Happy New Year from The Aisle Seat! Here it is, our annual list of the five best films of the past year – feel free to debate, berate or celebrate.
Without question, the finest motion picture of the year was Christopher Nolan’s war epic, capturing the Allied Forces’ struggle to survive at France’s port of Dunkirk in May, 1940. Heroic, horrific and somehow beautifully intimate, you just don’t see grand-scale film making like this anymore.
#2) War For The Planet Of The Apes
The third and final of the ‘Apes’ prequels saved the best act for the last. With influences ranging from ‘Apocalypse Now’ to ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘Schindler’s List’, “War” brought brains to the art of the summer popcorn flick, and plenty of ’em. Add a spellbinding bad guy turn for Woody Harrelson to the mix, and this was heavy lifting at its most exhilarating.
#3) ‘Baby Driver’
Killer car chases. Wicked soundtrack. A star-making performance from Ansel Elgort and the slickest supporting role in a long, long while from Jon Hamm. Put it all together and you don’t necessarily have the best movie of the year – but it’s by far, the top of the heap when it comes to creative-cool.
#4) ‘Wonder Woman’
While the Amazon Princess failed to elevate the overall game in playing with the boys in November’s ‘Justice League’, her solo outing took prime spot in a year that saw Thor, Spider-Man and Wolverine. So good was star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins, their dose of girl power saved the DC Universe – a rescue mission that is, apparently, still underway.
#5) Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2
I am Groot. ‘Nuff said.
‘Downsizing’, ‘Logan’, ‘Get Out’ & ‘Wind River’. ~ Jason