It’s joyous, romantic, energetic, heartbreaking, and just so damn fun!! Not only the best of the year, but the best of the past 2 years!!
2. Hell or High Water
An inspired neo western that deals with income inequality and family. It’s tense and darkly funny, with a great Texas atmosphere and lived in characters.
A smart alien ‘invasion’ movie that focuses on communication and unity instead of violence and bombast, underlined with an emotional and eye opening human story that demands multiple viewings.
4. The Edge of Seventeen
Hailee Steinfeld is Oscar worthy in this coming of age tale. It’s equally hilarious and heartbreaking, all the while being surprisingly relatable.
A deep character study full of empathy and raw emotions. Fantastic acting and even better direction.
6. Manchester by the Sea
A subtle, yet completely honest portrayal of dealing with grief. One of the best acting ensembles of year.
7. Captain America: Civil War
Kinetic action, real world themes, and focus on characters new and old make this one of the best entries in the MCU.
8. Captain Fantastic
Who knew living off the grid could be so interesting? A unique take on the family dramedy that shows the good and bad of both sides, and gets the family into some hysterical situations.
9. The Witch
A dark and atmospheric experience, with eerily authentic sense of dread. It’s a horror movie that’s actually horrific!
10. Swiss Army Man
The most unique and absurdly hilarious movie of the year. A movie that I feel is about normalizing openly loving relationships between two males, whether it’s romantic or not. Career performance from Radcliffe as well.
11. The Nice Guys
The best written action comedy in years. Amazing chemistry between Crowe and Gosling. Just so much fun and totally rewatchable.
12. Sing Street
An inspired story filled with great music, likeable characters that you can’t help but root for, and a great authentic 80s feel.
13. Hunt for the Wilder people
Another absurdist comedy from Taika Waititi featuring fantastic banter between the two unlikely leads and a subtlety touching story.
14. Nocturnal Animals
A dark and twisted sophomore effort from Tom Ford. Incredible ensemble all around and a story within a story that’s completely captivating.
Ryan Reynolds killed it in the role he was born to play. Very funny and a very faithful adaptation of the tone of the comics!
16. Star Trek Beyond
A very entertaining and character driven movie for the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Great new characters and great use of classic characters.
Context: So we took a trip to the town because the DM didn’t have anything planned that night, long story short we ended up in the bazaar and we also happen to be doing the session in the middle of Dennys. Player 1’s big bipedal Hyena character has a creepy thing for mine, the human solider, and during this all I have been forcing myself to learn the art of Leroy Jenkins..
DM: Okay so this poor kid looks at his father, setting the helmet down-running.
Player 1: I have a chase instinct, I chase down the kid!
DM: Okay you two, you turn the corner to the bazaar and you witness this kid just booking it toward you for some reason-then (Player 1) appears, flying over a stall, doing a barrel roll across the street and full on hunting this kid down.
Player 2 (Me): Uhhhh….I have to preserve the human race, gotta stop them, I have to save this kid. I UH…
Player 3 (The Alien): What the fudge
Player 2: I FLASH PLAYER 1, I PULL MY JACKET OFF AND FLASH THEM.
Player 3: Cringing I am cringing and not looking. No.
DM: Player 3, you question why she’s taking her clothes off. It’s not bath day.
*Insert 5-10 minute break to their catch breath for entire group who is dying at this point*
DM: *Sighing with great reluctance, questioning me, pointing at me, hoping to god the rest of the restaurant hasn’t heard this, triple checks this is what I want to do* Okay..So this is what happens. As you pull up your..You.. this kid gets the first inkling of puberty, and runs straight in to a door open on the street. Smack, he’s on the ground and Player 1 isn’t stopping.. Player 1, as you’re running on the hunt with blood lust, and you happen to glance over and see this glorious..you run straight through the door. Boom, it bursts in to splinters and you have a bloody nose for other reasons.
Player 2: Oh no, he got run over!
The DM didn’t appreciate that I inquired if the my character’s rack was worthy enough either.
Our friend Chelsea Lankford from Truelane went to Hawaii for the most insanely rad art festival, POW! WOW! to scope out the top female artists we should keep our eyes on in 2017. Check out Chelsea’s picks and mini interviews with the artists below!