Over the past few years I decided to keep a record of all the films I watched and put them in order from best to worst according to my own subjective reasoning, you know how all creatives do…?
I came across some incredibly emotional, heart felt, entertaining, hilarious and mesmerizing unique stories with varying degrees of publicity that, in my opinion, should be noticed more than they are.
Here is an eclectic list of 8 films from 2017-18 I thought needed a mention.
1. Good time 
Not your typical Robert Pattinson role. A unique look at the struggles of finding your place in the world.
The story follows Connie Nikas (Pattinson) on a mission to get his mentally disabled younger brother out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong.
At first glance you wouldn’t think of this as a coming-of-age story but it’s all about a young man on the wrong side of the law trying to make ends meet for his family – making a few too many poor decisions.
There was honestly a few things I would have done differently if I made this film, but I didn’t and it was still a good time… for me, not for the characters, for them it was not a good time. They went to jail.
2. A Ghost Story 
Mesmerizing, haunting and deep.
A recently deceased husband (Casey Affleck) returns home as a ghost in a white sheet to do what he can to comfort his grieving widow (Rooney Mara).
It truly is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The soundtrack alone is worth giving the film a shot, and some shots stay on one character for what seems like an eternity, and then some, but somehow it works.
Despite the film being slow, it transcends decades in a split second. It’s 90 minutes of being in a trance, gradually inhaling one giant breath with a philosophical speech in the middle.
Get ready to slow your heart rate to a glacial pace – with the occasional jump scare to remind you to breathe.
3. Woman Walks Ahead 
With an incredible performance by Jessica Chastain, this based-on-a-true-story biopic chronicles Catherine Weldon (Chastain), a painter from 1890’s Brooklyn seeking to create a portrait of Sitting Bull, as she becomes embroiled in the struggles over the rights to the land of the Native Americans.
Just as relevant now as it was back then, a moving story about fighting for the rights of the traditional owners of the land and doing what one can to make things right without compromise.
4. Jungle 
Far from a feel good movie, the story of a group of friends trekking through the unforgiving Amazonian rainforest becoming separated and surviving on their own.
In this horror/thriller we see Yossi Ghinsberg’s (Daniel Radcliffe) descent into madness as he loses his grip on reality struggling to survive in an inhospitable jungle.
Not the sort of film you want to settle down and snuggle under a blanket to, but it will certainly make you feel something.
5. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton 
A humorous and entertaining yet confronting look at the realities of method acting.
This Netflix documentary goes behind the scenes following Jim Carrey as he loses himself to the role of Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon.
The observational doco emphasises the controversial choices Carey made on and off set, causing strain on relationships both personal and professional. It’s an interesting and informative watch from start to finish as you really see how frustrating it was on his family, friends and co-stars.
6. 22 July 
A Netflix film based on the true events of the 2011 terror attack in Oslo by Anders Behring Breivik against the Norwegian government, a massacre at a youth camp and the aftermath following one family’s struggle to move on.
Some of this movie was just too real. Immediately the director (Paul Greengrass) does a perfect job of making the audience empathise with the characters, which makes it even harder watching them be helplessly hunted down by the attacker.
As controversial as it is, it does a decent job of staying true to the story while respecting the victims of the real tragedy.
7. Overlord 
A J.J. Abrams produced Nazi Zombie horror action flick. What more could you want?
I felt like I was watching a video game, which in this case was a good thing. Pure heart pumping entertainment.
A group of American Soldiers are tasked with taking down a radio tower set up by Nazi’s in a French village, only to find the Nazi’s hiding a secret lab of experiments turning people into zombies – the scary kind, not the Shaun Of The Dead kind.
Definitely one for the horror fans.
8. The Breaker Upperers 
New Zealand humour to perfection. If you’re a fan of Taika Waititi films then you’ll love this comedy produced by the man himself.
Unlucky in love duo, Mel and Jen, run a business assisting people in escaping unhappy relationships they’re apprehensive to end themselves. Of course eventually the two end up biting off more than they can chew when one of them falls for a client.
This hilarious original story is a definite watch if only for the 80’s style karaoke segment alone. The rest of it is also great including some stand out performances and perfect comedic timing thanks to directors Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek.
There you have it. A diverse list of films that were humorous, heartfelt, horrifying or all of the above. Consider adding these [yet to be] popular movies to your watch list.