Hello, welcome to my top ten list of 2017. These films are my personal favorites of the past year. There are a few guidelines for this list:
- I had to see them between January 1st and December 31st of last year. However, I can’t see every movie that comes out. I’m sure that The Post and Call Me by Your Name are great films. However, I did not get to see them because they were not released in my city at the time.
- I had to see them in theaters. Sorry, VOD exclusives…
- They had to have a score of 9 or higher.
Anyway, here are my top ten films of 2017.
I’m still surprised that this film was green-lighted by a major studio for a wide release. This film is a nice antidote to the formulaic blockbusters that are released en-masse by Hollywood. Not only that, this film contains great performances by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. However, this film is not for the faint-hearted.
9.) Get Out
2017 was an interesting year for the horror genre. First, the recent adaptation of It is now the highest-grossing horror movie of all time and now, Get Out might be getting Oscar nominations.
Get Out is a clever satire that explores the idea of passive-aggressive racism. This film pushes the boundaries of what a horror film can do. Jordan Peele has the potential to be a great director.
I’m aware that I originally gave this film an eight out of ten. However, this film managed to grow on me. That’s the power of cinema for you…
8.) The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro once again knocks it out of the park with The Shape of Water. Although the film has a bit of a weird premise, the film manages to sell it thanks to its direction and screenwriting. The film has arguably one of the best ensemble casts of the year.
Deadpool and this film are both game-changers for the superhero genre. Both films solidify the existence of the R-rated superhero movie, albeit in different ways. Logan shows that a comic book movie can have depth and range thanks to its direction by James Mangold. However, I’m afraid that this trend will not continue after the Fox-Disney merger is finalized.
Logan is a great finale for the characters of Wolverine and Charles Xavier respectively. Hugh Jackman gives the performance of his career in this film.
This film is proof that Inside Out was not a fluke…Pixar is back, baby. This film shows why we loved Pixar in the first place thanks to its great storytelling and its heart. Speaking of the latter…
This is a film that almost made me cry thanks to its affirming themes of family and creativity.
5.) Your Name
I know that Your Name is technically a 2016 release. However, it did not get a wide release until April of this year. Living in the Midwest sucks sometimes…
Anyway, Your Name is a refreshing take on a tired science fiction trope (i.e. the “body swap” narrative). Throughout the duration of the film, you get to see how the relationship of the main characters grow due to their unique situation. The film is a visual spectacle thanks to its stunning animation and gorgeous backgrounds.
In my opinion, this is Makoto Shinkai’s best film to date. It’s a crying shame that The Boy and the Beast and this film were snubbed at the Oscars.
Dunkirk is pretty much Christopher Nolan’s Saving Private Ryan. Although it’s not as violent as the latter due to its PG-13 rating, it’s still an intense war film. You can feel the hopelessness of the situation thanks to Nolan’s direction. This film manages to combine the unconventional narratives of Nolan’s early films with the visuals of his later films.
The film is a great tribute to everybody involved in the Dunkirk evacuation.
3.) The Disaster Artist
While I was making this list, reports of James Franco’s sexual misconduct came to light. If these allegations are true, then James Franco is a piece of shit. However, this didn’t keep me from enjoying this film.
The Disaster Artist is surprisingly the most pro-artist film of the year aside from Coco. James Franco manages to humanize the otherwise enigmatic Tommy Wiseau. The Franco brothers manage to capture the odd friendship between Wiseau and Greg Sestero.
The Disaster Artist: it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you question your reality.
2.) Baby Driver
For a while, Baby Driver was my favorite film of 2017. In fact, it was almost number one on this list. That’s how good this film was.
Edgar Wright has an impressive resume that consists of the likes of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Baby Driver contains all the best elements of a great Edgar Wright film: witty writing, great music, rapid-fast editing, and of course, genre-mashing.
1.) Blade Runner 2049
In my opinion, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best sequels of all time. The original Blade Runner is arguably one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. Not only did this film managed to live up to the hype, it also managed to exceed all expectations. Blade Runner 2049 manages to expand on the themes of the original film. The film also manages to explore more of the world that was presented in the original.
Director Denis Villeneuve manages to pay homage to the visuals of the original film while giving them his own flair. Out of all the films that came out this year, Blade Runner 2049 has the best cinematography. I will riot if Roger Deakins does not win the Oscar for Best Cinematography.
While Ryan Gosling was great, Harrison Ford was even better. It’s his best role in recent memory.
Thanks for reading my top ten list! Have a happy new year!