It is this time of the year again: it’s the holidays and it’s time to put together another top films of the year list. I saw close to 60 films released this year (plus many others). Most of my entries are thanks to the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and the New York Film Festival (NYFF). There were some great surprises like Get Out and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and some great dissapointments like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Darkest Hour.
Making this list was particularly difficult since 2017 was a great year for cinema. There were some great indie films and some iconic blockbusters.
Here is my top 20 list:
1- Call Me By Your Name
2- A Ghost Story
3- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
4- Phantom Thread
5- The Florida Project
6- The Big Sick
7- Lady Bird
9- Blade Runner 2049
10- The Shape of Water and Good Time (tie)
12. War of the Planet of the Apes
13. Beach Rats
14. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
17. The Post
18. The Beguiled
19. Get Out
20. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Some movies that didn’t quite make it to the list, but that were darn close are: Baby Driver, Molly’s Game, First They Killed My Father, Heartstone, Lady Macbeth, Endless Poetry, After The Storm, Patti Cake$, Detroit, and Colossal. These ten (10) films were rated 4/5 when I watched them which means they are pretty good and worth your while.
Couldn’t Get To:
Films that I really wanted to watch but couldn’t watch on time so they were not considered when making this list were: Wonderstruck, BPM, Raw, Colombus, Faces Places, and Mudbound.