Top Films of 2017

2017 was the year the ladies took center stage. Even though the wrong candidate was sworn in, America voted overwhelmingly for its first female president. The Women’s Revolution continues in the WWE and other sports. This year we saw a number of films which featured quite a number of  female protagonists. Whether Amazons, Vixens, villainesses, young superheroines, Valkyries, or God herself, 2017 reminded us all that it’s a woman’s world and I am here for all of it.

As is the tradition from January to December I compile a list of the best films released throughout the year. One of the main purposes is to promote diverse and progressive works for those searching for quality artistry.

In order for a film to make the list, it must pass my Media Litmus Test. Two animated films were so impressive they were included on the primary list and tied for a slot.

So without further adieu….

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Iron Man 4 The High School Years: A Spider-Man Homecoming Review

Critics are allegedly saying that Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best movie of the summer. Fans are allegedly saying that this is the best Spider-Man film, EVER.

What am I saying to all of this?

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Sweet 16: The 16 Top Films of 2016

For the better part of a decade, this has become an annual tradition. From January to December I compile a list of the best, artistic and most progressive films, television shows and music albums. One of the reasons I do this is to provide resources to readers who are looking for cerebral, fun and progressive media. It does exist as my lists have continued to prove. Don’t say I never gave you anything. You’re welcome.

2016 was full of surprises. Many major releases I expected to rank highly didn’t even place while there were a number of 4th quarter and sleeper hits that truly blindsided me. I found myself reranking the list again and again and again.

This past year might arguably be my most competitive list yet and 2017 is already looking to match it or even surpass it.

But that’s not all. For the first time ever 3 short films were so impressive that they were ranked among on the main feature film list.

As is the standard for a film to be considered, it must pass the Upkins Media Litmus Test.

Many did and they did not disappoint.

Without further adieu, let’s get this party started.

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The Inconvenient Truth In Advertising 

So recently Rose McGowan made headlines expressing outrage over the X-Men: Apocalypse billboard ad that showcases Ivan Ooze, I mean Apocalypse, choking Mystique, claiming that it promotes violence against women. 
Fox has since issued an apology for the billboard. Which I think was the right call for the studio. The right call would also be for Fox to apologize for the fustercluck that is X-Men: Apocalypse itself but I digress.

Now while I personally like McGowan, I have to keep it 100 and say the timing and her complaint is more than a bit suspect, not to mention hypocritical.
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Review: X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse.

I swore I wouldn’t write a review for the film. Primarily because any review I penned would pale in comparison to the excellent piece penned by my buddy and fellow N.O.C. colleague, Valerie Complex.

Seriously if you haven’t read it, go do so now. Val snatched so many wigs and edges, you would’ve thought Director Bryan Singer and Fox were members of the Charles Xavier Cosplay Appreciation Society.

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A Non Spoiler Review of Captain America: Civil War

If the first two Captain America films are any indication, I’ve learned not to watch them with any expectations good or bad.

Like most of the Marvel Phase One films, I found First Avenger to be a yawn and filler for the payoff that was the first Avengers movie.

Winter Soldier blindsided me and years later I’m still trying to process how amazing that film is.

As much as I love Winter Soldier (it along with Avengers and Age of Ultron rank as my favorite Marvel flicks), and even though I knew I would finally get the Black Panther in this film, I still watched with no expectation.

The verdict: By no mean is it the worst Marvel film by any stretch. It was brilliant in some parts and a mess in others. Better than First Avenger but a major letdown from Winter Soldier. I kept checking my watch so many times, one would’ve thought my name was William Tockman.

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