2017 produced a handful of my favorite new movies and book discoveries including a pair of films I watched 2+ times. Get Out was my favorite movie of the year (and one of my favorites of all time) as I screened it seven times in the theater and a dozen more times at home. Jordan Peele is one of the most brilliant screenplay writers and each time I watched the movie, I noticed new details. I don’t have enough compliments to describe this fantastic film so you just have to watch it for yourself! And then watch it a second time to catch everything you missed the first time around. If Get Out doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture, I will riot. I loved Wonder Woman‘s celebration of a powerful and kind woman who saves the world. Whereas most films depict men as the brave heroes, Wonder Woman gave all women and girls someone to look up to. I did in fact cry when Diana walked out of the bunker and dodged all of the bullets before saving all of the men around her. Girls Trip was another fantastic film that depicted complex female relationships in a fun way. Tiffany Haddish’s hilarious performance made the entire movie and I still think she was robbed by not being nominated for a Golden Globe. I recently saw Coco and it’s already my favorite Pixar movie ever! The story is sweet and exciting, the music is catchy, and the animations are beautiful. I was so excited to see a new movie representing the Mexican community and culture. I watched Hidden Figures four times and I loved it more and more each screening.
I read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston for the first time this year and it changed my life. Hurston’s use of imagery and diction is unlike any other author and I can’t believe I only recently discovered this incredible work. The novel is one of my favorites and I’m continuously inspired by its words. Jonathan Safran Foer has been one of my most loved authors for years and I enjoyed reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close– one of his earliest novels. I loved the style and format of the novel as Foer included experimental images and syntax. Helium is Rudy Francisco’s first poetry chapbook and each piece captured my heart. I love having my two favorite poems: “Scars” and “Letter to Your New Boyfriend” in tangible form! The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore is my last favorite of the bunch. It details the different life journeys two men of the same name experience and where they eventually end up.