Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 at 24fps

Of the 600+ titles I saw this year, these were my most favourite. A Top 30 & many many honorables. Also, my 2017 film ballot at the Wandering Image, highlighting the year's best in film by category. 



 a mirror of this post on my grumblr






30.  BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99
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29.             MUDBOUND
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28.      THE DEVIL'S CANDY
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27.            BAD GENIUS
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26.        WONDERSTRUCK
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25.      THE BREADWINNER
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24.              THE LURE
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23.              FOXTROT
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22.          FACES PLACES
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21.   BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
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                    EX LIBRIS:
20. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
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19.       AFTER THE STORM
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18.       HERMIA & HELENA
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17.            TEMPESTAD
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16.               GET OUT
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15.               LADY BIRD
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      LOOK & SEEPORTRAIT
14.     OF WENDELL BERRY
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      WORLD OF TOMORROW 2
         THE BURDEN OF OTHER
13.      PEOPLE'S THOUGHTS
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12.    CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
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11.      PERSONAL SHOPPER

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10.            GOOD TIME
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9.DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME
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8.             NOCTURAMA
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7.       THE LOST CITY OF Z

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6.               BEHEMOTH
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5.           A QUIET PASSION
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4.                    OKJA
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3.           SONG TO SONG

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2.     THE FLORIDA PROJECT
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1.         PHANTOM THREAD
*****










ALSO ESSENTIAL. NOT RANKED.
(the other titles of 2017 I loved that could've placed)







QUEST

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MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL
SINKING INTO THE SEA

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ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE
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IN TRANSIT
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LOVELESS
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THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
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THE VILLAINESS
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RAT FILM
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CHASING CORAL
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SPLIT
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COLOSSAL
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GRADUATION
.
THE CHALLENGE
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COCO
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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
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THE POST

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MA
.
STRONG ISLAND
.
BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION
.
BABY DRIVER
.
ENDLESS POETRY
.
THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN'S
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

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PRINCESS CYD
.
DETROIT
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KEDI
.
LOGAN LUCKY
.
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
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HUMAN FLOW
.
PERSON TO PERSON
.
CONTEMPORARY COLOR
.
MARJORIE PRIME
.
A CURE FOR WELLNESS
.
WHOSE STREETS?
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THE GREAT WALL
.
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL
.
A GHOST STORY
.
WONDER WOMAN
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MISTER UNIVERSO
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SLACK BAY
.
STARLESS DREAMS
.
BRIGSBY BEAR
.
SPIELBERG
.
LOGAN
.
5-25-77
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IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD
.
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
.
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
.
LUCKY
.
WAR FOR
THE PLANET OF THE APES
.
THELMA

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STAR WARSTHE LAST JEDI

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THE FOUNDER
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MAUDIE
.
CHAVELA
.
LOVESONG
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LOVING VINCENT
.
MENASHE
.
JANE

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YOUR NAME.
.
THEIR FINEST
.
THE SHAPE OF WATER

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TAG
.
I, DANIEL BLAKE
.
THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES
(NEW AND SELECTED)
.
THE TRANSFIGURATION
.
I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY
.
LOST IN PARIS
.
THE BIG SICK
.
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS:
THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE
.
THE LOVERS

****


recap
2017
  1. PHANTOM THREAD (P.T. Anderson)
  2. FLORIDA PROJECT (Sean Baker)
  3. SONG TO SONG (Malick)
  4. OKJA (Bong joon-ho)
  5. A QUIET PASSION (Davies)
  6. BEHEMOTH (Liang Zhao)
  7. THE LOST CITY OF Z (Gray)
  8. NOCTURAMA (Bonello)
  9. DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (Bill Morrison)
  10. GOOD TIME (Safdie bros.)
  11. PERSONAL SHOPPER (Assayas)
  12. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Guadagnino)
  13. +WORLD OF TOMORROW 2 (Hertzfeldt) 12/29/17
  14. LOOK & SEE: WENDELL BERRY (Laura Dunn)
  15. LADY BIRD (Gerwig)
  16. GET OUT (Peele)
  17. TEMPESTAD (Huezo)
  18. HERMIA & HELENA (Piñeiro)
  19. AFTER THE STORM (Hirokazu Koreeda)
  20. EX LIBRIS (Wiseman)
  21. 120 BEATS PER MINUTE (Robin Campillo)
  22. FACES PLACES (Varda)
  23. +FOXTROT (Maoz)  1/24/2018
  24. THE LURE (Smoczynska)
  25. THE BREADWINNER (Twomey)
  26. WONDERSTRUCK (Haynes)
  27. BAD GENIUS (Poonpiriya)
  28. THE DEVIL'S CANDY (Sean Byrne)
  29. MUDBOUND (Rees)
  30. BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 (Zahler)

