This past year was monumental for film-making in many ways. Although there were more Marvel, DC comics and other superhero films than any movie goer could possibly keep up with — as well as the obligatory “feel good” inspirational movies — there were also surprise hits that cost a fraction of big-budget epics and performed equally as well at the box office. As opposed to simply being cheap knock-offs of bigger films, these films illustrated and discussed current events and situations that are relevant to the American social landscape.


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“Get Out” Dir. Jordan Peele (ET Online)

Unlike the Jordan Peele-directed psychological thriller/comedy “Get Out,” very few movies have successfully touched on interracial relationships and dating in America. Telling the story of an African American photographer who meets his white girlfriend’s peculiar family for the first time, the film showed an honest yet somewhat satirical account of interracial relationships and the struggles that could be faced dating someone of another culture. 


Just like the American cinematic arts themselves, CBS nominated several films across a variety of genres. One such film is “Dunkirk”, directed by English director and cinematic mastermind Christopher Nolan — a director that can produce a film about anything and have it turn out to be a masterpiece. “Dunkirk” depicts the harrowing battle stories of World War II in the land, air and sea. According to Wikipedia, the film turned into a success among both critics and viewers that “Dunkirk” is now considered to be the highest grossing World War II film of all time.


A film that surprisingly made CBS’ list of best films was “I, Tonya” a dark comedy about controversial figure skater Tonya Harding, who notoriously hired a man to break the leg of competitor Nancy Kerrigan in order to have a chance to play in the 1994 Olympic figure skating team. Telling Harding’s story in a mockumentary-like style, the film discusses her abusive childhood and a variety of conditions that led her to indirect assault Kerrigan and be subsequently banned for life from professional figure skating.


Another film to make CBS’ list is “Call Me by Your Name,” which made quite a splash at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January. Set in the northern Italian countryside, the coming of age film details the story of two young men falling in love, and the tumultuous experience that it can sometimes be. According to Wikipedia, the film was also shortlisted by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute in their respective top ten films list.


Lady Bird movie poster

Lady Bird (a24films)

“Lady Bird”, a smash hit starring up-and-coming Irish actress, Saoirse Ronan, demonstrates the story of a Catholic schoolgirl who aspires to go to college far from her hometown. The film brilliantly discusses matters far more serious than teen angst, including everything from class and wealth to even job loss and the issues that occur in a complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter.


The CBS list also has Amazon original “The Lost City of Z,” as well as “Faces Places,” the non-fiction film that focuses on the unique story of a filmmaker and an elderly photographer traveling through small towns across France. Not too surprisingly, the final film on their list was the most divisive Star Wars film that’s either causing undying love or undying disgust amongst its’ fans, “The Last Jedi.”


CBS’ shortlist of best films in 2017, certainly has a variety of movies for every one.


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