Friday, 1 December 2017

December 2017 – My Favourite Films of 2017 (So Far), The Man Who Invented Christmas, Ferdinand, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Hi Everyone,

First things first: Hearty congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their recent engagement. I wish them every happiness and trust that their wedding in the Spring of 2018 will be a glorious occasion.

It's been a really good year for movies – apart from the Summer – which was perhaps a little light on blockbusters around August time. But, overall, there have been many films I very much enjoyed. So, with just a few weeks to go before the end of the year, here is a little list of my favourite films of 2017 thus far. The list is in alphabetical order – but I can tell you my absolute favourite film was Beauty and the Beast – which I went to see an incredible 27 times. Never done that before (and probably won't ever do that again). lol. Perhaps, objectively speaking, the best film of the year (bearing in mind I haven't seen the December releases yet) is Logan. What a fantastic movie!

Mal's Favourite 25 films of 2017

But first, of the films eligible for last year's Oscars (that I also saw in 2017), my favourites include:- Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully.

Of the films released since then, here are my 25 personal favourites (the top eight being in bold type):-

  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Borg vs McEnroe
  • Brimstone
  • Detroit
  • Dunkirk
  • Everything, Everything
  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
  • Free Fire
  • Gifted
  • Happy Death Day!
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Logan
  • Loving Vincent
  • Miss Sloane
  • My Cousin Rachel
  • Paddington 2
  • Patti Cake$
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  • The Beguiled
  • The Death of Stalin
  • The Florida Project
  • Wonder Woman
  • Victoria & Abdul

Honorable mentions that didn't quite make the top 25 include:- American Made, Atomic Blonde, Baby Driver, Baahabuli: The Conclusion, Breathe, Churchill, Get Out!, Girl's Trip, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Justice League, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Logan Lucky, mother!, Only the Brave, Split, The Big Sick, The Light Between Oceans, Thor: Ragnarok, Viceroy's House, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

The big films released in the UK in December 2017 include The Man Who Invented Christmas, Ferdinand, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Here's a picture from each of those movies to whet your appetite:-

The Man Who Invented Christmas © 2017 Thunderbird Releasing. All Rights Reserved.

Ferdinand © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle © 2017 CTMG Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Star Wars (Episode VIII) The Last Jedi © 2017 Disney Studios/Lucasfilm Ltd./Industrial Light & Magic. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a comprehensive run down of the December 2017 new releases:-

The major films are: Better Watch Out, Blade of the Immortal, Brigsby Bear, Ferdinand, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Love is Thicker than Water, Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, Stronger, The Disaster Artist, The Greatest Showman, The Man Who Invented Christmas, and Wonder.

Limited or “key cities” releases include: Dolores, Human Flow, Love Cecil, Les Hommes Du Feu, Lu over the Wall, Menashe, Mountains May Depart, Padmavati, Sanctuary, The Prince of Nothingwood, and Tiger Zinda Hai.

Other limited releases given their “own spot” in the newsletter are: Happy End, Mountain, Shot Caller, and The Dinner.

In addition to all of the above, the classic movies A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) both get an airing in one or more venues in December 2017.

A number of other movies which haven't been noted in the December magazine are: Bingo: The King of the Mornings, Bleeding Steel, Fukrey Returns, Son of Granite, The Unseen, and Youth.

Also not included in the magazine are this month's “Event Cinema” entertainmentsmost of which are listed below. As usual, information sometimes differs when comparing various sources, so please take the details below with a large pinch of salt and do some further investigation if you are interested in attending any of these events:-

  • 1st December 2017 – Nutcracker Ballet – Royal Opera House 2017/18 (Royal Opera House)

  • 1st December 2017 – Young Marx – NT Live 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 3rd December 2017 – Nutcracker Ballet – Bolshoi 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)

  • 28th December 2017 – Andrea Chenier [Opera?] (Thunderbird Releasing)

(In addition, don't forget to look out for “Secret Cinema” presentations if these are of interest to you).

Here is the link to my last newsletter (which is a download of approximately 70MB):-

Well, whatever your religion or faith (or none); seasons greetings to you! If you are having time off work, I hope you have a wonderful vacation. And, if you're going to the pictures - I hope you have a whale of a time seeing some great movies. Happy viewing!

(Trailers for most of the major films mentioned above will appear here tomorrow or in a few days time.)