RUNNER-UP:
QUEST (Olshefski), MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING (Shaw), ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE (Sang-soo), IN TRANSIT (Maysles), LOVELESS (Zvyagintsev), OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Kaurismäki), THE VILLAINESS (Byung-gil), RAT FILM (Theo Anthony), CHASING CORAL (Orlowski), SPLIT (Shyamalan), COLOSSAL (Vigalondo), GRADUATION (Mungiu), THE CHALLENGE (Ancarani), COCO (Adrian Molina), KILLING OF SACRED DEER (Lanthimos), THE POST (Spielberg), MA (Rowlson-Hall), STRONG ISLAND (Yance Ford), BAAHUBALI 2 (Rajamouli), BABY DRIVER (Edgar Wright), ENDLESS POETRY (Jodorowsky), THE B-SIDE (Morris), PRINCESS CYD (Cone), DETROIT (Bigelow), KEDI (Torun), LOGAN LUCKY (Soderbergh), FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (Jolie), HUMAN FLOW (Ai Weiwei), PERSON TO PERSON (Guy Defa), CONTEMPORARY COLOR (Ross bros.), MARJORIE PRIME (Almereyda), CURE FOR WELLNESS (Verbinski), WHOSE STREETS? (Folayan), THE GREAT WALL (Yimou), BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (Miike), A GHOST STORY (Lowery), WONDER WOMAN (Jenkins), MISTER UNIVERSO (Covi), SLACK BAY (Dumont), STARLESS DREAMS (Oskouei), BRIGSBY BEAR (McCary), SPIELBERG (Lacy), LOGAN (Scott Frank), 5-25-77 (Read Johnson), IN THIS CORNER OF WORLD (Katabuchi), GOD'S OWN COUNTRY (Francis Lee), GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (Colm McCarthy), LUCKY (Carroll Lynch), WAR OF PLANET OF THE APES (Reeves), THELMA (Joachim Trier), THE LAST JEDI (Rian Johnson), THE FOUNDER (Hancock), MAUDIE (Aisling Walsh), CHAVELA (Gund/Kyi), LOVESONG (Yong Kim), LOVING VINCENT (Kobiela/Welchman), MENASHE (Josh Weinstein), JANE (Morgen), YOUR NAME (Shinkai), THEIR FINEST (Scherfig), TAG (Sono), SHAPE OF WATER (del Toro), I DANIEL BLAKE (Loach), MEYEROWITZ STORIES (Baumbach), TRANSFIGURATION (O'Shea), I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY (Xiaogang Feng), LOST IN PARIS (Abel/Gordon), BIG SICK (Showalter), CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (Soren), THE LOVERS (Jacobs)













GOLDEN EXITS (Alex Ross Perry) 2018 release
LET CORPSES TAN (Cattet/Forzani) 2018 release 
HAVE A NICE DAY (Liu Jian) 2018 release
(festival films I loved that got no 2017 theatrical release & no distribution deal. 12/18/17)








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THE WORK (McLeary/Aldous), FOXTROT (Maoz), STRONGER (David Gordon Green), THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS (Laudenbach), BIRDBOY: FORGOTTEN CHILDREN (Rivero/Vázquez), STAYING VERTICAL (Guiraudie), FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (McGuigan)MY HAPPY FAMILY (Ekvtimishvili), ESCAPES (Almereyda), WORLD OF TOMORROW 2 (Hertzfeldt)A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Lelio), THE HUMAN SURGE (Eduardo Williams), BEFORE I FALL (Ry Russo-Young), UNREST (Brea), ONE OF US (Ewing/Grady), FROM NOWHERE (Matthew Newton), LANDLINE (Robespierre), IN THE FADE (Akin), THE DINNER (Moverman), MANIFESTO (Rosefeldt), MOLLY'S GAME (Sorkin), WAR MACHINE (Michod), THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (Gracey), PROF. MARSTON & WONDER WOMAN (Angela Robinson), MIMOSAS (Laxe), NOWHERE TO HIDE (Zaradasht Ahmed), LONG STRANGE TRIP (Bar-lev), POP AYE (Kirsten Tan), SYLVIO (Audley), BLAME! (Hiroyuki Seshita), DUCKWEED (HanHan), IN BETWEEN (Hamoud), FOR AHKEEM (Levine/Van Soest), TRAGEDY GIRLS (MacIntyre), HARMONIUM (Kôji Fukada), THE WOMAN WHO LEFT (Diaz), MRS. FANG (Bing Wang), THE UNTAMED (Escalante), CAPTURE KILL RELEASE (McAnulty), FRANTZ (Ozon), THE COMMUNE (Vinterberg), FELICITE (Gomis), LET IT FALL: L.A. 1982-1992 (John Ridley), 1922 (Hilditch), OUR SOULS AT NIGHT (Batra), THIRST STREET (Silver), THE DAY AFTER (Sang-soo), LAST MEN IN ALEPPO (Fayyad), MARK FELT (Landesman), SHOT CALLER (Waugh), CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY (Tyrnauer), I CALLED HIM MORGAN (Kasper Collin), SAMI BLOOD (Kernell), TA'ANG (bing Wang), IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Dolan), THE MERCILESS (Byun), THE UNKNOWN GIRL (Dardenne bros.), WIN IT ALL (Swanberg), TAKE ME (Healy), TOO FUNNY TO FAIL (Greenbaum), DONALD CRIED (Avedisian), BUSTER'S MAL HEART (Adina Smith), GIRLFRIEND'S DAY (Michael Stephenson), HOUNDS OF LOVE (Ben Young), CATFIGHT (Onur Tukel),
*CROSSED OFF:
STRONGER (Gordon Green) - SEEN 12/20/2017
WORLD OF TOMORROW 2 (Hertzfeldt) - SEEN & PLACED 12/29/2017
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (Gracey) - SEEN 12/31/2017
MOLLY'S GAME (Sorkin) - SEEN 1/11/2018
FOXTROT (Maoz) - SEEN & PLACED 1/24/2018
FILMS STARS DON'T DIE.. (McGuigan) - SEEN 2/7/2018
IN THE FADE (Akin) - SEEN 4/2/2018
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Lelio) - SEEN 5/16/2018
TOO FUNNY TO FAIL (Greenbaum) - SEEN 5/16/2018