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My Top Ten Movies of 2017

2017 had more superhero and sci fi flicks we could have shook a stick at. . . some were good, some not so. Here we go:

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1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

How do you bottle lightning twice? Easy you stick to what you know and amp it up by a 100. Everything about this movie works, the right amount of schtick in the right places, the right amount of cartoon violence mixed with a message: don't f--k with family.

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Finally a worthy successor Raimi's Spider-Man way back in 2001. Worry not true believers, this Spider-Man movie isn't Iron Man 4 in disguise. Well acted and well told with a tight storyline that brings the character back to its roots.

3. Baby Driver

From that beautifully illustrated poster to the music and the characters this movie hits all the right notes. The lost screenplay of Ant-Man finds new life in this movie of a heist gone wrong. . . very, very wrong. . .

4. Blade Runner 2049

The original was not well received but became a cult hit because it broke a lot of rules. This "sequel" tries to do it again, but without breaking the rules of the blockbuster formula and is also not as well received but will also become a cult classic. Less cerebral than the 85 version, but no less visually stunning. This is how you do an homage.

5. IT

Pennywise isn't as scary as Tim Curry's performance, but that's not on the actor, Bill Skarsgård, but on the style of the movie, switching up the story as less of a horror and bringing it to its roots of a "Stand by Me" plot, which is perfectly fine. Well shot and well acted by all.

6. Thor: Ragnarok

Complaints that this is too much of a departure from the source are unfounded. It may be a GoG clone, but it's a fine move away from the dark and downbeat previous installments. We all know it's a setup for the Avengers movie, so why not have a little fun before the REAL pain comes in the form of Thanos? Hey kids, space CAN be pretty! Hela makes this movie worth watching anyway, Cate Blanchet kills it at being evil and sexy.

8. Logan

What happens when you can't really die but everyone you held dear has? Then you meet your daughter, who is exactly like you? A superhero movie with heart, and plays like an old school western. Had its problems with pacing and with a villian who didn't really impress as a classic villain but as Hugh Jackman's last outing as Wolverine, this is a perfect send off for the character.

9. Justice League

Wow what can you say? It's a slight improvement on Batman Vs Superman, you can hear the Whedon-esque influences in the tone of the film. Unfortunately it still has its glaring problems. CGI lip didn't help either. As usual Gal Gadot saves us from Ben Affleck's crotchety presence and Aquaman saves us from the nonsense that is Flash and Cyborg. Do we even care who the villain is? It's a song?

10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Disappointing to say the least. But what else can you say that hasn't already been said? Rian Johnson gave everyone a big "f--k you nerds" by basically throwing out every mythos, backstory as well as plot and story to present a cobbled together mess that is, as one poster put it, is a giant ad for the merchandise and the rides in the park: wait for the "Canto Bight Casino" for the adults when they take the kids to see the park.

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