Archive for January 21st, 2018

by Sam Juliano

After a few weeks of hectic film going in theaters and on-line I finally completed my Best of 2017 list.  As I did the year before I have compiled a Top 20 to accommodate the strong year in the cinema that transpired and have added an honorable mention scroll for films that contended for the previous twenty.  Including the Tribeca Festival, Tavernier retrospective, other theatrical mini festivals and online viewings of 2017 films I managed to see 212 films, the vast majority 2017 releases, of which 90% were negotiated in theaters.  With the demand of other writing commitments I am unable to provide capsules assessments, but am willing to engage on any of my selections in the comment section and on other threads.  Of the Top 20, seven (7) were US made.  As always the eligibility for the list comes down to the matter of what date the films open in the USA:

  1.  A Quiet Passion (Great Britain) Terence Davies
  2. BPM, Beats Per Minute (France) Robin Campillo
  3. The Shape of Water (USA) Guillermo Del Toro
  4. Lady Bird (USA) Greta Gerwig
  5. Loveless (Russia) Andrey Zvyagintsev
  6. The Death of Louis XIV (France/Portugal)  Albert Serra
  7. Call Me By Your Name (Italy)  Luca Guadagnino
  8. Frantz (France/Germany) Francois Ozon
  9. The Lost City of Z (USA) James Gray
  10. The Phantom Thread (USA) Paul Thomas Anderson
  11. Coco (USA) Lee Unkrich
  12. The Behemoth (China) Zhao Liang
  13. A Ghost Story (USA) David Lowery
  14. The Square (Sweden) Ruben Ostlund
  15. The Son of Joseph (France) Eugene Green
  16. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Ireland) Yorgos Lanthimos
  17. Dunkirk (USA) Christopher Nolan
  18. Thelma (Norway) Joachim Trier
  19. Graduation (Romania) Christian Mungiu
  20. God’s Own Country (Great Britain) Frances Lee


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