Top 10 of 2017

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This list will be updated each time I see a film from 2017 (world premiere/imdb date) that is better than at least one of the films already on the list.

  1. Quest (Jonathan Olshefski)
  2. Flames (Zefrey Throwell)
  3. Maison du Bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
  4. Strong Island (Yance Ford)
  5. Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone)
  6. Railway Sleepers (Sompot Chidgasornpongse)
  7. Do Donkeys Act? (David Redmon & Ashley Sabin)
  8. Brimstone & Glory (Viktor Jakovleski)
  9. somniloquies (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel)
  10. Donkeyote (Chico Pereira)


Polls Top 10 (eligible titles appear/will appear here)

  1. Nocturama (2016, Bertrand Bonello)
  2. The Lost City of Z (2016, James Gray)
  3. Slack Bay (2016, Bruno Dumont)
  4. The Death of Louis XIV (2016, Albert Serra)
  5. A Quiet Passion (2016, Terence Davies)
  6. The Human Surge (2016, Eduardo Williams)
  7. Personal Shopper (2016, Olivier Assayas)
  8. Staying Vertical (2016, Alain Guiraudie)
  9. Beyond the Mountains and Hills (2016, Eran Kolirin)
  10. The Salesman (2016, Asghar Farhadi)


My Top 10 Discoveries During 2017 (for first-time viewings of films made before 2000)

  1. Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)
  2. Gimme Shelter (1970, David Maysles, Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin)
  3. Cousin Bobby (1992, Jonathan Demme)
  4. Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times or Perhaps One Day Rome Will Permit Herself to Choose in Her Turn (1970, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)
  5. Who Am I This Time? (1982, Jonathan Demme)
  6. Moses and Aaron (1975, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)
  7. The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  8. From Today Until Tomorrow (1997, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)
  9. Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964, Don Owen)
  10. The Antigone of Sophocles after Hölderlin’s Translation Adapted for the Stage by Brecht 1948 (1992, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)


Other 2017 films I’ve seen

  • Untitled (Michael Glawogger & Monika Willi) – 4.8
  • Song to Song (Terrence Malick) – 4.7
  • Last Men in Aleppo (Firas Fayyad & Steen Johannessen) – 4.7
  • 78/52 (Alexandre O. Philippe) – 4.6
  • Araby (João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa) – 4.5
  • Spettacolo (Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen) – 4.3
  • I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair) – 4.2