The official start of awards season is tomorrow; well unless Monday's announcement by the New York Film Critics Circle is considered the start.... I've decided, so as not to make myself crazy in future that the official start of awards season will be when the first of any of the major groups announce. So, NYFCC you win. Since there is no guarantee that any "traditions" will be kept, I see no other way of dealing with it. It was nice though when the National Board of Review was the first, then in rapid succession LA, New York, and recently falling into place the Washington D.C. Critics. But forget it. I'll now just pay attention to what's first and then look at indiewire.com daily. Let it be their headache! But, since the National Board of Review's announcement has so long been considered the start, it will still be the sentimental "checkered flag" for me.
Here is a list of the 2017 films I've seen, and my opinion of them. Filmmakers who toil on the almost-impossible mission of making a feature length film should not have their work dismissed on a pass-fail basis so easily. That being said, this is just one man's opinion, and on a blog at that, and the savvy moviegoer will read enough of the reviews of professional film critics to allow a blog here and there to "list" favorites and least favorites.
n/a so far
Get Out. Best seen as satire.
John Wick: Chapter 2. Will please fans of the original (when it gets going)-- it's even better than the first, if, at times, the violence gets video game-ish.
Kong: Skull Island. Summer movies have started two months early; fun!
Logan. Maybe what was needed story-wise, but a little too Terminatoresque in the telling, and far too depressing overall.