Tonya will get really mad after reading this! Do you agree with this list of best movies of 2017?

This is the second year I decide to write about a year’s best film productions. With total definiteness I say, 2017 was a major platform for great pictures which many will be recalled for several years ahead and even might imprint the history of film.
I, personally, have watched loads of this year’s movie productions, and hardly arrived, in my own perception, to shorten the list to this “Top 15 Pictures of 2017”:

 

15. Blade Runner 2049

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Enemy)
Origin: United States
Running time: 164min

01

Who said that only dramas and movies with noble cause should be recognized and qualified as award-worthy picture? On the other hand, who said that action, Sci-Fi, and heroic flicks are always mainstream and typical? If you think so, Blade Runner 2049 will prove you wrong. This motion picture is a total piece of art, well-done in every detail; the cinematography, the visual effects, the colors, the sound, and even the acting, make out of this movie a new, exceptional, and enjoyable experience.


 

 14. The Glass Castle

Genre: Biography
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12)
Origin: United States
Running time: 127min

02

It is not just another breaking away and living off-the-grid movie, but The Glass Castle goes way beyond that. “You learn from living”, this picture portrays a nomadic anti-materialism family, living in semi-isolated places, fighting modern life but with no weapon. Swinging between sweet life and imagination, alcohol and poverty, abuse and danger, the kids start to awaken and carve their way out of this unrealistic dream or the glass castle, sometimes towards the extreme opposite. Striking roles are played by the brilliant Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts. The movie will remind you of 2016’s Captain Fantastic, and if you’re a fan of such movies, try watching Jungle, played well by Daniel Radcliffe and Alex Russell.

 

 

13. Marjorie Prime
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Cast: Geena Davis, Lois Smith, Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins
Directed by: Michael Almereyda
Origin: United States
Running time: 99min

03

Tricky, melancholic and magically disturbing, Marjorie Prime is the kind of puzzle films, that you need every piece of in order to perceive the whole picture. It is based on a theatrical play, and although it’s of Sci-Fi genre, the fiction part serves the objective of the drama: Express yourself to your loved ones while you still can!

 

 

12. Phantom Thread
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights)
Origin: United States
Running time: 130min

04

Current trendy topics such as sexual misconduct will not be easily overlooked without being adopted into a movie. In Phantom Thread, the dressmaker Woodcock, mesmerizingly played by the Daniel Day-Lewis, is that controlling, dominant and hard-to-please type of men that believe women only exist for the sake of their own muse. But things will soon be flipped over his head when he meets Alma, who will gradually begin to take control over his life. Their poisonous but charming relationship is all what makes out of this movie an unnerving but captivating picture of 2017.

 

 

11. Loving Vincent
Genre: Animation, Biography
Cast: Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan
Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Origin: Poland
Running time: 94min

05

A brilliant, healing, and artistic animated masterpiece, Loving Vincent is an intelligent tribute film of the life and more of the death of the iconic painter Vincent Van Gogh. Hand-painted, each frame is a reproduction of a Van Gogh canvas, taking us into an investigation journey to try and discover what actually happened and led to the artist’s death. The movie will remind you of 2014’s The Prophet, and will make you wait for the upcoming Leonardo Da Vinci biography. At the end, Loving Vincent may not reveal a lot about the truth around Van Gogh’s death, but will make sure to deliver some reflections on what might the painter have wanted to say but couldn’t. And that, in my opinion, is a much more precious piece of information than any other detail. The closure displaying Van Gogh’s auto-portrait in motion looking to you in the eye is simply breathtaking.


 

 10. A Ghost Story
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck
Directed by: David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints)
Origin: United States
Running time: 92min

06

As many people might assume, if you think A Ghost Story is a horror film, you are definitely mistaken. Oppositely, this motion picture is a sensitive and heartbreaking romantic drama that explores the relation of a couple after the death of one of them. In this greatly shot, directed, and played movie, you will witness an actor wearing a white sheet roaming around trying to connect with his girl, long slow scene of the girl sitting on the floor for hours eating a cake, and a demolition of the house where they, unsatisfyingly, used to live. In brief, this creation tackles love, loss, existence and, eventually, moving on.

 

 

09. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood
Directed by: Macon Blair
Origin: United States
Running time: 99min

07

You can freely judge it by its title, finally, there’s this movie that shouts out loud: “Everyone is asshole!” The film starts with exposing humans’ irresponsible daily behavior lacking awareness and sensitivity, and the mid-aged woman, Ruth, who is regularly frustrated by that. This same topic is also highlighted in this year’s distinctive thriller Mother but with a totally different vision. All of these trespasses that we encounter in our everyday life push Ruth to collapse and decide to take her rights with her own hands. It’s a relieving and hilarious crime comedy, stocked with suspense and…blood!

 

 

08. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, Doghtooth)
Origin: United Kingdom
Running time: 121min

08

After his last year’s The Lobster, the Greek director Yorgo Lanthimos strikes again with his incomparable new feature film The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Without going back and forth, the killing of a sacred deer implies, in this film, the death of a loved-one resulting from a medical error. Was it really an error? Or was it a medical negligence? And, then, we may ask: Is dying between the hands of a doctor a matter of carelessness or is it only an innocent mistake? In the movie, Yorgos answers this question and, even determines a bloody punishment. In the almost total absence of a good horror movie for this year, the exquisite The Killing of a Sacred Deer might be the most disturbing thriller of 2017. The Ritual, per example, which, in its first half, succeeds in offering a good goose-bump male copy of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, fails in its second half when introducing an unprecedented hysterical comedy.

