Top 10 Movies of 2017

2017 is complete, so here comes another of my top tens of the year!

Overall, I found 2017 to be a weak year for film. I liked a lot of what I saw, but I didn’t love much, and I doubt any will be on my top 10 of the decade. That being said, there were still lots of enjoyable films, and the ones below are my favorites (note that I have yet to see Downsizing, Hostiles, All The Money In The World, and probably some others that I don’t know about yet):

10. Get Out


I loved the humor and social commentary in this film. I love that it was about something, and I really enjoyed the acting and character development as well. Especially the girl: “You were one of my favorites”, sounds like something I’d put in one of my films. The only thing I didn’t love about this film is that it is a giant rip-off of Stepford Wives, and doesn’t even acknowledge it: the film tried to present its premise as a mystery but anyone who had seen Stepford Wives knew exactly what was going on. Granted, not many people have seen that film, but I have, and it was really distracting. Hence the film is not higher on this list.

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2016 Oscar Predictions


Again, I have big shoes to fill. Last year, I predicted all of the big six and 14 out of 21 overall (not as good as two years ago but still pretty good). This year the frontrunners are not as clear so this’ll be harder, but here goes!

Best Picture

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

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History of Cinema – An Infograph

I love film and I love film history; back in February I even did a podcast on it! Hollywood in particular has a super dynamic history, constantly responding to changing demands and social values, all the while absorbing cinematic influences from all over the world.

If you study film, you’ll start to learn about movements and waves. These occur when the confluence of talent, support, and timing come together just right, causing an underrepresented cinema to explode onto the international scene. These cinemas are often national cinemas that are popular in their own country but not internationally, but sometimes (especially recently) they comes from Hollywood’s own backyard. For example, right now, in addition to Hollywood being in the Franchise Era, we are also in the midst of the Mumblecore movement, the Second Black Wave, and New Queer Cinema, and on the international front we are currently experiencing the New French Extremity and also new waves from Mexico, South Korea, Romania, and Iran.

Because there’ve been so many waves and movements in the history of film, all producing great films and filmmakers, I decided to organize them. The result is the entire history of film (Hollywood centric) in one infograph.

history of film (smaller)

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History of Cinema – Omissions

If you haven’t seen my History of Cinema chart, go here to check it out! With this post I will list the biggest omissions from the chart. First up, filmmakers:

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The Tragic Show Podcast

tragic show

I did a podcast! We discussed the highest grossing Hollywood movies of each decade, and through them Hollywood film history as a whole. Check it out! It was tons of fun!

The Engaged Life

The Engaged Life is coming! My newest film, the ups and downs and craziness that is love, marriage, and being engaged. Like our Facebook page! Exciting things to come!

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2015 Oscar Predictions: Part Two

My 2015 Oscar predictions, continuing from part one, onto the technical categories!

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