Volume 6, Issue 34!
“Summer 2017 Wrap Up!”
Ah yes, another Summer has come and gone. And unlike last year, the summer of 2017 was chock full of cool stuff for us to enjoy. From the big screen to the small, there was tons of great entertainment to keep us indoors and out of the sun. So much so, that it’s almost tough to remember all the cool movies, TV, and all kinds of other stuff. Lucky for you I’ve got the list to end all best of summer lists!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
While not as strong as the original, the sequel to Marvel’s surprise hit was still a worthy time at the theater. Seeing Drax, Gamora, Groot, Star-Lord, and Rocket come together to save the galaxy again was worth sitting through a ton of exposition in the middle of the movie, and director James Gunn was even able to pull off one of the most surprisingly emotional moments in the history of the MCU.
I had high hopes for Marvel Studios and Sony’s joint Spidey flick, and for this longtime Spider-Man fan, I walked away VERY happy. From finally seeing Spidey swing through a New York City populated by other heroes, to Michael Keaton’s awesome Vulture, to Tom Holland’s endearing take on Peter Parker, Spider-Man Homecoming was another example of why Marvel Studios should be in charge of all of their properties.
Twin Peaks: The Return
David Lynch’s return to the world of Twin Peaks was a lot of things. Frustrating, exhilarating, hilarious, tedious, and brilliant, Twin Peaks: The Return was a master of weird using all of the tricks in his trade. While it definitely gets very, VERY weird, and the ending is something I’m still coming to terms with, Twin Peaks: The Return, like the show that came before it, was like nothing else on TV this summer.
It may have taken them a few tries, but WB finally had a critical and commercial hit with Wonder Woman. With $800 Million (and counting) in global box office, the Amazon Warrior’s first ever solo film defied all expectations, and became a rallying cry for young girls everywhere. This summer we learned that Wonder Woman exists, and kicks serious ass.
Possibly my favorite movie of the year so far, Baby Driver was like nothing else I had seen in the theaters. Edgar Wright truly outdoes himself with the story of getaway driver Baby (an amazing Ansel Elgort), who scores his getaways to expertly crafted play lists. Wright truly enters into a whole other level of filmmaking here, and crafts a movie that I truly hope will get some love come awards season.
War for the Planet of the Apes
Has there been a movie series that’s defied the expectations like the new Planet of the Apes movies? Matthew Reeves’ trilogy ender (maybe) wrapped up Caesar’s story in a profound and tragic way, creating a blockbuster that is like no other. While I still think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best of the three, War was able to give us the strongest case for recognizing motion capture performances, and gave us one of the most tragically beautiful blockbusters ever.
Game of Thrones
When it came to spectacle this summer, you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting to stay in and just watch season seven of Game of Thrones. As the show barrels towards the final season, the creative minds involved started to make big moves to bring everyone together. Dragons took out armies, characters made (and broke) alliances, and while there were times where the narrative was truncated due to the shortened season, there wasn’t any lack of spectacle to behold.
Rick and Morty
The hype surrounding Rick and Morty’s third season reached a fever pitch after their surprise April fool’s premiere. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland made it publicly known that the delay for this season came from their worries of not living up to the previous seasons, but so far that worry is completely unfounded. Every episode of Rick and Morty’s third season has been better than the last, and the two are really delving into the flaws and horrible characteristics of their main characters. Not only that, but Rick and Morty has become one of not only the best comedy shows on TV, but it’s also one of the best Sci-Fi shows too.