Did you see 105 films at the pictures in 2017? I did! Here’s what I thought about them…
Four Vintage films, all of them brilliant in their own special way:
Five Borderline-Unwatchable Cinema Detritus titles that almost sapped my will to live:
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
The Secret Scripture
Four Bad-Cum-Poor, But Not Evil films:
Passengers (actually, this one might be evil)
Forty-three (43) Solid 7s:
Manchester By The Sea
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
Kong: Skull Island
Going In Style
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2
L’Avenir (Things To Come)
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
The Sense Of An Ending
My Cousin Rachel
That’s Not Me
Ce Qui Nous Lie (Back To Bergundy)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Tom Of Finland
The Only Living Boy In New York
The Limehouse Golem
Another Mother’s Son
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Greatest Showman
Intercalated Ranking Of The Three Solid 7 Heist Films!
- Going In Style
- Logan Lucky
- Baby Driver
Thirty (30) Awesome 8s But Just Not Good Enough For The Top 17!
England Is Mine
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Beauty And The Beast
The Lego Batman Movie
20th Century Women
Whitney: Can I Be Me
A Ghost Story
The Lost City Of Z
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
The King’s Choice
Happy Death Day
Professor Marston And The Wonder Women
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (yes, really)
Okie dokie sports fans, Patrick’s Top 17 Films Of 2017:
Deeply original, very funny, great casting, I loved every minute!
16. The Edge Of Seventeen
First film I saw in 2017! Heartfelt, delightful, funny.
15. Wind River
Weinstein — ick — but still a gripping rime-encrusted thriller.
14. The Big Sick
Maybe the funniest romcom ever; best cricket scenes in an American film in 2017.
13. T2 Trainspotting
Maybe b/c I’m a superfan but this blasted every vein.
Superb piece of adaptive filmmaking, tho the jumpscares coulda been sharper.
11. Brigsby Bear
Crazy original, nostalgia laden topical comedy (?), recalling X-Files and Room.
I can’t even…
9. Ingrid Goes West
En point pathos-heavy satire of Gram culture. A treat for Aubrey Plaza lovers.
8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Character-driven revenge morality play that doesn’t quit with the drama or the laughs.
7. Personal Shopper
As the great man once said, every love story is a ghost story. This is the loveliest.
6. The Florida Project
Love > poverty
5. Blade Runner 2049
For those keeping score, I saw this twice at the pictures. Gristled Gosling and flawed Ford teaming up to replicate the introspective antiutopian alacrity of the cherished original. Fantastic use of music, art direction and sparing SFX.
4. Battle Of The Sexes
Can’t stop thinking about Emma Stone dressing down Bill Pullman, nor the emotionally transportive use of Rocket Man and Crimson & Clover. Such an important film, and tennis is a hard sport to make thrilling, filmic-wise.
3. The Disaster Artist
For The Room intimates, this is a story a long time coming, and Franco (J)’s embodiment of Tommy W is kookily sublime. Even Franco (D) as Babyface Sestero rises to the occasion. And that Judd Apatow cameo!
2. Call Me By Your Name
The other one I saw twice at the pictures, the first time I was impressed, but my opinion dampened by the bad audience at the SFF. Second time did the trick. I’ll never look at a peach the same way again.
1. Toni Erdmann
162 minutes of German absurdity. A father prone to practical jokes follows his corporate ladder climbing daughter to Romania to remind her that love, laughter and Whitney Houston are more important than spreadsheets and spread sheets. That last scene…