One More Thing Before 2018

2017 has been a challenging year.

For cinema, 2017 could’ve been better. I didn’t get around to seeing all the films I wanted such as Blade Runner 2049, Justice League and the Marvel films.

Colorful 2017 New Year date in sparklers

From the ones I did see however, I feel that 2017 has actually been a solid year. I saw some flawed but very entertaining films like Kong: Skull Island, Alien: Covenant and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I also saw some decent films that, while had entertaining and memorable qualities, also had a significant number of flaws. These included Wonder Woman, War for the Planet of the Apes and The Disaster Artist.

The number of films I saw was so low, I didn’t think I had enough to compile a best and worst of the year list. However, I have chosen a single Best film of the year and Worst film of the year.

The Best film I saw in 2017 was It. The film’s visual horror and characters I thought were so well presented, it stood above everything else I saw this year.

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‘The Losers Club’ in It [Credit: Warner Bros.]
The Worst film I saw in 2017 I disliked so much I didn’t even bother writing a review on it. That film was another horror called The Bye Bye Man. Its cliché antagonist, characters, plot and stupidly complicated mythology made the film a very testing watch.

Personally 2017 has been pretty pleasant. I finished my second year of University and have started my third and final year. I had a splendid holiday in Nerja Spain with my family. I turned 21 and had a fabulous party.

Creatively, 2017 has been a mixed bag.

Before writing this I read one more thing before 2017, my last post of 2016. In it I mentioned I was going through an existential crisis in terms of creativity. Unfortunately that crisis is continuing to this day. If you’ve been following this blog you’ve probably noticed that the frequency of content has been bumpy. I can have good periods where I post something every week or so, and I can have bad periods where I don’t post anything for months. I’ve spent most of 2017 thinking about my creativity, my passion, my desires and my motivations. It’s a difficult issue and I think it may take a while, but hopefully it’ll lead me somewhere. Somewhere better than where I am now.

Despite the crisis however, there has been some positives creatively. Getting Icesica uploaded took a huge weight off my conscious. In the past I’d have nightmarish thoughts about my hard drive breaking and losing Icesica forever, without having shown it to anyone. It’s good to know now that it’s finally out there for people to see.

I’m also proud of the four reviews I posted last Halloween. I hadn’t posted in a while at that point and I wasn’t sure if I could find the time and energy to crank out a review every week for a month. On top of that, each review was of a horror film I loved and I’d had to somehow convey years of personal analysis and feelings into a single post within a week. I’m happy that I came up with a rather ambitious plan and actually managed to carry it out successfully.

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One of the films I reviewed this Halloween, ‘Candyman‘ [Credit: TriStar Pictures]
I’ve also put together a few videos on my YouTube channel that I’m proud of. Captain Sweden Strikes Again, the trailer I made for Icesica and the recent Captain Sweden are big highlights for me.

So what the hell is 2018 going to be like?

For cinema, it looks exciting with films like Pacific Rim: Uprising, Annihilation, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War and, most interestingly, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Personally, I hope to get a good degree and have more new experiences.

Creatively I hope things get better. I hope to resolve this interior crisis. I have a lot of ideas for videos, reviews, stories and other things I want to make. It would be great if 2018 offered a start on those projects.

Wherever you are and whoever you are, I hope 2018 pleases you, reassures you and fulfils you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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