Ben Pearson’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

Top 10 movies of 2017

As 2017 slowly disappears in our rear-view windows (good riddance!), the /Film staff is looking back on our favorite movies of last year. The year itself was awful in an almost incalculable number of ways, but at least we had a ton of fantastic movies to distract us from the constant barrage against truth and decency. Thankfully, many of last year’s movies were overflowing with those qualities, and I was able to get a steady diet of them amid heart-stopping set pieces, complex characters, and emotionally cathartic cinematic experiences. These were my top 10 movies of 2017.
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The Incredibles 2 Teaser

Over the New Year’s weekend, Disney celebrated the arrival of 2018 by promoting three of their forthcoming major releases hitting theaters this year. The studio has the animated sequels Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and The Incredibles 2 on the schedule, as well as the live-action fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time, and each of the movies has received a new teaser for eager fans to check out. Read More »

How Guillermo del Toro made The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro has been a household name for genre lovers for years, but with his 1960s-set movie The Shape of Water earning critical acclaim and big awards buzz, he’s back in the mainstream spotlight. The Shape of Water is one of the most visually beautiful movies you’ll see this year – but del Toro used some creative workarounds to make the film look like it was made for $50 or $60 million when in reality it was completed for less than $20 million.

In a new interview, hear in his own words how Guillermo del Toro made The Shape of Water into one of 2017’s most lush and wondrous cinematic experiences on a budget. And if you’re not concerned with the business/financial side of the equation, we have you covered with a featurette dedicated to the creation of the movie’s sexy fish-man. Something for everyone!
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Bright Featurette - History of Magic

Netflix debuted their first blockbuster movie earlier this month in the form of Bright. Directed by David Ayer, the movie takes place in an alternate universe where fantasy beings like orcs, elves and fairies live in the world with humans. But their co-existence isn’t exactly harmonious as prejudice still exists among humans against certain species, creating tension on the streets where crime is heightened by the presence of magic.

If you’re among the population who hasn’t yet taken the plunge into Bright, possibly because of all the bad reviews for the movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, then a new featurette might convince you otherwise. Styled as a mini-documentary that you might see on The History Channel, the featurette takes a look at the history of magic in Bright and how that world came to be. Read More »

Darren Aronofsky's Favorite TV shows
After the intense production – and release – of mother!, director Darren Aronofsky is ready to decompress for a while by catching up on some TV. In a new interview, the filmmaker revealed a list of his favorite TV shows, which include a popular HBO series where everyone dies, an animated show that people everywhere can’t shut up about, and also a series full of nudity. Read on for Darren Aronofsky’s favorite TV shows.

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Fantastic Beasts sequel images

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, recently wrapped shooting, and two new photos have arrived to tide fans over until the 2018 release date. The images depict Jude Law as Hot Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp as Villain With Terrible Hair, aka Grindelwald. See the Fantastic Beasts sequel images below.

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Bright ratings

Netflix is notoriously protective of its membership’s viewing numbers for specific shows and movies, unless the streaming service is bragging about binge statistics and dunking on a user or two for their viewing choices. So we don’t know exactly how many people have watched Bright, David Ayer‘s new orc cop fantasy thriller starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, but a new report which cites Nielsen metrics says that eleven million Netflix subscribers decided to click “play” on the movie in only its first three days of release. I bet Netflix is feeling pretty good about its decision to make Bright 2 right about now.

Grab your magic elf wand and read more about the Bright ratings below.
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The Dark Tower failure

After years in development, the film adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower hit theaters earlier in 2017 and proceeded to disappoint everyone. King’s book series is full of rich, complex mythology, but the film adaptation decided to jettison all of that for a more streamlined narrative that didn’t make a lot of sense anyway. King was heavily involved with the promotion for the film, and now that it’s come and gone, the prolific author is sharing his thoughts on the overall Dark Tower failure.

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fantastic beasts 2 title

As we near the new year, one of 2018’s most anticipated movies will slowly start to open its magical briefcase of treasures.

The controversial retention of Johnny Depp aside, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is an exciting follow-up to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by virtue of the compelling main characters and the continued expansion of Harry Potter’s enchanting world. So it’s smart that the first image we see of the film outside of the initial cast photo would be of the two who tied Fantastic Beasts together: Eddie Redmayne‘s Newt Scamander and Katherine Waterston‘s Tina Goldstein. And they’re looking fresh and fancy.

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Jumanji 3

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a surprise hit with both critics and audiences, which means it’s only a matter of time before we get another entry in the Juamanji series. Thankfully, Welcome to the Jungle stars Jack Black and Nick Jonas already have an Jumanji 3 idea handy. Plus: Karen Gillan reveals an alternate Welcome to the Jungle ending that also could’ve tied into a potential sequel.

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