January 2, 2018

Kristy's Top 15 of 2017

15. Atomic Blonde
Charlize Theron is a vision of unapologetic sex appeal and break-your-jaw power in this sultry spy pic that's action scenes play out like flawless, awe-inspiring dance numbers of violence. 

14. Prevenge

Writer/director/actress Alice Lowe made her directorial debut with this brilliant and biting bit of dark comedy/body horror. 
Review. Interview with writer/director/star Alice Lowe. 

13. Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino's stirring tale of first love is so flush with warmth and sensuality that you can feel the sun on your skin as it sends your heart racing. 

12. The Florida Project

Sean Baker's beautiful and troubling exploration of poverty-stricken families living on the fringe of Disney World is a film that keeps revealing itself to you, long after the credits have rolled. 
Review. Podcast review. 

11. Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins brought us the Wonder Woman movie nerd girls have been craving for decades. 
Review. Podcast review.  Radio appearances. SHERO write-up. 

10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson carved out an epic adventure that was enthralling, challenging, and surprisingly fresh. I can't wait to watch this episode over and over. 
Review. Editorial on Rey's parents. 

9. The Lure

You had me at man-eating mermaid musical. The body horror is just gravy. 
Review.  Interview with director Agnieszka Smoczynska.

8. Bad Genius
Ocean's Eleven meets The Breakfast Club, it's perfect fun. 

7. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Beautiful, poignant, and proudly queer, Angela Robin's sexy biopic also offered one of this year's best performances, courtesy of Rebecca Hall. 
Review.  Interview with director Angela Robinson, including the autobiographical element behind the film's most shocking scene.

6. Rift 
Erlingur Thoroddsen's gay romance/horror-thriller is slow burn and sensational, offering a compelling love story, spiked with one of the scariest sequences of the year. 

5. Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig's bittersweet coming-of-age dramedy offers raucous laughs alongside aching vulnerability, creating an affable yet acerbic portrait of growing up. 
Review. Podcast review. 

4. Logan

Hugh Jackman reprised the role of Wolverine to give a gritty farewell with a Western influence. It delivered on action. But more impressively Logan delivered a story about family, legacy, and mortality that brought new sophistication to the superhero movie genre. 
Review. Interview with director James Mangold.

3. The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro's breathtaking tale of beast meets girl offered a fairy tale for misfits, complete with splashes of blood, a controversial love scene, and a dance number like something out of dream. That this was made at all--much less so beautifully--is a miracle. 
Review.  Podcast review. 

2. Get Out
In his directorial debut, Jordan Peele showed a masterful understanding of horror movies, and spun a scary tale that fearlessly tackled a complicated social issue and revealed the monsters lurking underneath patronizing smiles. 

1. Colossal 
It was a fabulous year for monster movies and metaphors. Wildly imaginative and wicked fun, Nacho Vigalondo's Kaiju comedy stood above the rest thanks to Anne Hathaway's unexpected turn as a flustered drunk, and the surprising feminist twist of its sensational second act. 
Review. Interview with director Nacho Vigalondo, in four parts: dream projects, spoil-free, spoiler-heavy, and super spoiler heavy. Plus a discussion about that feminist twist! 

January 1, 2018

Reviews of 2017

2017 Reviews

3 Generations 
47 Meters Down
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene
Alien: Covenant
All the Money In the World
American Assassin
Anna and the Apocalypse
Atomic Blonde
Baby Driver
The Bad Batch
Bad Genius
Battle of the Sexes
Beauty and the Beast 
Before I Fall
The Beguiled
The Big Sick 
Blue My Mind
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Stroy
The Book of Henry
Call Me By Your Name
Cars 3
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide 
The Circle
A Cure For Wellness
Darkest Hour
Dark Tower
A Day
Death Note
Despicable Me 3
The Dinner
The Disaster Artist
Dog Years
Everything Everything
Fate of the Furious
Free Fire
Fun Mom Dinner
Game of Death
Gerald's Game
Get Me Roger Stone
Get Out
Ghost In The Shell
A Ghost Story
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Goon: Last of the Enforcers
The Great Wall
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Happy Death Day
Haunters: The Art of the Scare
Hounds of Love
The Incredible Jessica James
Ingrid Goes West
It Comes At Night
Japanese Girls Never Die
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
John Wick: Chapter Two
Justice League
Killing Ground
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Kong: Skull Island
Lady Bird
The Layover
Live By Night
The LEGO Batman Movie
Logan Lucky
The Lure
The Man Who Invented Christmas
May It Last
Molly's Game
Mom and Dad
Monster Trucks
Most Beautiful Island
The Mummy
Muppet Guys Talking
Murder on the Orient Express
My Friend Dahmer
My Little Pony: The Movie
The Night Watchmen
Paint It Black
Phantom Thread
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Pork Pie
The Post
Power Rangers
Professor Martson and The Wonder Women 
The Promise
Red Christmas
Rough Night
The Shape Of Water
Small Crimes
Smurfs: The Lost Village
The Snowman
The Space Between Us
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Sweet Virginia 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Tragedy Girls
Transformers: The Last Knight
A United Kingdom
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Victoria and Abdul 
The Villainess
War For the Planet of the Apes
Win It All
Wonder Woman
XXX: Return of Xander Cage
The Zookeeper's Wife

December 1, 2017

Reviews: The Shape Of Water and The Disaster Artist

The Shape of Water: "a positively enchanting fairy tale that celebrates misfits, and reveals true monsters."

The Disaster Artist: "There is a fascinating story about creative conviction, passion and the mayhem of filmmaking to be found in The Disaster Artist. If it were pure fiction, you could enjoy it guilt-free as a ludicrous but lithe satire. However knowing that these are real people, still living, whose work and dreams are being openly dissected and mocked by handsome, wealthy and powerful movie stars, it’s difficult to forget the Wiseau in the room and enjoy this crass and cutting comedy."