The top 10 best films of 2017.
Let me preface this by saying that, despite seeing over 129 films last year (I keep a list), there are still a few that I missed that could have easily made it. That being said, now that we are nearly a week into 2018 and no one cares about top tens anymore, it's time for a list that trumps all others.
-Lost City of Z
-The Shape of Water
-I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
-The Devil's Candy
-The Big Sick
-The Disaster Artist
#10 - Blade Runner 2049
It seems almost tradition at this point that Denis Villeneuve will be making an appearance on my top ten list, because this man is on a roll. Teaming up once again with the one-and-only cinematographer, Roger Deakins, and my #1 man-crush, Ryan Gosling, Villeneuve delivers one of the most richly detailed science fiction experiences in quite a long time. It's bold, beautiful, thought-provoking, and worth a watch if you have a nearly three hours to spare.
#9 - Thor: Ragnarok
Who on earth ever thought that Marvel studios would give a one hundred and eighty million dollar blockbuster film to the guy known for directing wonderfully bizarre and quirky New Zealand Indies? No one, but I am so damn glad they did. Taika Waititi brings the strike of humor that electrifies this franchise, and gives it new life.
This movie should have been nothing more than potty humor and fart jokes, which may be why it shattered all of my expectations by delivering something brilliantly funny, richly animated, and joyously voice-acted by everyone involved.
#7 - Logan
Those that know me personally may know that I am not usually a huge fan of superhero films, which is not to say I dislike all of them, but the presence of not only one, but two of them on my top ten list may come as quite a surprise to some. "Logan" was such a delight for being something that we don't get too often: a quiet, bleak, character portrait of a superhero set against a stark western backdrop. "Logan" is touching, masterfully drawn, and quite possibly the best superhero film ever made.
#6 - It Comes at Night
I'd like to give a huge shout out to A24 for being willing to wide-release such a bleak, miserable film. The trailer is somewhat misleading in pitching us a shocking thrill fest, instead we get a claustrophobic, slow-burn drama about our tendency towards self-destruction, and its wonderful. The cast, led by Joel Edgerton is also truly fantastic. Keep 'em coming, A24.
#5 - Get Out
There's not much to say about this film in regards to its greatness that hasn't already been said, but the hype is no joke. Jordan Peele has created a thrilling and topical genre-blend that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you crying from fits of laughter. It's a fantastic debut from Peele, and I cannot wait for more.
I don't care what audiences think about this film. I did not grow up a fan of the series, but since J.J. Abrams took over with The Force Awakens, I've been completely blown away by the spectacle. The set pieces and the ships and the special effects and the sheer execution of the action sequences is a joy to behold. The movies aren't perfect, but dammit, I couldn't ask for more.
#3 - Dunkirk
These last three films could all be winners.
With Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan has yet again established himself as one of the best working filmmakers alive by finding a way to blend high scale action and intimate character drama with such skill. Dunkirk is intense, stunningly beautiful, and will go down along with the greats as one of the best war films ever made.
#2 - Baby Driver
#1 - Raw
2017 was a tough year for top tens, not because there weren't enough movies to love, but because there were too many fine films to possibly narrow down. The directorial debut from French filmmaker Julia Ducournau, "Raw," a film about a young vegetarian that develops a taste for food of the human variety, really takes the meat.
After nearly 6 viewings, "Raw" is just as shocking, gut-wrenching, and thought-provoking for me as it was for the very first time. It's every bit as compelling as massive films such as 'Dunkirk' or 'Baby Driver' and tells a fantastic personal story that we (shockingly) relate to. Don't let the subtitles scare you away, this movie is well worth the read.