Ok, so this is my 1st post. I’m going to list the films that came out in 2017 in no particular order, and why they are great. Be aware that I missed out on a lot of world cinema this year due to lack of access, and a lot of films I just haven’t gotten around to see.
This was not accurately billed as a horror film(although it does have disturbing scenes). Very decisive due to religious allegory surrounding a character who seems to represent Mother Nature. It worked for me.
Some thought this film was visually stunning but overtly long and too unambiguous in comparison to the original Bladerunner. I thought that while this has a more definitive ending than its predecessor. It still surpassed the first movie in terms of making you think ‘what it means to be human?’
This was just a joy to watch. There is not a need to overthink this.
The Shape of Water
A good guys and bad guys wrapped in a outsider romance tale. Visually stunning as the filmmakers past work in Pan’s Labyrinth.
Darkly comical as it is empathetic.
Capturing Van Gogh in its depiction of his last days as well as his visual style.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Great ensemble acting in a offbeat dramedy about consequences and forgiveness.
Campy horror film with themes of condescending racism.
Very timely story about a friendship between two war vet’s. Who can see past race in Deep South Mississippi in the 1940’s. Hard to watch but important in the age of Roy Moore.
Killing of a Sacred Deer
Pitch-black comedy thriller that dares you to laugh at children crawling on the floor.
A Ghost Story
This is a ghost story from a ghosts point-of-view. Unconventional narrative and deliberate pacing helps this stand out. I kept thinking about this for days after watching this.
A love story involving damaged people in a time of class and misogyny in 1950’s England.
The nonlinear structure helps create the suspense of trying to survive in a defeat.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
About a dysfunctional Jewish family of artists.
The Big Sick
Feel good romantic comedy about two people from different cultures.
Song to Song
Tells a story by using music and snippets of scenes to create a undercurrent of tension between the characters.