2017 is swiftly coming to an end, and that means it’s time for The Ace of Geeks staff to gather around the giant wooden table in our non-existent office and debate, discuss, and settle on our top picks for media this year. As always, these winners are decided by the entire Ace of Geeks staff, through a point voting system. Everyone submits their top five, and their top choice gets five points, their second choice gets four, and so on down the line. There are five catecories this year: Podcast of the Year, TV Show of the Year, Movie of the Year, Comic of the Year, and Video Game of the Year. Each day this week, we’ll unveil a new set of winners! Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments.
Film of the Year
It’s a really, really good time to be a geek at the cinema. Comic book movies are king, there’s a new Star Wars movie every year and they’ve all been good so far, and up and coming directors are finding new and interesting ways to play with genre that we’ve never seen before. Here are our top picks for film of the year:
Notable Runners up:
IN THIRD PLACE: Get Out
In a fair world, Get Out is our film of the year. There’s no giant comic book or science fiction movies to compete with, and Jordan Peele’s masterpiece of horror and social commentary would be leading the pack. But it’s a testament to the quality of this film that in a year of Spider-mans and Guardians of the Galaxies, Get Out fought its way up to this spot on the list in a popularity contest on a nerd news site. Get Out is one of the best films of the year, and in our modern era it’s a film that everyone needs to see. You’ll certainly be entertained, you’ll definitely be scared, and you’ll leave with a perspective you didn’t have before. If you missed it, somehow, go back and watch it right this darned minute.
IN SECOND PLACE: Wonder Woman
The DC movies have been struggling and stumbling since Man of Steel came along and tried to make Superman into a Dark Knight movie. Justice League fizzled in theaters, Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman might as well have been booed off the screen. But there’s one shining, beautiful example of what DC should have been doing from the beginning, and it is this amazing film. Patty Jenkins took a dark, drab cinematic universe and injected it with the light and hope that it so desperately needed. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is innocent but never naive, facing Man’s World for the first time with a furious kindness that was something we all desperately needed this year. Imagine – a female superhero, in a film made by a female director, and for some reason it was really freaking good. We all hoped that this was the film that would smarten DC up. Maybe it was – Justice League was already in reshoots by the time audiences flocked to Wonder Woman. We’ll see what the future holds, but for now, it’s led by Diana Prince, and we couldn’t be happier.
FILM OF THE YEAR: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The most interesting thing about this being our Film of the Year is that it wasn’t the number one choice on almost anyone’s list. But it won enough second through fourth place rankings to put it up to the top anyway. Such is the ubiquitousness of Star Wars. The Last Jedi is a polarizing film. There are huge swaths of the internet that hate it so much, they’re trying to get it struck from canon. There have been a hundred think pieces as to why, but we think it comes down to this: Rian Johnson made a film about letting go of the past and starting something new. And that’s hard. It was hard for Mark Hamill, who famously disagreed with the script at first before coming to love it. And it’s hard for fans who expected a story that would revive the Luke Skywalker of Legends past, and instead got something very different. In the end, it’s a very good film, and like Empire before it will probably rise above the backlash to stand the test of time. All it needs is Kevin Smith to put a huge conversation about it in Clerks 3.
That’s all of our awards for this year. Thanks for tuning in, and have a great rest of your holiday!