I saw 134 movies in 2017, across a variety of media – on planes, in cinemas around the world, and in snatches on my phone. (They did not all come out in 2017.) Movies are listed alphabetically within category, although Ixcanul really was my favorite film of the year.
Here are my absolute favorites:
|Ixcanul||A young woman rebels against the dreary life ahead of her and inequalities of all sorts manifest. Starts out seeming predictible but then is anything but. (My full review.)|
|Lady Bird||Wonderful coming of age story. Funny and real.|
|Maudie||Sally Hawkins is wonderful as a woman in a small town with few opportunities who makes beautiful art.|
|Okja||Korean girl and Superpig on the run. Awesome.|
|Queen of Katwe||A young school dropout in Uganda is inspired by chess. Inspiring and engaging. (My blog post.)|
|Sunset Boulevard||The cruelty of Hollywood in 1950s noir.|
|The Big Sick||Sweet, funny, surprising romantic comedy.|
|Thor: Ragnarok||I love a film that is surprising and hilarious. This is that film.|
Here are a bunch more that I loved, just not quite as much.
Here are a bunch that I really liked.
And here are a bunch that I liked reasonably well.
Here are a bunch that I thought were so-so. I don’t regret watching them, but I wouldn’t recommend them.
Here are four that I thought were pretty bad (especially Runner Runner)…but I still watched them through to the end. Make better life choices than me; avoid these films.
|Des vents contraires [Headwinds]|
|Ghost in the Shell|