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Best of 2017
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:44:09 PM »
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Re: Best of 2017
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 11:49:49 PM »
Phantom Thread
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
A Ghost Story
Beach Rats
Good Time
Lady Bird
Blade Runner 2049
The Square

"Twin Peaks: The Return"
"Nathan For You" - 'Finding Francis'

Ken Burns' The Vietnam War

The Shape of Water
Happy End
The Untamed
Get Out
Logan Lucky
Loving Vincent

Yet to see: The Post, The Other Side of Hope, No Stone Unturned, I Love You, Daddy, Winter Brothers, Nocturama

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Re: Best of 2017
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 12:12:52 AM »
for now, in order:

phantom thread
twin peaks: the return
the florida project
a quiet passion
faces places
the lost city of z
good time
marjorie prime
i am not your negro

lady bird, song to song, nocturama, columbus, logan lucky, free fire, john wick: chapter 2, baby driver

special nod to the snowman for being the most batshit insane catastrophe of a movie i've seen in a very long time.  thank god for moviepass.

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Re: Best of 2017
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 06:40:55 AM »
For now (going to do some major catching up over the holidays)

1. Phantom Thread
2. Lady Bird
3. Personal Shopper
4. A Ghost Story
5. The Florida Project
6. Dunkirk
7. The Meyerowitz Stories: New and Selected
8. Good Time
9. The Beguiled
10. The Post

Honorable Mention: Lucky, Trouble No More, Person to Person, Get Out, Spielberg, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, The Reagan Show, Band Aid, Five Came Back, The Vietnam War.

Yet to See:

Golden Exits
Rat Film
Faces, Places
The Death of Louis XIV
The Ornithologist
A Fantastic Woman
Last Flag Flying
Twin Peaks: The Return
Blade Runner 2049
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Patti Cake$
My Friend Dahmer
Logan Lucky
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Fox Trot
Ex Libris
A Quiet Passion
Call Me By Your Name
Song To Song
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Re: Best of 2017
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2017, 09:04:14 PM »
2017 Critics Poll: Best Films and Performances by 200 Critics

“Get Out” (713 points)
“Lady Bird” (673 points)
“Dunkirk” (549 points)
“Phantom Thread” (368 points)
“The Florida Project” (348 points)
“The Shape of Water” (324 points)
“Call Me By Your Name” (312 points)
“Personal Shopper” (296 points)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (245 points)
“The Post” (140 points)

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread” (18.3%)
Luca Guadagnino, “”Call Me By Your Name” (11.6%)
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” (10%)
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project” (8.5%)
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” (6%)


Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” (20%)
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (17%)
Cynthia Nixon, “A Quiet Passion” (11.76%)
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” (12.4%)
Kristen Stewart, “Personal Shopper” (9%)

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name” (26.43%)
Daniel Day Lewis, “Phantom Thread” (15%)
Robert Pattinson, “Good Time” (12.86%)
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist” (11.4%)
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” (10.71%)
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” (10.71%)


Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” (35.1%)
Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip” (16.67%)
Alison Janney, “I, Tonya” (13.4%)
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread” (8%)
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick” (3.62%)
Michelle Pfeiffer, “mother!” (3.62%)

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project” (35.21%)
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (15.49%)
Armie Hammer, “Call Me By Your Name” (13.38%)
Michael Stuhlbarg, “Call Me By Your Name” (12.68%)
Jason Mitchell, “Mudbound” (5.63%)

“Faces Places” (33.86%)
“Dawson City: Frozen Time” (15.75%)
“Ex Libris — The New York Public Library” (8.66%)
“Kedi” (5.51%)
“Jane” (3.94%)
“Rat Film” (3.94%)
“I Called Him Morgan” (2.36%)

“Get Out” (28.36%)
“Lady Bird” (16.42%)
“Phantom Thread” (14.18%)
“Call Me By Your Name” (12%)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (7.46%)


“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” (14.84%)
“Faces Places” (13.28%)
“The Square” (7.03%)
“Raw” (7.8%)
“Thelma” (6.25%)

“Blade Runner 2049” (35.51%)
“Dunkirk” (15.49%)
“Phantom Thread” (7.04%)
“Call Me By Your Name” (6.34%)
“The Shape of Water” (6.34%)

