As the year reaches its close, it is time to celebrate with the annual rankings. Without further ado, here are The Film Blog’s ten best of 2017 – let us know if you agree in the comments!
The runners up…
All terrific but just missing out on the top ten. Speaking of which…
10. Good Time (Ben and Josh Safdie)
Robert Pattinson was a revelation in Good Time, turning in a career-best performance. Of course, it helped that this was a thriller that soared. Read our review here.
9. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)
If you’re in tune with Lanthimos, like us, you’ll have loved The Killing of a Sacred Deer this year. Read our review here.
8. mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
One of 2017’s more divisive films, mother! thrilled and terrified in equal measure. Pure experience cinema. Read our review here.
7. My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras)
A short and beautiful example of French-Swiss stop-motion cinema, My Life as a Courgette is our animation of the year. Read our review here.
6. The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook)
Who knew that translating Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith to 1930s colonial Korea would prove so spectacular – Park Chan-wook. Read our review here.
5. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
The film that – arguably – made musicals cool again, La La Land is a top five joy. Read our review here.
4. Baby Driver (Edgar Wright)
Effortlessly fly, Baby Driver had a soundtrack to die for, elevating the terrific film to the level of masterpiece. Read our review here.
3. Paddington 2 (Paul King)
The best family film of the year, Paddington 2 – like its predecessor – is an instant classic. Read our review here.
2. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
Frankly, we could rave about Isabelle Huppert for hours but we’d rather just re-watch Verhoeven’s tremendous Elle. Read our review here.
1. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
Way back in the first months of the year, Moonlight become the film to beat. None quite did and it remains the best of 2017. Read our review here.