The Best Films of 2017 (and Thereabouts) December 31, 2017

The assertion that Twin Peaks: The Return doesn’t belong on year-end film lists is not going to age well. We’re in a period of expanding the boundaries of media. Recent examples include the blending fiction and documentary filmmaking, alternative comics cartoonists showing their work at art exhibitions, and Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. Insisting that TV must only be TV is a myopic and closed-minded opinion.

This is my personal list of favorites from the year that’s about to end. The list that ranks movies based on their CRU Rating can be found here. Everything I saw in the year 2017 that basically feels new or new-ish was eligible for my new films list. Older movies I really liked this year were placed on a separate list.

I did a pretty great job of catching up with most of what I wanted to see from this year, except my viewing got very spotty beginning with movies released in the U.S. from October through now. Faces Places, The Florida Project, BPM, Lady Bird, Call Me by Your Name, and Phantom Thread. I didn’t see any of those, and if I like them enough later, I’ll put them on my 2018 list.

I’ll end my intro with this: for my money, the best new podcast of the year is Jessa Crispin’s Public Intellectual.

1. Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch, United States, 2017)
2. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, United Kingdom, 2017)
3. The Illinois Parables (Deborah Stratman, United States, 2016)
4. Silence (Martin Scorsese, United States, 2016)
5. Three Sisters (Wang Bing, Hong Kong/France, 2012)
6. Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh, United States, 2017)
7. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies, United Kingdom, 2016)
8. Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu, Romania, 2016)
9. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, France, 2016)
10. By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand, 2016)
11. John from (João Nicolau, Portugal, 2015)
12. A Ghost Story (David Lowery, United States, 2017)
13. Kendrick Lamar Music Videos for HUMBLE. and LOVE. (Dave Meyers & The Little Homies, United States, 2017)
14. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler, United States, 2017)
15. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, United States, 2016)
16. Behemoth (Zhao Liang, China, 2015)
17. Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing, China, 2017)
18. The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra, France, 2016)
19. The Future Perfect (Nele Wohlatz, Argentina, 2016)
20. Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro, United States/Argentina, 2016)
21. Wasteland No. 1 – Ardent, Verdant (Jodie Mack, United States, 2017)
22. Nathan for You Season 4 (Nathan Fielder, United States, 2017)
23. The Lost City of Z (James Gray, United States, 2016)
24. I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, United States, 2016)
25. Slack Bay (Bruno Dumont, France, 2016)
26. The Untamed (Amat Escalante, Mexico, 2016)
27. The Graduation (Claire Simon, France, 2016)
28. Columbus (Kogonada, United States, 2017)
29. My Journey Through French Cinema (Bertrand Tavernier, France, 2016)
30. The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig, United States, 2016)

Old Movies (a top ten followed by an honor roll)
1. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1979)
2. Le Trou (Jacques Becker, France, 1960)
3. Suspiria (Dario Argento, Italy, 1977)
4. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, United States, 1944)
5. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1972)
6. Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1964)
7. The Bowery (Raoul Walsh, United States, 1933)
8. Elephant (Alan Clarke, United Kingdom, 1989)
9. Ici et ailleurs (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville & Jean-Pierre Gorin, France, 1976)
10. Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr., United States, 1989)

More Euphoria
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1967)
The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, United States, 1993)
An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey, United States, 1957)
Baby Doll (Elia Kazan, United States, 1956)
The Beguiled (Don Siegel, United States, 1971)
Being There (Hal Ashby, United States, 1979)
Beloved (Jonathan Demme, United States, 1998)
La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1967)
Early Summer (Yasujirō Ozu, Japan, 1951)
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (Éric Rohmer, France, 1987)
Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, United States, 1950)
Hi, Mom! (Brian De Palma, United States, 1970)
The Innocents (Jack Clayton, United Kingdom, 1961)
The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis, United States, 1961)
The Last Detail (Hal Ashby, United States, 1973)
Lifeforce (Tobe Hooper, United Kingdom, 1985)
La luna (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy/United States, 1979)
The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray, United States, 1952)
The Man Who Envied Women (Yvonne Rainer, United States, 1985)
Meantime (Mike Leigh, United Kingdom, 1983)
Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, United States, 1968)
The Old Dark House (James Whale, United States, 1932)
Out of the Blue (Dennis Hopper, United States, 1980)
The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy/Spain/France, 1975)
La Poison (Sacha Guitry, France, 1951)
The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, United States, 1930)
Scum (Alan Clarke, United Kingdom, 1979)
The Set-Up (Robert Wise, United States, 1949)
Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, United States, 1995)
Two English Girls (François Truffaut, France, 1971)
White Dog (Samuel Fuller, United States, 1982)
White Men Can’t Jump (Ron Shelton, United States, 1992)
White Zombie (Victor Halperin, United States, 1932)

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