 

 

07. Okja
Genre: Action, Drama
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ahn Seo-Hyun
Directed by: Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer, Mother)
Origin: South Korea
Running time: 120min

09

A lot of 2017 productions are a “has-it-all” kind of movies. And I can say that, from now on, all the seven feature films I am about to mention are enough remarkable and perfectly-made to merit the best picture of the year standing ovation. Nevertheless, few of them got the real applause they deserve. Okja is an action adventure satire drama that knocks the door of the environmental file, precisely human cruelty against animals, the food industry greed with their mass production slaughterhouses, and eventually capitalism. It’s a straight-to-the-point, intentionally uncomfortable and sarcastic film, astoundingly shot, and beautifully personated by a long list of top underrated stars.

 

06. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Genre: Crime, Drama
Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Origin: United Kingdom
Running time: 115min

10

The hugger-mugger movie for this year is evidently Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Personally, I did watch it several times delightfully, and I could easily say it deserves all the praise it has obtained. At first, the composition of the characters is epic, coupled with astonishing trio performances that you shouldn’t ever miss. Throughout the whole picture, a strong contrast is expressed through a game of tightness followed by comfort and, hence, a feeling of tug-of-war that will get on your nerves. You will never expect what’s coming next because all is possible. This profound tragicomedy points fingers at the laxity and brutality of the police, shallowness of the media, duplicity of men of religion, and inefficacy of violence, all under the tunes of memorable theme music.

 

 

05. The Square
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Terry Notary
Directed by: Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)
Origin: Sweden
Running time: 142min

11

The square is the upcoming installation to be exhibited in the contemporary art museum in Stockholm. To promote his new project, Christian, the handsome chief of the museum, uses a violent and awkwardly provocative YouTube video that will soon drive people nuts; An image of hypocrisy and two-faced culture we are being a part of. The square is a satire drama comedy that involves utmost unusual scenes, such as a performer artist playing the role of a chimpanzee jumping off of black-tied dinner tables, another real chimpanzee roaming around a luxurious suite of a hotel, and a used condom tie in that same suite. As a hole, the foreign language movie nominee is a Swedish incredible picture exquisitely crafted by a marvelous director.

 


04. Call Me by Your Name
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
Directed by: Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash)
Origin: Italy
Running time: 132min

12

Love stories never get old. Of course, not talking about any blockbuster romantic-comedy, Call Me by Your Name is a glamorous real romance that you will wish, after seeing it, it could happen to you. First of all, I can’t think of this movie without recalling Timothée Chalamet, the soul of the movie. Without denying the amazing performance of Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg, the kid actor makes sure to take you back to your teenage dreams and times of authentic passion and genuine recklessness. Much like Three Billboards, this love story carries out a game of tug-of-war on a totally different dimension. This motion picture creates a thriller-like feeling that leaves you teased for 132 minutes of stunningly captured paintings, flamboyantly designed sets, and two magically composed tracks of Sufjan Stevens.

 

 

03. The Florida Project
Genre: Drama
Cast: Brooklynn Price, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite
Directed by: Sean Baker (Tangerine)
Origin: United States
Running time: 111min

13

What better utterly absorbing movie can be if not the one that shows you the world through a child’s eye? The Florida Project is an innocent and miraculously natural movie that displays a group of kids wandering around in Florida, living their childhood’s playful times to the fullest. You will envy these tender youngsters until their parents’ modest and troubled life gets to them finally. The genuine ending of the feature film is satisfyingly perfect when the kids run off searching for a dreamlike getaway in Disneyland. Don’t you ever miss watching The Florida Project and little miss Brooklynn Prince.

 

 

02. A Fantastic Woman
Genre: Drama
Cast: Daniela Vega
Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
Origin: Chile
Running time: 104min

14

LGBT movies have started to gain their wide recognition lately, gradually getting bigger approval and acceptance. In 2017, there were magical achievements, starting with Call Me by Your Name, to God’s own country, Beach Rats, Thelma and the tangibly moving A Fantastic Woman. At last, this Chilean picture sheds light on LGBT daily struggles and social insecurities, especially when it comes to the legal state of transgender. Marina, performed fiercely by the transgender star Daniela Vega, endures a lot of despise and aggression, both in the movie and in real life, to an extent where, in the film, she got identified as a monster. I admit that A Fantastic Woman is a great addition to the strong-willed independent cinema.

 

 

01. Loveless
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Cast: Matvey Novikov, Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin
Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan
Origin: Russia
Running time: 127min

15

Parenting topic stays the most critical and ultimate necessity if we wish to notice any real improvement in our being and in society in general. This triumphal feature film calls for the influence of self-centered parents on their kids, and how they totally ignore their responsibility. In Loveless, parental arguments are highlighted to show parents’ selfishness as they get immersed with their own personal fights while the real catastrophe lies in the child who will break your hearts. Every single frame is a melancholic trip into the dramatic and mysterious life of this dysfunctional family that will affect their destiny forever.

 

 

This was my top 15 feature films for 2017, according to my personal point of view and to my own taste. At the end, I must add some honorable mentions, movies that were also greatly produced such as The Shape of WaterLadybirdI Tonya, Ferdinand, Molly’s Game, Lady Macbeth, On Body and Soul, Battle of the Sexes and many more.

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