Outright Geekery Team Pop Culture Favorites – 2017 Edition
2017 has been a rocky year for pop culture. Despite the rocky start (and end) of the year, the team at Outright Geekery have decided to remind our readers of what made this year a good one.
Break out your favorite consoles and head to your nearest Gamestop for some of the best games of the year. Whether you play for graphics, victory, story or other, I’m sure there’s a game for you on the list below.
So many games, so little time. Who needs to go outside anyway?
We have had a good year for movies. We saw the first lady of comics star in her own live action solo! Jordan Peele directed one of the most talked about horror movies this year! Put aside your Rotten Tomatoes beef, and forget for a moment who brought in all the dough. Lets see what stood out to us on the silver screen.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock
“When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”
Yes, I had to give my girl this spot. I personally think Gal and the team behind the movie gave me hope for the future of the DCEU. I can feel you rolling your eyes, so I will admit that the movie had its flaws. However, I believe that the praise was well deserved. I am impatiently awaiting the sequel.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Pirates
Director Luc Besson
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke,
“A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.”
This is one film that had some very mixed reviews, but that doesn’t matter now. Many fans were thrilled by what they saw, and I must say its on my growing To Watch list. Luc Besson grew on me with Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec. So I’m happy to give this a chance.
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lakieth Stanfield, Marcus Henderson, Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root
“It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.”
The controversy surrounding this film was immediately drowned out by the adoring fans. If you ask me, it fits in pretty well with the times. I know one thing, this movie is gonna keep Mr. Peele on the up and up.
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Edris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban
“Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.”
That one Thor movie that people actually really liked. More jokes, brighter pictures, bigger bromances. Yes, Thor: Ragnarok has made its mark on the MCU. Now, how big of a mark has yet to be seen. Guess we’ll know May 4, 2018.
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keene, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.”
Oh boy, I can still feel the emotion. I like to think of 2017 as a year for women, and X-23 was certainly part of that. Hugh Jackman’s final role as Wolverine will be felt in the hearts of everyone who loved that scruffy mutant. Enough with the mushy. Jackman and Dafne Keen came out ripping and tearing nonstop. Neither the bad guys nor the audience were ready for all that awesome!
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Marwan Kenzari, Willem Dafoe, Glen Close
“In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.”
This wasn’t a movie I expected this year, but it has Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe, so what the heck.
Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy, Liu Tao, Michael McElhatton, Orla Brady, Katie Leung
“A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.”
Jackie Chan is alive and kicking in this action packed film. I never want to see this guy stop making films.
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau
“Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.”
The poster child for Marvel came home to star in his own solo this year, and fans couldn’t be happier. The webhead is officially part of the MCU, and there will be great things ahead of him. All we need is for him to survive Infinity War I have no doubt he’ll make it and continue to advance the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard
“When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.”
Everyone’s most dreaded dancing clown returns in the 2017 adaptation of the Stephen King novel, IT. Seems like everyone and their mother were in for a good scare with this movie. Will this movie ever compare to the classic film or even the novel? Only time, and fan opinion, will tell.
Netflix, Hulu, Syfy, HBO, whatever. We have them, so you should watch them too. Go ahead and grab your binge snack because you’ll be in front of that screen for a while.
Despite what some journalists would lead you to believe, 2017 was full of some amazing books. Here are more than ten that should certainly be on your reading list. Caution: Some of these books are about women or have women on the creative team.
Is all this making your head spin? I don’t blame you. 2017 was a lot to take in. I believe we are living in a Golden Age of media and pop culture. 2017 is a great indicator of this Golden Age. I see room for much more in the future. Let us know what stuck out to you in 2017.