“Coco” (32.61%)
“The Breadwinner” (23.91%)
“Loving Vincent” (16.3%)
“The Lego Batman” (11.96%)
“My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” (8.7%)
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Re: Best of 2017
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Re: Best of 2017
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 07:05:31 PM »
Pedro Almodóvar (“All About My Mother”)

“Phantom Thread” (Paul Thomas Anderson): A real feast. Even though the author confesses his fascination for mysterious love stories, there are no clues to follow this masterpiece by P.T. Anderson. Every sequence is a surprise. This film is the portrait of a genius, of his egocentricity and his contempt for everything that isn’t related to his work, and of the wonderfully ordinary woman who manages to tame him. The three protagonists deliver masterly performances. And Jonny Greenwood proves himself as the best composer of the year. If it is true that Daniel Day Lewis says goodbye to acting with this role, he does so brilliantly. He nails this role.

“A Ghost Story” (David Lowery): This is a film about a disoriented ghost who comes back home to console his wife (obviously, after his death). She cannot see him, which is very sad. The ghost is covered with a sheet from head to toe with two holes as eyes, exactly as we imagined ghosts when we were kids, or at least the way I imagined them. It’s a beautiful film about the loss, the pain and the passing of time. Even if you find the first sequences a bit too long, be patient, the wait is worth the effort.

Ana Lily Amirpour (“The Bad Batch”)

“Phantom Thread”: I can’t fucking rave about this movie enough. The performances, the cinematography, and that music… OOOF. This is euphoric cinema. So emotional and deeply honest about the conflict between romantic love and the megalomania of an artist. I’ve seen it twice and can’t wait to watch it again. And again. PTA for the win.

Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”)

1. “A Ghost Story”

Daniel Kwan (“Swiss Army Man”)

“A Ghost Story”: This tiny film managed to expand my view of time, and my place in it, with the smallest of gestures, the simplest of cuts, and a 9 minute shot of Rooney Mara eating pie. Even though I unabashedly love this movie, I don’t find myself recommending it to others as much as I probably should. Partially because this movie feels like its mine, and selfishly I don’t want anyone else to have it, which is something I probably haven’t felt for a movie since I was in college. I remember leaving the theater and thinking to myself, if I ever watched it again, it’d be by myself in an empty theater because I would need the extra space for my soul to stretch.

Matt Ross (“Captain Fantastic”)

“The Phantom Thread”: Last year I mentioned in passing (when referencing his Radiohead music video, “Daydreaming”) that I think Paul Thomas Anderson is the most exciting American filmmaker working today. This film just re-confirms that. I’m still processing what this film is “about:” the mystery of love, the impossibility of understanding a relationship from the outside (that is – if one is not in it)? Regardless, it’s a sensorial delight, a beguiling story that hums with mystery (the human condition kind, not the narrative kind). It cast a spell that I don’t fully understand and that hasn’t left me for days after seeing it.

“A Ghost Story”: If there was a film this year with more soul – please show it to me. Such a quiet and simple meditation; it’s intimate and expansive, all at once. I’m not sure why exactly, but it also gave me hope in humanity. Exquisite filmmaking by David Lowery.

Justin Simien (“Dear White People”)

“Phantom Thread”: I wait for a P.T. Anderson film the way I imagine people used to wait for a Kubrick film. Whether you’re going to enjoy the film or not, one can be sure it is going to be audacious, challenging, brilliantly crafted and unlike anything else. He’s one of few working filmmakers who consistently keep cinema exciting by daring to experiment while also remaining (to varying degrees, depending on who you ask) accessible. The thought that this (may) be Daniel Day Lewis’ last, and some say best, performance is icing.

Max Winkler (“Flower”)

“Phantom Thread”: He is the master. That is all. I do think more people need to talk about Vicky Krieps though. She goes toe to toe with maybe the greatest and perhaps at times the most intimidating film actor of any generation and she remains calm and fearless and throws everything right back to him with as little as a look.


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Re: Best of 2017
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2017, 07:18:05 PM »
Matt Ross (“Captain Fantastic”)

“The Phantom Thread”: the impossibility of understanding a relationship from the outside (that is – if one is not in it)



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