4YE Year End Roundtable: Our Favorite Movies From 2017

2017 is coming to a close soon, which leads us to that magical time of the year where our staff takes a look back at some of their favorite things about this year in pop culture.

This year gave us quite a lot to take in when it came to the big screen. We got it all this year: some returning faves in sequels, new heroes (or she-roes) to look up to, and films that had us grabbing our kleenex with every scene.

Without further ado, take a look at what films we at 4YE have selected to be our winners for 2017.

Emmy:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: This movie warmed my soul and gave me a banging new playlist to rock out at work. Plus, just when I thought I couldn’t love Groot anymore, Baby Groot stole my heart.
  • Wonder Woman: This movie made me so freaking proud to be a woman and just reminded of how amazing Wonder Woman as a character is. Plus, hands down, she’s the best thing in the DC Universe and Gal Gadot crushed it from start to finish.
  • Thor: Ragnarok: Kick ass music, fave villain being sassy and funny, and a universe altering ending? What’s not to love about this movie. Toss in one director with style and Jeff Goldblum, this one was a winner.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Easily the one film I was anticipating more than anything, the tears started from the second the theme started playing and did not let up until the tribute credit for Carrie Fisher appeared. This film changed the game for the Star Wars Universe.

Shelby:

  • Beauty and the Beast: Dude, this movie was my jam. I wore out my VHS copy of the animated Beauty and the Beast and I have owned every edition released from the vault since then. I identify with Belle so much and I love the little changes they made. I also love how they fixed plot holes. Plus, the Beast was played by beautiful blue eyed Dan Stevens. What’s not to like?
  • Wonder Woman: What really sold this movie for me was the scene in No-Man’s Land. I tear up everytime I see that scene. Diana is such a beautiful and strong woman. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins deserved that film as much as we deserved it. So beautiful and empowering.
  • Wind River: On the flip side of these beautiful movies comes Wind River. Words can’t describe the feeling I got from watching this film. It’s a gorgeous film in itself but it tells a horribly dark and depressing true story that Native Americans face on reserves all over the US. It’s harrowing and a real tear-jerker. This is one of those films that deserves every accolade possible but won’t get it because of the subject matter and it’s sad.
  • Baby Driver: This film was such a wonderful introduction to Edgar Wright as a director. I had never seen any of his films prior to this one and it was well worth it. The soundtrack was stellar and the cast was phenomenal. Truly a triumph.

Anna:

  • Breathe: Such an inspiring and heartbreaking movie with great performances from both Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.
  • Wonder Woman: I’m usually not a fan of DC movies but this one has changed my mind! I truly loved every second of it and I adore Diana so much. We definitely need more movies about powerful women made by women.
  • The Disaster Artist: I went into it not expecting a lot and then it turned out to be the funniest movie there is! I absolutely love it and I’d recommend the movie to anyone.
  • Wonder: If you want to shed a tear or two go and see it! Such an inspiring movie and the storyline was truly great.

Lara:

  • Get Out: I don’t know what the academy was thinking when they nominated this movie for Best Comedy, instead of Best Drama. There were certainly laughs, but if you weren’t frightened/angry/upset by this film you need to watch it again. In fact, this is a movie everyone should be required to watch twice. You won’t believe all the red flags you missed in the first viewing.
  • Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot + Patty Jenkins = Magic. It seems everyone has a Wonder Woman anecdote. Mine is fairly simple. I was a 30 something woman sitting beside a 30 something mother-of-one, and there was no difference between our excited inhales and those of the young girls scattered around us.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Every time I sit in a theater and read that crawler, I am ten years old all over again. I’m seeing it again this weekend. General Leia Organa, y’all.

Clare:

  • Moonlight: This was only released in Australia in February this year. A beautiful film in every aspect and such an important story to be told. Definitely deserving of all the accolades it received over the past year.
  • Thor: Ragnarok: Yes it’s not the best movie ever made, nor the best movie of the year, but it was just what was needed when it was released. Light, fun, hilarious, self-deprecating –  you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy this film. The perfect escape.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The movie I had waited all year for. Did it live up to expectations? Not really, but it certainly has cause a lot of debate and need for repeat viewings. As Carrie Fisher’s last film, this will always hold a special place in my heart and I loved the greater diversity in the cast and the kick ass female roles.

Verena:

  • Wonder Woman: I have been dreading this category because I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of beautiful, enticing, thrilling movies this year, more than ever, probably. But the one that had the biggest effect on me was, surprisingly so, a big studio blockbuster. Wonder Woman meant the world to me.
  • Call Me By Your Name: Such a stunning film, with a very authentic and genuine approach to first love that is only made better thanks to the musical talent of Sufjan Stevens.
  • The Shape of Water: Guillermo del Toro has always been magnificent, and this movie has to be the most unique, most fascinating, and most original movie I have seen all year.

Catherine:

  • Wonder Woman: I was excited for this movie the second it was announced, and it didn’t disappoint AT ALL. It’s hard not to love a movie that makes you feel hella empowered and ready to take down the patriarchy.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi: I somehow manage to forget how much I love Star Wars until I hear the first few notes of the theme and the opening crawl starts. I teared up multiple times watching The Last Jedi and all out cried at one scene and cannot wait to see it again.
  • The Carmilla Movie: Okay so this one was an unconventional add, but it was a movie that came out this year so it counts. I was not expecting to enjoy the movie as much as I did, but it was a delightful love letter to fans of the webseries. It was also pretty wonderful watching fans on social media purchase the movie for people who couldn’t afford it.

 

 

Erika Negrón Rivera
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