December 31, 2017

Sitting still is much easier when you are watching great art. Laying low for the last few weeks getting my rest and working on kicking my upper respiratory infection meant that I could do some year end organizing and movie watching. For those of you who like movies, listed below are some of my favorite movies from this year.
1. “Darkest Hour” is a great movie filled with wonderful performances by the entire cast but Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill is incredible and a must see. This is an Oscar worthy performance and it is impossible to watch a film like this one without getting inspired by the spirit of Churchill.

“Downsizing” is full of surprises, but the greatest surprise for me was the grit and the heart delivered by Hong Chau. I love everything about her character and her performance which explains her Golden Globes nomination.

Frances McDormand is always great in everything she does and this movie just gets added to the list of her great performances. Add Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson and you have another great movie ride with an unexpected ending in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri”.

“The Shape of Water” reminds me of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but this movie is more beautiful and once again the entire cast lead by Sally Hawkins is fantastic and so are the special effects for this creature. This is pure movie magic.

“Dunkirk” and “The Post” are two more important movies that I enjoyed watching and if you get to do it, I would watch “Darkest Hour” and then “Dunkirk” as the Darkest hour takes you into the weeks leading up to Dunkirk. And last but not least, I can’t talk about some of my favorite films of the 2017 without mentioning my superhero movies. “Wonder Woman”, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”, “Thor Ragnarok” and “The Justice League”. I loved all of them and I had a lot of fun watching them.

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