The Pop Culture Cosmos Guide to the Best (and Worst) Movies of 2017!

Written by Gerald Glassford

Daniel Kaluuya is emotional in more ways than one in Jordan Peele's masterpiece "Get Out" (Universal/Blumhouse Pictures)

This year in film has given us plenty to talk about. Whether it has been the polarizing thoughts on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the failed implications of Justice League or the promise and creativity of films like Get Outthe year in cinema has brought so many different visions to the screen that has delighted audiences from around the world over the past 365 days. With that being said we here at the Pop Culture Cosmos have our thoughts on what the highs and lows were this year at the movies. If you prefer to hear straight from the horse’s (or whatever you wish to call Josh Pederson and I) mouth then our awesome PCC Multiverse on our Pop Culture Cosmos channel on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Mixcloud and many more outlets has our full detailed discussion (except for Coco which was seen after we recorded the program).

So without further adieu, let’s weigh in on the good and bad in cinema for 2017:
Josh Pederson’s top 10 movies (in no particular order with quotes from our show if available):
Blade Runner 2049– “Loved it.”
Dunkirk-FWhitehead01Dunkirk-“Liked it more than most.”
baby-driver-promo.jpgBaby Driver– “Loved it despite the Kevin Spacey thing.”
DSC_3663.nefLogan Lucky– “Fantastic movie.”
logan-movie-image.jpgLogan– “A real delight.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming
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wind_river_-_cat.jpgWind River-“Very startling.”
Beauty-and-the-Beast-2017-after-credits-hqBeauty and the Beast
Thor Ragnarok
Gerald Glassford’s top 10 movies for 2017:
Honorary mention: Beauty and the Beast, The Big Sick, Logan Lucky, Baby Driver
10. Wonder Woman– Gal Gadot’s vehicle for super stardom was a fun movie from beginning to end.
9. Lady Bird– Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf create an on-screen chemistry that was better than any other movie duo in 2017.
8. Dunkirk– Not Christopher Nolan’s best but still a very beautiful and compelling movie based on actual events.
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming– A wonderful homage to the John Hughes teen flicks of the ’80’s, it also creates a solid foundation to come for the web slinger.
6. Logan– If this is indeed Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the Wolverine then it could not have gone out on a better note.
5. The Disaster Artist– James Franco’s brilliant performance helps make this movie almost as great as its cinematic inspiration The Room exists as a truly awful one.
4. John Wick 2– One of the best action movies in years and one of the rare times a sequel surpasses its very solid predecessor.
3. Coco– A truly magnificent animated piece that will tug at your heart (guitar) strings while it inspires with its representations of love, family and the Hispanic culture.
2. Get Out– Brilliant as both a horror movie and a film that sends a message of race relations that hopefully will help teach others about the injustices of our society and how we can learn to be better to each other moving forward.
1. Blade Runner 2049– Dazzling in its presentation and spectacle with great performances and a story that will stand up strong with its infamous 1982 cult hit precursor.
Now onto the films that stunk up the joint in 2017…
Josh’s choices (he had a countdown order for this one):
1. The Dark Tower-“Turned into a flaming pile of garbage.”
2. Alien: Covenant– “The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t like it.”
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi– “Not the Star Wars movie that the true Star Wars fans deserve.”
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales– “Pretty much just Jack Sparrow being an idiot.”
5. Underworld: Blood Wars– “Not a good movie.”
Gerald’s worst five movies of 2017 (again in countdown order):
“Dis” Honorary mentions: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, War for the Planet of the Apes
5. The Mummy– A movie which had the unique ability to single-handily kick-start and kill a movie franchise.
4. Geostorm– After watching the film it’s very apparent that director Dean Devlin went to study at Michael Bay 101 with a film that uses every one of the infamous director’s tropes that we’ve seen in Armageddon, The Rock, and all those God awful Transformer movies (I saved myself the punishment of seeing The Last Knight for now). By the way can Hollywood (except HBO) stop using Ed Harris as the villain all the time please? Once he’s on the screen, the instant reaction of “it’s him, he’s the bad guy” always follows.
3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword– What happens when you mix bad CGI, bad camera work, bad acting, bad comedy, a bad romantic sub plot and a bad story overall? Guess what you get a BAD movie.
2. The Emoji Movie– No amount of product placement can save this turd. Insert poop emoji here thank you.
1. Smurfs: The Lost Village– A movie that almost systematically destroys nearly sixty years of animated prominence.
Well those are our picks for the best and worst on the silver screen in 2017. Agree with our picks? Disagree? Have your own best and worst picks? Let us know by commenting below, e-mailing us at or send us a note to Pop Culture Cosmos, Humannequin Media or Game Source on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks so much for reading our thoughts and here’s hoping for another great year in movies in 2018.

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