2017 was a year for film and television. From Rick & Morty to Logan some of the best of the best was released in 2017. Here at ComicsVerse, we have orchestrated everyone together to participate in choosing the best of 2017. Cool, right? I know. So, without further ado… let’s get right into the best films of 2017.

The Big Sick

“We lost 19 of our best guys."

A hilarious romance and a great exploration of beautiful blend of cultures within contemporary America. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (with director Michael Showalter) shared their love story with America and provided us with one of the best romantic comedies of the last ten years. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.

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Romantic/Comedy | 2hr | June 23rd, 2017

By Brian Long

Mudbound

“And so I ask:

what is a good deed?”

History is cyclical. We forget the things we learned in the past and find new ways to embarrass future generations. History will judge us for our actions. MUDBOUND is Dee Ree’s unflinching portrait of America and its consistent ability to fail women, people of color, and even our soldiers returning home to defend a country that does not care one bit for their well being. It’s a difficult life in this country. One that cannot be taken for granted or allowed one quarter inch of concession. Freedoms are fickle and can vanish at any moment..

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Historical Drama | 2hr14m | November 17th, 2017

By Brian Long

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Dunkirk

“All we did

was survive.”

DUNKIRK feels like Christopher Nolan took all the complaints people have made about his movies being overly dense a little too seriously. DUNKIRK is an exercise in tension, pure and simple. It’s also a moving tribute to the extraordinary bravery of both the soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk and the average British citizens who came to their rescue. Nolan’s film comes to such a triumphant conclusion that you’ll feel a sense of British patriotism whether you’re actually from the U.K. or not.

Historical Thriller | 2hr | July 21st, 2017

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By Brian Long

Call me by your name

Call Me By Your Name

"Nature has cunning ways

of finding our weakest spot."

Has there ever been such tender, passionate love in a film as is in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME? I do not think so. Not only does the film capture a beautiful homosexual relationship, it also captures love in the purest sense of the word. Throughout the film I never doubted the fierce attraction between Elio (Timothee Chamelet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer). CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a rare movie that everybody can relate to. It’s a film about repression, desire, fear, and surrendering yourself to the pain and freedom that is loving someone completely. Director Luca Gudagnino creates a slow pace throughout the film so that the audience can fully engross themselves in the emotion of our two main lovers. The sexual tension between Elio and Oliver plays as significant of a role in this film as any of the speaking parts. When that tension is finally released, and the feelings are consummated, you feel the same emotional fulfillment as our characters do. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a rare film with such emotion and melancholy energy that you’d be remiss to not see it in the theaters.

Historical Thriller | 2hr | July 21st, 2017

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Bad Genius

“We get to choose the

university! The universities

to get to choose us!"

BAD GENIUS is one part heist thriller, one part teen drama, one part scathing condemnation of the economic disparity in high education. The Bad Genius’ of our title aren’t “bad” per se, but they are at the whims of the financial generosity of their dream schools. So when a group of wealthy kids offers money in exchange for test answers, the race is on to find a way to outsmart their college entrance exams. BAD GENIUS manages to wring tension out of even the smallest of moments in order to make a highly effective heist film. By the end, you’ll be rooting for the scrappy youngsters as they cheat their way to a better future.

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Comedy/Thriller | 2hr10min | November 15th, 2017

By Brian Long

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

"This is not going to end

the way you think."

Many may be upset that STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is included on this list. For the very fact that it is a blockbuster that so boldly goes against STAR WARS tropes in such surprising and delightful ways makes it deserving of a mention. Director Rian Johnson somehow makes this 40 year old franchise feel fresh and unique after 10 films in the franchise. THE LAST JEDI also manages to have some of the most powerful lessons of the Saga in which we see our heroes deal and learn from failure. The movie is shocking and goes in places that are sometimes uncomfortable for hardcore fans but I personally don’t go to the movies to see the same recycled garbage. I go to see interesting stories with memorable characters and powerful themes and that is exactly what the LAST JEDI provided me with. So thank you Rian Johnson!

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Sci-Fi/Adventure | 2hrs30min | December 15th, 2017

By Aaron Young

Lady Bird

“What if this is the best

version of myself?"

Admittedly, it’s strange to look back on the year 2002 with some warm sense of nostalgia, but 2017 has been a weird year for everybody. The debut film from writer/director Greta Gerwig utilizes all of her talents from her filmography and applies them en masse to a film that’s charming and bittersweet. A perfect example of what can happen when the filmmaking alchemy of directors and performers blends together flawlessly. A tiny film to be sure, but no less impactful than even the most bombastic of film experiences this year.

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Drama/Comedy | 1hr34min| November 3rd, 2017

By Brian Long

John Wick 2

“Tell them...tell them all...

whoever comes...whoever it is

I'll kill them. I'll kill them all."

