Fine Films

Ian Obst, Online Editor

2017 was a great year for films. Though it saw controversy in the industry for many individuals involved, the films themselves were highly original and gave way to plenty of conversation. Many were fantastic and worth seeing, but there are some worth seeing more than others.

Split (Director: M. Night Shyamalan)
After the mixed opinions on The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his more psychologial thriller roots with Split, a tale of girls kidnapped by a man with 23 personalities. With the diverse performance of James McAvoy, as the multiple personalities of Kevin, great cinematography and a twist that many classic Shyamalan fans will appreciate, Split was a great start to 2017’s films.
Get Out (Director: Jordan Peele)
The idea of a horror film debut from a sketch comedian could not seem more doomed from the start, but Jordan Peele of Key and Peele surprised audiences and critics with one of the scariest movies of modern times. Biting social commentary, memorable visuals, pitch perfect horror makes Get Out a true gem to watch.
Baby Driver (Director: Edgar Wright)
Inspired by his work with the music video for Mint Royale’s “Blue Song,” Edgar Wright returned after four years with his hybrid of action, comedy and drama. Performances from Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey make the characters come to life, while the soundtrack the movie is synced to feels absolutely perfect. Few movies feel as fun as Wright’s work, and Baby Driver is a perfect example of that.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Director: Rian Johnson)
In what may be the most divisive film in the new trilogy, director Rian Johnson (Looper) takes a number of risks and makes something highly memorable with The Last Jedi. Though its long length and few questionable scenes lower its quality on occasion, the exceptional acting, brilliant cinematography and risk-taking script makes The Last Jedi a highlight of what cultural impact film can have.
The Disaster Artist (Director: James Franco)
What could have just been a spoof found its way into being a loving tribute. Based on the making of The Room, the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”, James Franco directs and stars as Tommy Wiseau, The Room’s creator and star, with brother Dave Franco portraying Wiseau’s best friend and co-actor Greg Sestero (who also wrote the book this film is based on). Funny and emotional, with James Franco’s best performance to date, The Disaster Artist rounded up the year perfectly.