've found that I don't like to limit myself to only picking ten movies like most critics.

I just want to reiterate that this is my favorites list. It's not necessarily a "best of" list, although I do believe that some of these are the best of the year. This is just my opinion, and I'm well aware of the fact that not all of you will agree with it, which is fine! I don't expect you to.

We all have different tastes in movies and there's something out there for all of us. I believe that we all connect with the films that we love for different reasons and that's what makes us all of us fans so unique. Of course, sometimes our opinions align and it's always nice to find that common ground with other people.

There are still a few films that I have yet to see like I, Tanya, The Post, and Hostiles, which have all been getting great reviews. But unfortunately, none of them are playing near where I've been staying for the holidays. So, those will have to wait.

Check out my list of favorite movies below and then share your own favorites list in the comment section!

IT

Not only is IT one of the scariest movies of the year, but it was also just a damn good film that told an incredible story that involved some wonderfully lovable characters. This surprisingly turned out to be an amazing adaptation of my favorite Stephen King book and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I liked it so much that I saw it six times in the theater!

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro outdid himself with The Shape of Water. It was such a beautifully made fairytale that was unlike anything I have seen before. It was a truly unique movie with wonderfully fleshed out characters. This is Del Toro's best and boldest film and it was an unexpectedly incredible movie-going experience. 

Logan

There were a lot of great comic book films that came out this year. My favorites are on this list, but in my opinion, James Mangold's Logan was the best of all of them. This film was a perfect end to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier. Here's to hoping for a kick-ass X-23 spinoff film!

Get Out

Jordan Peele's Get Out was a flat out psychological thriller masterpiece. I was completely blown away by what he accomplished with this movie and I totally wasn't expecting this from Peele because he is best known for his comedic work. I was completely engulfed in the story and it was so awesomely unsettling. I can wait to see what Peele comes up with next!

Molly's Game

I've been a fan of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for years and his first feature film directing debut with Molly's Game was incredible! I loved this movie, I loved the story, I loved how it was told, and Jessica Chastain gave an amazing performance! This is a must-see movie!

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Director James Gunn took the Guardians of the Galaxy to a new level with Vol. 2. It was such a fun and wild adventure that was filled with great humor, action, and drama that you’d expect to see in a Marvel film. But, it also had a powerful emotional element that left some fans in tears. Damn, this was a good movie!

Baby Driver

Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is just one of those films that made me happy. It's was definitely the coolest movie that I saw this year. The film was so different from anything that Wright has made before and I loved its unique concept and the tone and the musical style. 

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan ended up making one hell of a thrilling World War II film with Dunkirk. I was completely enthralled with this film and I was in awe of the way that the director but the audience right in the middle of the action, giving us a sense of what it would have been like to be in such an intense situation. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end!

Thor: Ragnarok

I'd have to say that Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok is one of the most entertaining movies that I've seen this year. It was just an absolute blast and it was so different and wild from anything that Marvel Studios has made yet. I loved that they brought the colorful world of Jack Kirby to life in this movie.

The Big Sick

If you haven't seen The Big Sick yet, this is one of those little indie movie gems that was all kinds of wonderful. This was a beautifully told story that brought joy to my soul and I love that feeling. 

Blade of the Immortal

It seems like it's been a long time since I've seen a martial arts film that completely blew me away, but Blade of the Immortal did exactly that! director Takashi Miike made such a badass film and it told some a badass story that any lover of film will appreciate this brutal and bloody martial arts masterpiece.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I'm such a huge Spider-Man fan and seeing Marvel finally take the reigns of the franchise and show us what they can do with the character was awesome and exciting! Kevin Feige and Jon Watts did a hell of a job on this movie and it was such a fun movie going experience!

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman was the first great film that Warner Bros. has released under their DC Entertainment banner. The movie gave me hope for the future of the DC film slate. One of the things I loved about it most is the fact that it was so damn charming! It reminded me a lot of Richard Donner's Superman.

John Wick 2

I love the John Wick franchise and this sequel was an absolute blast! It was easily my favorite action film of the year! It just was balls to the wall hardcore action and it's so much fun watching Keanu Reeves do his thing. 

Darkest Hour

This is pretty much a companion film to Dunkirk as it focused on the other side of the story involving the behind-the-scenes drama of Winston Churchill. It was a brilliantly made movie and Gary Oldman easily gives one of the best performances of the year as Winston Churchill.

Blade Runner 2049

I honestly didn't think that director Denis Villeneuve would be able to pull of this sequel, but he totally did in the most amazing ways! Yeah, the movie didn't do that well at the box office, but it was a success in the fact that it was an amazing sequel to a beloved sci-fi classic.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Yep, it made my list! I loved what Rian Johnson did with The Last Jedi. I know a lot of people don't agree with me on this movie, but I loved how it did so many awesome and completely unexpected things with the direction of the franchise!

Wind River

I love a good slow burn thriller that builds the suspense throughout the story until it comes to a head and this one explodes into an epic jaw-dropping ending. Writer and director Taylor Sheridan, who also wrote the film Sicario and Hell or High Water made an amazing film that you all need to see! 

Gerald's Game

I had to get at least one Netflix film on my list and the adaptation of Gerald's Game is easily one of the best and it's one of most intense films of the year. Also, in my opinion, Carla Gugino gave the best performance of the year in a lead role for an actress. She was awesome!

The Disaster Artist

Who would have thought that a film about one of the worst movies ever made would be so freakin' good! The Disaster Artist might just be my favorite movie that James Franco has made to date. He was so good in the movie and this unbelievable true story was fantastically told.

Your Name

The Japanese anime film Your Name was my favorite animated film of the year. It was just such a fantastic story that was beautifully told. If you haven't seen it yet, you really need to check it out!

Wonder

Wonder was such an inspiring and uplifting film. It one of those stories that needs to be told because of the message that it carries, and this one was brought to the big screen in the most wonderful way. If you haven't seen this movie yet, it's a must see!

Lady Bird

This is the simple coming of age story of a young woman who is trying to find herself. It's not a big budget superhero spectacle, but it's a fantastic character study that I think a lot of people can relate to. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely one of my favorites of the year.