Your Ultimate Guide To my favourite Movies of 2017

 

I’m going to be anti-everything-the-internet-stands-for and reveal the list straight away because *insert line from Lady Bird* and also because – Dear reader, you have a friend in me.

Good Time
Beach Rats
Ingrid Goes West
Thelma
Lady Bird
Loveless
A Fantastic Woman
Brad’s Status
November
Marjorie Prime
Okja
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Tour de Pharmacy
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Beach Rats is a tale of self-betrayal set in NYC anchored by a striking lead pair. Good Time is the Robert Pattinson movie that premiered at Cannes. Ingrid Goes West is about celebrity obsession/ Instagram stalking with Elisabeth Olsen playing the celebrity and Aubrey Plaza the stalker.

Thelma is a supernatural lesbian joint with an uplifting ending helmed by Joachim Trier, one of the best directors of our times. A Fantastic Woman is a Chilean story of a transgender woman shot with utter skill and compassion and saturated with beautiful frames. Loveless is unrelentingly bleak and pragmatic and Russian and I just love it for all those qualities.

November is a movie from Estonia that’s shot in black and white and is more or less a fairytale. It took me completely by surprise and so did Ben Stiller’s Brad’s Status which I thought was very good by the standards of American cinema. Marjorie Prime is a sci-fi flick with Jon Hamm but it’s the actress who plays the old lady that steals the movie along with the concept.

Okja is the Netflix movie whose energy simply can’t be replicated and Lady Bird is my goddess Greta Gerwig’s debut solo feature. Funny thing about Lady Bird: my two favourite characters are the boyfriends. Tour de Pharmacy is a HBO/Lonely Island 40 min satire that was right up my alley and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King is the first ever stand-up set to have made my year end list. You’re looking at history, folks.

And finally, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri– a deeply flawed movie where characters do and get away with things so long as they’re entertaining. I nevertheless included it here because it’s a rare and original thing.

Tier II shoutouts: The Pakistani uber driver inter-racial Judd Apatow produced romcom Big Sick, the Haley Lu Richardson empathy vehicle cum an exhibit in architecture Columbus,  the Australian set marvel of cinematography that is Sweet Country, and the indiest of indies in Most Beautiful Island.

Near misses: My apologies to Christopher Nolan for not watching Dunkirk in 70mm IMAX. I kept befuddling people by praising the movie for its sound, and Tom Hardy gets a great arc. I might have liked the movie better had Mark Rylance not been in it. Another movie that I wished to but couldn’t see in 70mm IMAX was my darling Ryan Gosling’s Blade Runner 2049. That lack of pace like a Dwayne Bravo at his peak slower ball, though.

If I had to reserve two spots for the blockbuster movies of the year, I’d fill them up with It and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Two awards hopefuls I haven’t been able to make up my mind on (you see ladies, I struggle to make up my mind about other things too) : Call Me By Your Name and Get Out. Really love Call Me By Your Name, the book. One of the rare books I gave a 5/5 to. And I quite like the music of the movie adaptation but the much vaunted speech by Michael Stuhlbarg among other things didn’t really touch base with me.

Movies from auteurs that fell short of the mark: Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Killing of a Sacred Deer, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver (more than decent soundtrack however.)

And finally, the yet to see hopefuls: BPM, Molly’s Game, Shape of Water, Phantom Thread, The Post, Downsizing. 

Overall, a good year of movies. My thanks to the Mumbai Film Festival. Also, how about that hilarious title?

Last year’s list: https://arcticmonkey.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/lets-talk-movies-edition-2016/

 

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