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Top 10 Things You Might Have Missed in 2017

Declan Rous, Editor

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Although many might be glad to hear the end of 2017, I am not. The reason? I enjoyed so many great pieces of entertainment that I felt went unappreciated by the masses. The following list consists of the to most underrated pieces of entertainment that from 2017.

10. The Punisher – Netflix [TV-MA]

In a year where many people longed for a third season of Daredevil and were disappointed by the long anticipated Defenders, Netflix blew it out of the water with their third release in the Marvel TV universe of 2017 with the release of the Punisher. The show features great action and fight scenes to rival Daredevil and a brilliant performance by Jon Bernthal as the tortured Frank Castle. The show is amazing and crafts an incredible story, but a warning to the faint of heart, the show does not shy away from  brutal action scenes or from showing blood.


9. Logan Lucky [PG-13]

From legendary ensemble director Steven Sodenbergh comes one of the most fun films of the year. This film manages to be both fun and funny, not to mention smart. It evokes the spirit of a Sodenbergh film with the tone of a Coen brother film and the charm of an indie film. Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank and many more. Every performance in the film is cooky and witty in its own way.


8. Dear Evan Hansen [Cast Album] – Spotify

This tragic yet optimistic musical has been capturing the heart and minds of people everywhere including the people who vote for the Tonys. The show is a brilliant piece of music with catchy meaningful lyrics. Most importantly, the official cast album released in the spring of 2017 and can be found on soundcloud. You will soon find yourself singing along to the meaningful songs, Waving Through a Window, and How to Break In A Glove. There is at least one song on this playlist for everyone to relate to. Give it a play the next time you need a good cry or to hear a powerful story.

7. The Good Place [Season One] – Netflix [TV-PG]

Although the first season of The Good Place aired on NBC in 2016, its first season didn’t land on Netflix until 2017. The first season is a brilliantly crafted comedy exploring issues of ethics and morality. The show has one of the best season finale twists of all time and for that reason alone should be added to your Netflix list for your next binge session.


6. Supermarket Flowers [Ed Sheeran] – Spotify

I will admit that I am a sappy person, but this track is one of the most amazing singles to be released in 2017. It is a beautifully sad song about being a child, and if you’re anything like me it’s guaranteed to make you cry and leave you wanting to call your mom. I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a hit in 2018.


5. Buzzfeed Unsolved – Youtube [NOT RATED]

One of the greatest things to rise to popularity on Youtube this last year was a Buzzfeed Blue show created by Ryan Bergara. The show explores interesting unsolved cases in both the true crime world and the supernatural. Although the show can really explore cool theories on cases, what really shines is the chemistry between Ryan Bergara and his co-host Shane Madej. They make fun of each other and drive each other mad, and when you watch every single episode and its accompanying show Buzzfeed Unsolved Q&A, you are treated to many inside jokes that continue through the series.


4. Brigsby Bear [PG-13]

This comedy film from current SNL writer and performer Kyle Mooney was a surprising indie hit last year. The film did not only have a lot of great dry humor, but was compacted without a lot of heart. I don’t want to give to much away because there is a great journey and surprising story. Brigsby Bear effectively tackles family relations, friendship, and the quest for creativity, making it a much watch.


3. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Netflix [TV-PG]

One of the greatest surprises and family shows in recent years. It’s also great entertainment for a binging teenager like myself. The show boasts wonderfully entertaining comedic performances from everyone like Patrick Warburton and Neil Patrick Harris, paired with captivating, hilarious tales that keep you more intrigued than the film adaption in the early 2000’s. The show is best when binge watched, so I recommend planning a whole day to enjoy the hilarity and music of this unfortunate tale.


2. Baby Driver [R]

Edgar Wright, the master behind Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and the Three Flavour Cornetto Trilogy, is back with another masterpiece. Baby Driver is a thrill ride from start to end that is not only accompanied by, but set to one of the best curated soundtracks of all time. The amazing cast includes talented A-List celebrities like Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal and Jamie Foxx just to name a few. If you like crime, music, or old fashioned love stories, then you have to see Baby Driver.


1. Oh Hello On Broadway – Netflix [TV-MA]

The most hilarious piece of art to be released in 2017 in my personal opinion. A broadway show that doubles as a standup special is one of the most creative things to be released in the last decade. The show is self-referential comedy by two of the brightest minds in comedy right now: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. The show is TV-MA but uses its vulgar comedy in a smart way that benefits the show and takes risks that are refreshing to see in the entertainment industry. I’ve rewatched it several times and find myself quoting it with friends and is my most recommended show of the year.


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