Favourite Films of 2017

I thought this was a really strong year for cinema in terms of films released in Australia theatrically and online. I had more trouble narrowing my list down and ordering the top ten than usual. However, my real highlight wasn’t a film, but a television show:

Favourite moving image/media I watched in 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch, 2017)
Released May, June, July, August and September

My top ten films

Released in Melbourne, Australia, in 2017

144507_24882_certain_w_still1. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 2016)
Released April

null2. Jackie (Pablo Larraín, 2016)
Released January

moonlight3. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)
Released January

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME4. Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)
Released December

df-189765. Logan (James Mangold, 2017)
Released March

null6. A Monster Calls (JA Bayona, 2016)
Released July

Clash7. Clash, (Eshtebak, Mohamed Diab, 2016)
Released March

Graduation8. Graduation (Bacalaureat, Cristian Mungiu, 2016)
Released June

Blade Runner 20499. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)
Released October

still_47922310. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
Released February

Honourable mentions

Twenty more films I loved this year, listed alphabetically:

20th Century Women (Mike Mills, 2016)
Released June

Ansel ElgortBaby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017)
Released July

Brigsby BearBrigsby Bear (Dave McCary, 2017)
Released October

Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo, 2016)
Released April

BB-Day20-0017.dngDunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017)
Released July

Get OutGet Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)
Released May

God's Own CountryGod’s Own Country (Francis Lee, 2017)
Released August

Good TimeGood Time (Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, 2017)
Released October

I am Not Your NegroI Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016)
Released September

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Kedi (Ceyda Torun, 2016)
Released June

lionLion (Garth Davis, 2016)
Released January

MBTS_3869.CR2Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan, 2016)
Released February

147440_25882_my_life_a_stillMy Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de Courgette, Claude Barras, 2016)
Released July

Personal ShopperPersonal Shopper (Olivier Assayas, 2016)
Released April

RawRaw (Grave, Julia Ducournau, 2016)
Released April

T2: TRAINSPOTTINGT2 Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 2017)
Released February

The Big Sick
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, 2017)
Released August

The Florida ProjectThe Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017)
Released December

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach, 2017)
Released October

The VillainessThe Villainess (AK-Nyeo, Jeong Byeong-Gil, 2017)
Released June

This list was compiled for the upcoming Senses of Cinema 2017 World Poll

Thank you to everybody who read my monthly summaries this year. I’ve started stepping back from film reviewing even more than ever before by finishing up my two regular radio spots, and I’m not sure what will happen in 2018. Hopefully I’ll at least continue sharing my monthly highlights here and maybe one day I’ll even give this blog a long overdue redesign! But let’s not get too carried away.

Thomas Caldwell 2017

 

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