Isn’t there a law that says sequels can’t be this good? The neon-drenched tale of revenge picks up not far after the previous, unexpected hit left off. John Wick (Keanu Reeves in yet another great career resurgence) continues to try and pull himself out of the quicksand of the life he attempted to leave behind. Director Chad Stahelski blows up, literally and metaphorically, everything from the previous film. More stunts, more headshots, more weird secret assassin societies. The world of John Wick becomes deeper and stranger and perhaps a bit more tragic. As much as we may love watching Wick blow away armies of goons, we are tragically reminded of how far away he is moving from the peace he once had. The John Wick movies are a front row seat to the road to Hell. Here’s to the next ride.

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Action/Thriller| 2hr2min| February 10th, 2017

By Brian Long

Best of Year: Movies

It

"You punched me, made me walk through

shitty water, dragged me through a

crackhouse... and now I'm gonna have

kill this fucking clown.”

September 8th was a special day for avid horror genre enthusiasts, especially if they were even bigger fans of Stephen King. The new reboot of IT left such an impression that it became the highest-grossing horror film and for very good reasons! In fact, it left such a major impact on me that I went ahead and blew my wallet four different times just to rewatch it again and again. I would always notice something new that I might’ve overlooked the first few times, and similarly, I would always laugh at the same scene. This otherworldly evil entity from an entirely different plane of reality has been at this fear-consuming game forever, and Pennywise still clunks his face against the staircase when he went after Bill in the basement. Get it together, Penny. The thing about IT that had me all heart-eyed emoji was the visuals. I was clutching the armrests of my seat like a vice when slowly, menacingly, Pennywise’s jaw expanded to expose the Deadlights. The music track accompanying that scene was making my heart race in anticipation (like all good, suspenseful music should) and adoration. The latter is more so associated with my love of monsters, monstrous teeth, and monster-based body horror. This reboot Pennywise did it all and had it all. Besides the atmosphere of the film, the soundtrack really made this film as successful as it was. It had a mix of old classics and new compositions. If I had to rate this film, I would give it a solid 9/10. There was so much to this movie I loved!

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Horror | 2hr15min| September 8th, 2017

By Jennyfer Macato

Colossal

“Do you want to hear an

amazing story?"

The best monster films aren’t actually about monsters. At least not the literal beasts of imagination that haunt our screens. Nacho Vilagando’s COLOSSAL is a kaiju movie second and a drama about the crippling weight of male abuse first. Anne Hathaway gives one of the best performances of her career as the struggling Gloria who realizes she is psychically linked to a giant monster that keeps appearing in the middle of Seoul. Jason Sudeikis plays her childhood friend and male entitlement personified. The dramatic clash between these two ends up being as Earth-shaking as giant monster attack. If you’re looking for a patriarchy-smashing film as a cathartic way to end this garbage year, check out COLOSSAL.

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Drama/Sci-Fi | 1hr50min| April 7th, 2017

By Brian Long

Okja

“Translation is sacred.”

Just a simple tale about a girl and her superpig trying to survive in this mixed up world of ours. Bong Joon-ho’s latest effort is perhaps one of his most madcap. OKJA further cements Joon-ho as one of the most purely entertaining voices in filmmaking, able to draw strange performances from respected actors and deliver high concept thrills and ideas in a heartwarming story. At the very least, this was the film that proved Netflix is a force to be respected in the world of independent filmmaking.

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Adventure/Drama | 2hrs| May 19th, 2017

By Brian Long

Blade Runner 2049

"The World is built in a wall that

separates kind tell either side

there's no wall and you've bought

a war. Or a slaughter."

BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a film that fills you with astonishment throughout its 184-minute runtime. It’s a film that has contains ten times the amount of imagination, depth, and imagery of your average blockbuster. It’s up there with the most thoughtful movies of the year and by far the greatest cinematic achievement especially in terms of cinematography and visual effects. Denis Vileuneuve’s masterpiece is as beautiful as it is brilliantly reflective on today’s society. The movie is so good that it may be studied in film school for years to come much like it’s equally fantastic predecessor.

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Drama/Comedy | 2hr44min| October 6th, 2017

By Aaron Young

Get Out

“Now you’re in the

Sunken Place..."

Nothing about GET OUT fits the traditional narrative of contemporary Hollywood. As we’ve been drowning under sequels, reboots, and reimaginings, a horror, social commentary by a first time African American director ended up becoming one of the most successful films of the year. Jordan Peele’s critique of America’s love of black culture but disrespect for black lives was so terrifying in part because it felt uncomfortably real. Peele showed his eye for cinematic language in moments like the dramatic first reveal of the Sunken Place and likely created a new wave of satirical horror to enjoy for the years to come.

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Horor/Thriller | 1hr44min| February 24th, 2017

By Brian Long

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