Contra Zoom

55: 2017 Wrap Up

Sammy Feilchenfeld joins Dakota to talk about the biggest news stories of 2017. This isn’t the usual top movie of the year podcast, but instead reflecting on the year that was and what to expect for 2018. For an amazing Best Of list check out Rachel Gordon’s Top 25 Films of 2017, Live in Limbo’s official Best Of list.

Best Picture Winner mixup back in Feb causing LaLaLand to think it won when Moonlight actually did.

Horror movies absolutely raking in the dough with IT, Get Out, Split and Annabelle: Creation all earning more than $100 million.

Systematic abuse is finally being taken serious with the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK and others being taken to task for the suffering they put people through.

Star Wars having all types of Director issues, from Colin Trevarrow being kicked off of Ep 9 (and replaced by JJ Abrams), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being fired before reshoots of Solo (and replaced by Ron Howard) and on the heels of Gareth Edwards having Tony Gilroy oversee Rogue One reshoots and the franchise has had either the number 1 or 2 highest grossing movie of the last 3 years. 

Disney buying 21st Century Fox and what that mean’s that now about 40% of all entertainment will be produced by one studio.

For examples of all of our stories in one easy source check out Collider or Empire Online

The guys also ran down the highest grossing films of the last year.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  6. IT
  7. Thor: Ragnarok
  8. Despicable Me 3
  9. Logan
  10. The Fate of the Furious

In preparation of the Oscar nominations coming out this month, Dakota and Sammy decide to make some bold hot takes and put into the ether of who they think will win the top Oscars. This will be revisited after the nominations and awards are revealed. S is Sammy and D is Dakota.

Best Supporting Actor- Armie Hammer (S) and Willem Dafoe (D)

Best Supporting Actress- Mary J. Blige (S) and Holly Hunter (D)

Best Actor- Gary Oldman (S) and Timothée Chalamet (D)

Best Actress- Saoirse Ronan (S and D)

Best Director- Christopher Nolan (S and D)

The guys also tried to predict all the Best Picture Nominees

Dakota- Blade Runner 2049, Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, The Big Sick, The Florida Project, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sammy- Call Me By Your Name, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Florida Project, Get Out, Dunkirk, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, The Post and Wonder Woman 

Best Picture- The Florida Project (S) and Lady Bird (D)

Music from this episode is Sun Slug and Sleepwalker by psych rockers Possum. They have recently played with acts like Ty Seagall and Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs.

Make sure you follow Possum on Twitter @possumyyz. You can listen to their records on Spotify or buy it on Bandcamp. 

Let us know your favourite movie moments from 2017 @contrazoompod and @dgapa.

About author

Music Editor at Live in Limbo and Host of Contra Zoom podcast. Dakota is a graduate of Humber College's Acting for Film and Television. He now specializes in knowing all random trivia. He writes about music, sports and film. Dakota's life goal is visit all baseball stadiums, he's at 7.