Was it just me, or were movies REALLY good this year? Maybe filmmakers are finally realizing that people want to watch unconventional love stories, fabulous 1950’s clothes, and exotic locations. Maybe writers are realizing that everybody’s mad, and it’s time to say something about it. Whatever happened in Hollywood to make such an incredible year of pictures, I say keep it up. As hard as it was to narrow down my list of favorites, I’m finally able to settle on my Top Five Films of 2017. Cheers!
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Image credit: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017.
Take all the rage I feel about social injustice/violence against women/police misconduct, bottle it up, and give it to Frances McDormand to turn into a Molotov cocktail of a film. This is the movie I desperately needed this year.
2. Call Me By Your Name
Image credit: Call Me By Your Name, 2017.
Is there anything more beautiful than summer in Italy? Maybe this love story.
3. Phantom Thread
Image credit: Phantom Thread, 2017.
1950’s couture gowns, Daniel Day Lewis, and the sexiest breakfast order ever.
4. The Shape of Water
Image credit: The Shape of Water, 2017.
I didn’t expect to fall for a slimy underwater creature, but damn it Guillermo Del Toro- you got me. More Douglas Sirk-inspired romances and six-pack abs please!!!
5. The Florida Project
Image credit: The Florida Project, 2017.
This film still haunts me, months later. If you’re not angry about the state of poverty and child welfare in America, you obviously haven’t seen tiny masterpiece yet.
*Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk (sound editing like WHOA), Good Time (um, hello Robert Pattinson, can you please be in all the movies now?), and Baby Driver (that soundtrack!!).