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 recently I got an opportunity to catch director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur Legend of the Sword which stars Charlie Hunnam as The Once and Future King. The film can best be summed up as Camelocked Stocked and Two Smoking Barrels.
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.
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.