The end of financial year is here and what better way to celebrate tax time than a look back at some of the year’s best films. After a strong awards season that will live long in the memory thanks to the ‘Moonlight’/’La La Land’ Oscars controversy, 2017 has settled in and delivered great films from across the genres. Here are five of the best.
The Big Sick
Based on the real-life courtship of star Kumail Nanjiani (‘Silicon Valley’s’ Danesh) and his now-wife Emily Gordon (who co-wrote the script), ‘The Big Sick’ is the latest offering from producer Judd Apatow and strikes the perfect balance of clever, tender romantic comedy. It follows Kumail as he deals with his disapproving Pakistani parents and his American in-laws after Emily falls seriously ill.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later won an audience award at South By Southwest, but doesn’t hit Australian cinemas until August 3, so be sure to keep your diaries free.
The gritty swansong to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, ‘Logan’ has elevated the humble comic book movie to new dramatic heights. With its visceral action, rich Western influences and great performances across the board, the film marks the dawn of a new golden age of mature, complex superhero films.
My Life as a Zucchini
A stop-motion animation from Swiss artist Claude Barra, ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ follows the eponymous Zuchinni, a nine-year-old boy who is sent to an orphanage after the accidental death of his mother. With a running time of little over an hour, it manages to pack in more than its fair share of poignant, coming-of-age drama and even features voice-acting from none other than Ron Swanson himself, Nick Offerman.
Having stormed the festival circuit in 2016, as well as the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ deservedly made the Oscars shortlist for best animated feature and should have a limited release some time this year.
Racing into Australian cinemas this week, ‘Baby Driver’ is Edgar Wright at his frenetic, stylish best. The director of ‘Shawn of the Dead’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim’ gives us the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver who suffers from tinnitus and uses music to mask the ringing.
It delivers intelligent, high-octane action with a star-studded supporting cast (Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx) and suitably stellar soundtrack to boot.
The breakout debut film of Jordan Peele, ‘Get Out’ has established itself as an instant classic, a comedic horror film with its finger firmly on the pulse of modern American race relations.
With a classic horror setup (Chris is invited to spend the weekend with his white girlfriend and her parents at their isolated upstate mansion), Peele cleverly plays with our expectations, crafting a wickedly subversive and highly unsettling film that captures the zeitgeist of liberal America.