5 Of The Best Films You Might Have Missed In 2017

Today's post is something a little bit different as I'm not actually writing it. What is JustALittleBitOfLauryn is temporarily JustALittleBitOfJosh as my boyfriend takes over today to tell you all about the 5 best films that you might have missed in 2017...
In a year that gave us some massive films, big disappointments and pleasant surprises I thought that I’d take a look at some of the best of those you might have missed. So here are my top 5 that I managed to see in 2017 that didn’t get the audiences they deserved.


Kathryn Bigelow’s lates exploit, Detroit, was a relatively big budget film, it didn’t make a big splash here over the
pond, grossing just $3 million dollars total, putting it somewhat undeservedly 86th in the 2017 UK box office. The
film is based in 1967 at the height of racial tension and subsequent civil unrest. We start by seeing the
beginnings of the 12th Street Riot - one of the bloodiest in America’s history resulting in a total 39 deaths and
1189 wounded overall - setting the premise for the rest of the film, highlighting the attitude of the police well.
93% of the police force at the time were white and one source states that a staggering 45% of those working in
black neighbourhoods were extremely racist with a further 34% being prejudiced. We see this through the
brutality and unjust arrests paving the way for the main thesis of the film, The Algiers Motel Incident. This
infamous hotel was where three black teenage men were beaten and shot dead with another seven black men
and two white girls also being brutally beaten. Whilst two of the deaths were attributed to ‘justifiable homicide’
and the final never having been explained - the eye-witness accounts tell a very different story. This film pieces
together all of the eyewitness accounts of the victims and attempts to try and portray what really happened, the
result is quite astonishing and harrowing to think that this sort of behaviour happened just 50 years ago.
Standout leading roles for both British up-and-comers Will Poulter (We’re The Millers; The Revenant) and John
Boyega (Star Wars; Attack The Block) - Poulter is powerful when commanding scenes, the way he ensures his
prisoners obey his every demand whilst being subtle to his fellow police officers so that they know his true
meaning keeps every scene tilting on a knife-edge. Boyega’s quest for justice and the truth often leads to sticky
situations but his reassuring tones and caring nature keeps a vein of hope running throughout these
aforementioned hot-headed scenes when present. The supporting cast also do an incredible job - the prisoners
following Poulter’s unpredictable nature sounds a daunting task but they achieve an extremely cohesive
performance and the fellow prison officers also follow his lead well, from being worried about what is going on to
fully taking part in the torture Poulter is putting them through. The film also entwines the backstory of each person
at the motel - this is a nice touch to make the film feel more personal, causing what is going on to really ‘hit home’
in key scenes. This true drama somehow slipped through the cracks for many people but I certainly highly
recommend it.

The Big Sick
This biopic follows the life of Pakistan born Kumail Nanjiani (Seen previously in Silicon Valley) taking the early
steps in his career to becoming a comedian. In Between juggling his comic sets, one man Pakistan-heritage
show and trying to please his parents who are always trying to arrange marriages for him and get him to follow
pakistani culture, Kumail manages to meet and fall in love with Emily through one of his stand-up gigs. The pair
go on one of the most unconventional Romcom storyline of : boy meets girl, the two have trouble over cultural
differences, girl falls ill and boy has to take the decision to put her in a coma, boy only then befriends girlfriend’s
parents. This original unbelievably true story keeps grinding out interesting scenes where other Romcoms tend to
fail and manages keeps your interest throughout. Whilst this may not sound the best premise for a comedy, the
timing and delivery of Nanjiani and his on screen brother, Akteel Akhtar, and Nanjiani and Emily’s father, Ray
Romano, is a delight to watch and simply hilarious at points leading to plenty of laugh out loud moments
throughout the film - It’s the comedy of the year for me!

