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Celebrating the Top Movies we Enjoyed in 2017

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Oct 012018
 

A year ends come so fast and often we forget to pause and think back at the great movies we enjoyed. It is this thought that takes us back to the best film releases in 2017. Last year was one filled with great documentaries and outstanding blockbusters proving that producers find many new innovative ways to entertain moviegoers.

Dunkirk


When it comes dramatic films about WWII, Dunkirk is the best as Christopher Nolan get moviegoers to relive the evacuation of France’s beaches back in 1941. Fissured between three interwoven perspectives air, sea and land and different time frames, shot in 70mm IMAX, it is the ideal format that offers every viewer an overwhelming experience. Nolan’s portrayal of the war gives little care to the detail of the contextual background or even the characters. Instead, he plunges filmgoers into the chaos submerging several infantrymen including Harry Styles and Fionn Whitehead. Tom Hardy led fighter pilots and commanders such as Kenneth Branagh as well as boatmen. All, of whose cowardice, selfishness and sacrifice, as well as heroism, are shattered into relief by Christopher Nolan’s grand set pieces. Through Dunkirk’s inventive structure, superb staging and towering scale the film melds the macro and micro with a formal daring that is breath-taking, along the way emphasizing the unmatched power of experiencing an epic film.

Lady Macbeth


An adaptation of the 1865 novel by Nikolai Leskov, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, and it is clear that “hell hath no fury like a woman beleaguered”. The coiled intensity and a breakout performance of ruthless cunningness, Katherine played by Florence Pugh, is a young woman forced into marriage with the older landlord. His nastiness is only exceeded by that of his authoritarian father played by Christopher Fairbank.

This unwanted union she finds herself in is ubiquitous with problems right from the start, and even though the film uses Shakespeare’s referencing title, its path is not only original but also horrifying. It is a twisted drama based on gender-warfare-issues, rooted in contentious racial issues, employing a meticulous formalism recounting the merciless tale of Katherine’s attempts to attain liberation. The film is refined and placid on the inside yet pitiless and ferocious on the inside.

Wormwood


Wormwood is Errol Morris’s revolutionary hybrid of fictional and non-fiction story-telling-modes, no matter how you look at it, classify it or categorise it, it is 2017s towering cinematic success. It is the second release of 2017 and follows the B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, a film recounting the twisted Frank Olson saga in 1953. Out of a hotel room in New York City’s window, a biochemist’s death first seen as suicide becomes the side-effect of a mind control program of the CIA.

Wormwood is built out of a penetrating collage. It is a psychologically, hallucinatory, psychologically that plays like a damning indictment of malfeasance, a pulse-pounding thriller, and a chilling portrait of both elusiveness of the truth and a self-destructive obsession. Wormwood is a masterpiece breathing new life into documentaries while it also further confirms the superior greatness of Morris.

Is My Hero Academia Worth Watching

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Jul 302018
 

Since the original release of My Hero Academia, also officially known as Boku no Hero Academia, in the summer of 2016 – it’s remained a hit. Though despite how popular it’s gotten, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant on watching the series for myself. I’m usually against jumping on bandwagons, and this seems to be shown like Free!!! Where the show itself wasn’t that good, but the hype around it created a fake image. After a few weeks of seeing a countless amount of trailers from the show, I decided to try episode one – just to say that I at least gave it a try. Though, that was one of the best choices ever as I quickly become invested in the show for a plethora of reasons.

If you’re one of the people who has been avoiding the show like the plague; here’s a quick little introduction. My Hero Academia is an ongoing manga series that focuses on people who have superpowers, it was created by Kohei Horikoshi. The series follows a young, green,-haired boy named Izuki Midoriya, who was born without any superpowers – which is rare in his time. While his dream of being a hero is slowly crushed, he encounters his idol, Might, who takes young Midoriya in and decided to train him with his quirk (they call the powers quirks). Since then – Midoriya enrols in the superhero U.A Academy, alongside with his friends, starts a journey of becoming the best hero.

While the premise of the show is as cliché as it gets in terms of a manga turned anime series – despite how it seems like every Shonen anime series plays out. My Hero Academia has an art style and a storyline that can make you feel a personal attachment to the characters! Although, I don’t mind giving you more reason to watch the show if you need them.

Deku (Midoriya) isn’t an annoying protagonist


While Deku is like any other protagonist in a Shonen anime, he always has his own personality that makes him stand out in comparison to the rest of the characters. You always are just rooting from him to grow as a character and seeing him become stronger is just so rewarding. Plus, he isn’t a typical, predictable protagonist! He’s one that is always doing the one thing you never expect, and he has such a comedic relief at the perfect times.

The main message that anyone gets from watching this is that no matter who you are, you have the potential to do great things with yourself. No matter the abilities, the heroes are more so ranked on their determination and motivation to better themselves and improve on their own skills. It shows that you don’t have to be flashy, but instead, as long as you have the motivation, you can accomplish anything.

The Quirks

The quirks are the individual superpower that the characters have. Though it’s not like a group of people have fore power, it’s more like each character is so differently unique, and their quirks show that. It’s actually like watching an anime that isn’t based on character tropes and instead wants each character to feel real.