The year of 2017 like any, has been an eventful one through the trials, tribulations and uplifting moments that mark the ending of another year. In remembrance to some of the people I can recall, such as Sir Tony Atkinson, Om Puri, Sir John Hurt, David Cassidy, Bruce Forsyth, Chester Bennington, Peter Sallis, Sir Roger Moore, Chris Cornell, Bill Paxton, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Adam West, George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, Jon Henseasons and many others, who have given us some great moments onscreen aswell as lending their voices to our ears, who are gone but never forgotten, may you rest in a place ‘up there’ they call peace.
It has been a very difficult journey and still is through being so unwell, so naturally keeping up with current entertainment isn’t quite my forte, and naturally, it would seem my time is spent being stuck in the pages of the past with viewings and certain readings, nevertheless I have been able to see a few things over this current year, some more favourable than others, so here I present you with some of my 2017 most loved entertainment.
Directed and Written by : Darren Aronofsky
Starring : Jennifier Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Mother opens with a spectuacular vision of a burning house being restored, painting the picture of a chilling tale to take place. Referring to the characters by Mother and Him, it centers around a couple in their ever so enormous home which soon becomes a chaotic place when strangers, who are seemingly connected in a very unusual manner, begin to evade their home. If you have ever felt annoyed at uninvited guests, than this crowd will begin to make you feel very, very uncomfortable.
It is like watching a bizzare nightmare unfold with the strong biblical themes underlying the eloquence portrayed in very disturbing events. The cast do a wonderful job in their surreal environment and one i like to call ‘the marmite effect’, because it is so pyschologically troubling that some will like it as others will not.
Underneath the trauma it is quite a vision to behold when one peels away the layers of confusion. From the visionary mind of Aronofsky who directed other spectaculars such as Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan ( 2010), do you realise that ‘seeing is believing’ in his peculiar reality. Be careful, your beating hearts have been warned.
Directed by : Doug Liman
Written by : Gary Spinelli
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson
American Made is based on the biographical crimes of Barry Seal ( an airline pilot who was working as a drug smuggler) appears in what Liman describes as ” a fun lie based on a true story “. Inspired by the stories of the real Barry Seal, Tom Cruise plays the part very well. His risky buisness days are far from over as the eccentric man who earns more than his load of cash, working like a mad man for both the CIA and a group of filthy Cartels, who you don’t want to end up as enemies. Least not to forget the DEA, hot on his flying tail to take him down for his drug smuggling courier job.
They say ‘aim high’ but Barry soars a little too high over his limits which follows a series of mishaps and hot trouble after trouble. Barry keeps his ‘friends’ close and his enemies closer which just might just serve you that wrong kind of justice. Akin to the cinematography of Wolf of Wall Street ( 2013) it’s a movie that rides high with subtle humour in between the chaotic seriousness of such arms dealing. Just don’t quit your day job over it.
Created and Written by : Steven Knight
Directed by : Tom Harper (series 1), Colm McCarthy (series 2 ) , Tim Mielants ( series 3) , David Caffrey (series 4)
Starring : Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Tom Hardy, Helen McCrory
Original Network : BBC Two
‘ On a gathering storm comes a tall handsome man in a dusty black coat with a red right hand’, sings the tale of a highly distinguised- Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) who knows that family means everything when you mess with the gang. He is the head hunter with the best knowledgeable business, liquored with crime under his belt, to try and salvage his actions in dire times and a lifelong time of hardship, all without having the noose around his neck for his dodgy ways.
It takes place in the bleak enviroment of England (notably Birmingham) 1919 After the first world war, where the notorious battle seems to see the men guns blazing and cutting each others throats until its going to be the last man standing. Aesthetically pleasing in a period of baker boy hats, suits, dresses and flapper hats, Steven Knight has created a spectacular crime driven script that goes beyond an ordinary gangster job to be had. It manages to capture history without dragging it six feet under boredom and the choice of Indie punk music works hand in hand with the visuals. The show kickstarted season 4 earlier this November with a fiery six episode and will see its return in 2019.
Directed by : Tetsuro Araki and Masashi Koizuka (Based on the original manga by Hajime Isayama)
Attack on Titan is a very unique and thrilling journey to set your eyes on. A city divided by enormous walls sees a vast of Titans (creatures that bear their naked flesh for the viewing ) who have an appetite for humans. The protaganist Eren Yeager and his childhood friends – Mikasa and Armin join the special military forces to fight against such creatures. What and who they are, are answered as the truth unravels at the hands of season two, that aired on April. With a detailed account of weaponary and striking combact movements that show no fear of bloodshed, it is a series i have really enjoyed viewing as the story is what really drives the visuals at heart. Season three is set to premiere next year.
Directed and Written by : Bong Joon – ho ( co written with Jon Ronson )
Starring : Ahn Seo – hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano
Netflix brought my attention to Okja which served as a rare and delightful treat not one i ever considered for the eating. It is a visionary tale that goes beyond liberation for an Anmals right. Lucy Mirando (Tilda) plays the eccentric and amusing enviromentalist, whos company has been experimenting with a special kind of pig breed, for a bizzare cure in world hunger without the Nasty GMO. (or so she says). Hail the glory super pig mutants that are produced. She tells her audience that ” they leave a minimal footprint on the environment, consume less feed, less excretions and most importantly..they need to taste fucking good !”
These are then distributed to different locations across the world in which one is chosen for a special kind of breeding. Our hearts are captured through the eyes of young Mija from South Korea who, with the help of her family bring up Okja who she bonds a strong attachment to. When Okja is taken away for’ taste testing’, Mija along with some activitists go on a wild adventure of a lifetime to save her companion. One that leaves you breathless.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who have enjoyed reading my blog posts this year. With good fortune, i shall see you on the other side of 2018.