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. Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
  2. Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR)
  3. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. 120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)
  5. Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
  6. Quest (Jonathan Olshefski)
  7. Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie)
  8. The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho)
  9. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
  10. Bright Sunshine In (Claire Denis)


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

  1. Nocturama (2016, Bertrand Bonello)
  2. Slack Bay (2016, Bruno Dumont)
  3. The Death of Louis XIV (2016, Albert Serra)
  4. A Quiet Passion (2016, Terence Davies)
  5. 120 Beats Per Minute (2017, Robin Campillo)
  6. Wonderstruck (2017, Todd Haynes)
  7. The Human Surge (2016, Eduardo Williams)
  8. Good Time (2017, Josh & Benny Safdie)
  9. Personal Shopper (2016, Olivier Assayas)
  10. Staying Vertical (2016, Alain Guiraudie)


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 Beguiled (1971, Don Siegel)
  8. The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  9. From Today Until Tomorrow (1997, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)
  10. Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964, Don Owen)


Other 2017 films I’ve seen

  • Lover for a Day (Philippe Garrel) – 6.3
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach) – 6.3
  • The Florida Project (Sean Baker) – 6.3
  • The Rider (Chloé Zhao) – 6.2
  • The Day After (Hong Sang-soo) – 6.1
  • Western (Valeska Grisebach) – 6.1
  • Gabriel and the Mountain (Fellipe Barbosa) – 6.1
  • Flames (Zefrey Throwell) – 6.1
  • The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola) – 6.0
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 6.0
  • Okja (Bong Joon-ho) – 5.9
  • 12 Days (Raymond Depardon) – 5.8
  • Napalm (Claude Lanzmann) – 5.8
  • I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoniand) – 5.7
  • Maison du Bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 5.6
  • Happy End (Michael Haneke) – 5.6
  • Strong Island (Yance Ford) – 5.5
  • Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone) – 5.5
  • Railway Sleepers (Sompot Chidgasornpongse) – 5.4
  • Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius) – 5.4
  • Do Donkeys Act? (David Redmon & Ashley Sabin) – 5.3
  • Brimstone & Glory (Viktor Jakovleski) – 5.3
  • Makala (Emmanuel Gras) – 5.2
  • somniloquies (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel) – 5.2
  • Closeness (Kantemir Balagov) – 5.1
  • You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) – 5.1
  • Ismaël’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin) – 5.1
  • Donkeyote (Chico Pereira) – 5.0
  • Alive in France (Abel Ferrara) – 5.0
  • Frost (Sharunas Bartas) – 4.9
  • Untitled (Michael Glawogger & Monika Willi) – 4.8
  • Song to Song (Terrence Malick) – 4.7
  • A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano) – 4.7
  • Last Men in Aleppo (Firas Fayyad & Steen Johannessen) – 4.7
  • Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Léonor Serraille) – 4.7
  • Barbara (Mathieu Amalric) – 4.6
  • Radiance (Naomi Kawase) – 4.6
  • Based On a True Story (Roman Polanski) – 4.6
  • 78/52 (Alexandre O. Philippe) – 4.6
  • A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa) – 4.5
  • Araby (João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa) – 4.5
  • The Square (Ruben Östlund) – 4.4
  • Spettacolo (Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen) – 4.3
  • Golden Years (André Téchiné) – 4.3
  • Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) – 4.2
  • I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair) – 4.2
  • Rodin (Jacques Doillon) – 3.7
  • Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) – 3.4
  • In the Fade (Fatih Akin) – 3.1
  • Jupiter’s Moon (Kornél Mundruczó) – 2.9
  • L’Amant Double (François Ozon) – 2.6