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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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Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Green, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook

Cert: 15

Running time: 137mins

Year: 2017

What’s the story: In a crumbling America of the future with most mutants gone, Logan (Jackman) ekes out a living as a limo driver. He also cares for an ailing Charles Xavier (Stewart) who he has stashed south of the border. Into Logan’s world comes mysterious 11-year-old girl Laura (Keen), fleeing various shadowy agencies and who Charles insists Logan must protect.

What’s the verdict: For Hugh Jackman’s final outing as adamantium-skeletoned, razor wielding grumpy boots Wolverine, the strapping Aussie has used all the luminosity of his star wattage to do it his f*ck...

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Logan – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 19 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis get all X-cited about Logan, Hugh Jackman’s swansong to the X-Men franchise. And spoiler alert, this Wolverine can really cut it in a film that boasts amazing action, genuine emotion and a chilling vision of where Donald Trump’s America is heading. Rob & Rob also pour a tidal wave of indifference on the new Pirates of the Caribbean trailer (shitter me timbres) and Rob D explains why the live action Ghost in the Shell could be anime-zing.

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Lean, Green Thrilling Machine – Jeremy Saulnier talks Green Room


Channelling the same sweaty-palmed tension, blood black humour and savage brilliance of Night of the Living Dead, Straw Dogs, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Assault on Precinct 13 (phew!), Green Room is writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s tour-de-force follow-up to his first rate first movie, Blue Ruin.

Starring Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots (who previously appeared together in the aptly named Fright Night), a punk band find themselves in serious trouble when falling foul of a gang of right Nazi pieces of work, led by Patrick Stewart on masterful, chillingly dead-eyed form.

Saulnier reveals secrets behind shooting and casting this brutal must-see movie, and provides tantalising hints of what’s up next…

How did you get Patrick Stewart to play a neo-Nazi psychopath?

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Green Room

Green-Room-posterDirector:  Jeremy Saulnier

Writer: Jeremy Saulnier

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Macon Blair

Cert: 18

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2015

The lowdown: If you go down to these woods today you’re in for a very, very nasty surprise. Jeremy Saulnier follows the shattering Blue Ruin with a first class exercise in teeth-grinding suspense. A touring punk band sees something they shouldn’t when playing a remote white power bar and lock themselves in the artists’ “green room”. Outside some of the scariest people on earth are determined they’re not going to get away, with Patrick Stewart providing a masterclass in soft-spoken malevolence as the neo-Nazi ringleader...

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men - Days of Future Past, posterDirector: Bryan Singer

Writer: Simon Kinberg

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry

Cert: 12

Running time: 131mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: Following the first class First Class and the wild The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past confirms the franchise has rediscovered its X-factor. A time travel save-the-world plot unites the original series with the First Class reboot, delivering a blockbuster to sink your claws, mind and mutant streak into. A high-wattage cast and Bryan Singer’s dynamic direction ensure that in a world of Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman, Superman, etc, etc, X still marks the spot where it all began.

X-Men - Days of Future Past, James McAvoy, Patrick StewartX-Men - Days of Future Past, Michael Fassbender, Magneto

The full verdict: This mutant gene ...

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