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. Twin Peaks (David Lynch)
  2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
  3. Mrs. Hyde (Serge Bozon)
  4. Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)
  5. Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR)
  6. Once There Was Brazilia (Adirley Queirós)
  7. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
  8. I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.)
  9. Caniba (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel)
  10. Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)


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

  1. Nocturama (2016, Bertrand Bonello)
  2. Call Me by Your Name (2017, Luca Guadagnino)
  3. Slack Bay (2016, Bruno Dumont)
  4. Faces Places (2017, Agnès Varda & JR)
  5. The Death of Louis XIV (2016, Albert Serra)
  6. I Love You, Daddy (2017, Louis C.K.)
  7. A Quiet Passion (2016, Terence Davies)
  8. Wonderstruck (2017, Todd Haynes)
  9. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017, Robin Campillo)
  10. The Human Surge (2016, Eduardo Williams)


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. Stars in My Crown (1950, Jacques Tourneur)
  4. Days of Glory (1944, Jacques Tourneur)
  5. Circle of Danger (1951, Jacques Tourneur)
  6. The Wandering Soap Opera (1990, Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento)
  7. Grandeur and Decadence (1986, Jean-Luc Godard)
  8. Cousin Bobby (1992, Jonathan Demme)
  9. 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)
  10. Who Am I This Time? (1982, Jonathan Demme)


Other 2017 films I’ve seen

  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo) – 6.9
  • Marjorie Prime (Michael Almereyda) – 6.8
  • Quest (Jonathan Olshefski) – 6.7
  • Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie) – 6.7
  • First Reformed (Paul Schrader) – 6.6
  • Damned Summer (Pedro Cabeleira) – 6.6
  • The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho) – 6.5
  • Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo) – 6.5
  • Let the Sun Shine In (Claire Denis) – 6.4
  • Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa) – 6.4
  • A Ghost Story (David Lowery) – 6.3
  • Lover for a Day (Philippe Garrel) – 6.3
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach) – 6.3
  • 3/4 (Ilian Metev) – 6.3
  • The Florida Project (Sean Baker) – 6.3
  • The Rider (Chloé Zhao) – 6.2
  • The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois) – 6.1
  • Western (Valeska Grisebach) – 6.1
  • The Day After (Hong Sang-soo) – 6.1
  • Gabriel and the Mountain (Fellipe Barbosa) – 6.1
  • A Skin So Soft (Denis Côté) – 6.1
  • Flames (Zefrey Throwell) – 6.1
  • Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi) – 6.1
  • Filmus (Clément Safra) – 6.0
  • Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry) – 6.0
  • The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola) – 6.0
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 6.0
  • Félicité (Alain Gomis) – 6.0
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler) – 5.9
  • Milla (Valérie Massadian) – 5.9
  • Okja (Bong Joon-ho) – 5.9
  • Zama (Lucrecia Martel) – 5.8
  • Downsizing (Alexander Payne) – 5.8
  • 12 Days (Raymond Depardon) – 5.8
  • Distant Constellation (Shevaun Mizrahi) – 5.8
  • Napalm (Claude Lanzmann) – 5.8
  • Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman) – 5.7
  • On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sang-soo) – 5.7
  • I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoniand) – 5.7
  • Maison du Bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz) – 5.6
  • Happy End (Michael Haneke) – 5.6
  • Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin) – 5.5
  • Strong Island (Yance Ford) – 5.5
  • Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone) – 5.5
  • Good Luck (Ben Russell) – 5.4
  • Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) – 5.4
  • The Seen and Unseen (Kamila Andini) – 5.4
  • Railway Sleepers (Sompot Chidgasornpongse) – 5.4
  • The First Lap (Kim Dae-hwan) – 5.4
  • Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius) – 5.4
  • Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson) – 5.3
  • Manhunt (John Woo) – 5.3
  • Do Donkeys Act? (David Redmon & Ashley Sabin) – 5.3
  • Brimstone & Glory (Viktor Jakovleski) – 5.3
  • Sweating the Small Stuff (Ninomiya Ryutaro) – 5.3
  • Le Fort des fous (Narimane Mari) – 5.2
  • Lucky (John Carroll Lynch) – 5.2
  • Makala (Emmanuel Gras) – 5.2
  • Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing) – 5.1
  • somniloquies (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel) – 5.2
  • Meteors (Gürcan Keltek) – 5.1
  • Closeness (Kantemir Balagov) – 5.1
  • You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) – 5.1
  • Ismaël’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin) – 5.1
  • Baby Driver (Edgar Wright) – 5.1
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele) – 5.0
  • Donkeyote (Chico Pereira) – 5.0
  • Alive in France (Abel Ferrara) – 5.0
  • Frost (Sharunas Bartas) – 4.9
  • Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan) – 4.9
  • Untitled (Michael Glawogger & Monika Willi) – 4.8
  • Farewell (Astrid Johanna Ofner) – 4.8
  • Columbus (Kogonada) – 4.8
  • Song to Song (Terrence Malick) – 4.7
  • Ouroboros (Basma Alsharif) – 4.7
  • Bodied (Joseph Kahn) – 4.7
  • Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing) – 4.7
  • A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano) – 4.7
  • Last Men in Aleppo (Firas Fayyad & Steen Johannessen) – 4.7
  • Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz) – 4.7
  • Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Léonor Serraille) – 4.7
  • Beyond the One (Anna Marziano) – 4.6
  • Barbara (Mathieu Amalric) – 4.6
  • Sleep Has Her House (Scott Barley) – 4.6
  • Radiance (Naomi Kawase) – 4.6
  • Light Years (Manuel Abramovich) – 4.6
  • Based On a True Story (Roman Polanski) – 4.6
  • 78/52 (Alexandre O. Philippe) – 4.6
  • Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) – 4.5
  • 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
  • Occidental (Neïl Beloufa) – 4.3
  • The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) – 4.3
  • Golden Years (André Téchiné) – 4.3
  • Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) – 4.2
  • Thirst Street (Nathan Silver) – 4.2
  • Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) – 4.2
  • I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair) – 4.2
  • Lean On Pete (Andrew Haigh) – 4.1
  • On Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi) – 4.0
  • Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman) – 3.9
  • Dark River (Clio Barnard) – 3.9
  • Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias) – 3.8
  • Rodin (Jacques Doillon) – 3.7
  • Thelma (Joachim Trier) – 3.6
  • The Mount of Ants (Riccardo Palladino) – 3.5
  • Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) – 3.4
  • mother! (Darren Aronofsky) – 3.3
  • In the Fade (Fatih Akin) – 3.1
  • Jupiter’s Moon (Kornél Mundruczó) – 2.9
  • L’Amant Double (François Ozon) – 2.6