My Top Ten Films of the Year:
These were the movies I had the chance to watch in theaters/online and by no particular ranking or order.
- Call Me By Your Name 🍑 - This is most likely my #1 pick cuz everything just works in this film. The age gap might be uncomfortable for some people, but I saw something natural in the chemistry between the two main characters that didn’t feel remotely predatory or pedophiliac.
- The Shape of Water 💦 - LOVE this movie. Del Toro knocks it out of the park again much like Pan’s Labyrinth. I bet money this will win Best Production Design for the Oscar.
- Raw 🙎 - It’s more of a coming of age film to me instead of a shock and extreme horror film it advertises to be. Nonetheless, it’s not for the faint of heart and squeamish, but a good directorial debut and pushes the boundaries of filmmaking.
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer 🦌 - Original story but not everyone’s cup of tea which I could understand. The ending will leave you SHOOK to the core.
- Lady Bird 🐦 - 2017 proves to be the year for coming-of-age films, but this one had lovable characters, a bunch of them really, that were properly given the proper right amount of time shown onscreen to breathe and unfold. All of whom intersect the life of a teenage girl that we can all relate to when we were younger where we didn’t know our place and purpose in life.
- Logan 💔 - It’s literally Marvel’s version of The Dark Knight. So emotional too!
- The Disaster Artist 🎭 - Franco has been an underwhelming actor for me but this time, along with his brother, his role of Tommy Wiseau made me laugh but also at the same time, sad and sympathetic. Truly his best work to date.
- Blade Runner 2049 🤖 - If Roger Deakins doesn’t win the Oscar for the cinematography in this film, I am seriously gonna protest.
- Okja 🐖 - A very original story from Netflix. Heartbreaking yet powerful statement of the food industry in today’s society.
- Thelma 👩❤️👩 - Yes, another coming-of-age film where a female college student tries to fit in and figure herself out - BUT with a twist. Unforgettable experience watching it for sure.
- Baby Driver 🚗 - Fun and hilariously entertaining, with a distinct auteur trademark style which I hope to see more of in the future.
- Get Out 🏃🏿 - A thriller that stands out from the rest which is the racial commentary it makes and truthfully may be one of the perfectly crafted screenplay of this year.
- A Ghost Story 👻 - Like Sacred Deer, this is a film not for everyone, since it’s slow paced and somewhat pretentious, artsy-indie filmmaking (literally there’s a five minute scene of Rooney Mara eating pie) but if you can get pass through that, I truly believe the story and overall message can be rewarding in the end to watch.
- To the Bone 🍖 - Another Netflix film that I think tackles the subject of anorexia very well, despite the lame ending.
- Loving Vincent 👨🎨 / Your Name 🇯🇵 - Ugh animation was so good this year but these were the two I actually watched and left quite a memorable impression on me.
Movies Still to be Seen:
- The Florida Project
- The Big Sick (I realized it’s on Amazon Prime, so I think I’ll give that a watch pretty soon when i have the time)