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The 10 Best Films of 2017

Another year, another 10 movies that define why we love cinema. 2017 was such a strong year for film releases that many excellent movies failed to make our Top 10.

Honorary shout-outs then to such must-sees as Wind River, IT, Mother!, Una, A Silent Voice and Wonder Woman. Great movies all, all pipped to the post by the titles below.

Whatever brow-furrowing misbehaviour 2018 brings, one sliver of good news is that cinema should remain in fine shape. From what we saw at the London Film Festival in October, at least three five-star movies will be released next year.

But, without further ado, here is Electric Shadows’ 10 Best Films of 2017…

  1. Brawl in Cell Block 99

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London Film Festival Round-Up – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 31 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis rounding up their Top 10 highlights of the 2017 London Film Festival.

Lucky, The Shape of Water, Last Flag Flying and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri all feature highly. The two also recall the bone-snapping brilliance of Brawl in Cell Block 99. Brawl is out to rent now through various streaming services. Once you’ve done listening to the podcast, watch it!

Our intrepid podders also scratch their heads as the critical acclaim that gushed over the decidedly Emperor’s New Clothes You Were Never Really Here, by British director Lynne Ramsay.

So, for more on their opinions of the London Film Festival 2017, listen on…

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Brawl in Cell Block 99

Director: S. Craig Zahler

Writer: S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Marc Blucas, Udo Kier, Don Johnson

Cert: 18

Running time: 132mins

Year: 2017


What’s the story: Drug runner Bradley Thomas is incarcerated following a bungled drug pick-up. Inside the big house, Bradley is told he needs to perform a specific job or bad things will happen to him and those he loves.

What’s the verdict: Gothic horror Western Bone Tomahawk is possibly the best underseen film of recent years. Hopefully, Brawl in Cell Block 99 will reach a wider audience because writer/director S. Craig Zahler’s prison movie is a hell of a one-two punch… followed by a knee to the nose… and heel to the throat.

We’re trying to say it makes an impression.

The plot is as B-movie simple as the t...

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