2017 – The Year in Review

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Another year in cinema has come to an end. This year offered a lot of surprises, a few disappointments, and a lot of fun. Here are some of the highs and lows from 2017. This post also includes my top ten films of 2017.

Top 5 Surprises:

These are movies I had pretty low expectations for that ended up being very good or even great.

Logan Lucky

The Greatest Showman

The LEGO Batman Movie

Get Out

Baby Driver

Top 5 Disappointments:

Films I wanted and expected to like that let me down. Not all of them were bad, but they all left something to be desired.

Proud Mary

American Assassin

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

12 Strong

Lady Bird

Here are some random notes on some of the films I’ve seen from the class of 2017.

Most Ambitious Project:

Loving Vincent

Best Fight Scenes:

John Wick 2

Best Cinematography:


Best Editing:


Best Score:

Blade Runner 2049

Best Soundtrack:

Baby Driver

Best Emotional Moment:

Call Me By Your Name

Best Performances by Actors:

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Michael Stuhlbarg in everything this he did this year. (The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name, The Post)

Best Performances by Actresses:

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

Top Comedy:

The Big Sick

Top Horror Film:

Get Out

Top Action Film:

John Wick 2

Top Drama:

Phantom Thread

Top War Movie:


Top Comic Book Film:


Top Western:


Top Science Fiction Film:

The Shape of Water

Best Documentary:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Best Animated Film:


Best Family Film:


My Top Ten Films of 2017:

So now I’d love to know what you think. Do you agree? Am I totally wrong? What did I miss this last year?


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