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster artist is based around the film The Room which has an IMDb rating of 3.6 and a rotten tomato critic
score of a massive 26% - I think we’d all agree they’re not the best scores but many film buffs have claimed that
it is the ‘best worst film’ ever made giving it cult status. The disaster artist is a book by James Sestero (Dave
Franco) and Tom Bissell describing the how ‘The Room’ was made and how they came into contact with Actor,
Director, Producer, writer and all around provocateur Tommy Wiseau, this sparked the idea for a film and in 2014
was set into action by Seth Rogen’s production company Point Grey Pictures. The Disaster Artist (film) initiates
with a drama class that Sestero is attending, he’s a little wooden but definitely shows promise in his monologue.
After him steps up a long black haired man names Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) who delivers an eccentric
and monotonous piece which he essentially just shouts to the audience - whilst this is quite obviously terrible,
Sestero is enthralled and wants to learn how to let go and be more like Tommy and improve his acting.
He confronts Wiseau and this is the beginning of a unique friendship on which the entirety of the rest of the film
based - Tommy works on building Greg’s confidence before the two spontaneously move from San Francisco to
Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Greg’s minor success makes Tommy jealous and so he writes The Room
and after showing Greg his seemingly endless deep pockets buys all the equipment, hires the crew and cast and
begins filming with some backlash to his style, personality and skill. The best part about this film is (unfortunately
- in the light of recent events) James Franco, his ventures into comedy always make me forget that he’s actually
a top class actor which shows here - he gets Wiseau’s accent, weird mannerisms and ridiculous laugh spot on.
As someone who was not aware of The Room when watching The Disaster Artist I was thinking to myself how
ridiculously over the top James Franco’s acting actually is - however he does a incredible job at capturing
Wiseau. The two Francos’ brotherly chemistry seemingly aids to making the relationship on screen of Wiseau
and Sestero even closer and believable, they really get the best out of each other in this film. The supporting
cast is also star studded with appearances from Seth Rogen(Superbad; Pineapple Express), Zac Efron(High
School Musical, The Greatest Showman), Josh Hutcherson(The Hunger Games), Alison Brie(Community,
GLOW) and Bob Odenkirk(Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as well as countless other cameos. These castings
not only add to the attraction of the movie but allow for some truly hilarious scenes. The Disaster artist is a very
funny biopic on a truly unique piece of film history and is definitely worth your time.

Brigsby Bear

Produced by The Lonely Island (Andy Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer) - a comedy trio originally
known for they whacky youtube skits and spoofs -  and co-written and starring a member of Saturday Night Live
as the lead (Kyle Mooney) Brigsby Bear promised to be interesting at the very least. ‘The Brigsby Bear
adventures’ was a TV show produced for its 1 man audience, James Poole, which abruptly stops coinciding with a
major upheaval in Poole’s life. When the wider world learns about this mysterious and odd educational show
Poole decides it’s his task to finish what he’s been obsessed by all his life and create the episodes that were
missed. It proves to be one of the most unique comedy films of the recent years, providing a real warmth with
perhaps the most intriguing performance given from Star Wars’ very own Mark Hamill. It’s definitely an enjoyable


Mary Adler (McKenna Grace) is a child maths genius who lives with her uncle Frank (Chris Evans)
after her mother, also a maths genius, took her own life unexpectedly. The film starts Mary’s first day at school,
having previously been homeschooled by Frank, and it’s not long until we realise what her true potential is,
as well as, comically, her social ineptness - this inevitably leads to the difficult decision for Frank of whether to
send Mary to a gifted and talented school, which he wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise, being a boat mechanic,
or to give her a ‘normal’ life. However, this crux is made worse as Frank’s mother (Lindsay Duncan) disagrees
with the decision and takes Frank to court over custody in order to pursue Mary’s gift. Her daughter was in a way her
'project’, the next great maths genius who she paraded around the world and was set to break a Nobel stature
problem, thus making her heavily invested in Mary pursuing this legacy. This movie really shines when Grace is
on screen in particular with Evans, the chemistry between the two really portrays the dependent relationship of
Mary on Frank superbly and you can feel just how much every twist in the story affects the position between the
two of them. Octavia Spencer who plays Roberta, Frank’s landlady and friend, provides a friend and perhaps
more importantly a motherly figure for Mary to look up and again it is a joy to watch the two interact on camera -
especially in the sleepover scenes. Overall, this is a lovely watch about a complex family environment with a
standout performance from McKenna Grace - who has recently appeared also in ‘Designated Survivor’ and
‘I, Tonya’ , definitely one to watch out for in the future for certain.

2017 Was definitely a good year for film we’ve has some absolutely massive hits with installments in the latest
series of Star Wars, Guardians of the galaxy and Thor as well as smaller budget pieces being equally
impressive - all you have to do is take a look at Get Out for that. As we look onto this year it’s not only promising
a lot but has already given us some incredible films! The Greatest Showman, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri, Ladybird, The Shape of Water and Black Panther coming out just in the past couple of months and
we’ve got even more on the horizon so get down to your local cinema and check them out whilst you can!

What Film are you most looking forward to this year?



  1. Such a great post. I missed every single one of these films and I'm really gutted, especially about Detroit and The Gifted. Definitely on my list to watch this year. xx

    1. Thank you! Yeah you should definitely give them a watch!

  2. I think it's so cute that you boyfriend is taking over your blog to write a post!

    1. Ahh thank you! He was surprisingly willing to do so as well ahah

  3. I haven't seen any of these! Thanks for sharing. I'm from outside of Detroit and shocked I still haven't seen Detroit! :)

    1. Ah you should definitely add it to your watch list!

  4. I've not seen any of these! Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. No problem! You should definitely check them out


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